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Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

This is such a simple and easy craft project for kids. It looks great, introduces simple weaving techniques and makes a fantastic gift for your kids to make for each other or their friends.
You can also make it educational and discuss the meaning, history and legend of these magical ornaments.
My daughter has wanted one for ages to catch all her busy little dreams. I enjoyed making our dream catcher and she absolutely loves her it hanging in her window.

You will need: a wooden circular hoop (we used our round weaving frame), weaving thread, beads, felt, feather paper pattern (I drew a rough feather shape on paper and cut it out).

 

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

1 - Mark your wooden hoop into equal distances apart, all the way around, we counted 10 ridges along our embroidery hoop.

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

2 - Wrap a pencil or a piece of card with your weaving thread, we did this approximately 150 times. This just makes it easier to weave in and out while making your dream catcher, instead of trying to weave with a big cotton ball. Once done, tie the thread on to your wooden hoop.

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

3 - The next part looks complicated but it's not. It's just a matter of wrapping the thread around your wooden hoop at equal distances all the way around, keeping it taught.

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

4 - Start exactly the same process through the gaps in-between the wooden hoop and thread. You simply push your thread through the gap, wrap it around and carry onto the next gap. Do this all the way around.

 

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

5 - This process is the same all the way around. Note that when you start a new layer, the first hole (triangle shape) will be small. See images below. 

 

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

 6 - When you feel that you are about to do your last round of weaving, add some beads. Thread a bead and wrap around just like the previous method then tie a knot and trim the remaining string. The hard bit is over! 

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

7 - Now the fun part - decorating your dream catcher with colourful strings of beads and felt feathers (cut out of felt using your paper pattern and simply tie on). You can use anything to decorate, including shells, seeds, crystals, real feathers.

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher | Conscious Craft

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher | Conscious Craft

Craft Ideas For Kids | Dream Catcher | Conscious Craft