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Sleep Easy with This Beaded Dream Catcher Project
Native Americans believe that the night air is filled with both good and bad dreams that enter our minds when we go to bed. Therefore, they started the tradition of the dreamcatcher to block the route of bad dreams and increase the flow of good dreams. The main element of the dream catcher is the netted hoop. Good dreams know how to pass through the outer loops of the hoop design, while bad dreams get tangled and trapped within the hoop.
If you have a child that may be scared to sleep alone or is experiencing bad dreams, help soothe them by working together to create your own dream catcher. The legend will ease their minds and it’s a fun arts and crafts project to enjoy on a weekend indoors.
What you Need:
- Embroidery hoop
- Lace or other open fabric
- Blunt needle
- Fabric Glue
- Any other embellishments such as glitter or star and moon shapes
Step One: Cut your lace to fit inside the embroidery hoop.
Step Two: Knot one end of the yarn and put it through the blunt needle. Stitch around the outside of the hoop and up through the bottom to attach the lace to your hoop. With each stitch add a few colourful beads to decorate your hoop.
Step Three: After the inside of the hoop is colourfully decorated, add other embellishments. Use nontoxic fabric glue to add your chosen embellishments in the centre. Star and moon shapes are nice to give the dreamcatcher a night theme. Dreamcatchers are also usually decorated with sacred items, so something that represents things your child loves would also be great to glue around the outsides of the hoop. This could be a soccer ball bead or a sticker of their favourite Disney character – whatever your child’s heart desires.
Step Four: Now it’s time to add the hanging feathers, of which the good dreams will use to glide down to enter your child’s sleeping mind. Cut a piece of yarn, about the size you want the dreamcatcher’s tail to be. Then tie a few colourful feathers to the end. String the yarn through the bottom of the hoop and add a couple more beads for decoration. Push the beads down towards the feather and cover the exposed feather tips to finish off your dreamcatcher.
Now that you have created your dream catcher, place it over or near your child’s bed. It will swing freely in the air and trap the bad dreams that plague him or her.