Dreamcatchers or Dream Catchers is a homemade willow hoop in which it is woven into a net or web, it originated with the Ojinwe people.
Dreamcatchers are considered a symbol of unity among the various indigenous nations, the legend of the dreamcatcher originated with Spider Woman known as Asibikaashi who took care of the children and the people of the land. Due to the people travelling and moving further north Asibikaashi could not reach the children so the woman would weave magical webs for the children using willow hoops and sinew or cordage made from plants.
Below are steps for your child to make their own dreamcatcher.
Stickers or Markers (Optional)
Step 1: Cut a hole in the center of the plate, leaving about 5cm’s of edging.
Step 2: Punch holes around the inside edge.
Step 3: Paint the remainder (rim) of the plate. This will serve as your base.
Step 4: Tie a piece of yarn to the end of a feather while the plate is drying. The length of the yarn will determine how far down your dream catcher hangs.
Step 5: String beads onto the yarn. When you’re finished, tie several knots at the loose end of the string to act as a stopper and secure the beads in place. (Tip: Roll a piece of tape around the tip of the yarn, like an aglet on a shoelace, before starting. This helps young kids slide the beads on, saving time&;mdash;and frustration!)
Step 6: Repeat step 5 until you have your desired number of strands.
Step 7: When the paint has dried, randomly string your remaining yarn through the holes bordering the plate. Add a few beads or stickers for extra decoration if you like.
Step 8: Punch one hole for each beaded strand of yarn at the bottom of the plate and tie on your strands of beaded, feathered yarn.
Step 9: When you’re finished, hang the dream catcher on your child’s bedpost or on a wall in their room. If they have a bad dream, they can simply blow the nightmare into the dream catcher.
Good Luck and have fun