Some people collect buttons, but for me it’s beads. It doesn’t matter if they’re rescued from a broken necklace or passed on from friends that no longer need them, I’ll find space for those little beauties somewhere in my craft cupboard.  And don’t ever leave me alone in a bead shop. I’m like a kid in a candy store with a credit card that will be maxed out before you finally drag me out of there, kicking and screaming 😀 So when the ladies at the IBC suggested “Beads Galore” as a theme for this month’s challenge, I was over the moon, in more ways than one. You see I’ve been meaning to make myself a half-moon dream catcher with bead detail for the longest time.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

Nothing like a challenge to make you use up your craft stash, right?!!! The half-moon dream catcher adds a distinctly bohemian flair to our décor and it can be hung anywhere.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

Plus, this month’s IBC “Beads Galore” challenge lets me showcase all those baubles I’ve collected over the years.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

Let me quickly tell you a little more about the IBC. We’re a group of bloggers from all over the world who challenge each other every month to make something using a common theme.  Our previous challenge was all about spindles, and we made a tabletop water feature using a CD spindle. It always surprises me how everyone interprets the theme. Right, before we get to the beaded half-moon dream catcher tutorial, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, or Instagram. And don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll never miss a post!

What you need

  • Scrap wood. I used melamine
  • Two round objects to use as a template to draw the half moon
  • Craft paint
  • Bead crimps
  • Ball chain
  • Jewellery wire
  • Small eye hooks
  • Jig saw for cutting the moon
  • Old sheet or canvas
  • A collection of beads. I used:
    • Turquoise beads
    • Tibetan bead spacers
    • Antique silver pendants

What you need to make a half moon dream catcher with bead detail

How to make a half-moon dream catcher with bead detail

To draw the half-moon you can either download and print this template or use two round objects; one large and one about ½ the size of the larger object. Place the larger round object on your piece of wood and trace all the way around. Place the second “round object” just off-center on the larger circle and trace.

Use plates as templates to cut the half moon shape

Cut the half-moon out with a jigsaw.

Use a jig saw to cut out the half moon shape

Use plates as templates to cut the half moon shape

If you’re using cheap pressed wood seal the cut edges with gesso so it’s easier to paint.

If you're using pressed board, seal the edges so the paint adheres properly

Clean and sand the half-moon before painting. Sanding is especially important if you’re using melamine.

Sand away any rough edges

Paint the half-moon in a color that matches your beads. I used Unicorn SPiT midnight black and turquoise acrylic paints.

To paint the half moon, I used black and turquoise craft paints

Are those colors just gorgeous?

A close up view of the paint effect on the half moon

Once the paint dries, attach a zig zag hook at the back of the half-moon.

Add a zig zag hook to the back of the half moon dream catcher

Prepping your work area

To make it easier to hang the beads on the dream catcher I hung some fabric over one of our doors. The fabric acts as a canvas and lets you play around with the bead detail before doing all the hard work of adding the actual beads.

Hang the half moon on a door or wall to make it easier to attach the beads

Use a pencil to make a rough sketch of where you’ll be hanging your beads on your half-moon dream catcher.

Draw a rough sketch of where to hang the beads from the half moon

Once you’re happy, take the half-moon down and insert small eye hooks at the points where the beads will be attached to the moon.

Insert eye hooks around the edges of the half moon

Adding the beads

For my half-moon dream catcher, I used a whole bunch of turquoise and antique silver beads strung onto thin jewelry wire. To add visual interest, the wired beads are interspersed with chains. Since you’ll be creating your own unique version, I thought I’d just share a few tips and how I went about hanging the beads.

What’s a good starting point

When putting something like this together, I always look for the focal or anchor point and work my way outwards from there. For this half-moon dream catcher, the long strand that hangs down from the bottom middle of the half-moon “anchors” the other beads and chains around it.

Play around with the bead layout and adjust as you go

The large pendant at the bottom is secured to the jewelry wire with a small crimping bead before adding the turquoise and silver beads.

The long center strand hanging down from the bottom of the half moon dream catcher is a focal point. Here you can see how those beads and large pendant were strung together

How to space beads

Bead crimps are great for creating space between groups of beads and to prevent a bead from slipping off. Bead crimps are made from soft metal and can be squished closed with long-nosed pliers.

Use bead crimps to stop a bead from falling off the wire

Ball Chain

To hang ball chains, use a ball chain connector. Cut the ball chain to the desired length and place a ball chain connector on the last ball. Squish it closed with your fingers.

Use wire cutters to cut the ball chain to the correct length

Repeat on the other side.

To use the ball chain connectors, open them up slightly, insert the ball chain and push closed

To use the ball chain connectors, open them up slightly, insert the ball chain and push closed

Hanging the chains and beads

The chains can be hung on the eye hooks with a small jump ring.

A close up view showing how the beads have been attached to the eye hooks on the dream catcher

Or you can use 20-gauge jewelry wire to tie the chains to the eye hooks and to each other.

A close up view showing how the beads have been attached to the eye hooks on the dream catcher

Build up layers of beads working around the focal point

Once I was happy with the bottom beads, I moved on to the top of the half-moon and hung beads and chains from eye hooks in the same way.

Add more beads and chains as you go along

Play around with the bead combinations a layout until you’re happy.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

Don’t you just love those colors?

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

And the boho vibes oozing out of the dreamcatcher.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

I may just need to go to the bead store to get more beads. But don’t tell my hubby, he’ll cut up my credit card 😀

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

But it’s sooooooo pretty.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

What do you think? Would you make a half-moon dream catcher for your home?

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

If you like the idea of making a half-moon dream catcher with bead detail, don’t forget to pin it for later.

This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

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This photo-rich tutorial will show you how to make a half-moon dream catcher that will add a distinctly bohemian flair to your décor. #beadsgalore #AcraftyMix #Dreamcatcher

Want to see what my IBC friends came up with for the “Beads Galore” challenge?

  1. A fun beaded pumpkin wreath tutorial by Marie from Interior Frugalista.
  2. Unique Creations by Anita totally faked this macrame wall hanging with bead detail.
  3. Gorgeous crystal ornaments from What Meegan Makes.
  4. Half moon dream catcher from yours truly.
  5. Sara from Birdz of a Feather combined wooden beads and lace to make this lovely dream catcher.

A collection of bead projects submitted by the International Bloggers Club for the beads galore challenge

Oh and if you’re looking for some of the things we used to make this spun pet hair heart, 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 😉

Bead Collection

Zephyrr Handmade Oxidized Pendant Necklace Fashion Boho Statement Jewelry For Women
Blue Turquoise Round Loose Beads Round Energy Stone Healing Power for Jewelry Bracelet Necklace DIY Making(230PCS/Box,12mm/10mm/8mm/6mm)
100g (About 120-190pcs) Antique Silver Round Small Spacer Beads Jewelry Bead Charm Spacers for Jewelry Making Bracelets Necklace

Jewellery wire and chains

BEADNOVA 22 Gauge Wire for Jewelry Making Tarnish Resistant Copper Wire for Crafts (Silver Plated)
Dcatcher 39 Feet Curb Chain Necklace Bulk Cable 2mm Width with 30 Lobster Clasps and 100 Open Jump Rings for Jewelry Making, Silver
Tiparts 30 Feet Stainless Steel Ball Chains Necklace with 20pcs Connectors Clasps,Silver Bead Chain Sets (Chain Width 2.4mm+20pcs connectors)

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

KHOYIME Dream Catcher Black Boho Decor with Crystal Stone Moon Dream Catchers for Bedroom Bohemian Home Decor Wedding Ornament Craft Gift
Jetec 3 Pieces Dream Catcher Moon Sun Star Design Handmade Traditional Design for Wall Hanging Home Decoration (Dark Blue)
DUGYIRS 2 Pieces Blue Dream Catchers Handmade Half Circle Moon Star Design Pentagram Dream Catcher Feather Hanging for Home Kids Nursery Bedroom Boho Decoration Bohemian Ornament Craft Ornament

And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.

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