Making a dream catcher is a fun, inexpensive craft that lets kids get creative, but I think it's also really interesting because of the story and the legend behind it.
Dream catchers, which were created by an indigenous group of people living in North America called the Ojibwa, generally consist of a hoop with net or a web inside and hanging feathers and beads.
The idea is that a dream catcher is hung above someone's bed while they sleep, and during the night bad dreams get trapped in the web, so they're unable to reach the dreamer.
When the sun rises the next day, those bad dreams disappear. Good dreams, on the other hand, pass through the dream catcher and slide down the feathers to the sleeping person.
Traditionally, they were used only by children, as adults were encouraged to receive, embrace and interpret all of their dreams, good and bad, and learn from them.
If you're wondering how to make a dream catcher for kids step by step, then you've come to the right place. We have 9 different methods for you below, some of which will teach you to make simple dream catchers, while others will show you a more complicated approach, but rest assured: every tutorial is perfect for children.
There are, unsurprisingly, several ways to make a dream catcher. Here are some of our favorite tutorials, so you can go ahead and pick the method—and final product—you like best!
Most of the methods use the same materials. That being said, it's pretty amazing how different each person's dream catcher can look!
For this craft you're going to need:
This is also an interesting craft because of all the coordination required. Your kids will be cutting, threading, punching holes, tying... They'll be working up a sweat!
Let's get to it then, shall we?
Our first method comes from Keryn from over at Style Novice. She has a lovely tutorial on how to make a DIY dream catcher for kids using most of the supplies mentioned above.
She swaps in ribbon for the yarn and uses stickers and markers to decorate her dream catcher, which we think looks fabulous!
Another idea comes from Dream-Catchers.org, which explains how to make a basic dream catcher, similar to the one above, but using yarn instead of ribbon and tying on the feathers instead of using glue.
It's definitely worth checking out. You can find the instructions right here.
Another way to make your dream catcher comes to us from Misilla, from Crafts, Homeschooling and More. Check out her video below.
Her approach is slightly different, in that she cuts small triangles in the paper plate and uses yarn to weave the web on the outside of the plate. She also makes her own beads and feathers using construction paper.
What we love about this method is that you need even fewer supplies and that it's even more crafty, since you need to make some parts of the dream catcher yourself.
Sophie, from Sophie's World, had the great idea of using plastic children's bracelets (left over from a birthday party) to make small dreamcatchers.
The method is more or less the same as the others, but the final product has a completely different look. Even if you don't have bracelets at home to use, you can try to find something similar.
The crafty people over at Kiwicrate.com have their own way of making a dream catcher for kids. The process is similar to the others, but what we love about their approach is the unabashed use of beads.
The dreamcatcher is very lively and colorful, don't you think? There's no such thing as too many beads!
Catch their tutorial right here.
For a totally different approach and look, you'll want to check out this great blog.
This method uses a pipe cleaner for the hoop of the dream catcher.
You'll also note that the inner web looks quite different from the paper plate webs.
The inner web is intentionally made to get smaller and smaller, with a view to trapping bad dreams more effectively.
This would look great hanging above any kid's bed!
Image: Easy Crafts for Kids
The clever ladies over at Urban Moms have an excellent blog post on how to make a dream catcher for kids.
But they don't use paper plates or pipe cleaners for the hoop, they use the outer rim of a margarine container! Then they wrap yarn all the way around to create a beautiful colored hoop.
Image: Urban Moms
The final product looks pretty darn cool, don't you think?
This dream catcher, from Michelle over at MollyMoo, caught our eye because of its unique design. The process might be a tad (just a tad) more complicated, so check it out to make sure your child can handle it.
She uses a bunch of different materials: an embroidery hoop, twine, felt, cookie cutters... and although the finished dream catcher looks quite different from the others, we can confirm that it's just as pretty, and we suspect that it's just as effective.
Our last tutorial on making dream catchers comes from Barbara over at Art Bar Blog.
She uses a whole slew of different materials, from washi tape and felt to paper pinwheels. The process may be a bit more involved than the others, but if your little artist is up for it, then definitely give it a try,
Image: Art Bar Blog
These dream catchers are, in a word, awesome.
Well, there you have it: 9 different dream catcher crafts for kids! A fun, interesting craft with a great purpose and an even greater legend behind it.
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