How to make four-sided dream catchers

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How to make four-sided dream catchers
Dream catchers traditionally rest flat against the wall. (Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

A dream catcher is a device that Native Americans believe prevents the sleeper from having bad dreams. It hangs near where the person is sleeping, and Native Americans believe it catches all the dreams that float around in the night. The good dreams filter through the dream catcher and down the feathers to the sleeping person, while the bad dreams are caught up in the dream catcher and cannot reach him. Making your own dream catcher is an interesting project, and ---- aside from dream-catching --- it can make a beautiful decoration.

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Things you need

  • 2 5-inch rings
  • Suede lace
  • Waxed nylon string
  • Beads
  • Feathers
  • Super glue
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Glue one end of the suede lace to the top of the first 5-inch ring. Wrap the lace around the ring, keeping it flat, until you are back to where you started. Glue the end in place and trim off any excess. Repeat with the other ring.

  2. 2

    Insert one ring inside the other, so that the rings create the four points of a compass: north, south, east and west. This part can be tricky, you will have to gently squeeze the inside ring so that it will slip inside the other ring. Wrap suede lace around the top and bottom of the two rings to secure them together and glue in place.

  3. 3

    Tie one end of the waxed nylon string to the north point of the dream catcher. Thread four or five beads onto the string, then pull it toward the east point of the dream catcher. Wrap the string around the east point, thread a few more beads onto the string, then take it back to the north point, wrapping it in place and continuing back and forth. Try to make an interesting spiderweb pattern, rather than just straight lines.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process from the north point to the west point until that side matches the first side. Take the string from the west point to the south point, and the south point to the east point. You should now have a sort of cage effect. You can even insert a few feathers into the "cage" if desired.

  5. 5

    Glue four or five pieces of suede lace to the bottom of the dream catcher. Thread a few beads onto each piece, then tie a feather onto the bottom of each piece. Use the suede lace to create a small loop at the top of the dream catcher and hang it near the bed.

Tips and warnings

  • Experiment with different stringing techniques; try taking the string through the middle of the dream catcher as well as around the outside.
  • Experiment with different kinds of beads and different amounts of feathers.

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