how to make a dream catcher

Making your own dreamcatcher is not hard to do. It makes a great craft project for kids.

Materials you will need:

  • Tacky glue or super glue
  • 6” Metal ring (or whatever size you prefer, adjust amount of lacing accordingly)
  • Assorted pony beads
  • 8 yards of suede lacing or ribbon in your favorite color
  • Natural cotton twist cord, narrow ribbon, or artificial sinew
  • 5 to 15 Feathers for dangles and a small feather for web (Optional) Adjust to as many as you like, depending on how you made your bead pattern on the dangles.
  • Scissors
  • Clothespin (optional - not needed if using Superglue)

Instructions:

Dream Catcher Diagram
  1. Wrap the ring: Spread glue on first inch of suede lacing or ribbon and hold in place on the ring with your thumb and forefinger or a clothespin. I prefer super glue, which sets in about 20 seconds, but tacky glue might be better for children's projects, because super glue also instantly glues skin if you get it on your fingers. Wrap the lacing around the metal ring, being careful not to twist the lacing. It will wrap smoother if you start the lacing at about a 45 degree angle. Wrap until the end slightly overlaps where you started. Glue the end to the beginning of the lacing where they meet and hold with the clothespin until dry.

  2. Tie the webbing: Roll cotton cord loosely into a ball or twist in loose loops around your hand, then grasp the loops on one end and squeeze them together, unwinding new loops as needed. Knot one end of your cord around the metal ring in a tripple knot, then seal the knot with glue. Tie approximately six half hitches every three inches around the ring.

    Longer hitches will make a more open pattern, shorter hitches will make the webbing pattern more dense with smaller holes in the webbing. Your loops can be fairly loose until the point where you add a bead. Add beads to the web as you weave, wherever you want them. Use as few or many as you like. Then tug the end of the string to tighten the loops you have so far each time you add a bead to the web.

    When you have made a set of hitches all the way around your hoop, begin tying half hitches in the middle of the previous row of hitches you already added. Keep your hitches in the middle of the previous row of loops to make the traditional star pattern. Pull all your loops to the right or left edge of the previous hitch you are tying into to make a pattern that looks more like a spider web with straight lines in the web. Continue adding rows of hitches until you complete a total of three or more circles of half hitches completely around the hoop. When the hole in the center is about two inches in diameter, pull the end of your string as tight as you can. Tripple knot the cord in the center of the webbing then seal the knot with glue. Cut off any excess cord, or string a few beads on it and glue a small feather in the last bead, then cut off excess.

  3. Adding the hanger: Cut three 10” lengths and three 12” lengths of suede lacing. Fold one 10” length in half and bend over the metal ring at the top. Draw the loose ends through the looped end on the other side of the hoop and pull tight. Then knot the two ends together to form a hanger loop.

  4. Adding the dangles: finished dream catcher diagramFold the remaining suede strips in half then attach the same way as the hanger, with the two shorter strings on the sides and the three longer ones evenly spaced on the bottom of your dreamcatcher. Thread an even number of beads onto each lace (I like to use three beads in alternating colors)and push the last bead up a bit temporarily. You can either spread the beads evenly along the lacing, or leave them all squashed up together.

  5. Adding the feathers: Dab a touch of glue on the quill end of each feather and slide one or two under each bead group on the streamers. Add as many or few feathers as you like. Experiment with placing the beads in different areas or groupings to make different looks.