D is for Dream Catcher!

My first DIY!

Here we go!

Step 1. Gather your shit.

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You’re going to need:

  • Lots of pretty colored string
  • Something ring-shaped
  • Beads (optional)
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Step 2.  Make your web.

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My ring was quite large, about 8 inches in diameter, so it took about 7-8 feet of string for this step, if your ring is smaller, which it probably is, than you will need less. I folded my string in half (it was 7-8 feet after it was folded) I suggest you do too but you don’t have to.

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Tie your string at any place on the ring, using the center of your string.

Now you should have doubled up string. Now tie another knot using both pieces of string a little ways away from the first knot.

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Continue this all the way around your ring.

When you get back to where you started, tie your last knot on the other side of the first knot.

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Now, tie a knot between the previous knots. Your first will overlap a little.

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Keep doing that.

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Feel free to add beads anywhere you feel it’s necessary.

When you get closer to the center, you can go ahead and skip some spaces if you want.  To finish, tie your last knot and cut the excess string as close as you can.

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This step took me about 20 minutes but the smaller your ring is, the less time it will take.

Step 3. Wrap your ring. If you like your ring, or you painted it or whatever, congratulations, you just saved yourself a lot of time. Start by… I can’t explain it. Start by viewing this picture:

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I hope you get it, cause I can’t explain it… figure it out. Now  wrap the string around the ring as tight as you can. It helps to wrap it a few times then pull it tight. Figure out which strategy works best for you, you’ll have plenty of time.

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Make sure when you get to a knot from your web that you work around it and not through it.

Do This:

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Work all the way around your ring. When you get to the end, you finish the same way you started.

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Obviously, you will do this when you are finished. I did it before so you could see it better.

Then, tie the extra string from the end, to the extra string from the beginning.

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Step 4. Food break.  Don’t forget to eat. This is probably the most important step.

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Step 5.  Feathers! Before you get excited, you have to make something to attach the feathers to.  I used some different colored string and braided it. Its that simple.

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You can make this part as simple or complex as you wish.

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Now, plug in your glue gun. While it heats up, play around with your feathers and make a design that you like.

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Now glue it!  You only need a tiny bit of glue between feathers. If you use a lot, it will glob up and stick to the feathers.  You don’t want that. When you’re ready to attach your feathers to your braids or whatever you used, put a tiny bit of glue on the stem of the feathers and stick the end of your strings to it.

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Step 6. Clean up your mess. Do I really need to explain? I will say this: feathers can be messy.

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Step 7. Enjoy your  dream catcher!

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