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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

How to Make a Dreamcatcher with Beads

How to Make a Dreamcatcher with Beads

Learn how to make a dreamcatcher with beads by following this stellar video tutorial. This boho dreamcatcher is a beautiful and impressive craft to make! Read through the step-by-step instructions and watch the video to learn how to make this pretty craft. If you've never tried making a dream catcher before, it's a soothing project that's mesmerizing and surprisingly simple once you master the basic technique. The trailing yarns are a fabulous, boho touch. If you're looking for a funky new project to decorate a bedroom or even an office space, this is a great craft to work on!

Video Instructions

1. Wrapping the hoop

Using the 1 ply hemp, start by securing the end of the hemp to your hoop with a double knot.

Wrap the hemp around the hoop by picking up the ball from the center of the hoop and bringing it up and around to the back.

Try to cover all of the metal with the hemp. This part may take a while but it's going to be worth it.

Once you wrap all the way around the hoop, secure the hemp by tying the end from the beginning to the end you finished with using a double knot so it doesn't unravel.
 

2. Weaving the center web

First start by winding a smaller ball of hemp from the larger ball. You want the ball to be able to fit through the gaps as you work around the center.

If you are using beads in your dreamcatcher, thread the beads onto the small ball of hemp. This way you can easily drop them into place as needed.

Now you can start weaving the center web.

Secure the hemp to the hoop with a double knot.

Pick up your hemp and beads, bring it up and over to the back of the hoop.

Leave a gap in the center.

Pull the hemp and beads through the gap from the back to the front.

Leaving about an inch gap to work into when you go around in the next round.

Do this all the way around.

Leave about an inch space between the last gap you create and the first gap.

To continue on you will be working into the first gap.

Bring your hemp and beads under the hoop and pull it up through the gap.

Bring your hemp and beads under the hoop again and pull it up through the next gap, dropping a bead if desired.

Bring your hemp and beads under the hoop again and pull it up through the next gap.

Repeat this around and around until you get close to the center.

You may need to stop and rewind your ball of hemp from time to time. That's ok. Don't forget to keep your energy positive.

While weaving my dreamcatcher center, I dropped a bead in every other space. You can drop them wherever you like on yours to create different designs.

As you get closer to the center it may be necessary to use your needle to weave the hemp in and out of the gaps.

Make sure you continue by working from under and pulling the hemp up through the gaps.

Once you're able to pull your center closed, go ahead and tie off. Use your needle to pull the hemp through a gap and tie a double knot.

If you'd like you can add some beads to the center before finishing off.

3. Decorating

This Dreamcatcher used:

●    Sari Silk Ribbon in Wildflower
●    Pre-strung beads
●    1 ply hemp

Start by cutting the ribbon into strips.

Cut strips approximately 30 inches long. You can cut yours as long or as short as you'd like.

To hang the ribbon from your dreamcatcher, fold the ribbon in half. Insert the top loop where the fold is through the front to the back of the hoop. Pull the ends through the loop and tighten the knot.

Do this with all of your ribbon.

I also ended up tying  some pre strung beads and a few pieces of the hemp to the bottom of my dreamcatcher. Feel free to have fun with yours too.

Have you ever owned or made a dreamcatcher before? What did it look like?

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