I use the words “dream catcher” and “wreath” veeeeeeeery loosely.
But, hello: CRAFTS!
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.)
Let’s start with what you need.
- Twigs from your back yard. Easy.
- Some white string. Or twine, jute, what have you!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
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.
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.
Tie the sage leaves to the bottom part of the twig loop. And that’s it!
Aren’t you so happy right now?
And then you simply borrow some toddler grubbies to immediately yank the sage leaves off, sending you into a deadly spiral of rage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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