How to Make Your Own Dream Catcher
Native Americans believe dreams are messages sent by sacred spirits. According to legend, the hole in the centre of the dream catcher allows good dreams to reach the sleeper, while the web around the hole traps bad dreams until they disappear with the first morning light. You can follow the steps below to create your own dream catchers.
Materials you will need:
• a thin, round basket-weaving reed (you can find reeds at an arts and crafts store)
• a ball of string or twine
• assorted beads and feathers
• a ball of yarn
Step 1: Take a length of reed about 26 inches long and form it into a circle. Secure the reed by overlapping and bending the two loose ends around the edge of the circle. The circle should be about 5 inches wide. To strengthen the circle and to keep it from coming undone, you can tightly wrap the entire circle with colourful yarn.
Step 2: To begin making the dream catcher web, tie one end of the string or twine to the circle you formed in Step 1. Tie 9 hitch knots around the ring, spacing them about 2 inches apart. Keep the string snug when going from one knot to the next being careful not to distort the shape of the circle. Please refer to the diagram below.
Step 3: To begin the next row of the web, tie hitch knots in the middle of the string that is already attached. Continue tying hitch knots until the opening in the centre is the size you want. To end the web, tie a double knot in the string or twine and cut off any excess. Please refer to the diagram below.
Step 4: To decorate the dream catcher, you will need about 2 feet of string to attach the beads and feathers. Cut the string into 4 equal pieces and thread the beads or tie the feathers to the ends. Tie these decorated strings to the bottom, sides, and centre of the dream catcher. Be sure to attach a hanging loop to the top of your dream catcher so you can hang it up.