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Published on July 27th, 2011 | by Becky Striepe

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How-to: Make a Dream Catcher from Old Guitar Strings

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You can’t recycle used guitar strings, but you can upcycle them into a super sweet dream catcher!

A few weeks ago, my friends Christy and Davis came over, and when Davis, a musician, walked through the door, he handed me a set of used guitar strings.

“You can’t recycle these,” he said, “Can you craft with them?”

It was ON. I’ve been trying to think of how to use these suckers ever since, and when Jessica Swift posted recently about making dream catchers, inspiration struck.

The thing about these guitar strings is that they’re not the most pliable. They’re coated with plastic, which makes it tricky to get them to hold a shape. A big circle, like you’d need to make a dream catcher frame, though, is perfect! All you need to get crafting are:

  • Set of used guitar strings
  • Around 6 feet of twine
  • Embroidery thread and needle
  • Recycled felt
  • Clothespin or other clip
  • Scissors

Ready to make your own dream catcher? Let’s get started!

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My name is Becky Striepe (rhymes with “sleepy”), and I am a crafts and food writer from Atlanta, Georgia with a passion for making our planet a healthier, happier, and more compassionate place to live. My mission is to make vegan food and crafts accessible to everyone!. If you like my work, you can also find me on Twitter, Facebook, and .



  • Janet Martin55

    I think even a vegan might be able to use a feather found on the ground.  I don’t think it was cruel for the bird to molt, and it certainly isn’t going to use it again.  You want to wipe it well w/ alcohol or something to make sure you don’t bring any mites or other ‘nasties’ into the house.

  • Marilyn C. Cole

    Another beautiful craft from used guitar strings: http://www.etsy.com/shop/BandsForBangles

    I have one from some of Bo’s old strings, and it’s just as awesome as they look in the pictures!

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