Well hello there. I hope you had a great weekend. We didn’t do much except try to clean the craft cupboard (yeah right 😀 ) and make this silk fringed bohemian dreamcatcher for this month’s IBC challenge. We’ve made a few dreamcatchers before, like this one from t-shirt yarn and this half-moon beauty. But I must admit, this bohemian dream catcher is one of my favorites. I think it’s the way the wooden beads and sari silk ribbon work so well together to create something that’s rich, vibrant, and full of interesting textures.

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But before I show you how we made this beaded bohemian dreamcatcher with a silk fringe, let me quickly tell you a little about the IBC (Int’l Bloggers Club). Every month a group of bloggers from around the world get together to create something using a common theme. Our previous challenge was all about Copper and we did a really smelly experiment that turned out way cooler than I expected 😉 That’s the thing about the IBC, you always learn something new and it fascinates me how we all interpret the same topic in so many different ways. Our challenge for this month is linen or silk and you’ll be able to see all our projects at the end of the post.

What you need to make the boho dreamcatcher

Did I mention, this is a really easy project 😉 From start, to finish it took less than an hour to make and all you need is:

  • 14 Gauge jewelry wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Large and small wooden beads
  • Sari silk ribbon yarn. Love this stuff. It’s made from recycled bits of saris and is hand-spun by women in Nepal and India. It’s so beautiful, and when you buy a skein of the yarn, you’re helping all those women support their families too. There are so many rich and vibrant jewel-like colors joined together that you’re spoilt for choice.

Optional

Decorative beads for added interest. I used bits from a broken necklace that attacked me just happened to fall out of the craft cupboard when I was contemplating tidying it up 😀

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How to make the bohemian dreamcatcher

Our boho dreamcatcher is 29 cm (11.5″) wide and 75 cm (29.5″) long, but you can make it as big or small as you want. Just adjust the measurements given below.

Cut a piece of wire that’s about 89 cm (25″) long and bend it into a circular shape. Thread the larger beads onto the wire “ring” until it’s nice and full. Not too full though, there should be a little bit of space between each bead.

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Make a small bend on either end of the wire and join the ends together to close off the ring or outer circle of the boho dreamcatcher.

To make the upside down “Y shape” ( ᛣ ), also know as the runic letter “Calc”, measure across the outer circle and cut two pieces of wire that are at least 3″ longer than the diameter. Bend one of the wires to form a V. Place the V on the middle point of the other wire before twisting it around the V.

Forming the peace sign out of wire
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Use the smaller wooden beads and thread them onto each leg of the upside down “Y” shape.

Thread the beads onto the wire

Attach the “Y” shape to the outer ring by bending the wire bits over as shown below.

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Once the peace sign is done, we can start adding all those glorious silky bits. If you don’t have any sari silk yarn, you can cut long strips of fabric instead 😉

All those beautiful silky strips

Tie the silk strips all along the bottom edge of the peace sign.

Tie the silk to the bottom of the beaded peace sign

For an eclectic boho look, choose warm earthy colors and mix in some metallics and jewel tones. I used royal blue, emerald green, burnt orange and a few strips of vibrant pinks and reds to spice things up a little. Add as many layers as you like before tieing on some decorative beads.

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Trim the edges and your bohemian dreamcatcher is ready to hang.

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I just love the different textures and those rich glorious colors.

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And I’m so glad I could incorporate pieces of that broken necklace too.

All those rich beautiful colors

Don’t those wooden beads nestled in between the silky sari strips look stunning? It’s like they were meant for each other. Maybe I should try tidy the craft cupboard more often 😉

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But I would love to know what you think of the bohemian dreamcatcher. Is it something you would make for your home?

If you like the idea don’t forget to pin it for later.

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Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used, we’ve got you covered Disclosure: Clicking on the links below, means we may receive a commission from Amazon. But don’t worry it won’t come out of your pocket, and it helps us make more amazing crafts to share with you 😉

Sari Silk 100g Ribbon Yarn Dupioni Parrot with Lurex Recycled Sari Silk Ribbon Yarn Color #2
Solid Bare Copper Round Wire 5 Oz Spool Dead Soft 12 to 30 Ga (14 Ga / 28 Ft)
Honbay Exoticism African Style Necklace Colorful Coconut Shell Wooden Beads Woven Necklace

And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, then maybe these beauties will appeal.

Dream Catcher by Caught Dreams | Traditional Indian Wall Art | Delicate Design | Vibrant Colors | Ideal Dimensions 8.5” x 24” | Wall Hanging Home décor | Handmade | Royal Blue, Pink and Purple
Sala 200 Pieces 10mm Round Wood Beads 15 Colores Wooden Beads for DIY Jewelry Making (12#-coffee)
Oun Nana Dream Catcher - Handmade Circular Net with Feathers Wall Hanging Decoration Ornament - Traditional Royal Blue, Pink and Purple 8.6' Diameter and 27.5' Long

Until next time, hope you have a beautiful, crafty and peaceful week. And don’t forget to see what my friends from the IBC have done with their silk or linen challenge. Their links should be at the bottom.

IBC Challenge Silk

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