How to make a dream catcher in 4 easy steps

by Cat Woods

Before getting started, I looked up the history of the dream catcher so that I could share it with you. Did you know that they started in the Native American culture?

“Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with dreams both good and bad. The dream catcher, when hung over or near your bed swinging freely in the air, catches the dreams as they flow by. The good dreams know how to pass through the dream catcher, slipping through the outer holes and slide down the soft feathers so gently that many times the sleeper does not know that he/she is dreaming. The bad dreams, not knowing the way, get tangled in the dream catcher and perish with the first light of the new day.”

So, how can we make our very own dream catcher?

Step One: Gather Materials

You will need:

  • Some feathers – even better if they’re foraged!
  • Some beads
  • Thread for web
  • A hoop
  • A thicker thread/wool to wrap hoop
  • Glue gun

Step 2: Wrap

Take your hoop and, starting at the top, wrap the hoop with either the thick thread or flat leather cord. Begin by using the glue gun to apply a small amount of glue to one end of the ribbon or thick thread, and stick it to the hoop – this means you can avoid tying a knot. Working all the way around the hoop, wrap the ribbon so none of the hoop is showing.

Make sure to double secure it at the end so that nothing unravels!

Step 3: Weave

Wrapping the hoop isn’t just for decoration – it also provides a bit of grip for the web. Winding the thread around the hoop at regular intervals, begin to create the web of the dream catcher, working inwards towards the centre.

If you want to see how it’s done, check out this handy video, where Arvind Gupta walks through the entire process!

Step 4: Decorate

Before you begin the weaving process, consider where you would like beads to go, if you want some on the web! You will need to add these as you go along.

When you’ve finished weaving, and secured the web, tie feathers and beads onto the dream catcher hoop evenly along the bottom and get as creative as you like. No dream catcher is the same!

Customise Your DIY Dream Catcher

The customisation possibilities for this DIY dreamcatcher are endless. A few of the ways you can customise your dreamcatcher:

  • Use a bigger (or smaller) hoop.
  • Choose embroidery floss to match the colors in your room (or your baby’s nursery).
  • Use a different colour natural suede lace.
  • Choose natural gemstone beads with properties that resonate with you.
  • Add ribbons, yarn, or string to the bottom of the dreamcatcher, instead of or in addition to the feathers.

And There You Have It!

Your dream catcher is now ready to hang up in your home.

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