How to: Horseshoe Dreamcatchers

Making a homemade dream catcher out of a horseshoe is an interesting way to learn about Native Americans. It is also useful as a reassuring tool for children who have fears of the dark and nightmares and have difficulty falling asleep. The use of a dream catcher is a Native American tradition. They believe the centre of the dream catcher allows sensible dreams and thoughts to flow through to influence the sleeping individual in a wise way. The web on the dream catcher is said to capture the bad or irrational thoughts and dreams to prevent them from influencing the person in his slumber.

Cut a piece of wire so it is one yard long with a pair of wire cutters.

Push one end of the wire through the first hole on the left side of the horseshoe.

Pull the wire to the back of the horseshoe and twist it around the wire in back to secure it.

Form a loop that measures 3 or 4 inches with the long piece of wire. This forms the hanger for the dream catcher.

Push the end of the wire through the first hole on the right side of the horseshoe. Hold the right section of the loop close to the hole on the right side.

Pull the wire up so that it extends slightly beyond the top right side of the horseshoe. Twist it around the right side of the loop to secure it and then cut the wire at the end of the twist. The hanger section is ready.

Grab the fishing line or string and tie a knot around the horizontal wire that extends at the bottom of the loop from the left to right side.

Push the end of the fishing line through the top hole on the left side of the horseshoe. Bring it around to the front and tie a knot to the fishing line near where it entered the hole.

Repeat the method working your way around the "U" shape of the horseshoe ending by tying it to the horizontal wire where you made the first knot.

Add more webbing to the horseshoe dream catcher by continuing the method, but don't push the fishing line into the horseshoe holes; connect it to the loops you created by tying the knots. Continue with the method until you have a space about 2 inches left in the centre.

Draw a circle that is approximately 1 3/4 inches in diameter on a piece of leather. Use suede or cardboard if you do not have leather.

Poke four holes around the leather circle with the sharp end of a pair of scissors or a hole punch tool. Make two of the holes horizontal and the other two vertical.

Weave the end of the fishing line into these holes to fill the centre of the horseshoe dream catcher.

Finish the web section by cutting off the fishing line and gluing it to the back of the leather circle with a quick-setting glue or a hot glue gun.

Add feathers, beads, arrow heads or other Native American embellishments to the metal section of the horse shoe by gluing them on. Another option is to sew them on with a needle and thread.


Hang the dream catcher on the bed post, above the headboard or in a window to capture the bad dreams and allow pleasant dreams to pass through.

Things You'll Need

  • Wirecutters
  • Wire (20 gauge)
  • Horseshoe
  • Fishing line or string
  • Scissors
  • Sharpened pencil
  • Small piece of leather, suede or cardboard
  • Hole punch tool (optional)
  • Quick-setting glue or hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Feathers, beads or other embellishments
  • Needle and thread (optional)
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