Autumn is right around the corner and I am SO excited. Nothing feels better than curling up with a chunky cardigan, a warm cup of tea, and an afternoon project. So, for my latest project, I created a fall-inspired DIY dream catcher that is perfect for crafting the days away. It features colored hemp cord and long tail feathers for an earthy, natural look. Thanks to Darice’s large selection of hemp cord sets, this project is extremely easy to customize. It’s the best way to get those DIY fall vibes going. Here’s how to make it!
- Darice Circle Plastic Canvas Shape
- Darice Needlepoint Needle
- Darice Hemp Cord Set in Earthy Dark Colors (2)
- Darice Ringneck Tail Pheasant Feathers
- Darice Craft Scissors
- Darice Glue Gun
- Flat Embellishment, Bead, Stud (optional)
Remember, you do not have to choose the same hemp cord sets that I used. Darice offers a large assortment of colored hemp, letting you personalize to your heart’s desire.
Insert a long strand of hemp through the needle. Shimmy the needle to the center, making sure there is an equal amount of hemp cord on each side. Tie the ends into a tight knot.
Step 1. Insert the needle through the plastic canvas from back to front. Start along the outer perimeter of the canvas.
Step 4. Insert the needle through the prior hole. Do not pierce through the stitch your just created; instead, slide the needle right next to it.
Step 6. Repeat, repeat, and repeat some more! When you run out of hemp cord, simply cut it and tie a tight single knot. Re-thread the needle and continue. Feel free to switch up the color to create a design or pattern on your DIY dream catcher.
Tip: Work on this a little bit each night or watch a few episodes of your favorite show. You’ll be done before you know it!
Step 7. If you want you can hot glue an embellishment to the stitched canvas; I used a spare embossed metal bead from my supply stash. This was a last-minute decision and I’m loving how it looks. You can use embellishments such as flat studs, buttons, or wood pieces.
Step 9. Using the needle, thread a short strand of hemp cord into the top of the canvas. Tie a tight double knot on each side.
Your new DIY dream catcher is ready to spruce up your wall, office, or door! Feel free to take this project up a notch by adding strands of beads, ribbon, or fabric along with the feathers.
Looking for another wall hanging project? Check out my easy no-weave floral DIY tapestry tutorial. Happy making, fellow autumn lovers!
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Kirsten is a lifestyle writer and craft book author focusing on DIY, food, health, and creativity. Since 2010, she has been sharing DIY projects at WildAmor.com (formerly Studs & Pearls). In May 2014, Kirsten published her first book, Studs & Pearls: 30 Creative Projects for Customized Fashion; you can find it at Barnes & Noble, Amazon & select independent bookstores. She spends most of her time writing, crafting, traveling, and dreaming up new recipe ideas. Kirsten is a born and raised New Yorker currently living in the Bay Area of California.