Filter out those bad dreams and sleep more soundly with a DIY dreamcatcher.
Dreamcatchers originated with the Ojibwe Native American people, and gained in popularity and use during the Pan-Indian movement of the ’60s and ’70s.
Some view the dreamcatcher as a symbol of Native American unity and identity, but it has a specific, poignant origin story: According to an ancient Ojibwe legend, there once was a Spider Woman known as Asibikaashi, who took care of the Ojibwe children and people. Eventually, the Ojibwe Nation spread out to the corners of North America and it became difficult for Asibikaashi to reach all the children. As a result, mothers and grandmothers would weave magical webs for the children, using willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants. The dreamcatchers would filter out bad dreams and only allow good thoughts to enter their minds…
Now you can carry on the essence of the legend by creating your own DIY dreamcatcher. Read on for great ideas, inspiration, and step-by-step tutorials.
DIY Dreamcatcher Ideas
1. DIY Tribal Dream Catcher Kit
2. Peacock Feather DIY Dreamcatcher
I like this assorted bag of feathers. It allows me many different options without needing to buy more than 1 bag!
3. Fabric Scrap DIY Dreamcatcher
Find the in-depth tutorial here.
4. White Dreamcatcher With Shells & Beads
Find step-by-step directions for this ethereal white dream catcher here.
5. Dreamcatcher Pendant
A unique twist on the original concept, dreamcatcher pendants can be used to make bold earrings or necklace. Check out the instructions here.
6. Modern Dream Catcher
Redefine the ancient with this modern dreamcatcher. Click here for the DIY tutorial.
7. Simple Crocheted Dreamcatcher
If you love to crochet, this is undoubtedly the DIY dreamcatcher for you. For a comprehensive tutorial, click here.
8. Dreamcatcher Cut-Out T-Shirt
Ok, so this isn’t a dreamcatcher in the traditional sense at all. But it’s still a super cute idea — and dreamcatcher enthusiast must-do.
9. Dreamcatcher Earring & Jewelry Holder
A gorgeous way to store your jewelry. Made using bright thread and a hoop spray painted silver. Learn more here.
10. Doily Dreamcatchers
Save loads of time by using a doily as the center piece of your dreamcatcher. It will spare you the trouble of weaving or crocheting. Check out the tutorial here.
11. DIY Dreamcatcher Tutorial
Just 10 steps to create a classic-looking dreamcatcher. Who knows what kind of good vibes you’ll ensnare!
I had the hardest time finding metal hoops at my craft store, luckily I was able to find some online. Here’s the ones I got for my dreamcatchers!
12. Peacock Dreamcatcher
Want! Follow these step-by-step instructions to make this gorgeous dreamcatcher!
13. DIY Dreamcatcher Lamp
It looks complicated, but you can do it. Find the DIY tutorial here.
14. Handwoven Dreamcatcher
Brought to you by the very talented artist, Rachael Rice. See more of her work here.
15. Colorful Dream Catcher
Eclectic & beautiful.
16. Garden Fairy Crescent Moon Dreamcatcher
17. Recycled Fabric Scrap Dreamcatcher
Upcycle your fabric scraps into a beautiful homemade dreamcatcher. Detailed how-to here.
Excited by all these DIY dreamcatcher ideas? Want to get started on your own?
Don’t just think about it, Do It (Yourself)!
I recommend this awesome DIY Tribal Dream Catcher kit. Perfect for beginners, it walks you step-by-step through the process of creating a beautiful dream catcher. Psssst! It also makes a great gift. Learn more here and check out the video tutorial below.