Native American art is beautiful and often unique. It’s also very expensive to purchase. Dream catchers are popular Native American decor piece, but many people have trouble making them, since the weaving of the twine is sometimes intricate and complicated. If you’d love to have some new and different dream catchers, but you don’t know how to weave the twine, you don’t have to worry. You can easily make one yourself and you won’t have to read up on how to weave the twine. In fact, this particular dream catcher doesn’t even require twine!
Purchase a metal hoop at a craft store. They’re available in various sizes and shapes. The ring you choose can be large, round and gold or small, heart-shaped and silver tone. These choices are up to you depending upon the type of dream catcher you want to make. The rings are not expensive so why not purchase more than one so you can make different dream catchers.
Instead of twine to make the dream catcher you will be using wire. Choose wire in unusual colors like pink, blue or green or use traditional wires that are silver or copper in color. Although there are any number of wire types you can use for the project it’s important that you select wire which is very pliable but will easily hold its shape. You won’t need a huge spool of wire to create a dream catcher or two.
You’ll have to cut a predetermined size of wire and that can be difficult because you might be using a really small ring or a great big one. For a large ring cut about three yards of wire. You can reduce that amount considerably if you’re using a small ring. You can get a general idea of how much wire to cut for the project by wrapping it around and around, the chosen ring, from top to bottom, until you have quite a lot of wire gathered around the center of the ring. Cut the wire and unwrap it from around the ring. Smooth the wire out to be as flat as possible before continuing with the craft.
Start by wrapping the end of the wire around the ring a couple of times. Pull the wire across the front of the ring and wrap it around another area of the ring. Before you wrap it, though, slide a chosen bead onto the wire. Position the bead where you want. You can simply slide the beads on, here and there, or you can use a dot of hot glue to hold each bead in the place you want. To do this, slide the bead almost in to position, place a dot of glue on the wire, then slide the bead over it.
Continue wrapping the wire around the ring, placing beads where you want, then wrapping the wire to another area of the ring. Each time you wrap the wire at another area of the ring, wrap it around the ring twice to secure it. So, begin by wrapping the end around the ring, bringing the wire across the front, sliding on the bead(s), and wrapping twice at another area of the ring. Go from that point and pull the wire across the ring, slide on the bead(s) and wrap it twice around the next chosen area of the ring. You’ll continue doing this until the wires are cris-crossed all over the front.
Choose a spot on the ring that will hold the hanger. Make a hanger by simply tying on a ribbon piece or a length of rawhide. Position the knot so that it is down by the ring, and behind it. Glue the knot to the backside of the ring to permanently conceal it.
To add feathers to the dream catcher simply use lengths of ribbon, fishing twine or rawhide. Cut a length, feed one end over the ring, then bring the two ends together. Slide a pony bead over both ends ( a bead with a large hole) and slide the bead to the top, near the ring. Fill the hole of the bead with hot glue. Quickly position one, two or more feather quills into the glue. Since you have lengths of ribbon, twine or rawhide still hanging below those feathers, do the same process again. This time, separate the two ribbon or twine pieces and slide a bead onto each ribbon, filling it with glue then inserting the feathers. Position the beads so that each one is at a different height on the length of ribbon or twine. You can create one set for the very center, bottom of the ring, and a shorter set that goes on each side of that one. Or, you can make a set of feathers for the bottom and the two sides.
You can further embellish the dream catcher by choosing a Native American-theme embellishment to glue to the very top. This can help conceal the end of the hanger while creating a specific theme for the dream catcher. The process of wiring the dream catcher is very easy and the beads you choose can really add glitz and glamour to the creation. Use turquoise beads, silver and black ones – even red. You create the color scheme, Native American theme and the other choices. You’ll love this project which creates a gorgeous, one-of-a-kind dream catcher that you’ll be proud to display.