I will show you how to make a cute dream catcher by using wires, no threads, no glue.
This is the dream catcher we are making, isn’t it adorable?
These are the items you need:
- hard wire 12 gauge
- soft wire 24 gauge
- assorted wooden beads
- pliers and cutter
I will not be very specific on the beads and feathers, as you can use any colors and styles you want. The purpose of this tutorial is to show you another way to make dream catchers, other than the traditional thread-and-glue technique.
Make the frame. My frame is 6″ diameter. Slide your beads of choice on the hard wire. Make a loop (bail) and close the frame. Secure it with additional wire. You want a sturdy and straight frame.
Tip: You can use a pre-made beading hook, they sell it in the crafts store. In that case, you don’t need to make a bail, you will use a spring ring to hang your dream catcher.
Cut 7 feet of soft wire, this will be your spider web. Make sure you have enough space to let your wire flow, it will be a little hectic at the beginning, as the wire is very long. Patience is the name of this game!
Slide the wire through the bail, that is your beginning point. Count all your beads and divide them in equal parts. In this project I had 45 beads, I divided by 5, so I will have 9 pointers for my dream catcher.
Now start weaving the wire as shown in the picture. It is the same technique like the thread method, but you will use the soft wire. Go around, count the beads and when you finish the first round, keep going…
When you come close to the middle, slide 3 beads on your wire. I used three crystal nuggets, to make it more interesting. This step is optional, some people don’t use any beads in the middle.
Now we work on the bottom part of our dream catcher. Cut a piece of wire, approx. 10″. Fold it in half and attach it to the frame, by making a loop and a twist. Slide the beads on both wires. The last beads in my project are tube beads, with a large hole. The wires are now out of my tube beads.
Take two feathers and stick them into the end of the last bead. When you feel that they are correctly positioned, wrap the wires, two loops in each direction. Now the beads and feathers are secured. Repeat this step until you finish the five “legs”.
That’s it! You finished your dream-catcher! Go ahead and hang it in your bedroom. All the bad dreams will be caught in this magical dream catcher!
I have many cute dream catchers in stock!