DIY Pumpkin Dreamcatcher for Fall

Posted by Katie King
Love dreamcatchers? Then check out this new take on a traditional dreamcatcher and learn how to create your own pumpkin version for Fall!

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One type of project that never seems to go out of style is dreamcatchers. They seem to be the one project that either every DIYer has already completed or is the next project on their ''DIY to do list''. The reason why I think dreamcatchers are popular (in terms of the DIY community) is that you can really customize the whole thing to fit your unique style.

When trying to come up with this month's project, I started thinking about dreamcatchers and how you could really customize them to be anything you wanted. Then I thought it might be fun to create a pumpkin or fall inspired dreamcatcher!

So today I'm going to be showing you how to create a dreamcatcher inspired by all things related to fall.

Let me be the first to tell you, that the dreamcatcher that I'm making today is a bit different from your traditional dreamcatcher. For example, the first thing that you probably noticed was the change in base shape. Usually for a dreamcatcher the base shape is some-sort-of hoop, like an embroidery hoop. To change things up a bit, I decided to use clay and a cookie cutter to create a pumpkin shape based.

Along those same lines, usually a dreamcatcher has string being wrapped around the hoop base in some-sort-of intricate pattern. To keep that same effect, I grabbed a stencil that was the pattern of lace and layered it over my clay (which you will see in the DIY). This technique mimicked the pattern of the intricate string of a traditional dreamcatcher but was much easier to create.

You will notice that at the bottom of the dreamcatcher, I tried to keep the traditional look of beads and feathers. However, I alter the look just a bit by using different materials. For example, instead of using traditional feathers I used wooden veneer feathers. I also used fall inspired paper die-cuts from Simple Stories! This fall pack (called Sweater Weather) provided so many cute pieces which worked really well together and add that extra ''kick'' to the dreamcatcher.

To find out how to make your own Pumpkin Inspired Dreamcatcher, just check out the full tutorial below!


  • White Oven Bake Clay
  • Rolling Pin
  • Pumpkin Cookie Cutter (these cookie cutters would be perfect for this project)
  • Straw
  • Awl
  • 2 Flat Wood Sticks (optional)
  • Orange Paint
  • Foam Brush
  • Stencil (this stencil would be perfect for this project) (optional)
  • Colored Pencils (optional)
  • Beads
  • Orange String
  • Wooden Veneer Shapes (optional)
  • Sweater Weather Paper Die-Cuts
  • E6000
  • Scissors

Open up your box of clay and take out about one third of your clay. Then begin conditioning your clay by warming it up in your hands and creating a small ball.

Place your ball of clay in between two pieces of wood and begin rolling out your clay with your rolling pin. Rolling your clay in between two pieces of wood, help to control the thickness of your clay. For example my two pieces of wood are 1/4'' thick, this means that when I roll out my ''slab'' of clay that it will also be 1/4'' thick.

Once your clay is rolled out, place your cookie cutter on top and cut out your pumpkin shape.

Now take your straw and make three holes at the bottom of you pumpkin. Then take your awl and make a smaller hole at the top of your pumpkin.

Once you're happy with how your pumpkin looks, follow the instructions that came with your clay and bake your pumpkin.

Once your pumpkin has cooled, you are ready to start painting! The first thing I did was paint my pumpkin orange. Then I took a stencil and placed it on top of my pumpkin and colored it in with colored pencils.

Now you can get as simple or as detailed as you want with your pumpkin. Personally, I wanted to keep that ''dreamcatcher look'' which is why I went with a stencil. However the sky is the limit, so just have fun decorating!

When your done decorating your pumpkin, take it outside and spray a thin coat of clear acrylic spay onto it. This will help seal in all the paint and provide a protected coat to the top of your pumpkin.

Cut three pieces of orange string that are about 12 inches long. Then feed each piece of string through the holes on the bottom of your pumpkin and tie them off.

Now get out all your beads, wooden veneers and paper die-cuts! Begin playing around with each supply to get an over-all feel of how you want your dreamcatcher to look. Once you're happy with the look, you're ready to glue everything into place.

My suggestion is to add your beads on first before you begin gluing. You would want to add your beads on first if they will be at the top of the dreamcatcher (like my orange and brown beads). From there you can work down and glue on your wooden veneers or paper die-cuts onto your string.

Make sure that you tie a knot at the bottom of each string so your beads (if there at the bottom) won't slide off.

Once your completely done decorating, set you're dreamcatcher aside to dry.

Cut a piece of your orange string (that is about 8 inches long) and tie it to the top of your dreamcatcher.

When you've tied on your string, your ready to hang your new pumpkin dreamcatcher!

I love the look of the clay pumpkin base compared to your traditional hoop base! This little dreamcatcher brings the perfect amount of fall décor to your space. I think it would also look cute either on a corkboard or as part of a gallery wall.

What do you think? Do you like this take on the traditional dreamcatcher?