How to Make a Dreamcatcher

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The Legend of the Dreamcatcher

According to Native American legend, the night is filled with both good and bad dreams. When you hang a dreamcatcher above your bed, it catches all the dreams that come along.

The good dreams know their way and pass through the hole in the center of the dreamcatcher.  The bad dreams, on the other hand, get stuck in the web and cannot pass to the dreamer.  In the morning, the sun burns away the bad dreams still caught in the web.

There are many variations to this story, but the takeaway is simple: hang a dreamcatcher above your bed to have good dreams and keep the bad dreams away.

How to Make a Dreamcatcher

Dreamcatchers are simple to make and can be completed quickly.  They also make an excellent project for kids.

You will need:

  • 8-inch metal ring
  • Leather or suede yarn
  • Waxed thread
  • Beads, Feathers & Stones

#1: Wrap

Measure 10 – 15 feet of leather yarn.  Wrap leather around the metal ring until it’s completely covered.  Leave extra leather at the top of the ring.

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#2: Knot

Knot off the leather where the two ends meet.  Tie the top pieces together to form a loop.

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#3: Tie First Row

Use the waxed leather thread to tie off first row of the inner weave.  Leave about 1 – 2 inches between each point of contact.

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#4: Weave

Weave the second row of the dream catcher by tying the thread at the half-way point of the first line of thread.  Tie a knot at the halfway point of all the thread lines from the first row. Continue knotting this way until you have reached the center of the dream catcher.

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#5: Add Stones

If you would like to add any stones inside the dream catcher, simply weave them onto the waxed thread.  Add stones at the beginning for patterns around the outside edge.  Or add them at the end to create patterns near the center of the dream catcher.

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#6: Decorate

Add beads, feathers and decorations as you please.

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#7: Dream

Now hang your dream catcher above your bed and enjoy pleasant dreams.

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1 Comment

  1. Great post! I really enjoyed reading about the story of dream catchers and how they are made. I really liked how you explained that,”The good dreams know their way and pass through the hole in the center of the dream catcher. The bad dreams, on the other hand, get stuck in the web and cannot pass to the dreamer. In the morning, the sun burns away the bad dreams still caught in the web.” I have had a dream catcher growing up so hopefully it can give peace to others at night like it has done for me.

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