Painted Doily Dreamcatchers

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We recently acquired a large quantity of doilies and miscellaneous craft materials from a sweet family friend of mine, Jane, who blogs at She knows the girls and I stay busy with art projects and thought of us as she was de-cluttering and going through things she was holding on to.  I was so excited to receive these and immediately started brainstorming some project ideas to do with the girls.

We decided to turn them into DREAMCATCHERS! Keep reading below to see how we made them.

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We started by choosing our doilies and began painting them with watercolor.

Our vintage doilies were pretty dry and absorbent and it took a lot of back and forth dipping into the paint for the girls. We found that if you use a spray bottle and spray it down with water first then it helps the paint spread and bleed into each other. Once, we did that it went a little faster and was easier for the girls to paint them.


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Aren’t they beautiful! The girls enjoyed painting them and made one right after the other. I joined in too and made several myself! We loved having a variety of sizes and trying different color schemes.


Check it out! We were also pretty impressed with the paper towels we placed under our doilies! They left some pretty cool designs.

Making the Dream Catcher:


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Once the doilies were dry, we fit and secured them in the embroidery hoops.

We cut long strands of yarn, twine, and lace ribbon and begin looping it around the bottom of the hoop through the doily holes. This step was a little tricky for my youngest so she chose her colors and I helped with the looping.

We also added string to the top of the hoop for hanging.

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We ran out of hoops to fit this smaller doily so I threaded some string through the holes of the doily and around the hoop.

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