DIY Half-Moon Dream Catcher With Bead Detail
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; literally. You see, I’ve been meaning to make myself a half-moon dream catcher with bead detail for the longest time.
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.
Plus, this month’s IBC “Beads Galore” challenge lets me showcase all those baubles I’ve collected over the years.
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
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 it all the way around. Place the second “round object” just off-center on the larger circle and trace.
Cut the half-moon out with a jigsaw.
If you’re using cheap pressed wood, seal the cut edges with gesso, so it’s easier to paint.
Clean and sand the half-moon before painting. Sanding is especially important if you’re using melamine.
Paint the half-moon in a color that matches your beads. I used Unicorn SPiT midnight black and turquoise acrylic paints.
Are those colors just gorgeous?
Once the paint dries, attach a zig zag hook at the back of the half-moon.
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.
Use a pencil to make a rough sketch of where you’ll be hanging your beads on your half-moon dream catcher.
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.
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 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 hanging from the bottom middle of the half-moon “anchors” the other beads and chains around it.
The large pendant at the bottom is secured to the jewelry wire with a small crimping bead before the turquoise and silver beads are added.
How to space beads
Bead crimps are great for creating space between groups of beads and preventing a bead from slipping off. Bead crimps are made from soft metal and can be squished closed with long-nosed pliers.
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.
Repeat on the other side.
Hanging the chains and beads
The chains can be hung on the eye hooks with a small jump ring.
Or you can use 20-gauge jewelry wire to tie the chains to the eye hooks and each other.
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.
Play around with the bead combinations a layout until you’re happy.
Don’t you just love those colors?
And the boho vibes oozing out of the dreamcatcher.
I may need to go to the bead store to get more beads. But don’t tell my hubby; he’ll cut up my credit card 😀
But it’s sooooooo pretty.
What do you think? Would you make a half-moon dream catcher for your home?
If you like the idea of making a half-moon dream catcher with bead detail, don’t forget to pin it for later.
Want to see what my IBC friends came up with for the “Beads Galore” challenge?
- A fun beaded pumpkin wreath tutorial by Marie from Interior Frugalista.
- Unique Creations by Anita totally faked this macrame wall hanging with bead detail.
- Gorgeous crystal ornaments from What Meegan Makes.
- Half-moon dream catcher from yours truly.
- Sara from Birdz of a Feather combined wooden beads and lace to make this lovely dream catcher.
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 😉
Jewellery wire and chains
And if you prefer to buy rather than DIY, these beauties may appeal.
And as always, wishing you a wonderful, crafty week filled with lots of love. Thank you for popping in for a visit.
22 thoughts on “DIY Half-Moon Dream Catcher With Bead Detail”
Absolutely love it! Love the half moon, turquoise color silver beads, dream catcher idea etc.!!! Will see if Hobby Lobby or JoAnn has half moons.
I hope you find one. If you don’t come right, you can cut one out of very sturdy cardboard using a craft knife and add some texture paste to hide the cardboard and make it stronger. A willow wreath half moon will also work. The beads and chains can be tied on instead of screwed in.
Is this another dream catcher, Did you do one last week. This is beyond amazing. The colors are beautiful
I did one a while back using silk fabric. Seems I’m on a mission to make them 😉
Love your project! You make everything you do into a work of art. That color is amazing on the half moon….looks just like a piece of metal. I almost bought a bottle of “spit” once, but I didn’t know what to do with it, LOL. Like those antique beads. In fact, all the colors go together so well.
I thought of you recently when I saw a picture on the internet of the coastline of So. Africa. Michelle was the first thing that came to mind!
How have you been? Are you in touch with Mary still?
Hey Florence, so lovely to hear from you again. How are you? I bet with all the Estate sales you go to, you must find the most beautiful old beads. Do you still have your Etsy shop? Mary and I chat on FB and IG and she still takes and shares the most beautiful photos.
Yes, I still have my Etsy shop. I love that. Still have the blog too, but am not active on it anymore. Still going to estate sales, but I really don’t see beads much. I had a ton of beads that I recently let go in our own estate sale I had prior to moving. Would have given to you if I could have.
I’m so happy to hear you’re still doing the Etsy thing, Florence and I pop into your blog every now and again just to check if there’s anything new 😉 I miss reading about your thrift store finds.
I Love Love Love your half moon dream catcher, it turned out beautiful. I love all the turquoise and silver. My favorite colors together! Beads use to be my weakness but I finally kind of curbed that, and that’s a good thing because I still have a ton of them from when I was making jewelry regularly.
I remember all the beautiful beadwork you used to share, Linda. Maybe you can use some of those left-over beads to make a dream catcher for your daghters?
I love everything about this project from the painting of the moon down to the beads. The fabric over the door is a great idea that I wish I had known. My first attempt was very similar to this but with a buddha at the top. But mine looked crap so gave up on it. I may go back a redo it using your tips. Super cool projects, you should be over the moon??
So happy the tutorial will help you finish off your project, Anita. Hanging fabric up somewhere makes it so much easier to figure out where the beads should go and to actually hang them too.
Oh Michelle! Your Boho half moon dream catcher could not be more perfect! Beads are definitely a weakness of mine, as well. There’s something about the feel in your hands, the colors and the textures that get me every time. I can see why you can max out your card!
The half moon shape and colors are stunning. Then the beads and chains add so much texture. I know a few of my grand daughters that will want to make this on their own without a doubt!
Thanks so much for the inspiration and sharing your creativity.
Have a great week.
Thanks, Meegan. For some reason, I had soooooooo many turquoise beads in my stash that I could play with for this dream catcher, so it kinda made the color choice much easier. Hope your granddaughters enjoy making theirs
Gorgeous, Michelle!! Your artistry is evident in everything you create. I could see this one for sale in a high end gallery.
Awww Kim, that you so much. I made this dream catcher for a very special friend of mine who’s gone through a really rough time and I’m hoping it keeps all the bad dreams away.
This is a gorgeous dream catcher. xo Laura
Thank you, Laura.
Your dream catcher is absolutely gorgeous, Michelle, and delightfully unique! With these beautiful colors and the cool bohemian vibe, can you imagine the amazing, colorful, carefree dreams that will be sent to the sleeper? Yesssss, please!
Carefree, colorful dreams are always the best ❣
This is gorgeous Michelle! I would so love to make one of these; I suspect I’ll be maxing out the credit card too – lol! I really must get around to trying unicorn spit- there’s nothing so vibrant!
Before you go maxing out your credit card, give me a shout, because I have sooooooooooo many beads and yes, you have to try Unicorn SPiT. That stuff is amazing.