How to make your own dream catcher
- This is an article about creating your own dream catchers.
- The dream catcher craft is very easy to make.
- Follow these easy dream catcher instructions.
- In this easy dream catcher tutorial you will learn all you need know about making your own dream catcher.
There are a variety of ways to make a homemade dream catcher using a variety of dream catcher materials. Everyone learns things differently, so we are providing both written instructions, and a video (at the bottom of the page) that shows how to make a DIY dream catchers step-by-step. Enjoy!
Materials for Dream Catchers
Here are the supplies needed to make a dream catcher.
Decide what dream catcher supplies to use for the hoop. The hoop is the basis for a dream catcher’s shape and structure. It is usually no larger than an adult’s hand. Dream catcher hoops are traditionally made from dried red willow or grapevine, which is sold at many craft stores. You could also use some twigs of an olive tree or any plant which is pliable. Thin wooden branches or local grapevines can be soaked in water until soft enough to form a hoop.
- Buy about 72 inches (2 meters) of willow or grapevine, which you will use to create and wrap the hoop.
- A wood or metal hoop may also be used. Choose one that is between 3 and 8 inches (7.5 and 20.5 centimeters) in diameter.
Buy suede lacing. The lacing is used to wrap the hoop. Choose buckskin or another leather. The width should be no greater than the width of a shoelace, and the length should be eight times the diameter of the hoop you will make. However, if suede lacing is unavailable, any other natural looking ribbon or string will do (embroidery thread is recommended).
Choose a type of string. String is woven onto the hoop to create the dream catcher’s web. It should be strong, but thin. Choose waxed nylon string or simulated sinew.
- The string used is traditionally white or clear, but you could also choose a colored type of string.
- The length of the string should be ten times the length of the hoop will make. you need to loop the string around the wire to create the first part of the Dream catcher.
Choose decorative elements. The oldest dream catchers did not have decorative features, but in more recent years feathers and beads have been woven into the web to represent different elements of life and make a beautiful dream catcher patterns.
Dream Catcher Patterns:
- A hanging feather is a symbol of air, which we cannot live without. It is said that the stirring of a dream catcher’s feather means that a dream has passed through the circle. Feathers from owls, which represent wisdom, and eagles, which represent courage, have been commonly used, but it is now illegal to use feathers from these endangered birds. Faux feathers may be used in their place.
- Gemstones, or faux gemstone beads, may be used to represent the four directions: north, south, east and west. These beads can be strung between the weaving.
- Choose colors and stones that have personal meaning to you.
Making the Dream Catcher Hoop
Shape the hoop. Place the willow or grapevine into a bowl of warm water. Allow it to soak for about half an hour, until it is supple and can bend without breaking. Shape the vine into a circle, making several loops so that your hoop will be strong. Use a twist tie to fasten the hoop in three places so that it keeps its shape, and let it dry completely.
- Press the hoop between two heavy books to ensure that it dries completely flat.
- If you’re using a wooden or metal hoop, skip to the next step.
Wrap the hoop. Paint some tacky glue along one tip of the suede thong. Press it against the hoop. Use one hand to hold the end in place as it dries, and use the other hand to start wrapping the thong around the hoop. Continue wrapping the hoop until the entire hoop is wrapped tightly in suede.
- Each loop of suede should be tightly wrapped and touching the adjacent loop of suede, but the loops should not overlap.
- The very last loop should slightly overlap the beginning piece of thong. Take the end of the suede and insert it under the second to last loop, forming a half-stitch to secure the thong in place.
Make a hanging loop. Take the loose piece of the thong and shape it into a loop that juts out vertically from the top of the hoop. Keeping the loop in place, use the end of the thong to make a knot at the base of the loop. Pull it tight, then use a scissors to cut off the last dangling piece of thong.
Weaving the Dream Catcher Web
Weave the first row.
Begin by tying one end of the string in a knot at the base of the hanging loop. Working clockwise, stretch the string to a spot a few inches down the hoop and loop it around the hoop. Stretch the string a few inches to the right and loop it around the hoop again. Continue making loops that are evenly spaced apart until you reach the beginning.
Interesting dreamcatcher weave patterns
- If your hoop is 3 inches (7.6 cm) in diameter, the traditional method is to make 8 loops around the hoop.
- The thread between the looped peaks should be slightly loose. It will be pulled tight as you continue weaving.
Continue weaving the web. Take the end of the string and weave it under the loop created between the first and second looped peaks. Make a “hitch” by using the thread to make a loop over the loose string. After making the first hitch, make another hitch at the thread between the second and third knots. Continue weaving the thread in this manner until you have made a hitch at the thread between every knot.
- Each hitch should fall at the exact midpoint of the thread between the knots.
- As you weave, pull the thread snug, but not too tight.
- After making the first row of hitches, continue weaving the thread between the new segments you have created and making a hitch in the middle of each one. The circle you weave will become smaller and smaller. As it becomes smaller, pull the thread tighter and tighter.
- If you desire, add a few beads or gemstones to the dream catcher as you weave. Space them out randomly or create a pattern.
Finishing the DIY Dream Catcher
Secure the web.
When you have woven the web down to a tiny circle in the middle, tie the end of the thread over the place where you would have made the final hitch. Make a double knot to ensure it won’t come undone. Pull it tightly and snip off the end.
Add a hanging feather.
If you wish to add an ornamental feather or two, tie a new piece of string securely around the base of a feather. Tie the other end of the feather to the center of the dream catcher over one of the hitches in the center circle. Use a double knot to make sure it’s secure. Snip off the dangle thread on either end.
- You can add beads to the string after one end has been tied to the base of the feather, before you secure it to the dream catcher.
- You can wrap the base of the feather in suede if you want to hide the knotted string. Brush the end of a piece of the suede thong with tacky glue. Hold it to the stem of the feather to let it dry for a minute. Wrap the stem of the feather, then trim the suede and glue the end to the base of the feather.
Hang the dream catcher. Place the dream catcher near your bedroom window. With the first rays of sunlight, all bad thoughts that entered your mind during the night should disperse. Only good thoughts will be entering your mind for the day.