Making a dream catcher might seem a little campy, but it can actually be a great way to connect with your creativity and spirituality. I find that it isn’t even necessarily about the symbolism of a dream catcher or believing they work or anything like that. Rather, there is something creative and engaging about making something of this nature and then hanging it in your room as a reminder for self-care.
Sometimes I call these type of objects awareness triggers. In Buddhist traditions sometimes people hang mala beads in their room to remind them of their meditation practice. Other people put up religious images or cute sayings. Making a dream catcher and hanging it can be a great way to remind yourself of your spirituality regardless of what that spirituality is. It really can take on any meaning you want to give it.
There aren’t too many supplies that you need for this project but you will most likely need to go to a craft store in order to get them. Here is what I recommend for your shopping list:
- Embroidery string in different colors
- Metal hoop
- Super glue or hot glue
- Thin ribbon (optional)
- Feathers (optional)
- Funky Bead (optional)
You can also use macrame string instead of embroidery string.
Take your metal hoop and the string or ribbon of your choosing. Tie the string or ribbon onto the hoop such that you have about 12 inches on one side of the knot and the rest of the string on the other. The side that has 12 inches is going to be the top of the dream catcher. This is what you will use to hang it from.
Wind the string around the hoop tightly so that the hoop is completely covered by the string or ribbon. If you are feeling extra crafty you can also do a simple knot like a Chinese staircase knot. When you get all the way back around to the top of your dream catcher you are going to tie it off. It can be helpful to the knots close as possible to the knot at the top and tuck in any extra string or ribbon. I also recommend using a dab of super glue or hot glue in order to make sure that the knot doesn’t come undone.
The simplest way to make a dream catcher is to make the interior all one color. So, take one color macrame string or embroidery string that is really long. I do not recommend using ribbon for this part. tie a knot on one side of the string that is hanging off at the top. You might want to again use a dab of super glue or hot glue to secure this knot.
Once you have knotted the string wind it around the hoop so with about one inch between each time you go around. So, to clarify you want to take the string and go around the hoop then about an inch down wind the string once around again, one more inch and one more wind until you are all the way around. You do not want to wind too tightly or it will be difficult to do the next row!
Once you have come back to the top you are going to gently pull the first place where you winded the string and now thread the string through here. Come back around and to the next place the string is wound around and pull it down a put going from front to back wind your string through this stitch.
Repeat. Continue winding your string through the “stitches” until you are back at the top. You are going to repeat this winding through each new row until you have about one inch left in the center.
When you get to the center and all of your rows are done you are going to gently pull the string so that all of the stitches are taught. You want to make the hole in the center as small as possible. So pull lightly and if it needs one more row give it one more. Then you are going to tie it off. To do this you just want to wind the string through another stitch and then make a knot. You can use a bead in the center or a feather in order to cover up the knot. Again use a dab of super glue or hot glue to hold the knot on tight.
Directly below the top on the bottom of the dreamcatcher you are going to tie a piece or ribbon or string. Depending on how big your dream catcher is you might want to make this about 4 – 8 inches long. You can put beads on this or a feather at the bottom. Decorate it however you want, this is the piece of string that will hang off the bottom in the middle.
On either side of this bottom string or ribbon tie two other pieces of string or ribbon. It tends to look best if you make these one or two inches shorter than the middle piece. It also helps to make them match. So if you are decorating the side pieces it looks nice if they are decorated in the same way as one another.
You have a dream catcher! Take a picture and share it with us. Pick a nice place to hang it where you will be reminded of the fun time you have making it.