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How to Make a Driftwood Dream Catcher

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by Alice Ribosa (subscribe)
I'm a freelance writer living on the Sunshine Coast.
Published September 7th 2016
Beautiful Beach Craft
Wandering through the Sunday markets, I noticed a stall selling wooden framed dream catchers. But they were too small for my liking, so I made an extra large one to hang on a wall. I didn't want to use beads and considered using the driftwood and shells I had already collected over the years.

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My driftwood dream catcher. (Pic courtesy of author)


Here are the things you will need:
  • 3 or more long pieces of driftwood (you can find these on beaches and riverbanks. The largest piece in my dreamcatcher is 70cm long with the other two 40- 50cm long. It doesn't matter if they curve a bit because it adds to the 3D effect.)

  • Shells (I find these on beaches and use the ones that already have holes in them.)

  • A cotton doily (I bought small one from a recycle shop and tie-dyed it blue.)

  • Ostrich feathers (I bought 3 blue ones from eBay. I find that ostrich feathers look and move more elegantly than other types.)

  • Twine and/or thick cotton string (I bought a pack of twine from the local discount shop and a roll of cotton string from the hardware shop.)

  • Wire (I used copper wire but you can use any thin flexible wire)

  • Ribbon (I used a soft,thin, white ribbon with silver edges)


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Many beautiful things can be made from driftwood. (Pic courtesy of author)


The first step is to arrange the driftwood into position. When you are happy with your arrangement, tie the ends together with some wire to hold it in place. Then secure the ends more forcefully with the twine. Add a loop of twine to the top for hanging.

The second step is to thread the ribbon through the edges of the doily and around the driftwood so that the doily is secured and centred. You may need to stretch the doily as you go around to get the best results.

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Twine, ribbon and wire. You may already have these items at your home. (Pic courtesy of author)


The third step is to formulate a design for the shells and feathers to hang from the lowest branch of driftwood. Try a few different combinations until you get the one you want. I then tied the feathers to the twine with copper wire and then added a shell to weigh it down. I also chose to use cotton string instead of twine for hanging the other shells in a geometric pattern.

Once you have completed your driftwood dream catcher, it is ready to hang. I hung mine in the hallway but it is also suitable in a bedroom. It's a great way to add a beachy feel to any home.
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