Dreamcatchers originated from Native Americans, who wove them out of willow and sinew. Your child will love making their own to hang in their room at night, where, it is said, the dreamcatcher will only let the good dreams through.

You will need:

  • Paper plate
  • Hole punch
  • Wool yarn
  • Craft beads
  • Craft feathers
  • Textas/markers
  • Scissors

How to make it:

  1. Cut a hole in the middle of the paper plate, leaving a 5cm rim all around.
  2. Punch holes in the rim of the plate, about 2cm apart.
  3. Take a two-metre length of wool and thread one end through one of the holes. Then tie a knot in that end to secure it to the plate.
  4. Weave the other end of the wool through the holes, threading across the plate and over the rim – any way you like. Thread some craft beads onto the wool as you weave.
  5. Once you have used up all of the wool tie a knot in the end to secure it.
  6. Punch three holes where you would like the bottom of the dreamcatcher to be.
  7. Cut three lengths of wool, each about 20cm long, then thread each one through the new holes and tie a knot in the end to secure it.
  8. Thread some beads onto each of the wool strings and then tie a feather to each one. Tie the end of each piece of wool in a knot to secure it.
  9. Decorate the edges of the plate with textas.
  10. Punch one more hole at the top of the dreamcatcher and tie on a length of wool in a loop – this will be used to hang up the dreamcatcher, so make sure it is long enough to be able to hang it where you want.
  11. Hang up your dreamcatcher near your bed.

Sweet dreams!