A dreamcatcher is an art object created by Native Americans to hang over the beds of babies to ensure that their dreams were peaceful. Dreamcatchers can be made of twigs, feathers, sticks, beads and other natural elements. The web of the dreamcatcher is said to trap unpleasant dreams and nightmares before they reach the sleeping infant. A dreamcatcher can be created using an old horseshoe, a traditional symbol of good luck, for a unique handmade gift or decoration for your home.
Things You'll Need
- 4 to 5 inches of 20-gauge wire
- Fine sand paper (optional)
- Needle nose pliers
- Wire cutter
- 3 to 4 yards of heavy fishing line
- Feathers, beads, shells
Clean all the dirt and debris from an old horseshoe and remove all the nails from the holes. Leave the horseshoe with the natural, worn patina, or polish it to a shine using a fine grit sand paper if you prefer a shiny horseshoe.
Thread the length of 20-gauge wire through the top nail hole on each side of the horseshoe to serve as the hanger for the dreamcatcher. Use the needlenose pliers to twist the wire on the back side of the horseshoe. Remove the excess wire by cutting it off using the wire cutter.
Create the net pattern inside the horseshoe using the fishing line. Cut a piece of fishing line about 4 to 5 feet long. Insert the fishing line through the top hole on the left side of the horseshoe and tie a knot in the back. Loop the fishing line over the hanging wire across the top twice and then insert the line through the top hole on the right side of the horseshoe. Tie a knot to secure the fishing line on the right side.
Thread the fishing line through the second hole on the left side. Bring the fishing line across the center of the horseshoe. Thread the line through the second hole on the right side. Repeat threading the fishing line from left to right until you thread the line through the last hole on the right side.
Thread the fishing line through the back of the center hole at the bottom of the horseshoe. Create a net pattern by threading the fishing line over and under the fishing line that is stretched across the horseshoe. Loop the fishing line over the 20-gauge wire at the top of the horseshoe.
Tie a knot to secure the line to the wire at the top of the horseshoe. Loop the fishing line over and under the line stretched across the horseshoe back down on the right side. Thread the fishing line through the hole to the left of the center hole and tie a knot.
Stretch the fishing line across the bottom of the horseshoe to the hole on the right side of the center hole. Thread the fishing line through the hole. Loop the fishing line over and under the line that is stretched across the horseshoe until you reach the 20-gauge wire at the top. Tie the fishing line in a knot to secure it and then cut off the excess line with the wire cutters.
Decorate the dreamcatcher net with feathers, beads, leather strips or shells. String beads on some of the fishing line and tie a feather to the end of the beads. Hang the beads in groups of two or three from the bottom of the horseshoe dreamcatcher by securing them to the fishing line stretched across the back of the horseshoe.
Tips & Warnings
- Use strips of light weight wire in place of fishing line for a heavier net inside the horseshoe.
- Add colorful beads to the net by threading them onto the fishing wire as the net is created.
- Glue a leather patch in the center and decorate the center patch with feathers and wooden beads.
- Horseshoes can be heavy, so hang the horseshoe dreamcatcher from a picture hanger placed in a secure location.
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