It began with a dream, or rather, a nightmare. My daughter awoke complaining of bad dreams. The horrors that she had seen evaporated once her eyes opened, but their specters remained in her mind, like an ache in the muscles hours after a fierce run. Assurances were made. Nightmares aren’t real. Of course. But, any adult knows that the rational fact that nightmares are only tricks of the mind don’t make them any less scary. If you might goes when you are asleep, it is because your mind is going there in some way or another when you are awake.
Action is a means to Enlightenment, according to Zen Buddhism. And, while I can’t say that this craft has led me to a higher spiritual plane, making these dreamcatchers helped us feel like we are doing something. We were able to turn banal craft supplies into talismans.
We started with oatmeal lids. These are an ideal size for little hands to manipulate. After that every ring-like shape began to seem appealing.
Basically, the process is decorate the hoop, then make your web of string, and decorate with some paper feathers and beads.
This was a simple project, as it goes. Not all tape is made the same. You need to make sure that you have tape that is sticky enough to stay stuck to the oatmeal lid. I fell for some cheap colored masking tape online, and it saddens me every time I use it. Let this be your word of caution.
Also, if you use beads, give your children three string with a knot on one end and a quota of beads, say 8 for one dreamcatcher. An overly beaded dreamcatcher will fall off in the middle of the night. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Make sure to tie a knot at the end of each string before then tying these to the hoop.
We tried the rings of water bottles and the little ring that you use to unseal a carton of milk. Those are the time of dreamcatchers that would frustrate an elementary child, but might thrill a craft blogger.