DIY: Sage Dream Catcher and Eucalyptus Wreath

I use the words “dream catcher” and “wreath” veeeeeeeery loosely.

But, hello: CRAFTS!

Sage "Dream Catcher" / Bev Cooks

You’re like, “Bev, that’s a twig, a little string and some sage leaves.” Yes, yes it is, pigeons. You’re welcome.

Not only are these crafts boo-honk simple, but they’re like, super nature-y and stuff. Yay! And it’s fall, so double yay!

And you need only a few things, so triple yay!

And I’m going to get more coffee, so quadruple yay! (I’ll chill.)

DIY: Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

Let’s start with what you need.

  1. Twigs from your back yard. Easy.
  2. Some white string. Or twine, jute, what have you!
  3. Fresh sage leaves. If you can find the big fat ones, even better! The ones in our garden are the longer, thinner kind. I’m still a good person, though.
  4. Fresh or dried eucalyptus! (you know about my addiction to this stuff.) I get mine at Trader Joe’s. One entire bunch is seriously $2.99. These are the loop holes in life, you guys.
  5. Wire. I’m using aged copper wire, found at Hobby Lobby.

And that’s it!

Wait. Scissors. You need scissors. And something good to listen to, natch.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

So what you’ll do is just bend the skinniest part of the twig to the thickest part, making a circle. Er, an oval, really. A loop. A lasso. A twig lasso! Let’s start a band called the Twig Lassos. I’ll play bass.

Once you make the loop, take the wire and bend it around the little twig intersection, making it stay in place.

There you go. See? So easy.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

Then grab your string and prepare your sage leaves. You can use five, 15, 27 trillion, one, whatever makes your heart do the Electric Slide.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

Tie the sage leaves to the bottom part of the twig loop. And that’s it!

Aren’t you so happy right now?

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

And then you simply borrow some toddler grubbies to immediately yank the sage leaves off, sending you into a deadly spiral of rage.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

If you want to make it more dream catcher-like, you can make a little web with the string on the inside of the loop, but that seems like it would involve more math and precision than I rightly care to deal with, so . . . no.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

Dream catcher warning! After about four days, the sage leaves will start to crinkle up. It’s the circle of life, what can I say? You can always replace the leaves, orrrr add some fallen tree leaves from your yard. Or toss it all together! You can do anything you want. This is your life.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

Now let’s move on to our second craft of the day! (don’t fall asleep) Same principle, same basic execution, different greenery.

So you’ll take your twig and bend it good. And honestly, go as big or as little as you want! The cool thing is that every one of these “wreaths” or “dream catchers” will slightly vary, based on your twig choice. Twig choices are crucial! I like the words twig choices.

Take the string and gently tie the eucalyptus branch to the twig lasso. So easy.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

So for this one, I hung it on its side, because I liked the simple look and balance of it.

Oh! So at first I had this enormous twig, and thought I’d bend a few circles, making a dramatic multi-tiered wreath o’ madness, but once I had the loops all set in place, it looked rather, um, pha . . . phallic.

So I cut the loops off, immediately repented and took a five-hour shower.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

Voila!

I lovelovelove natural decor like this. It’s so clean, but brings a touch of nature indoors. (<—said in my P. Allen Smith voice)

And seriously, use your favorite greenery, or dried leaves, whatever. This is just a springboard to get you going on making huge, elaborate wall pieces, or a simple baby bae one, like mine.

And if you make one of these, paaaaaaa-lease send me photos! I need something to get jealous of.

DIY: Sage "Dream Catcher" and Eucalyptus "Wreath" / Bev Cooks

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8 Responses to DIY: Sage Dream Catcher and Eucalyptus Wreath

  1. Melissa September 29, 2015 at 7:31 am #
    Can I just take a picture of yours and hang it on my wall....the sloth is my spirit animal as you can tell.
  2. Steph September 29, 2015 at 9:06 am #
    These are beautiful! Would it be wrong to use red and white bakers twine and a evergreen twig to make it Christmassy?
    • Bev Weidner September 29, 2015 at 9:09 am #
      That would be gorgeous! You have to do it. Send me pics. SENDDDD.
  3. Nix September 30, 2015 at 6:19 am #
    " .. five-hour shower." !!!! You are hilarious!
  4. Laura @ Raise Your Garden October 1, 2015 at 6:37 am #
    This is really cute! I actually think at Christmas Holly would look sweet too. I love ideas like this (and I mean this is the best of ways!).....when I DIY it myself I can just throw it out when done and not have to store for another year. Don't really like storing stuff. Really cute though =)
  5. Grey Parker October 20, 2015 at 1:51 am #
    Natural look! Good idea. I want to make similar decorations on my wall
  6. Kate Branham November 16, 2015 at 12:01 pm #
    This is such a great idea! I have been teaching my kids a little bit about Native American culture. I think this is something that we could make together and learn more about them. My kids will love making dreamcatchers!!
  7. Karla January 18, 2016 at 7:07 am #
    Beautiful...

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