Fixing up a nursery on a budget involves a lot of DIY projects in my opinion. The sucky thing is that someone else has the exact thing you want and it would be so much easier to just buy that thing… or all the things. However in my real life I just don’t have the money to buy those cool items or oftentimes I am simply too cheap to spend the money on whatever the overpriced thing is. The AWESOME thing is that with a can-do attitude, a little creativity and a few supplies, I find that many décor items I can figure out how to make myself. It doesn’t always work out the way I picture, but sometimes it does, and it feels pretty good to be a little self-sufficient.
So here goes people. I really like the whole natural, earthy, wild, feathery, arrowy décor trend I’ve been seeing everywhere and I wanted to incorporate that into our kiddos nursery. A while back I made a gigantic, oversized dreamcatcher for our home and I thought how cool it would be to just use that as a mobile somehow. So here is a simple tutorial you can follow if you want to make a dreamcatcher mobile for your sweet little wild thing.
- hula hoop from the dollar store
- scrap fabric to wrap around hula hoop (I used white)
- string or yarn (I used hemp to hang feathers and make the dreamcatcher)
- feathers (I used natural colors but you can use pink, red, blue, whatever floats your boat!)
- a screw hook to hang from ceiling
- *optional: beads, funky yarn, extra fabric scrap strips, etc.
- glue of some sort (glue gun, Elmer’s or whatever you have on hand would probably work too)
- Cut or tear your fabric scrap into 1-2 inch wide strips and wrap around entire perimeter of hula hoop. Secure the end of strip(s) with glue. I used a small dab from a hot glue gun.
- Make the dreamcatcher. Follow a tutorial on threading the string first. I found this picture on Pinterest and it was pretty easy to follow. You can also search for one on YouTube.
- Cut your hemp into varying lengths. 6-15 inches worked for me. *You need enough extra to tie at both ends, but not too long that your baby could grab onto it when standing in the crib.
- Tie one end of a string to the end of one or two feathers. You might use a dab of hot glue or a small piece of clear tape to secure. Do what works for you.
- Tie the other end of the string around the hula hoop.
- Repeat steps 4 & 5 until you have reached your desired feathery fullness.
- Cut and tie 2 equal lengths of string to opposite sides of your dreamcatcher and attach those two strings to each other.
- Hang your mobile from the screw hook placed above your crib.
- Bask in the joy of making this awesome thing yourself. YAY YOU!
- Pat self on back.
Here’s how mine looks. I sometimes sit and stare at it while I’m feeding Freddy and think I’d like to add about a hundred more feathers. Right now it’s on my mental to-do list.
Yay! I hope you enjoyed this tutorial! Please share any photos or comments if you decide to try this for yourself!