Last year, I created a dreamcatcher for our front room, which I affectionately coined as “The Boho Room.”
I just loved everything about this craft. It was so simple. I had fun. More importantly, it was done in under an hour! I’m definitely an instant gratification type of crafter. So when I asked my sister what she wanted for a present for her newest addition and she said a dreamcatcher mobile I was thrilled to try my hand at it.
This was only momentarily followed by me wishing I had come up with the idea for gifting a dreamcatcher mobile all on my own.
You’ll love how easy it is to create a one-of-a-kind dreamcatcher mobile. Plus, you can customize it with whatever fabrics, beads and feathers you like. The possibilities are endless.
– 3 coordinating fabrics (1/2 yard of each)
– a doily
– 2 or 3 packs Faux leather cord
– hemp string
– 12 inch metal ring
– wood beads (different sizes and shapes)
When you’re picking out fabric pick out one that can be your base color. In my case this was the pink/coral color. I then used the feather fabric to be my whimsical fabric and it also had the coordinating coral color in some of the feathers. The gray arrow fabric helped tone down the other two, but still kept it light.
The hemp string can be thicker or thinner depending on the look you’re going for. I opted for a thinner hemp string because I already had it on hand and loved how it looked in the dreamcatcher I already made.
I grabbed a pack each of different shapes of beads because I love having options.
The faux leather cord is what you’ll be using to hang up the dreamcatcher mobile so you’ll need a lot of it, depending on how high you’re hanging it.
I used a 12 inch metal ring, but bring along your doily to put in the middle to gauge how big of a metal ring you’ll need. You may need a smaller one if your doily is smaller.
I use ribbons to break up the fabric and add a little feminine touch to the dreamcatcher mobile. I try to use a couple lace ones, a light color and a coordinating color.
1. Cut each of your 3 fabrics into strips. I don’t measure mine, but I try to keep them as uniform as possible. Probably about a 1/2 inch or less. Tip: You don’t want to be too wide or they won’t hang as well when you’re all finished.
2. Next, you’ll want to wrap your metal ring in one of the fabrics. I always try to pick the base color for this part. Wrap it with the strips you cut. I used 3 strips of the coral fabric. When I reached the end of the strip of fabric I would just take another strip and tie it together. There will be a little bump where the knot is but I promise no one will see it after you’re all done.
This is what the finished metal ring will look like. You can see my three bumps where the knots are, but again those will be hidden. You can also try to tuck each of the ends of the knots under the fabric as you go. You can see that only one of the knot actually has a tail.
3. Take your hemp string and tie a knot at the last bump. Tip: This means you only have one area that needs to be hidden by the other fabrics.
5. Take your hemp string and cut off about 2 feet. Wrap it around the ring and then through one of the outer holes in the doily pattern. I use an over and under method. Continue to wrap the hemp string under the metal ring, over the ring, through a doily and back under the ring.
Look at this picture to see how I did the method I used. You can attach the doily however you like. If you want more string you can attach every hole in the doily. Be creative and do what you like to get a completely unique look!
6. Tie a knot when you get all the way around the ring back to your starting point. Here’s what my finished metal ring with the doily looked like.
7. Here’s the best part. Tying on all the fabric! Start at the biggest knot (the one you want to cover up) and start with whatever fabric you like. Then tie it in a knot. There’s really no need to double knot it, I find that the fabric ties well with just one knot. Then continue this with each fabric strip you have.
Follow whatever pattern you like. I went with coral, gray, feather for my pattern, but you could do a 2:1:1 ratio or a 2:1:2 ratio. You can even do less fabric. I admit, I may have gone a little fabric crazy on this project!
8. Continue to work your way around the ring. I started adding lace, but then decided to wait until I was done with the fabric trips. This way I could see where I wanted it since those were placed at specific places throughout the dreamcatcher mobile.
In between tying the fabric strips on the ring every once in awhile hold it upright so you can see how the project is coming along and to make sure there aren’t any gaps that you don’t want there.
9. Continue to tie the fabric strips around the ring until you are finished. Remember, it’s up to you if you want a lot of fabric or a little fabric.
10. Pick the length of the strips of ribbon and lace you want. Again, I didn’t measure I just picked the length I wanted and then cut all the ribbon and lace the same length.
11. Randomly tie the ribbon and lace throughout the ring. I chose to add random pieces to make it less structured of a piece, especially if you followed a pattern.
12. Take your faux leather cord and measure out 4 equal pieces and cut. The length of the cord will be determined by how high you want your dreamcatcher mobile to be.
13. Tie each piece of faux leather cord at equally spaced distance around the ring. I double/tripled knotted the cord and hid the tail under the fabric strips. Pull rather tight to ensure it’s tied snug onto the ring.
14. Hold all 4 pieces of faux leather cord and level out the ring. You may need some assistance of a great friend, sister or spouse. Once all the pieces are holding the ring level tie in a knot. I ended up putting a bead on top to add some decoration.
15. Run the faux leather cord together and tie up at the top at the length you desire. When you tie it up at the top you’ll need to make a loop so you can hang it from the ceiling. You can also tie little knots running up the entire length of the cording, but again that’s up to you. Or you can hang it right from the top of the dreamcatcher.
16. Now that it’s able to be held or hung up go around and trim the ends. I cut my shorter because I knew it was going to be hanging over my niece’s crib, but if you’re just using it for decoration you can leave it as long as you want. I would trim up any of the strips and ribbon that is uneven. It just makes it look prettier.
I just love how it turned out! I’m hoping my sister loves it as much I do.
Such a simple craft that makes such a big impact.
So there you have it! An easy DIY dreamcatcher mobile.
Let me know what you think and definitely let me know if you make it! I’d love to see your finished project.
What are some of your favorite DIY projects?
Disclaimer: Please use care when hanging anything above your child’s crib. Anything on this design could become a chocking hazard for a small child. Always use your judgement when making crafts and projects. Just Becoming Me is not responsible for anything that goes wrong with your project. Please read my disclaimer.