After looking at the cost of big craft hoops, I decided to make dreamcatchers using hula hoops from the dollar store for the Dream Big party. My local dollar stores only carry hula hoops during the spring but they are great for crafting so I always pick up several.
All you need to create these are:
- hula hoops (various sizes)
- beads (ones with larger holes work best, but you can use regular thread to attach beads and feathers)
This video gives concise instructions on how to weave the inside of the dreamcatcher. I didn’t bother wrapping the yarn around the hoop because I wanted the colorful hoop to show through. After you weave the inside, simply attach feathers and beads to finish the look. Voila! Now you have large dreamcatchers without spending a fortune!
For the Dream Big party I crafted lots of musical toys and dancing ribbons for the little ones to take home, but I wanted a gift to give our adult guests too. I wanted to make something meaningful that fit with the theme. I’ve been seeing communities participating in finding and hiding painted rocks around town and I have always loved the idea.
Of course, this was another one of my dollar store DIY projects. I found smooth rocks in the floral section and painted them with white spray paint.
After the rocks were painted I wrote inspirational dream-related sayings and doodled on them before sealing them with Mod Podge sealer. I absolutely loved making these and they turned out beautifully.
The massive undertaking that is my living room makeover is nearly complete! One of my final creations were the shabby chic beach lamps I finished last night. If you are looking an inexpensive way to make some nautical inspired lamps, take a look at this project.
Shabby Chic Beach Lamp
Easy DIY project for nautical, beach, or coastal themed decor
I wanted a set of lamps that weren’t too “matchy, matchy” or literal to complete my shabby chic beach decor, but everything I found that I liked was upwards of $150 per lamp. Um, I don’t know about you, but that isn’t where I want to throw some of my hard-earned dollars at. So I bought a cheap set of lamps; together they were $35. The best lamps to use are ones with simple shaped bases.
I used 1/4″ twisted manila rope to cover my lamps. I needed 100′ of rope to get two solid pieces long enough to cover each lamp. Starting at the base, use crazy glue to lock in the first piece.
Continue wrapping the rope by running a bead of hot glue around the lamp in sections and placing the rope tightly in line with the preceding layer. Be warned that you’ll be replacing the glue sticks often if you use a mini glue gun, as I did.
Finish off the top by cutting the rope at an angle and making sure the final wrap ends on the back side of the lamp. There you have it, a quick inexpensive way to create unique looking lamps for your nautical, beach, or coastal inspired decor.
I hope you enjoy! Please let me know what you think.
Light, love + laughter,