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Camp Crafts: Rainbow Dream Catcher

Author: Amanda Formaro

Supplies

  • 2 pieces of 18 gauge paper stem wire OR supple twigs
  • Rainbow string
  • Pony beads in several colors
  • 2 colorful feathers

Instructions

  • Bend the 2 paper stems into a circle, twist the ends together to combine them. If you are using twigs, look for supple twigs that are bendable. Use some string to tie the ends together.
  • Cut off a length of string, about 2 arms lengths (both arms stretched out). Wrap the string around two fingers, this will keep it at a workable length as you wrap it around your wire/twig circle.
  • Tie the end of the string to the circle. Stretch the string ¼ of the way around the circle and wrap around twice. Stretch the string ¼ of the way around the circle again, wrap around twice. Repeat two more times, you should end up where you started.
  • Stretch the string across the length of the circle and tuck into the stretched string, wrapping it around once, then stretching across the circle again, repeating this process as many times as you like, criss-crossing in a pattern to your liking.
  • When your web is almost complete, it’s time to add some beads. Unwrap the remaining wound up string, trim, leaving about 18” of string to work with. Thread on 2-3 colorful beads, stretch and wrap the string again. Add 2-3 more colorful beads, stretch and wrap, then tie off the string to the circle.
  • Use about 20” of string, fold it in half to create a loop. Run the loop under the circle and thread the open ends of the string through the loop, pull it tight. Tie the loose ends into a knot. This is your hanger.
  • Repeat this process two more times at the bottom of the circle. Thread 4-5 colorful beads onto each length of string, wrap the bottom end of the string around the end of a feather. Slide a bead down onto the feather end to secure.