How to Make Dream Catchers for Kids

by Chris Brower, Demand Media

    Dream catchers are a simple craft project for kids. Dream catchers are a tradition of Native Americans, begun by the Ojibwa. The concept of a dream catcher is that when hung near a place for sleeping, the dream catcher catches bad dreams, while good dreams pass on through the feathers and to the person sleeping. Once the child has completed her dream catcher, it can be hung in the bedroom or other places he or she sleeps.

    Step 1

    Poke a hole in the center of the paper plate, using scissors. Cut out the entire inside of the plate, leaving a 2-inch rim around the outside of the plate.

    Step 2

    Punch holes around the rim of the paper plate, using the hole punch. These holes should be a half-inch apart.

    Step 3

    Measure out 5 to 6 feet of yarn, using measuring tape, and then cut the yarn.

    Step 4

    Tie an end of the yarn to one of the holes in the paper plate rim. Any hole will work.

    Step 5

    Grab the other end of the yarn and weave it into the holes across the plate. Weave it through every hole once, making any kind of pattern you like. While you're doing this, place craft beads on the yarn by sliding them down the yarn and positioning them so they're near the center of your plate.

    Step 6

    Tie a knot at the end of the yarn once you've woven it through every hole, tying it at the last hole. Using scissors, cut off any remaining yarn.

    Step 7

    Punch three holes, close together, near the bottom of the plate.

    Step 8

    Cut three pieces of yarn that are each 5 inches long.

    Step 9

    Tie each piece of yarn into one of the three hole punches you just made, one piece of yarn for each hole.

    Step 10

    Slide a few beads onto each piece of yarn.

    Step 11

    Tie a feather to the end of each of the three pieces of yarn.

    Step 12

    Draw, using colored markers, around the edges of the paper plate to add further decorations and designs.

    Step 13

    Cut a new piece of yarn. This is what you'll use to hang your dream catcher, so make it as long as you think necessary.

    Step 14

    Punch one hole into the top of the dream catcher. Tie the new piece of yarn into it.

    Step 15

    Hang the dream catcher on the wall. An ideal spot is near your bed.

    About the Author

    Chris Brower is a writer with a B.A. in English. He also spent time studying journalism and utilizes both to deliver well-written content, paying close attention to audience, and knowing one word could determine whether a product is a success or a failure. He has experience writing articles, press releases, radio scripts, novels, short stories, poems and more.

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