Hello Crate Paper fans! I’m back again with an easy DIY decor idea you can make using some of your favorite Crate Paper collections. This sweet little dream catcher is so much fun to make and would look great in multiples as party decorations or favors.
To start, first you need to gather your supplies:
You will need a small embroidery hoop and string. In my example, I actually used the largest size of the wood veneer embroidery hoop from the Craft Market collection! I also used a variety of string and yarn in different colors and weights to add some visual interest.
At the time, I wasn’t completely sure what embellishments I would end up adding to my dream catcher, so I gathered a wide range of tools to work with:
- scissors - to cut string and paper
- jump rings + pliers - to attach embellishments
- mini attacher - to secure pape
- paper piercer + mat - to make holes for jump rings or other attachments
- needle - to thread beads and other embellishments
To decorate my dream catcher, I pulled a lot of Crate Paper chipboard stickers, layered paper embellishments, wood veneer, brads, sequins, and buttons. Everything so far seemed pretty lightweight, so I also grabbed a few beads made from pyrite, turquoise, agate, and other heavier materials to mix in.
When all of your supplies have been gathered, you can get started by adding string to the embroidery hoop. Wrap the string around the screws at the top of the hoop to secure it in place. Then, continue wrapping the string around the whole length of the hoop, creating a net in the center of the dream catcher. When the net looks finished, cut off about a 6” excess of string and wrap it around the screws at the top of the hoop to secure the net in place.
For my example, I repeated this entire process a second time using another color of string. After that, I was ready to start my favorite part, decorating the dream catcher!
To start decorating, first you need to tie a variety of different strings, in varying lengths, to the bottom of your dream catcher. You will bead your embellishments onto these strings, so be generous with the lengths that you cut.
The longest string on my finished dream catcher measures 10”, however, I probably needed about 13” or 14” to attach all the beads and embellishments to it. I used knots to secure the heavier items and my tiny attacher to staple bits of paper to the yarn.
I also used knots to to create a scattered effect of beads. First, I would thread the bead and position it on the string where I wanted it placed. Then I wrapped the string around the bead and tied a knot to secure it in position.
The sequins from the Confetti Collection by Maggie Holmes stayed in place, all on their own, because the yarn I used to thread them is very thick.
As you can see, knots also secure the metal butterfly from the Confetti Collection, the wood veneer arrow form the Journey Collection, and the small tassel I made with embroidery thread and a jump ring.
To keep the beads from falling off the end of my thin string, I threaded a sequin flower from the Confetti Collection beneath the beads and tied a knot underneath. The wood veneer buttons from the Journey Collection were easy to keep in place because I threaded them onto thick yarn.
As a finishing touch, I adhered our house numbers to the net of my dream catcher using Thickers from the Confetti Collection. Depending on the type of party you’re hosting, it would be fun to customize your own dream catchers with initials or short phrases.
Hanging my dream catcher was easy because it’s super lightweight. I tied a bit of string to the top and hung it from an L hook on my wall. Actually, the whole process was pretty easy, which is great because this little guy would look really cool in multiples. Best of all, it wouldn’t take a lot of planning. Just use whatever you have on hand to decorate! So go ahead—throw that impromptu dance party ♥