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DIY Event this Friday in Portland!

You’re getting two for one today!! Two DIY projects, that is :) This one is in relation to an event we are having at our Portland store this Friday 12/2!

Free People Portland is hosting a DIY Night on Friday Dec. 2nd with FP guest blogger Rachael Rice, who recently relocated from Vermont to Portland.  She will be leading a workshop on how to make dream catchers using found and recycled materials, vintage trims, fabrics, and lace!

Her dream catchers are out of this world –  and, Rachael created a piece just for the Portland store (pictured above) that will be raffled off, with a portion of the proceeds to go to Adopt-A-Family Portland!

At the workshop, you can make a dream catcher as a piece of art, or even smaller ones to wear as jewelry!

The workshop is $7 (includes supplies and cake!), or for $10 you can enter the raffle to win a huge dream catcher made by Rachael, AND attend the workshop. A portion of the proceeds from the raffle benefit Adopt-A-Family Portland.

Raffle tickets alone are $5. Drawing will be by Dec. 15th and announced on the Free People Portland Facebook page. So be sure to click “LIKE!”

For those of you who can’t attend the event, Rachael was kind enough to share this tutorial with the blog, explaining how to make part of the dream-catcher pictured above. Part of the piece features a garland made of plastic bottle “feathers” — easy and beautiful to make! This could also be made into a festival garland on its own, or cute earrings!


1. Start with clean plastic bottles.  Clear works very nicely, but other colors are ok!


2. Carefully cut the top and bottom off the bottles using an X-acto knife, or sharp scissors.  You can use the bottoms of the bottles to hold your “feathers” as you go along!


3. Cut the body of the bottle into segments.


4. Freehand cut some feather shapes out of the plastic.


5. Use a hole punch to put holes in one end of each piece.  Make diagonal cuts on each side of the “feathers”.  Add jump rings if you want, those are good if you’re making jewelry.


6. String your feathers using wire or ribbon, or attach to findings for sparkly jewelry.  These garlands look amazing near Christmas lights, or just hanging around!


The also make lovely earrings! Just attach them to earring hooks :)

For more info on the event and to RSVP visit the Facebook Page!

And for more about the talented Rachael Rice, visit her website:

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sofie -November 30, 2011, 2:05PM

when is the december catalog coming out?? cant wait !! :)

fp julia -November 30, 2011, 2:30PM

sofie – it drops next week but i’ll have a sneak peek on the blog tomorrow!!! here’s a hint: blue & white ;)

which me will i be today -November 30, 2011, 2:32PM

these are so pretty. i’m going to try making them. i have an awesome idea. you guys should come to boston and hold a diy workshop. :)

Christina -November 30, 2011, 2:38PM

So stinkin clever! I adore these earrings.


Rachael Rice -November 30, 2011, 3:05PM

♡♡♡ Gratitude and inspiration in my heart for FP! THANK YOU! ♡♡♡

Jade -November 30, 2011, 3:27PM

WOW what an awesome idea!! thanks for the amazing DIY tutorials you guys always post, and the dream catcher is absolutely GORGEOUS!

Hope you guys have happy holidays!


dragon fruit -November 30, 2011, 8:42PM

this is amazing!! I wish I could gooo!

Laura -November 30, 2011, 10:44PM

i’ll be local to that store in a couple ‘o months! :) glad to know they do great DIY events!

Tonya -November 30, 2011, 11:16PM

Loving that dream catcher! And I kind of wish I had my ears pierced now :/
Cute DIY though!!

Tamberine -December 1, 2011, 4:08PM

Rachael is truly badass!

Dodie -December 5, 2011, 8:34AM

What a great idea & recyle use for pop bottles! You can use the top for a funnel. Thank you for your creativity!

Winnie -December 11, 2011, 2:55PM

Right about now I wish I still lived in Portland – I’d love to go to the workshop and see the Dreamcatcher in person. Will definately have to make some earrings. Thank you for sharing!!

Lauren -April 22, 2013, 7:00PM

Gorgeous! I am definitely going to give this a shot!

mary -April 30, 2014, 10:26AM

Is there one in 2014 great ideas..

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