Running out of ideas to keep the kiddos occupied during spring break? Need a rainy day project? Want to coax your three-year-old into chasing away all the yucky dreams? I have the solution! Make you own DIY dreamcatcher.
When my kiddos wake up from a bad dream, we usually tell them to flip the pillow to erase that bad dream. That trick can wear out pretty quickly, so it was time for them to make their own. With a quick trip to your local craft store, you can gather up some supplies for a fun day of crafting all while beating boredom. Plus, you can also throw in some color sorting and fine motor skills, all while opening up their creative minds.
Materials: Embroidery Hoops, Washi Tape, Yarn in various colors, Feathers, Felt Balls, Beads, Felt
Lay out all of the supplies, and let your kids sort and pick through what they would like on their dreamcatcher. It’s a great opportunity to explore colors and textures. I made some examples just to give them ideas, but there are no rules, just fun! I used a variety of craft supplies and came up with what you see below—so fun, right???
Next, we covered the hoops with cut pieces of washi tape. If this is too advanced for your littles, experiment with craft paint!
I pre-cut a bunch of pieces of yarn and had the kids put them on in whatever order and colors they wanted. Then I started wrapping yarn around the outside of the hoop in a web pattern and tied it to secure it.
Next, we tied on the dangles.
You can have fun making felt shapes. I sewed a felt heart for the sample dreamcatcher and thought it was such a sweet little embellishment.
Use a simple stitch to close it up after filling it with poly-fil if you want to add some extra dimension.
Here it is hanging up on the wall. I’m so in love with how it turned out!
After my samples were complete, I wanted my boys to design their own. I LOVE the color combos they picked. They were so proud of their designs and couldn’t wait to go to bed to hang them up and see if they would work. I helped with the tying and such, but they had a blast making these.
Feeling inspired to make your very own DIY dreamcatchers?