DIY Dream Catcher Using Crochet Doily and Wire

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Have you ever tried to make your own diy dream catcher? I made it once when I was little using plastic bangle, sewing thread and some feathers. But that was along time ago and dream catchers seem to be on trend for quite a while now. Oh my, I don’t even want to count those hours I spent scrolling trough Pinterest and adoring all those designs. There is just something magical about them, something I can’t explain, just feel. So I’m just sitting in my tiny balcony enjoying a fresh cup of mint tea and a soft breeze. Gazing at my freshly finished dream catchers (yes, I decided I need more than one) slowly dancing in the wind. So join me in today’s tutorial on how to make dream catcher using crochet doily, some wire, yarn, beads and leather.
DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Tools and Materials

  • A crochet doily. Thrift stores usually have loads of beautiful and cheap doilies. I got a set of linen ones from my auntie, can you believe she was going to throw them out?
  • Wire. Something thick enough to hold a shape but not too hard so you could bend it by hand. I used 1.6 mm zinc covered with PVC which I found at my local hardware store.
  • Yarn. One thicker kind (I used twine) to cover up wire and thinner (in my case cotton) to make strands and put beads on.
  • Beads of your choice. I used strands of thrifted necklaces made of wooden and glass beads.
  • Scrap of soft thin leather or other similar material to make feathers
  • Jewelry findings – jump rings and eye pins.
  • Scissors, pliers, cutters, crochet hook and marker

 

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Start by making the “feathers”. Draw some leaf shapes on the back side of your leather. I had a piece of my mom’s 90’s jacket laying around. You might want to use some stencil but I went totally free style here and just draw everything by hand.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Cut out the shapes and cut them all the way around to create that fringe effect. Voila – your leaf turns into feather!

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Now pierce the top of each feather and put a jump ring in it.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire



Next attach an eye pin to each jump ring and leave it be for now. If you’re not sure how to work with pins or jump rings check out my DIY triangle pendant post for detailed pictures and tips.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Now you want to make a nice round shape out of wire. To do that find some cylinder shaped object (bucket, pot, stool top, column, pipe etc.) and wrap your wire around it. Make sure that the size of the circle is similar to the doily you have. I used bucket for mine. Twist the ends to hold together and cut the wire.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Loosen the ends of your wire a little bit and start putting on doily. I’m not sure how to describe it in words properly but you should simply put one end of the wire trough the holes of the doily and do that all the way round. I think it will be much clearer when you try and feel it yourself. Make sure that your doily is not too loose. If it is loose you will have to leave longer outer edges.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

When you finish this step secure wire ends again and try to shape them into some kind of loop or hook for hanging. Also you might need to reshape your circle a little bit by hands. Mine looks somehow flattened in this picture but I ensure you it’s only because of poor angle while taking photo. Hang it in some easily reachable place and let’s move to making beaded strings.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Start by adding some smaller beads on already prepared eye pins and attaching jump rings at the ends (no more jump rings, I promise) Make any design you want or go totally random like I did here.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Admire your beaded feathers for a while and prepare your thread.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Now attach the thread to the jump ring and decorate it with larger beads. Secure beads with knots so they wouldn’t slide down. As you can see Jaques the cat decided to join in at this point. He enjoyed yarn ball and beads so much that he almost ruined the scene! No quail eggs for nasty Jaques today.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Back to the dream catcher. Hang your first strand. It should be the longest one and go directly to the center. Then hang other strands symmetrically and shorten each of them gradually. Don’t worry about not so beautiful yarn ends at the base. We will hide them eventually.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

I decided to make seven “tails” for this dream catcher but I also made another one with only five of them. It’s totally up to you and basically depends on the size of the doily. Some tips for design: try to bring order by making your strings symmetrical and avoid too many colorful beads. Keep it simple and neat.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Now it’s time to cover up that ugly wire. Take some twine (or any other yarn you prefer) and crochet all the way around the wire in simple single crochet stitch. You might want to turn on some TV show at this point cause it takes some time to work all the way round with all those strings and wire. I think it took me about 40 minutes, so I almost finished new episode of The Leftovers. This show is amazing!

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire


Keep crocheting all the way round and pay special attention to the bottom part where the strings hang. You want to cover up all loose ends but be careful not to “hook in” the strings themselves. Also strings tend to slide a little bit to sides so keep checking if the spaces between them are still the same equal length.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

After you finish crocheting all the way round it should look something like this. Make final touches – fix that circle to make the shape perfect, trim loose ends, maybe twist a loop for hanging and you’re ready to go!

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Hang your DIY dream catcher in a nice place and admire! I also made two smaller ones to create a matching set.

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

Sweet dreams are guaranteed!

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

DIY dream catcher is a perfect earring holder too!

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire



I just loved taking pictures of all the little details. Maybe it’s too much? Nah, there are never too many nice pictures!

DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

 

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DIY dream catcher from thrifted crochet doily wire

 

Will you be making this DIY dream catcher? Or maybe you know alternative method of doing them? Let me know in the comments section below! Also don’t forget to share what you make using #polkacrafts on Instagram. I love to leave nice comments!

Much love,

Sarune from Polka Crafts

2 Comment

  1. Could you explain the single crochet stick that you finished this with? I know how to crochet a little but can’t fingure out how this is done. Thank you!

  2. Hey Barbara, thanks for taking interest! I used the most basic single crochet stich like the one in this tutorial in example https://www.thespruce.com/single-crochet-stitch-tutorial-979083
    You just have to imagine that the wire hoop is a simple strand of chain crochet and you’re just working on the second row. Just follow your instincts and give it a try! You can also simply wrap the twine around the wire by hand and skip the crocheting all together. Let me see how it goes!

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