Capture your nightmares in a handmade willow dream catcher. Willow is a flexible material that can be bent into a circular form. According to Native American legend, if you hang your dream catcher from a bedroom doorway or ceiling, it will snag all your bad dreams in its tangles. The dream catcher allows good dreams to pass through its weavings and slide down the feathers. A handmade willow dream catcher ensures sweet dreams will be had by all.
Twist the willow branch into a circle that has the diameter of a salad plate, weaving the ends of the branches around each other to secure.
Tie the yarn at one spot on the willow circle with a knot. String the yarn from the knot across the circle to the edge of the willow circle about 4-inches away from the starting knot. Wrap the yarn around the circle once or tie a knot to secure the yarn. String the yarn across the circle again to a spot about 4 inches away from the second knot and wrap or tie the string to secure. Repeat this process until you have achieved a web of yarn around the inside edge of the willow circle. You should have an open area in the centre in the yarn web.
String three pony beads on a 4-inch length of yarn and tie one end of the yarn to a feather and the other end to an edge of the willow circle. Repeat two more times.
Tie a 6-inch loop of yarn to the completed willow dream catcher to hang it from a nail in a doorway or ceiling.
Floral wire can be used to help secure the willow circle, if needed.
Tips and warnings
- Floral wire can be used to help secure the willow circle, if needed.
Things you need
- 36-inch-long willow branch with the diameter of a pencil
- Skein of yarn
- Nine pony beads
- Three feathers