I would be lying if I stated that I’m not inspired by nature. It is actually a main source of inspiration for me. Not only when I travel, but also for my crafts. The truth is: I can’t be still. If I have a little time to spare, I start thinking about what my next project is going to be. Since I hate to waste, be it food, energy or materials, I try to choose projects that reuse some kind of resource.
My suggestion today is not only a DIY project, but also an invitation to go out into the nature and take a walk. I’m lucky enough to have grown up in the countryside, close to different animals and plants so I make use of it. It was on a stroll outside that I found most of the materials to create this dreamcatcher.
– A few sticks and roots
– Cotton string
Start by separating three of the sticks with approximately the same size. I chose three grapevine sticks because I liked its groovy rural look. This is when you might use a little glue: the goal is to create a triangle with the sticks and it might be a good idea to glue them, even though we are going to decorate the corners with string anyway.
Once the triangle is done, we can start decorating the middle part. Just take the string and wrap it around the triangle, creating a pattern in the center. Go ahead and wrap some string around the corners, giving the impression that the triangle is tied together and not glued.
At this point you already have the top part of your dreamcatcher. After decorating the triangle, it’s time to choose and prepare the hanging items. While looking for these items, try to choose the ones that weigh less. This prevents the triangle from bending and provides the dreamcatcher with some movement.
I found some dry roots with an interesting shape and two brown feathers. If you find it hard to collect feathers, try to wander off to a place that has birds flying around. Or just ask someone with pet birds for a few of the feathers that they let out.
With the cotton string, go through the roots or sticks. If there are holes or if the material is easy to puncture, you can hang it like that. If not, you can wrap some string around it and use a little bit of glue to keep it in place.
I ended up using a macramé knot for some elements. It’s called the wrap or the gathering knot and you can see how it’s done, here. In the end, you just have to tie all the items with simple knots, leaving them hanging in different hights, and hide the knots in the back.
There’s going to be people that say this is not a real dreamcatcher because it’s a triangle or because it doesn’t chime. But if it was enough to make you happy for a few hours, if it made you discover a nice waterfall or stop for thirty seconds to enjoy the way ants move, it has already fulfilled its purpose. If it makes you slightly happier every time you look at it, even better!