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Make Your Own Dream Catcher

What is a dream catcher? Dream catchers are one of the most fascinating Native American traditions. According to legend, the hole in the center of the web allows good dreams to flow through to the person sleeping. The bad dreams are trapped in the web itself until the morning sun makes them fade away. Each dream catcher is unique, and kids will have fun scavenging items to make it their very own.

What You Will Need

  • A bendable twig or vine
  • Thin wire
  • Twine
  • Beads or any other item such as shells or items with holes
  • Feathers

Note: To make it easier for smaller kids, you can substitute a paper plate for a twig. Cut out the center of the plate and punch holes around the outer rim. Instead of wrapping the twine, kids can thread it through the holes to make a web.

Hint: For a more nautical look, we used a webbed net, tied the edges with twine to the hoop, and cut a hole in the middle.

Step 1
Make a hoop from a twig or vineand tie the ends with approximately 1 ½”of thin wire. Adults may have to help small children with this step.
Step 2

Wrap a few inches of twine around the wire and tie a small hoop to hang the dream catcher.

Step 3

Cut a fewfeet of twine and tie one end to the hoop. String several beads or shells and wrap the twine around the other side of the hoop. Continue until you form a web design weaving the twine to keep it toward the edge of the vine and leaving a hole in the center. Tie a knot with the end of the string to finish the web.

Step 4

Tie several inches of twine to the bottom part of the hoop and leave dangling. String several beads and tie a feather to the end of the twine. You can add one string or several. Hang the dream catcher on your headboard or near your bed… Pleasant Dreams!