This isn’t your typical dream catcher! This beautiful, customizable work of art is a daily reminder of your hopes, dreams and aspirations. Fill it with everything that’s important to you and change it out as your dreams come true. It’s so easy to get so caught up in the day to day chaos that we forget what it is that we’re really working towards. Who couldn’t use a little daily reminder of their goals? And with an endless array of fabrics and colors, it’s sure to be an eye-catching addition to any room. Dare to dream big!
If you enjoy the simple DIY feathers in this post you’ll definitely like our Reusable Car Air Freshener feathers! This post also goes along with our other wall decor in DIY Frugal Bedroom Wall Ideas.
NOTE: We purchased a group of Fat Quarters (Pack of 18″ x 22″ rectangles) and used 4 of the 5 patterns given.) The dream catcher is very customizable to your own taste and colors.
- Wood Floral Craft Ring 18″
- Hot Glue gun and lots of sticks
- Chicken Wire with 1″ holes. aprox. 20″ square which will be cut to fit the ring
- Wide craft sticks (we used these to hold the chicken wire in place)\
- Wire Cutters
- Small white clothespins aprox. 2″ long.
- Braided Gold Trim to glue to feathers. Cut into approximately 11″ 13″, 18″ and 22″ pieces.
- Cardstock for feathers
- Feather pattern download below
Paint one side of the wood floral craft ring in the color of choice. We used white to fit with our color scheme.
Be sure to cover the edges of the ring with paint. Apply additional coats as needed.
Cut strips from the fabric, approximately 1-2″ wide and 18-20 inches long.
Keep in mind that the strips will overlay one another when complete. Lay the cut pieces out, overlapping edges, until the desired look is acquired.
The fabric pieces should fill approximately 1/4 of the ring, as shown.
Apply hot glue to the painted side of the ring and begin applying fabric strips.
Layer the strips of fabric about 1/2 an inch over one another, working from one side to the center at the base of the ring.
Once fabric reaches the base, begin at the opposite side and work towards the center again. The final pieces of fabric should be applied over the bottom (middle) of the ring.
Once fabric is applied, flip over the ring as shown.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue to the back of the ring and pull fabric around.
Pull tightly to ensure a smooth finish. Additional hot glue may be needed to hold down rogue edges.
Remember that this is the back and perfection is not necessary.
Lay the piece of chicken wire across the back of the ring and bend flat. Using wire cutters, trim the chicken wire to fit inside the ring. Be sure that the wire is cut as close to the edge as possible without being visible from the front. This gives ample room for adhering the wire to the back of the ring.
Once complete the wire should appear as shown. Be careful when handling wire to prevent pokes!
Using scissors, cut the wide craft sticks in half.
Apply a generous amount of hot glue on top of the chicken wire and press the craft stick pieces down onto the hot glue to hold the wire in place.
This requires a bit of patience as each piece must be held in place until dry to avoid a broken seal.
Little trick: use office binder clips to clamp pieces in place until dry.
Move around the ring, applying additional glue and sticks.
Print the FREE DOWNLOAD onto colored cardstock of choice. We used white and grey cardstock to fit our color scheme.
Be sure to cut inside the black line so that the finished feathers are nice and clean.
Lay the ring right side up and smooth out the fabric pieces. Starting at the center, trim the fabric up to each side at an angle.
This creates a beautiful tapered look when hung.
Measure and cut the braided trim into 4 pieces. (11″, 13″, 18″ & 22″)
Apply a small dab of hot glue to the edges to prevent fraying.
This gives a nice clean end to the trim.
Apply a line of hot glue down the center of each feather cutout.
Lay the gold trim over the hot glue with the finished (glued) end at the tip of the feather. When dry, gently fold the feathers inwards using the trim as the center. This gives them a lovely three dimensional look when they hang.
Gather the ends of each piece of trim and line them up on the ring. Placement is really based on preference. We chose to hang ours slightly off center. Once placed, apply hot glue behind the trim and then hold into place until dry. Be sure that there is 1-2 inches of trim hanging above the hot glue.
Flip over the ring and apply hot glue to the back of where the trim is overhanging. Pull the trim ends through the wire and press into hot glue to hold in place. Pull tight for a smooth finish.
Using wire cutters, cut off half of each pin on the thumbtacks. These little guys can go flying! So be sure to angle the pin downwards, towards the table, when cutting.
Place a drop of hot glue into the pre-made holes on the craft ring.
Insert the cut thumbtack into the hot glue.
Finally, using small clothespins, fill the Dreamcatcher Vision Board with hopes, dreams and aspirations. Check out our FREE DOWNLOAD of positive words to get started!
I’d always wanted to learn how to etch glass but assumed it was difficult, taking all kinds of funky chemicals and a lot of time. Silly me. 5 minutes. That’s how long it took me. After my first one I proceeded to search the house looking for things I could etch designs onto. It’s a bit addicting.
It does require etching cream and sticky type stencils. A small bottle of the etching cream lasts a long time. If you have a cutting machine, such as Silhouette, you can make your own stencils, which is what I did. (Hint: Grab your etching cream at Michael’s or Hobby Lobby using a 40% coupon.) FYI You can grab the free sketching images below. There is a pdf version and a Silhouette cutter version.
One fun use for etching is to decorate up your own personal glass water bottles. You can also learn Why Glass Water Bottles are Better!
Supplies for Etching Glass
- Etching Cream (A small bottles lasts a long time.)
- Sticky Stencils (or use a cutting machine to make your own such as a Silhouette)
- Paint brush
- Glass stuff to etch on
Silhouette studio3 File (zipped)
The stencil is adhesive vinyl I cut myself on my Silhouette machine. You can purchase all types of designs.
Carefully adhere your stencil /label to your object.
Apply the etching cream over the open parts. You don’t want it too thin. Be very careful not to get the cream on your skin. Wash your brush with water when done.
You can let it sit from 2 to 3 minutes according to the directions, though the time can vary. I did 5 minutes. After that time rinse off the cream.
Rub the remaining cream off with a sponge.
Remove the stencil and give it a final cleaning. NOTE: You won’t be able to see the etching well until the glass is dry. That’s it!
Looking for a more modern plastic bag holder you can make? We’ve got two of ’em! These Mid Century Modern bag dispensers (the ones you get at the grocery store) are made from a 2 liter soda bottle and a DVD or CD. Add spray paint and a few stickers along with our free label below and you’ve got not only a modern function piece to hang on the wall or inside a cupboard but also a great upcycle.
Plastic Bag Holder Supplies
- 2 Liter Plastic Bottle
- 1 CD or DVD
- Spray paint of choice (For the geometric shape we used Krylon Maxx Sea Glass Satin)
- Iron (optional, to round top edge of bottle)
- Utility Knife
- Hot Glue Gun
- Command Strips (optional, for hanging)
- Spray adhesive (optional, for applying cut out label)
- Dry erase marker (optional, for marking your bottle)
- Goo Gone (optional, for removing label residue)
- Circle stickers, washi tape or electrical tape
- Label below
We’ve got a pdf label you can cut out or a .studio3 file if you have a Silhouette cutting machine.
2 liter plastic soda bottle with the label removed.
Measure for your bag opening. You want about a 2″ opening. We use a dry erase marker for marking our bottle as it wipes off easily.
Cut along the lines you made.
Cut the bottom of the bottle off at whatever height you want your container. Our bottle had a natural line on it so we followed that. WE made our second dispenser shorter to allow it to fit inside a cupboard door.
Trim the ends with scissors to even them out if needed.
If desired, you can use an iron to round the top edge. Set the iron to high and press the top end against it for about 15 to 20 seconds until it starts to round. Only do this to the larger opening.
Heating the end gives it a very nice rounded edge.
Spray paint your bottle.
For the first bottle we applied a Silhouette label.
We used black electrical tape to make the triangle shapes.
Spray paint a DVD or CD. Glue on a small piece of ribbon to use for the hinge.
Attach your lid.
For the second dispenser we used a cut out label.
Spray adhesive was used to apply the label.
For the confetti design we used colored dot labels.
Paint the CD.
Apply the ribbon hing.
Sticky two sided Command Strips work wonderfully to attach your holder to the wall. You could also attach a ribbon to each side and hang it up or use a hole punch to hang it on a nail.
Fill your dispenser with plastic bags.
Completed plastic bag dispensers!
This DIY Hand sanitizer is a quick way to rid your hands of bacteria after doing things such as handling money, using a public restroom, shaking hands during cold season or pushing a grocery store cart. The ones you buy are filled with chemicals and alcohol. These simple recipes can be made with three ingredients (or two if you prefer). It’s powerful and it’s safe. We’ll explain why we use the ingredients we do and which ones you can take or leave.
For a wonderful sanitizing spray for your home check out our Cleansing Room Spray Recipe. It also has printable instructions and labels!
DIY Hand Sanitizer Supplies
- 100% Aloe Vera Gel (We used this brand.)
- Tea Tree Oil (Melaleuca oil) Plant Therapy Brand $7 10ml (use approx. 8 to 10 drops per 8 oz ) Doterra Brand 15ml $20 (use approx. 1-3 drops per 8 oz )
- Distilled Water
- Plastic container of choice
- Printable labels below & wide clear packing tape (optional)
NOTE ON ESSENTIAL OILS
I am not affiliated with any brand of oil and you will find Young Living, Doterra, Plant Therapy and others in my herb closet. You can use whatever brand you like. However, the higher quality oils require less due to how they are manufactured. (Hence why they tend to cost more.) For brands like Doterra you only need about 1/3rd the amount of drops to be effective. Compare sizes, costs with drops to decide which one to buy that fits your budget.
I have a close friend who is a trained herbalist and creates her own salves etc. This is what she told me:
“One to two drops of a Doterra in 8 oz. [or other high quality oil] is plenty for use as an anti-bacterial. You need five to ten for a cheaper brand. For example, for a healing product you would have to use 60 -70 drops per gallon with other brands. With Doterra you would only use 12-15 drops.”
Ingredient Option Details
Aloe Vera Gel: The Aloe Vera plant is wonderful for using in hand sanitizer because of its powerful antioxidant and antibacterial benefits. Plus it’s great for the skin and is also widely used or healing burns. This will make your sanitizer thick but it’s optional.
Tea Tree Oil: Also known as melaleuca oil, this is one of the most powerful and safe antibacterials available. (Natural or otherwise.) There are other oils that have the same property but I always use tea tree. Why? Because it will heal MRSA and did so for my son saving him the loss of his finger.
Distilled Water: You can use tap water for mixing your sanitizer but if the mixture is not used up within a few weeks it can start to putrefy. Tap water is filled with microbes and possible contaminants. Distilled water has been stripped of everything so there is nothing to “go bad”. Hence why it’s used in all herbal creations.
Containers: You can purchase various types of small empty containers at most stores including dollar stores. Or just use an empty container from something else. Because this mixture is not exact and is very forgiving you can make a larger batch easily by adjusting the amounts. It doesn’t matter if you use 10 or 15 drops of tea tree oil. It will work great!
As is a good idea for anything you’ve not used before, test these items separately on a small patch of skin.
Directions & Labels (pdf)
There are three variations and consistencies you can make depending on your preference. 1. Gel (works in squeeze tubes) 2. Liquid (works in spray bottles) 3. Lotion (works on regular or pump bottles) We used 4 to 6 oz. sizes for easy carrying in the car or purse.
Gel Hand Sanitizer
A non-sticky gel (using the aloe brand we used) which can be squeezed out of a bottle. Does not need water.
Ingredients: 100% Aloe Vera Gel, Tea Tree Oil
Instructions: Fill almost full with 100% Aloe gel. Add tea tree oil. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8 a of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.
Use: Squeeze a dime sized amount of gel into your hands and rub in. Use whenever needed.
Liquid Hand Sanitizer
Perfect for a spray bottle. This one does not use the aloe gel in order to keep it thin. Tea Tree oil is powerful enough on it’s own to banish germs.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, Tea Tree Oil
Instructions: Fill your spray bottle with distilled water. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8 of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.
Use: Spray lightly on hands and rub all over. Let them air dry. Use whenever desired.
Lotion Hand Sanitizer
A lotion type consistency to your liking depending on how much aloe gel you add.
Ingredients: Distilled Water, 100 % Aloe Vera Gel, Tea Tree Oil
Instructions: Fill your bottle at least ½ full of distilled water. Add in Aloa Vera gel until it’s the consistency you like. Add more water if desired. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8 of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.
Use: Pour/squeeze out of a soft plastic bottle. Use about a dime size and rub into hands. Use when needed.
The two or three ingredients needed.
We used 4-6 oz. travel sized containers.
For the gel version fill a squeezable tube almost full with aloe gel.
Add tea tree oil.
Squeeze the container to mix the oil into the aloe.
For the liquid spray, fill your bottle almost full with distilled water.
Add tea tree oil and mix.
For a lotion like consistency, fill your bottle about 1/2 full with distilled water.
Add aloe gel until its the consistency you prefer.
Add tea tree oil and mix.
Cut out labels of choice.
Use clear packing tape to make the label waterproof and affix it to the bottle.
Trim the tape leaving enough around the edges to stick the label to the bottle.
Kids and adults alike love Lego and our family is no different. I wanted a portable DIY Lego table for my newly updated living room and I wanted it to match. I went through my garage and found an old wooden TV tray. It was perfect! I painted it to match my living room and even added some gold stickers and leg tips. It’s chic and fun!
DIY Lego Table Supplies
- Wood TV tray (you can find these at thrift stores)
- Paints of choice. We used white acrylic indoor paint and Rust-Oleum Gold spray paint
- Lego mat (We used a 15″x15″.)
- Fine tooth saw or utility knife (We had a saw and used that but I’ve seen people cut the mats with a heavy duty utility knife.)
- Sand paper (optional)
- Stencils or labels (optional)
If you’d like to use the “CREATE” text you can download it as either a pdf or Silhouette file. It is sized to fit a standard tv tray.
Silhouette File (zipped)
This was the old TV stand I started with.
Most of the top will be covered so sanding is optional depending on the shape its in.
It took about four coats of paint. I hand painted mine but spray painting would work great also and be much quicker.
Because my tray had rounded edges I wanted my Lego mat to match so we traced the corners.
My TV tray measured 19″ x 15 1/4″. The Lego mat was 15″ square so we had to cut one row off of one side for a nice fit. Then we cut the rounded edges. I’ve seen people cut these mats with a strong utility knife also. Just be very careful if you choose to do it that way. After we sawed the corners I took a light sandpaper to them to smooth them out.
I could have ordered two mats to cover the entire top of my tray but I liked the idea of having text on one side. I chose the word “create”. As I had a Silhouette cutting machine, I cut my letters out of vinyl and then spray painted them metallic gold before applying. You could also print out the letters, cut them out and then Mod Podge them onto your tray.
I used hot glue to attach my mat on all edges. Any glue would work.
I wanted gold tipped legs so we taped them up for painting.
We added plastic bags to keep the paint from spraying onto the rest of the tray.
I toyed with the idea of adding a handle on the edge but as the tray is so light I decided against it. My tray stands against the wall in my living room ready for use.
Need a fast and unique last minute gift? These are darling! You could make them any color. They are fleece and so cozy and warm. Great for kids and adults alike! 15 seconds in the microwave and you’ve got warm cozy hands. A little fleece, some felt, and rice is all you need. Great stocking suffers or last minute gifts for neighbors. There’s a free downloadable tag with a poem and instructions that you can print and attach to your owls.
- Pattern and tag download.
- Fleece scraps
- Felt scraps
- Glue for material
- Pinking shears
- Sewing machine (though you can sew by hand.)
- Ribbon for tag.
- Hole punch for tag.
- Small safety pin for tag.
Pattern and Tag Printables pdf
Print your tags on white cardstock. Cut them out, punch a hole in them and attach to your hand warmers with ribbon and a small safety pin.
These are so cozy and feel so good against your skin and it only takes about 20 minutes to whip up a pair. You can adorn them however you wish with buttons, ribbons, appliques etc. Fleece comes in a huge variety of colors and patterns so you could literally have a wardrobe of arm warmers. I use them in the early winter mornings as I keep my house a bit cool. I almost don’t want to take them off when it warms up!
I sewed the sides on my sewing machine but I ended up sewing the hems by hand as I liked the look much better. Because you are working with fleece you don’t actually need to hem them as you can see in the example of the pink arm warmer below. There is a free download of the pattern that also includes the instructions.
- Download the pattern provided below. This is for a normal size adult female arm. You can adjust it if needed.
- 1/2 yard stretchy type fleece.
- Buttons or anything else you’d like to adorn them with.
- Scissors / Thread / Sewing Needle / Sewing Machine
Cut out your pattern. Tape the bottom part onto the top pattern. (You can make shorter ones if you prefer.)
Cut out 2 sets from your material. The pattern is made for a 1/3″ to 1/2″ seam allowance. You can adjust if needed.
NOTE: As fleece is so cheap I actually made a test arm warmer to make sure they would fit OK and see if I needed to adjust the pattern.
Sew the sides together and the area between the thumb and hand opening. Trim the inside seams to about 1/4″ to reduce bulk.
NOTE: When sewing the thumb opening you may want to make that one about 1/3″ and taper out as you sew down the sides. It’s a fairly close fit. You can always take in a little more if needed.
After sewing the sides and small area between thumb and hand opening turn the warmers inside out.
HEMMING: These can be hemmed by machine, by hand or left raw. I decided to hem mine by hand on the thumb, hand and arm opening. I had tested doing one with the sewing machine and didn’t care for the look near as well as the hand hem. You also have the option to not do a hem as fleece does not ravel. Just cut off about 1/2″ from all openings if you decide to keep the raw edge.
NOTE: I’m not a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination. So you may know easier or more professional ways to do some of these things. Please adapt to your own skill level!
Tape pattern piece #2 onto the bottom of pattern piece #1.
Layout your pattern on folded material and cut 2 sets out.
Sew sides of arm warmers and also the little V shape area between the thumb and arm opening.
Trim seams to about 1/4″ to reduce bulk.
After sewing edges.
You can hem the three openings in various ways or leave them raw as fleece does not ravel. I chose to hand hem mine as I preferred that look the best. Choose whatever method you like. (The thumb piece will be tricky to hem on a machine due to how small it is. Hemming it by hand was much easier.)
You can decorate these in a variety of fun ways. I left my black ones plain and added three buttons to the purple set. But use your imagination!
Completed arm warmers.
This shows one that I left the edges raw. Just make sure you cut them really straight for this method.
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