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Make a Unique Tree of Life Dreamcatcher Using T-Shirt Yarn

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Have you ever worked with T-shirt yarn?  It’s like ordinary yarn or wool just thicker and there are so many things you can do with it. You can buy it at any self respecting haberdashery or wool shop or you can make your own.  I bought three balls a while back on sale and with all the rain we’ve been having it seemed to be the perfect opportunity to make something. If you follow our blog you may know that I have a deep fascination with the Tree of Life. So with that in mind, I decided to make this Tree of Life dreamcatcher using the T-shirt yarn and other bits and pieces.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog #DIYHomeDecor #Boho #Dreamcatcher

T-Shirt Yarn Tree of Life

If you’d like to make your own all you need besides the yarn is a large ring or embroidery hoop and some fabric scraps. The ring we used is from an old lamp shade and measures 38.5 cm across.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

3 balls of yarn, fabric scraps and a ring

Making the Tree of Life

Start by cutting the yarn into strips that are 2 and a bit times the diameter of the ring. You don’t have to measure the bits exactly as long as they are twice the length of the diameter.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

3 balls of yarn cut into strips

Take three of the strips and knot them together, then slip them over the ring.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Tie knot and slip over the ring

Plait, or braid the strips together to form a twig and then add another group of strips to form a new twig.  Join the twigs together to form a branch.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Plait the strips together

The only thing to remember is to try and make each twig and branch a little different. Trees in nature are not uniform, some branches are thinner than others and branches often cross over each other. To create thinner branches I used a single strand of T-shirt yarn tied to the ring.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Joining the plait branches

Carry on adding twigs and plaiting them together to form branches until you’re happy with the look.  I usually divide my circle into thirds so I know when to stop making branches.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Work around the ring

Once you have enough branches, plait them all together to form the trunk of the tree. When I make the trunk I plait it a little further than the 2/3 mark. I prefer a longer trunk, but it’s entirely up to you.

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As long as you leave enough space for the roots. To make the roots simply split the “trunk” T-shirt strips into 3 to 5 groups and then plait and split, plait an split until you can tie them to the “bottom” of the ring. Leave the loose strands.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Splitting the trunk

The tree of life should look something like this, but with your own unique touch 😉

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Almost finished

Finishing the Dreamcatcher Off

To finish off the Tree of Life dreamcatcher, wrap a strip of the T-shirt yarn around the ring. It helps to separate the roots and branches. Finally add bits of fabric, beads or anything else that makes your dreamcatcher special. I used lace, ribbon, bits from an old pillow case and some feathers and just tied them to the “bottom” of the ring.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Just tie them on

Try creating lots of layers and textures by braiding bits together or tying knots at different intervals. The possibilities are endless and should be as unique as what you are!

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog

Add as much as you want

Use a small piece of the yarn to hang the dreamcatcher on the wall. Traditionally, dreamcatchers are hung above the bed and help capture bad dreams while passing good dreams onto the dreamer. Ours hangs in our bedroom so it can take both the hubby and I to the land where dreams come true.

How to make a Tree of Life Dream Catcher using t-shirt yarn and scraps of fabric - full tutorial with pictures on the blog #DIYHomeDecor #Boho #Dreamcatcher

I’d love to hear your thoughts. Do you believe in dreamcatchers and have you tried making your own? Please share in the comments below and if you have any ideas what I can make with the T-shirt yarn I have left over, I love to hear them too.

Don’t forget to pin it for later if you like the idea.

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Wishing you lots of love for the week ahead. May your dreams be bigger than your fears and your actions louder than words.

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  • Posted: May 5, 2017 20:19

    Linda at Mixed Kreations

    Love your tree of life Michelle! I haven't seen one made with yarn, I've only seen them made with wire, and a lot smaller version. It makes a really nice dream catcher. I love how you added the lace and fabric strips to the bottom.
    • Posted: May 6, 2017 05:58

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Linda. I love making them, each one always comes out differently
  • Posted: April 30, 2017 05:29

    Rachel

    This is so wonderfully creative, you've inspired me! I'm going to make one with crochet chains instead of t-shirt yarn. I hope it turns out half as beautiful as yours. :)
    • Posted: April 30, 2017 13:02

      acraftymix

      Thank you so very much Rachel. I wish I knew how to crochet, I think it's a brilliant idea to use the chains and I'm sure your dream catcher will look stunning.
  • Posted: March 25, 2017 16:58

    Anvita

    Lovely dream catcher. I love how you used tshirt yarn to make this and the white looks so good
    • Posted: March 27, 2017 04:03

      acraftymix

      Thank you Anvita for the lovely comment
  • Posted: March 25, 2017 15:00

    Elizabeth O

    We have one hanging in the yoga studio I go to. I didn't know that was what it's called. Pretty cool craft idea
    • Posted: March 26, 2017 06:32

      acraftymix

      Thanks so much Elizabeth
  • Posted: March 25, 2017 11:11

    kevin

    This is gonna be a great idea for school projects, too! even bonding with my grandkids! thanks for the tip!
    • Posted: March 25, 2017 12:24

      acraftymix

      Thank you Kevin, kids really do enjoy doing something like this and if someone as wise as what you are, help them understand what the tree of life is all about even better ;-)
  • Posted: March 25, 2017 00:05

    Obi

    This is cool and looks simple to make. I guess you could add color to it as needed too.
    • Posted: March 25, 2017 10:33

      acraftymix

      You can Obi, t-shirt yarn comes in all colors now. Thanks for stopping by :D
  • Posted: March 23, 2017 23:05

    Katie

    This is such a cool diy craft! Kids would enjoy doing this too. I always enjoy re-purposing old scraps into beautiful new things.
    • Posted: March 24, 2017 09:09

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Katie, it's always such fun taking something and turning it into something else.
  • Posted: March 23, 2017 11:57

    Shayne

    This looks like a really interesting art project! And pro-earth too! I love it! Will try this with my cousins!
    • Posted: March 23, 2017 12:01

      acraftymix

      Glad you like it Shayne. Let me know how it goes
  • Posted: March 11, 2017 21:08

    Tonja J Durbin

    I love this and one day will make my own using tie dyed t shirts and lots of pretty beads!
    • Posted: March 12, 2017 05:09

      acraftymix

      Thank you so very much Tonja. I love the idea of using tie dyed t-shirts and beads that will look amazing
  • Posted: January 28, 2017 08:23

    Pili

    I believe in dream catchers, my son used to have one in his room when he was a kid. Yours is not only an ordinary dreamcatcher, it is a piece of art. I'd love to try doing one too
    • Posted: January 28, 2017 08:29

      acraftymix

      Knowing how talented you are Pili, I'm sure yours will look amazing <3
  • Posted: January 13, 2017 23:09

    jodie filogomo

    What a great project, Michelle. I've seen where you can turn an old t-shirt into yarn, but I've never checked for it at the stores!! jodie www.jtouchofstyle.com
    • Posted: January 15, 2017 04:10

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Jodie, T-shirt yarn really is so much fun to work with and it seems like more stores are stocking it now too.
  • Posted: January 13, 2017 13:50

    Christina Makri

    Oh my God! This is so special, so romantic!!! All these laces... I adore it! Bravo Michelle!
    • Posted: January 13, 2017 16:26

      acraftymix

      Thank you so much Christina. I really enjoyed making this one
  • Posted: January 13, 2017 13:18

    Sadhna Grover

    This dream catcher is awesome, I cannot believe that you have used the T shirt and yarn to make it. Well done dear.
    • Posted: January 13, 2017 16:27

      acraftymix

      Dhanyavaad Sadhna ;-)
  • Posted: January 11, 2017 06:21

    Katrin

    Michelle, I believe in dreamcatchers but have never tried to make one!! I have seen that nice T-shirt yarn around, and now you've inspired me to make one for my girls bedrooms! I think they'd love it! And your tree of life dream catcher is gorgeous, I love the boho vibe and all the laces and feathers hanging from it and of course that it's white and neutral colored!!! Beautiful!!
    • Posted: January 11, 2017 06:42

      acraftymix

      I'm so glad Katrin and I'd love to see how yours turns out. Everything you touch always turns out so amazingly elegant and classy
  • Posted: January 9, 2017 17:54

    Dianne

    Plumbing pipe from hardware stores at R20 pm works very well for the hoop. It keeps it shape and can be taped to close the ring.
    • Posted: January 10, 2017 04:19

      acraftymix

      That's a stunning idea Dianne, thank you so much
  • Posted: January 9, 2017 16:21

    Mary - the boondocks blog

    My girl has one in her room. But yours is stunning. It looks like a piece of art much more than just a dream catcher! Really like all those different strips of lace and fabric that you have added Michelle. Keep those nightmares away and enjoy your sleep.
    • Posted: January 9, 2017 16:29

      acraftymix

      :D Thank you Mary
  • Posted: January 9, 2017 15:58

    Keri

    Michelle, your dream catcher is beautiful!! Love all the different lace at the bottom. I've never used t-shirt yarn but I would love to try it out, looks fun to work with, and what a great way to spend a rainy day. :)
    • Posted: January 9, 2017 16:31

      acraftymix

      It really is so versatile Keri. I love the chunkiness of the yarn and the way the edges curl in. And it was a really lovely (or as we say here in S Africa) lekker way to spend a rainy weekend ;-)
  • Posted: January 9, 2017 14:45

    Gabi

    I love it, especially because it's white. I think I could use a wired hanger for the ring, what do you think?
    • Posted: January 9, 2017 15:06

      acraftymix

      That would definitely work Gabi ;-) and a tin of spray paint will work like a charm to make the wire whiter

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