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Doily Dream Catcher

Easily transform secondhand findings into a modern dream catcher.

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Materials Needed:

  • large metal loop (wire macrame hoop)
  • lace doily — Find them at a thrift store, flea market or on Etsy. (Thinner fibers like doilies made of mercerized cotton work the best.)
  • small ball of inexpensive, lightweight yarn (Use a cotton/poly blend for less fray.)
  • clothespins or clips
  • decorations (feathers, shells, stones, gems, trinkets or jewelry pieces)

Cover Metal Loop

Tie a lark's head knot and begin to macrame your metal loop. Cover the entire frame with the knots. Alternately, you could simply tightly wrap the hoop with the yarn.

Create Loop for Hanger

Knot a piece of yarn into a loop at the top of your dream catcher, this will be used to hang it.

Lay your doily in the center of the hoop to decide which way is up. Notice how small the circumference of the doily appears in relation to the hoop?

Begin Creating a Web

Tie a piece of yarn to opposite ends of the doily. Using clothespins to help you find the center, tie each side securely, stretching as tight as possible. This is the really fun part — but if you allow the web to go slack, you'll be disappointed with the final result. Work across from each side in quadrants. Think north, south, east, west, and divide evenly until there are no sagging areas. If you find halfway through that your initial tie-offs are a bit slack, cut them and re-tie.

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