Crescent Moon DIY Macrame Dream Catcher {with Feathers}

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Learn how to make a beautiful and dramatic Crescent Moon Macrame Dream catcher with Feathers in this step by step tutorial!

Macrame Dream Catcher with Feathers in front of a green fir tree

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When I got this awesome crescent moon frame from Unfettered Co., I just knew I had to do something special with it.

I decided to make this moody black crescent moon dreamcatcher with gorgeous black macrame rope, and I’m over the moon with it! (pun intended)

How Do You Macrame a Dreamcatcher?

There are a few different methods, but I wanted to stick with something simple.

The knots on the inside of the moon shape are square knots, and they’re secured to the frame with double half hitch knots.

You’ll need to know the square knot, double half hitch knot, and larks head/cow hitch knot for this tutorial. It’s a lot simpler than it looks!

This project is suitable for beginners, you’ll just need to tackle one task at a time and it’ll be done before you know it.

Where Should I Hang My Macrame Dreamcatcher?

Traditionally, dream catchers are hung on the wall behind your bed to help keep nightmares at bay.

This project is also a great DIY decor idea for your living room, kitchen, or even the bathroom if it fits the theme.

My daughter claimed the one I made for her room. I think this would also be a great project for a teen bedroom or a dorm room!

How Do You Make the Macrame Feathers?

Macrame feathers are an awesome beginner project because they’re so easy but they look so cool!

The hardest part of the feather making process is brushing and cutting. It takes a while to get it just right. I honestly think this part is fun though and it’s my favorite part of this whole dreamcatcher!

You can also check out my macrame feather tutorial here. I’ve since upgraded to a wire pet brush to brush them out, but the knotting technique is the same.

I’ll also quickly show you how to make the feathers in the tutorial below.

Supplies You’ll Need to Make a Crescent Moon DIY Macrame Dream Catcher with Feathers

Related: Ultimate List of Must-Have Macrame Supplies!

Rope Cutting Guide

For this project, you’ll need:

  • 50 pieces @ 63″ long
  • 9 pieces @ 45″ long
  • 60 pieces @ 8″ long

I default to 63″ pieces because that’s roughly my arm span and it’s a lot easier for me to measure rope that way. If your arm span is a few inches longer or shorter, that should work fine too.

You’ll end up trimming it down a bit at the end, but I like long dramatic fringe for this piece.

For the 8″ pieces, first use the excess rope you’ll be trimming off the 45″ pieces after you do the square knot mesh inside the frame. Then cut the rest. Don’t want to waste that precious rope!

Macrame Dream Catcher Tutorial

Step 1: Attach the ropes to the frame

Hang the crescent moon shape sideways so the inside of the moon is facing up.

You’re going to attach 9 pieces of 45″ long rope first, then scoot them to the left and attach 7 pieces of 63″ rope on the right side.

To attach the ropes, first tie a cow hitch knot. (It’s a larks head but just flipped the other way)

attaching loops to the frame

Then, bring the right cord up and around the frame and pull it through the loop, to make a half hitch on the right side. Repeat that with the left cord. This is how it’ll look one it’s complete.

Attaching the cords to the moon frame

If that’s super confusing, watch the first part of the video. It’s kind of hard to explain.

Here’s how it’ll look with all the ropes attached.

Ropes attached to moon frame

Step 2: Tie the knots inside the frame & attach

To start, grab the first rope on the left and tie a double half hitch knot around the frame, pulling it tight.

Attach first cord to the frame with a double half hitch knot

Then, tie a square knot using the rope you just attached to the frame and the next three cords.

Repeat that on the left side.

First double half hitch and square knot on both sides

Now attach the two cords on the left to the frame with double half hitch knots.

Double half hitch knots on the left

Skip the cords you just tied to the frame and tie a row of square knots alternating from the first row.

For the next row, tie alternating square knots skipping another two cords at the beginning and the end of the row. Repeat that process down until you only have two square knots in your row.

The picture below is how it will look on your second to last row.

tying alternating square knots inside the moon frame

Pull all the cords through the frame so they’re hanging behind it. Attach each cord to the frame with double half hitch knots. Pull the knots tight to stretch the square knot mesh evenly on the frame.

First attach two on the left, then attach two on the right. Go back and forth like that for each set so the tension stays even.

After the double half hitch knots are finished and the mesh is secured to the frame

Now you can trim the 45″ cords down and use the excess for feather fringe later (you’ll need 8″ pieces).

Leave the longer cords on the right the way they are.

Step 3: Attach more long cords to the bottom of the macrame dream catcher

Turn the dream catcher on your workspace so the long cords are hanging down at the bottom (this is how it will hang when it’s complete.)

Use larks head knots to attach 14 of the 63″ ropes to the bottom of the dream catcher. I put two ropes in between each knot.

Attaching more fringe to the bottom of the macrame dream catcher

Step 4: Tie some square knots

Find the center four cords hanging off the bottom and tie a square knot.

Then tie three square knots to the left of the center and three square knots to the right of the center.

Now tie six more rows of alternating square knots, skipping two extra cords at the beginning and end of each row. It’ll look like this when you’re finished.

Alternating square knots on macrame dream catcher

Step 5: Add the extra row of fringe

Grab the third and four cord from the outside on both sides. Pull them into the center and tie a square knot just under the last square knot you tied previously.

Make the extra fringe row

Now attach 14 pieces of 63″ rope on the left side of the knot, and 14 pieces on the right side.

Tie a row of double half hitch knots down the left side of the fringe, and then a row on the right side.

Double half hitch knots on the left

Join it together in the middle with one last double half hitch knot.

Joinging the two sides of double half hitch knots

Step 6: Make the feathers

You’ll need 20 8″ pieces for each feather.

Grab the center two fringe strands. We’ll attach the feather fringe pieces a few inches down from the row of double half hitch knots.

To attach the feather fringe, fold one piece in half and hold it in front of the two strands with the loop facing to the left.

making the feather fringe

Then take another piece, fold it in half and hold it behind the two strands with the loop facing right.

Pull the ends of each piece of fringe through the loop of the other piece and pull it tight around the center cords.

making feather fringe

Repeat that process for the next two pieces, but in reverse. So the piece on top will have the loop facing to the right, and the piece on the back will have the loop facing to the left.

adding feather fringe

Repeat that process back and forth ten times. Then tie an overhand knot at the bottom to hold the fringe in place.

Make two more feathers, one on the left and one on the right of the macrame dream catcher, using the 13th and 14th strands from the outside as the center cords. These feathers will be a few inches higher up than the center feather.

Once you get them all made, it’s time to brush them out and cut them into shape. This part takes a WHILE, but it’s kind of fun (or at least I think it is!)

Brushing out the feathers

Brush the fringe out really well with your pet brush. Next, spray them down with some stiffening spray on both sides. That step is optional, but it helps them lay better and not curl up over time.

spray the macrame feathers with stiffening spray

Cut the fringe into a feather shape.

Trimming up the feathers

Step 7: Wrap and finish the frame

Now it’s time to deal with the ends on the top part of the moon frame.

At first I had planned to leave the ends a few inches long and added more fringe to fill in the gaps. I brushed it out and it looked like the moon had a mohawk.

I wasn’t a huge fan of this look, but you might like it!

Instead, I took out the extra fringe and decided to cut the ends down and glue it to the frame, and then wrap the frame to make it look nice and neat. Here’s how I did it.

First, cut the ends down short, about 1/2″ long.

Then, hot glue the short ends to the back of the frame.

Gluing down the ends

Do this all the way around the edge.

Then, just to make it neater, I added some tacky glue to the ends and smoothed them down to make sure they weren’t sticking out all over the place.

adding tacky glue to the back of the knots on the moon frame

Next, take the last piece of 63″ rope and wrap it around the frame. I used a crochet hook to pull it through the small hole in the corner and then wrap it around between all the knots.

Pulling the rope through with a crochet hook

Make sure it covers all the ends and the exposed parts of the frame. Here’s how it looks when it’s halfway done.

how the moon frame looks after it's wrapped

Once you’re finished wrapping, insert the end of the cord through the last wrap to secure it in place. I left the long end hanging because it just blends in with the fringe.

Go back to the beginning where you started wrapping and glue the end down to the back of the frame.

Now you can go through and untwist some of the strands of long fringe to give it some fun texture.


I didn’t add a hanger to the top, but you can if you want. I’m just hanging my macrame dream catcher from a nail as it is.

Finished crescent moon macrame dream catcher with twinkle lights added

In Summary

I hope you enjoyed this Crescent Moon DIY Macrame Dream Catcher tutorial! For more fun macrame tutorials, check out the links below.

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  1. Question re cord size. In the materials link, the size of the macrame cord is 3mm. However, in your video tutorial, the cord size is 4mm. How much does this matter when making this project? Thank you so much! This project is awesome. I want to make it for my daughter.

  2. If I dont have a 12 inch dream catcher frame and i used a 6 inch frame, could i just half all the cords and maybe use a smaller cord?

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