Paper Plate Dreamcatchers

Help your little one chase away bad dreams with this Native American craft project. Younger children will need parental assistance to tie knots while older children can do this craft on their own.

  1. Ages: 5 - 11

  2. 1 hour - 2 hours

  3. A little messy

Step-by-step tutorial

  • Step 1

    Cut out the center of the dreamcatcher using scissors. Punch one hole at the top (to hang the dreamcatcher), three to five holes at the bottom (for the feathers), and holes all along the inside for the webbing.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 1

  • Step 2

    Thread the yarn or string through the top hole. If you are using yarn, it tends to fray at the edges, so you may want to use tape to make yourself a "needle" to help pass through the beads.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 2

  • Step 3

    Add a few beads, then tie a knot at the end.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 3

  • Step 4

    Thread a long piece of string or yarn through one hole in the dreamcatcher, then tie a knot. This is where you will start your webbing.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 4

  • Step 5

    Start weaving the web using the inner holes, adding beads as you go. Try to go diagonally across with each step.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 5

  • Step 6

    You'll soon start to see the webbing form. When you have threaded your string or yarn through all the holes, tie a knot at the end.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 6

  • Step 7

    If possible, thread the stem of the feather into the bead as you are adding them.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 7

  • Step 8

    Tie the other end of the string with the feathers onto the dreamcatcher, using the bottom holes.

    Photo reference of how to complete step 8

  • Done!

    Here's our completed dreamcatcher. Night night!

    Photo reference of how to complete step 9

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