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8 July 2014

Enchanted dreamcatchers give everlastingly beautiful dreams. As ancient legend reveals, the dreamcatcher lets positive dreams come true. Once the sun rises, all bad dreams disappear. In today's venture in The Land of Lavish, I am delighted to be sharing an enchanted do-it-yourself dreamcatcher inspired by the magic and softness of wintertime. As snow flurries begin to fall silently, dream on, and discover the DIY "Eternal Dreams" dreamcatcher. 

DIY The Land of Lavish

“Never let it be said that to dream is a waste of one’s time. For dreams are out realities in waiting. In dreams, we plant the seeds of our future.”  - Anon.

The beautiful winter has arrived, and it’s time to celebrate the first snowfall with a glittering new DIY Darling project, a one-of-a-kind dreamcatcher. Adorned with a dazzling array of crystals and pearls, it makes an impossibly charming gift for the hopeful dreamers of today. The “Eternal Dreams” dreamcatcher has a romantic, vintage charm, with fluttery feathers giving the illusion of peaceful dreams in flight. 

DIY The Land of Lavish

DIY The Land of Lavish
The legend of the dreamcatcher
In some Native American cultures, a dreamcatcher was intended to protect sleeping individuals from negative dreams, while letting positive dreams through. Storytellers say mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for children, using willow hoops or cornage made from plants, and decorated with sacred items such as feathers and beads. The dreamcatcher, hung above the bed, is used as a charm to protect sleeping people. According to Konrad J. Kaweczynski, "Only good dreams would be allowed to filter through… Bad dreams would stay in the net, disappearing with the light of day." The good dreams are trapped in the web, and then slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.

Now, get crafty with the DIY Darling dreamcatcher! Because a little sparkle is essential for enchanted dreams! 

You will need:
  • Wooden or metal craft hoop: I used a 6 inch round rattan ring. 
  • Doily: I found a small ivory knitted doily from a local market. Crocheted ones are another option.
  • Yarn: I used an inexpensive ball of yarn to cover my hoop.
  • Ribbon: I used a selection of silk, lace, embroidered and organza ribbons in ivory. 
  • Feathers: I used marabou feathers in white.
  • Gems & pearls: I used a variety of round and teardrop shaped glass peals, and crystal facets. 
  • Decorative accessories: I used pearl and blossom embellishments to accessorise my dreamcatcher. You can also use beads, buttons and charms. 
  • Scissors
  • Darning needle 
  • Clips or pegs

What to do:
  1. Design your dreamcatcher: With all of your materials in mind, sketch your dreamcatcher. I played around with my decorations to create a design I was happy with before I made anything permanent. 
  2. Cover the hoop: Tie the end of your yarn to the craft hoop to secure it in place. Then start wrapping the yarn tightly around the hoop, tying a knot at the end. *This is a fairly long process depending on the width of your yarn. It took me over 40 minutes to cover the hoop entirely. 
  3. Create a hanger: Tie an additional piece of yarn to the top of your hoop to create a hook.
  4. Attach your doily: If needed, trim your doily to fit the size of your hoop. Then, position the doily in the centre of the hoop. Cut five small pieces of yarn and attach your doily to the craft hoop. *Tip: When I was attaching my doily, I temporarily used clips to help position it on the hoop. 
  5. Create dangling decorations: With your selection of gems, pearls, feathers and ribbons, thread your darning needle with yarn and create long strings of decorations for your dreamcatcher. You can make single stranded decorations or double-ended decorations. I attached crystals, pearl beads and feathers to yarn and cotton thread for a vintage shabby-chic appeal. 
  6. Secure accessories: For single stranded decorations, tie them to the base of the hoop. For double-ended decorations, use a Lark’s Head knot to secure them to the hoop. 
  7. Accessorise: Add any additional accessories such as charms or blossom embellishments to create a one-of-a-kind dreamcatcher. 
  8. Dream away: Place your dreamcatcher above your bed and have everlastingly beautiful dreams. 
We are the dreamers of dreams.”  - Roald Dahl

Now, you have a truly special dreamcatcher that can be treasured for years to come. When hung over your bed, swinging freely in the air, the dreamcatcher can gently pass good dreams. Additionally, “Eternal Dreams” is perfect for decorating a wall, headboard, canopy, window or curtains.  

Do It Yourself The Land of Lavish

DIY The Land of Lavish
I have also created a little step-by-step video tutorial for this enchanting dreamcatcher creation.

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.” - Harriet Tubman

I hope an “Eternal Dreams” dreamcatcher gives you endless nights of soft and peaceful dreams. And remember, dream on, dream on, dream on . . . until your dreams come true. 

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