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Making Dreamcatchers – beginner, intermediate, advanced

My oldest is at the point where she is starting to remember her dreams. And there is a lot of talk of dreams and nightmares in our house lately. So when we came upon instructions for a dreamcatcher in a craft book from the library, she was all over it. (I would reference it but it is really old and I can’t find it online)

She is thrilled with the results of this project but I have to say, it was a little more complicated than she was ready for. I ended up doing a lot of it for her, which is fine by me because I like the idea that I made something that seems to give her true comfort. But we have some other dreamcatcher projects that are much more suited to kids under 6 and I’m they guessing will catch the same amount of dreams. Our versions of these, however, have yet to make it out of kitchen.

What you need:
  • Plain paper plates
  • Feathers
  • Yarn or string
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Beads with holes large enough to fit around pipe cleaners
  • Dreams

To make the easiest of dreamcatchers:

  1. Punch three holes in the bottom of the plate and one at the top for hanging
  2. Attach a pipe cleaner to each hole on the bottom and slide a bead (or two or three) up the pipe cleaner
  3. Position the feathers on the ends of the pipe cleaners and pull the beads over the feathers to hold them in place
  4. Let your littlest child color on the plate to personalize

 

 

 

 

 

To make a dreamcatcher with your child who is roughly 3 and up:

(Depending on your child’s age, they can do all of this or you can set the plate up and let them do all the adorning.)

  1. Fold the paper plate in half and cut out the smooth part of the plate so that you end up with a ring
  2. Cut several pieces of yarn slightly longer than twice the width of the hole in the ring
  3. Punch three holes in the bottom of the plate and one at the top for hanging
  4. Punch holes around the inner edge of the ring (along the edge you cut)
  5. Attach a pipe cleaner to each hole on the bottom and slide a bead (or two or three) up the pipe cleaner
  6. Position the feathers on the ends of the pipe cleaners and pull the beads over the feathers to hold them in place
  7. String pieces of yarn through holes opposite each other and tie the loose ends together. (You can get creative with this and do longer pieces and more intricate stringing but that is the basic concept. You want it to look like a web)
  8. Decorate the ring with drawings or happy thoughts

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