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.
Items you will need
- Paper plate
- Hole punch
- Measuring tape
- Craft beads
- 3 craft feathers
- Color markers
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.
Punch holes around the rim of the paper plate, using the hole punch. These holes should be a half-inch apart.
Measure out 5 to 6 feet of yarn, using measuring tape, and then cut the yarn.
Tie an end of the yarn to one of the holes in the paper plate rim. Any hole will work.
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.
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.
Punch three holes, close together, near the bottom of the plate.
Cut three pieces of yarn that are each 5 inches long.
Tie each piece of yarn into one of the three hole punches you just made, one piece of yarn for each hole.
Slide a few beads onto each piece of yarn.
Tie a feather to the end of each of the three pieces of yarn.
Draw, using colored markers, around the edges of the paper plate to add further decorations and designs.
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.
Punch one hole into the top of the dream catcher. Tie the new piece of yarn into it.
Hang the dream catcher on the wall. An ideal spot is near your bed.
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