DIY Dream Catchers: A Step-by-Step Guide

Dream catchers are beautiful, mystical objects that have been used for centuries by Native Americans. Originally made to protect the sleeper from bad dreams, today, they are cherished by many for their beauty and symbolic meaning. Making your own dream catcher can be a fun, rewarding project. This guide will take you through the steps to create a simple yet beautiful dream catcher.

Materials Needed

  • 1 metal or wooden hoop (6 inches in diameter)
  • Suede lace or leather strips (about 3 meters long)
  • Thread or sinew
  • Assorted beads
  • Feathers
  • Scissors
  • Optional: Fabric dye, paint, or decorations for personalization

Step 1: Wrap the Hoop

Start by wrapping the suede lace or leather strips tightly around the hoop. Make sure to keep it even and cover the entire hoop. Once you’ve gone all the way around, tie it off at the end with a secure knot.

Step 2: Weaving the Web

Using the thread or sinew, tie a knot at the top of the hoop. This will be the starting point of your web. Stretch the thread across to the opposite side of the hoop and loop it around. Continue this process, looping and stretching the thread across the hoop, until you have a web-like pattern. Adjust the tightness to your preference. When finished, secure the thread with a knot.

Step 3: Adding Beads and Feathers

String beads onto your feathers and attach them to the dream catcher by tying them to the bottom of the hoop. You can use as many or as few as you like, and arrange them in any pattern that appeals to you. This step allows for a lot of creativity, so feel free to personalize your dream catcher with different colors and types of beads and feathers.

Step 4: Final Touches

Now, personalize your dream catcher with any additional decorations you like. You could wrap parts with colored thread, add fabric dye to some of the feathers, or even paint parts of the hoop. Hang your completed dream catcher above your bed to catch bad dreams or as a decorative piece anywhere in your home.


Making a dream catcher is a simple project that offers a lot of room for creativity. Whether you’re making it for yourself or as a gift, the process is enjoyable, and the result is a beautiful, meaningful object. Follow these steps, add a bit of your own flair, and you’ll have a unique dream catcher that’s both personal and protective.






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