Summer is just around the corner and if you’re a busy mama like me you’re probably looking for fun and easy craft ideas to keep your littles entertained. Keep idle hands busy by offering up this adorable DIY unicorn dreamcatcher craft. It requires minimal adult supervision, and I guarantee your daughter will beg to make one once she sees just how magical it is! You’ll be freed up to do your mom thing, and your daughter will be delighted with the magical addition to her bedroom’s décor! What could be better than that? Follow the steps below to create your own easy peasy DIY unicorn dreamcatcher.
- Soft & Sweet Hot Pink Yarn
- Tutti Frutti Self-Striping Yarn
- Cotton Candy Self-Striping Yarn
- Darice Candy Drops Multicolor Yarn in:
- 9 inch Embroidery Hoop
- White Craft Felt Sheet
- Black Craft Felt Sheet
- Pink Stiff Felt Sheet
- Metallic Gold Braided Cord
- Canvas Fabric Roses (Pink, Mint, Lavender, White)
- Small Wood Star Cutouts
- Acrylic Paint (I used Martha Stewart Poodle Skirt, Beach Glass, Hydrangea Purple and Lemonade)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Paint Brush
- Printable Unicorn Dreamcatcher Template
Start by painting the wooden stars. I chose paint colors that matched the color palette of my yarn (yellow, mint green, pink and lavender). I added two coats of paint to my stars, allowing them to dry in between coats, to ensure they were fully covered.
While the paint is drying on the stars, fully wrap the embroidery hoop in yarn. I tied it off at the top and just wound the yarn around it until the hoop was no longer showing. Once you reach the other end, simply tie it off with a knot.
Using another long piece of yarn, tie one end to the top of the hoop and wrap side to side across the center of the hoop to create the criss cross effect you see in traditional dreamcatchers. When you’ve achieved the center you’re happy with, knot the end around the embroidery hoop.
Next, cut 10 strands of yarn per color in your desired length, keeping in mind that you will be folding them in half to tie onto the hoop. I cut mine around 26” long. Note: since the hot pink yarn is thicker, I only added 7 strands. To add the yarn to the hoop, gather the strands of yarn together and fold in half. Position the loose ends of the yarn on the back side of the bottom of the hoop, then pull them through the looped end of the strands of yarn until you have a knot that secures them to the hoop. Repeat with the other colors of yarn until they are all attached.
Using the unicorn dreamcatcher template cut out two large ears, and two horns on the white felt. Additionally, cut one pair of eyelashes on the black felt, and two smaller ear shapes on pink felt.
Glue the smaller pink ear shapes to the center of the larger white ears, and then glue the two horns to each other. This is simply to give them a bit more stability. To add a little pizzazz to the horn, add a bit of gold braided cord by hot gluing one end to the back of the horn at the bottom, then winding it around until you reach the top.
Now it’s time to add all the bits to the hoop to create your DIY unicorn! At this point you’ll want to step in and assist since you’ll be using hot glue. Add the ears first using a dab of glue along the hoop, leaving enough room for the horn to fit in center. Next, add the horn, then the flowers layered on top.
Carefully glue the eyelashes to the center of the hoop. You might need to gently pull the yarn in the middle so it lines up to offer enough yarn to attach the eyelashes to. Finally, hot glue stars to the yarn strands hanging from the bottom.
Hang the DIY unicorn dreamcatcher in your daughter’s room and stand back and admire her magical creation!