DIY Hula Hoop Dream Catcher

Happy Monday!  What a crazy weekend!  Friday night was quartermania at the elementary school- it’s basically bingo style raffle…. You buy a numbered paddle, and then you use quarters to bid on items (the bids are anywhere from 1-4 quarters each).  Then when you bid on an item you hold your paddle up and if your number is called, you win.  Totally confusing, I know, but once you play it makes sense…. I spent a total of $25 with the kids, and we won one item- a choose your own purse.  Emmy was THRILLED and selected a sequin black and white peace sign purse.  Did I mention my inlaws also arrived that night and were forced to hang out with all the elementary kids and parents!  Saturday was a successful flea market morning for me, followed by taking my mother in law to Sweet Clover.  That evening I headed out to The House is in the Bag  with a few of my girlfriends.  It’s a ticketed event which combines a silent and live purse auction with all proceeds benefitting Women Build, which is a part of Habitat for Humanity.  It was a great way to spend time with girlfriends and do something for a good cause!  Of course, the next day I had to work all day, so by the end of Sunday, I was spent!

Anyhow, since my inlaws were about to visit, I spent much of last week getting my guest room in order after painting a wall black, and hanging chocolate curtains, finding the right dresser, and I also created ta piece of artwork for above the bed!  It needed something after I had taken down the sunburst mirror when I painted it.  If you recall it looked like this:

Well after moving the original dresser that was in there and placing a mirror over that, there would have been too many focal mirrors on the one wall for me.  And with the new color palette, I wanted something earthy and textural.  A friend of mine who has amazing style and happens to live in town has been my sounding board through this whole project (and I have been hers on her daughter’s room; so great to have friends like that close by!) suggested that I hang a big dream catcher.  Well, I wasn’t sure where I was going to find one exactly like I wanted with my close to nil budget.  So I decided to gather supplies and make one.  For this project I used…

a hula hoop, purchased at KMart
Vanna White yarn in Wheat (purchased with a 50% off coupon at Joann)
camel brown beads from Joann I purchased at a 30% discount because one was missing
pheasant feathers I had on hand

I started off by tying and end of thread to the hula hoop and then spent the next 1.5 hours wrapping my hoop tightly.

Once I had it all wrapped I tied it securely and created a hanging loop as well.  Now, some people like directions, and I am sure you can google and find some, but I just used an image to figure out how to weave mine.  The image came from A Lion’s Nest, but I had just pulled it up on pinterest.  It was enough to give me an idea of how I should weave it.

I went to work weaving and this is what I came up with…

Finally, I cut some long pieces of yarn, and tied the feathers to one end.  I wove the other end through the bead, which was no easy feat.  I used a yarn needle to guide and push the yarn in but the eye wouldn’t fit through, so the needle wasn’t threaded…. it was just a pusher . 🙂  Finally, I tied my feather and bead pieces to the hoop and hung it over the bed.  Here it is!

And I should have a new lens later today so I can take better room shots, so for now, here’s a phone picture to give you a feel of the whole room so far…

I just love how it is all coming together!  Happy Monday friends!  I am off to Sweet Clover tostart preparing already for our December sale!
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47 thoughts on “DIY Hula Hoop Dream Catcher”

  1. Like I said before, it looks awesome. I totally love it and it’s the perfect addition to your room.
    In the one photo with your hand it looks like it is tiny 😉

  2. Thanks so much for sharing how you did the dream catcher… It’s the perfect fit–such a neat idea! I’ve been thinking where in the world I could find a hula hoop this time of year–usually they make their appearance more around summer? I’ll have to check our kmart as well… I so want to do one of these…. That room is so moody and relaxing…..

  3. I love it, as you already know. It’s awesomeness!! I am still in mourning over the sunburst though, and fully believe it should have found a new home in your home. or mine. lol. I plan to make a giant dream catcher one of these days 🙂 XOXO

  4. That is soooo awesome, Cassie! Wonder if I could adapt this project for preschoolers somehow?? We’re working on our Native American unit… hmmm. 🙂
    xo Heidi
    PS — love all the updates to the room!

  5. Very cool!! I love that you used a hula hoop! My parents hosted a Navajo Child in our home for several years when I was growing up. He stayed with us to get a better education than what was offered on his reservation. His family made the most beautiful Dream Cathchers for us. Haven’t thought about these fun things for years!

  6. Cassie, this is just SO COOL! You’re so clever. And I can’t wait to hear about the new lens, I’m in the market for a new one too so I’m waiting with baited breath to hear what kind you went with…

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