A symbolic object surrounded by a veil of mystery, the dreamcatcher has left Indian tipis to find its place in the daily life of modern man today. A decoration for your bedroom, living room or even tattooed on the skin, the dream catcher continues to fascinate us and it is not only its natural beauty that we adore. The leap into the unknown, the idea of bringing a touch of magic to prosaic life also makes us fall in love with it. And since many people are wondering how to make a dreamcatcher themselves, today we will help them by answering this question.
Want to know how to make a dream catcher – check out our tutorials to find out
The dream catcher – history and symbolism
But before proceeding to the presentation of our tutorials, we would like to answer a few essential questions. In particular, what is a dream catcher, what are its origins, why have one in our homes…. In reality the classic dreamcatcher consists of three main elements – the ring, the canvas and the small decorations. But initially, unlike today, it was made entirely from natural materials. Indeed, it was the indigenous peoples of North America who were the first to use it. To them, it was a kind of amulet that was supposed to protect babies’ sleep from bad dreams and spirits. This is indeed the role of the wire network.
Legend has it that at night when you are asleep, this web like a spider’s web lets good dreams pass and catches nightmares in its net. The Indians believed that in the morning, at sunrise, the captured nightmares would be scorched by the first rays of the sun. And since this type of story does not fail to seduce contemporary man, the latter is enchanted by the possibility of having an object that will ensure him a peaceful sleep.
How to make a dream catcher? It’s quite easy, but first you have to know the nature and history of the object
Yes, it’s following this fascinating story that we love the dream catcher so much but wait… are you anxious to know how to make it? So, no more anecdotes. Let’s get to the heart of the matter by presenting our very simple tutorials for making a dream catcher in two steps, three movements. Roll up your sleeves and good luck!
Start of our tutorials – find out how to make a dream catcher with natural or synthetic materials
An embroidery drum and doily dreamcatcher – a super easy tutorial to make
Does the weaving technique of the canvas seem too complicated to you or would you like to opt for a more elegant design? The tutorial presented below is the solution you are looking for. The net could well be replaced by a doily which will give a more refined side to your creation. This is how to do it …
- wooden embroidery hoop
- ball of yarn
- hot glue gun
- wooden or plastic beads
A first idea how to make a dreamcatcher in lace for your bohemian chic decor
Step by step realization:
The first thing you need to do is unbuckle your drum to isolate the circle inside. Around the latter, you must then wrap wool, so as to cover its integrity. To make it easier and the result more aesthetic, you can divide the circle into four sections. It is around these that you will have to wrap the wool, making sure to tie it well at the beginning and at the end of each step.
First step: circle the dreamcatcher circle with woolen threads
Then take your doily that you have to center on the drum and fix with glue. Now turn the embroidery hoop upside down and pass a yarn thread through the doily and then around the hoop to better secure and give your creation a more polished look..
Second step – glue the doily on it
Finally, it’s the turn of decorating your dream catcher. Cut out scraps of fabric of approximately 60 cm and attach the beads and feathers to them. Pass the bands through the doily and the embroidery hoop and glue if necessary. Finally, tie a thread on the top so you can hang your dream catcher on the wall and voila! Sweet dreams.
Third step – make the decoration for your handmade dream catcher
And here is the result of this magnificent dream catcher tutorial
Make a dreamcatcher like no other – an aesthetic idea for your wall decoration
Here is another tutorial intended for those who are afraid to carry out the weaving of the fabric. We present you a great alternative to the traditional dreamcatcher
- metal hoop
- oldest boy
- scissors or glue gun
- crepe paper
- needle and thread
Step by step realization:
The first thing you need to do is decorate your circle. Without necessarily being necessary, this step will undoubtedly give your creation some pep. For this purpose, you can, for example, wrap wool in it. And if the latter could be of various colors, it will be even better! The ombre effect will give your hoop a playful character. Finally, do not worry too much about the final knot because it will be masked by the decorative fringe that will be made in the next step.
Thus, we come to the second step during which you will make the decoration of your dream catcher. The colorful bangs you see below are made from woolen threads of various colors and white lace bands. To make the first ones, you only need to cut long enough strips and then tie them into a lark’s head. You can join two or more threads for a bulkier effect. Then attach the lace to the ring using glue. Finally, do not forget to trim the ends of the bangs so that their length is equal.
Then there are two branches cut to imitate the antlers of a deer. You can also wrap them in wool, but leaving them as is, you will give an authentic natural touch to your creation. But now how to fix these branches? To make this easier, we recommend that you use scraps of cardboard, wire and hot glue. On the aesthetic side, no need to worry because you will finally finish it off with a floral decoration.
Finally, regarding the floral decoration, you can use artificial flowers well but still you can make tissue paper flowers yourself. To those who would opt for this second solution, we offer several beautiful ideas of flowers to make yourself. And here is your dream catcher is all ready, hang it on a white wall to restore interest to it.
An Indian dreamcatcher wall decoration like no other
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The traditional dreamcatcher – how to weave the network of threads
The following tutorial that we will present to you is devoted to making the dream catcher as everyone knows it. That is to say that we will finally give you the tips for making the weaving of the canvas so emblematic and important for the manufacture of this symbolic object.
- wooden hoop
- suede or leather cord
- waxed cord
- decorative beads
- lace and ribbons
- glue or glue gun
Step by step realization:
First attach the leather cord to the hoop using glue and start wrapping it around so that it is completely covered. You can also use wool or waxed cord to do this, but be aware that this will take longer. At the end, tie the end of the cord with glue and again, do not worry if the joint is not perfect because it will then be masked by the decorations.
Wooden dreamcatcher circle wrapped in leather cord – first step in the tutorial for making a traditional dreamcatcher
Now we move on to the most important part that you look forward to – the weaving of the web. First tie the end of the waxed cord to the hoop and form a tight knot. Second, you have to take the cord to pass it in front, then behind the ring to finally bring it out again in front, so as to form a loop. You repeat this operation all around the circle. Then, you proceed in the same way but passing the thread in front of and behind the thread woven previously and so on. Always take care to tighten the thread. During the weaving you can insert a few beads. Make an endpoint and you already have your network of threads.
The next step is to decorate your dream catcher. Take a few pieces of waxed cord and insert small beads in them, making a knot under each one so that they can fit on the cord. Tie the cord threads to the bottom of the dreamcatcher. For an elegant touch, also attach strips of white and ivory lace using glue. There you have it, all you have to do is attach a thread at the top to be able to hang the dream catcher and admire the beautiful result.
Handmade dream catcher – technique for weaving the web
Here is a video that will also help you achieve a perfect weaving
A child’s dream catcher to make by the little ones
Lately, we wanted to present you with a suitable project for the little ones. This is a simple dream catcher to make from a paper plate. The project in question is super simple and creative and will allow children to learn more about the culture of Native Americans..
- paper plate
- blue paint
- small colorful beads
- decorative feathers
Step by step realization:
We start here by cutting out the central part of the plate, leaving only the edge of the plate. Then repaint it with blue paint and let it dry. Now take your hole punch to make holes all around the inner part of the hoop, as well as on the lower outer part of the latter. The weaving of the web here occurs by passing a string through opposing holes until you obtain the network seen in the photo below. During weaving, you can insert a few beads, while making sure to form knots in the thread on each side of the bead, so that it remains firmly in place..
For decoration, simply thread beads on a thread and finish with colored feathers. Then attach the small decorations by fixing the ends of the decorated threads to the holes formed at the bottom and voila.
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