Go boho-chic this Halloween with my DIY Skull Dreamcatcher necklace! Sparkles meet spooky with this super easy to make piece – small metal o-rings provide the perfect base for wrapping, while a simple crystal skull charm adds that glam factor.
I chose a deep blue and black/silver scheme, but feel free to change up the colors…..maybe go black and orange for a super traditional Halloween look!
Some of my favorite icons are dreamcatchers and skulls (no,,,,really?!) so this merging just speaks to my soul!!! If skulls aren’t your thing, you can swap for a gemstone bead, or larger crystal.
Follow along below for the full tutorial!!
Gather materials – you’ll need metallic nylon thread (approx. 1mm, find this in the beading or embroidery aisle), cable chain, a feather and crimp cord end, a small metal o-ring, eyepins, 4mm jump rings, a lobster clasp, a small silver spacer bead, a 13mm crystal skull bead (you can find Swarovski brand stones online, and in some craft stores, or on Amazon), one 8mm jumpring and small 4x6mm crystal rondelles.
<I buy my feathers from a no-kill farm in Iowa, run by rabbis. Please think consciously when using feathers!>
Cut an 8′ piece of cord, and knot it around the wire o-ring. Start wrapping very tightly to cover the metal surface. Leave a small tail of cord, after the knot, at the top of the o-ring.
Continue wrapping until the o-ring is fully covered, then use the long end of cord remaining to tie another knot with the tail end from Step 1. Don’t cut the cord! Use the long cord to continue wrapping the inner area of the dreamcatcher, looping the thread over the hoop, then under the hoop, then up through the loop you just created. There are a lot of dreamcatcher charts you can find online that help clearly illustrate how to weave, if you need some extra imagery!
When you’re reached the very middle, knot off the excess cord and cut the excess off.
Create 6 bead links from eyepins and the 4x6mm rondelles. Create one bead link with an eye pin, one 4x6mm rondelle, a silver spacer bead, and crystal skull bead.
Connect your skull link to the middle of the dreamcatcher with small 4mm jump rings. Connect your feather drop to the bottom of the skull link with another jumpring!
Cut two 10″ pieces of chain, then six 1″ pieces of chain. Attach three of the 1″ pieces of chain together using the rondelle links. Repeat with the other three pieces, and you’ll have two sides of the necklace chain started. Attach one of the 10″ pieces of chain to both sides of the necklace. Add a lobster to the end of one long chain side, and a jumpring to the end of the other.
Use a 4mm jumpring to attach both short sides of the necklace chain together. Add an 8mm jumpring to the 4mm jumpring, and then hook it around the top of the dreamcatcher to secure, finishing off your necklace.
You can also use this technique on a larger-scale o-ring for an <actual> dreamcatcher, perfect for hanging on a wall or from the ceiling….you’ll be able to find larger hoops near the embroidery section or the macrame section of any craft store!
Enjoy, and stay spooky!!!
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