When I think of the woman I have become, there are a couple specific people I am always reminded of. Women who’ve come alongside me and are always there to encourage my wildest of dreams.

I immediately think of my mother, a few favorite teachers, and a dear old friend. If you are in need of a thoughtful Mother’s Day gift, or a little something for that favorite encourager in your life, this dream catcher is a great way to say, “I appreciate you and thank you for coming alongside me. Thank you for helping me dream”.

We decided to focus on a whole lot of bright bang for your crafting buck with this simple gift. After talking to a serious Native American crafter, we learned the traditional dreamcatchers are actually insanely time consuming to make. We wanted to make something that would be a little easier to create, less intimidating, while still giving a gift that says, “I really appreciate you and busted my butt making this for you”.

To make the dreamcatcher gift you will need: Bright and colorful yarn, a wooden embroidery hoop, glue gun, aquarium rocks or shells, feathers and twine.

Tie yarn to one point of hoop, leaving 8+ inches to hang under the knot. Wrap yarn around the hoop continuously until getting a web-like desired look, bring the yarn near the original knot, tie and let another 8+ inches or so hang (these are the beginning pieces that hang at the bottom).

Take contrasting yarn and start wrapping around the frame of the hoop. This also ensures the yarn won’t slip and move.

Glue “good dreams” into the web. I used neon aquarium rocks and painted some small shells. Rocks or beads can be used as well.

Finalize dreamcatcher with more hanging thread, strings, twine, etc. I added some feathers glued to twine, braided some yarn, added a pop of neon embroidery thread. Ribbon, rope, lace can be used as well.

Project design and gorgeous photography by Carly Taylor for A Subtle Revelry.