Beaded Wall Decor

2 Materials
30 Minutes
Easy

If you’ve never made a dream catcher before, start by trying out this 9″ mini wall hanging.


This beaded wall decor was actually 50 years in the making! That’s how long I’ve been holding onto these vintage beads! Every piece of this project has a backstory, but those beads hold a special place in my heart. If you’re interested in the backstory about these beads, head to our blog (click at the bottom of the post where you see our logo).

Watch this Video!

Watch this video if you’re a visual learner, or proceed to the written tutorial below:

We only need the outside of a cross stitch hoop.

Separate the two pieces and set the inner ring aside for another project.

Pull some t-shirt yarn from the middle of the tube. Start wrapping, opening up the t-shirt yarn as you go and overlapping as shown.


When you are more than halfway around the hoop, mark both ends with green tape. Unwind the t-shirt yarn and measure between the two pieces of tape. Double the quantity, add a few inches for good measure and cut. This will be the quantity needed to wrap the hoop.

Return the rest of the t-shirt yarn to the middle of the tube and put it away.

Starting in the middle at the hanger, open up the t-shirt yarn and wrap it around the hoop leaving the cut end in the back.

Wrap the other end of the yarn through the hoop several times so it’s loosely wrapped as shown. This will save you pulling the end through the hoop each and every time you wrap. Do this several times as you wrap.


Ensure that the left side of the t-shirt yarn is fully open, while the right side is still folded under. As you wrap, overlap the previous t-shirt yarn so the folded yarn covers the left edge. Keep wrapping in this manner until back to the beginning. You’ll end up with a ribbed look.

Tip: I upycle orchid plant clips to use as clamps! They are great for when you want to take a break and holding the end while you glue.

Bring t-shirt yarn to back. Then glue the end as shown.

Take care not to get glue on the strand butting against it (we’ll weave under that in a moment).

Now, thread the t-shirt yarn onto a bodkin. Use the bodkin to pull the t-shirt yarn under the loop beside it to hide the end. Pull and cut the end.

Now we’re ready to weave the web and string the centre of the DIY dream catcher!


I did the first round straight from the yarn tube. But you’ll see later that I wind a dowel with yarn for the second round. You will move counterclockwise around the hoop as you go.

Starting anywhere on the hoop, triple knot the end of the yarn onto the hoop. Add a dab of tacky glue.

Wrap yarn through the hoop and tighten over the knot again before proceeding with the next wrap.


Move counter clockwise landing two inches away from the start. Wrap yarn through the hoop bring the yarn tube down and around the hoop and back through the loop of yarn. Tighten and move 2″.

Once again, repeat the previous steps, continuing in this manner around the hoop until back near the beginning.

Once back near the beginning, you will have a space between the end and beginning of the yarn which is normal. Unwind a bunch of yarn from the tube and cut the end. Pause here to string beads and rewind the yarn onto a dowel.


String the Beads

To prepare for this step, use the darning needle to string 48 beads onto the yarn. Reserve 18 beads for the tassels.

Move all the beads along the yarn toward the hoop. Then wrap yarn onto a dowel but let the beads remain in a string. Allow for some some yarn between the last bead and hoop. I actually forgot to leave the slack between the beads and hoop in the picture below. Use the plant clip to hold the yarn onto the dowel until ready to string beads.

Weave Beads

Now start to add beads. In the first yarn space, move one bead over and loop the yarn around in the same manner ensuring that the yarn is tightened in the middle of the space.

Notice how the beads are centred within each space and the rest of the beads are pulled through after positioning one bead into each space.

Continue to slide one bead from the yarn to the right so it’s isolated on the yarn as shown.

Then insert the dowel from front to back through the space below the bead. Ensure as you come through the hole that the yarn with the bead is in back of the dowel.

Then pull the yarn through until you get to the beads and pull them through too.

Tighten the yarn as shown.

2nd Round

For the second round of beads, continue sliding a single bead to the right. But slide the bead directly below it from the first round to the right also. Then, when you work the knot, bring the yarn to the left of the first round bead and tighten up against it.

As you do subsequent rounds of beads, you will notice the pinwheel effect starting to form.

Just remember to tighten the yarn against the end of the bead and you’ll be golden!


Continue this process of moving over a single bead until all the 48 beads are strung. You will run out of beads near the centre and end with plain yarn again.


Finish Webbing in Centre

Continue with only the yarn until the holes are so small that you can’t fit the dowel through. At this point, unwind a few lengths of yarn from the dowel. Cut the yarn. Now, thread the yarn end onto the darning needle.


Continue weaving the yarn with the darning needle until the hole is closed up. Insert the needle into the centre and pull the yarn end through to the back. Knot 3 times. Add a dab of glue and allow to dry. After the glue dries, cut the end close to the knot.

Embellish

Now it’s time to embellish with lace, crystal and the remaining 18 beads!


Measure out two 48″ pieces of lace. Fold the first piece in half and knot onto the hoop in the centre on the bottom.

Fold a piece of wire in half and thread the bottom of the lace through as shown.

Add a bead onto both sides and slide near the top.

With the second piece of lace, thread on the crystal making sure it sits in the middle and the ends are even.


Straddle it across the first piece and knot each end onto the hoop. Bring the first piece of lace down to the teardrop level and thread each end through the wire in the crystal in opposite directions. Double knot to secure.


At this point, I hung up the dream catcher to view it and noticed that the hoop was pulling into an oval shape because it’s made of a rubbery plastic. To combat the distortion, tie fishing line between the top and bottom to pull it back into a circular shape.

Cut three more pairs of lace at 44′, 40″ and 36″ inches. Attach from longest to shortest on either side of centre.


String remaining beads onto the lace in any pattern desired. I left the outer piece of lace without any beads.


Use the hanger attached to the hoop to hang on the wall.


Beaded Wall Hanging

I love crafting fibre art wall decor, like this string art dog – another first for me. How about you; have you tried any fibre wall art ideas lately?

I think this dream catcher is pretty for anywhere you’d like to hang it. Hopefully it also brings you sweet dreams!

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  • Dragon Lady Dragon Lady on Nov 19, 2021

    As someone who makes dreamcatchers this was so painful for me to watch. It could have been so much easier than it was to cover and then to weave your middle but it turned out amazing. I hope you find some shortcuts as you make more of them so it is not so labor intense for you. Thank you for sharing.

    • Birdz of a Feather Birdz of a Feather on Nov 19, 2021

      I'd love to know how you would've done the wrapping and weaving; any pointers would be appreciated so I can improve on my next one :)

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Nov 19, 2021

    Thrift stores can be a good source of less-than-retail priced beads.

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