Gather the gals for a Galentine’s Day craft!

When it comes to Valentine’s Day, people tend to have mixed feelings. For women, the more sensitive of the species, it’s typically a love/hate sort of thing — they either love that a particular day is dedicated to showering their significant other (or, more realistically, being showered themselves) with cards, candy, flowers and, of course, love. Or, they hate that the commercialized holiday serves as a reminder of their single status.

For the latter group, there’s Galentine’s Day — a similarly made-up holiday, but one that’s dedicated to a relationship each of us has, rather than a fortunate few. Created by fictional over-achiever Leslie Knope of “Parks and Recreation,” Galentine’s Day celebrates female friendships. “Oh, it’s only the best day of the year,” she explains, and we agree. “Ladies celebrating ladies.”

While Knope “kicked it” with her squad, breakfast-style, we think it’s more fun to toss some craftiness into your G-Day gathering. This adorable dream catcher is easy to make, using items you probably already have at home. So scour your space for old fabrics, beads, ribbon and string, then gather up the besties for a night of kicking it, Martha Stewart-style.

What you need: cardboard, compass (though anything round will do), various ribbons/string/yarn and various fabric. Optional: beads and feathers.

1. Using a compass (or a bowl, mug, other nearby household item), draw a circle on cardboard. For this project, we used a 6-inch circle. Draw a smaller circle inside the larger, about 3/4-inch to 1-inch wide.

2. Use ribbon or fabric to wrap your cardboard hoop. We used handspun yarn with wire because it helped make the cardboard more durable. Tuck the end of your yarn/ribbon into the cardboard or under the wrap, and secure with a dab of glue or hot wax (though, not necessary).

3. Choose string for the web. Use string that is strong, but flexible. We used waxed hemp cord.

4. Tie the string to the top of your hoop and, working clockwise, stretch the string to a spot about 2 inches over (more or less, depending on the size of your hoop. You will be making five points). Loop the string around the hoop, then back over itself to create a hitch. Pull the string tight to secure it before moving on to the next loop. Continue around the hoop until you get back to your original knot, then begin the second layer of your web, using the same technique. (We love this tutorial: https://goo.gl/j8bABM)

5. Decorate your dream catcher using strips of fabric, ribbon and yarn. Cut strips to various lengths, fold in half, then loop the fabric over the bottom of your hoop and pull the opposite end through your loop, making a knot. Continue adding strips, using the same technique. Add feathers and beads as desired.