For the Youngers: If your kids are old enough to do any of these steps, let them do them on their own, but if they need help, you can start them out, and then they can take over making them.
Begin by cutting in the center of the paper plate. Leave the rim around the edge of the paper plate.Take a hole punch and punch holes all around the rim about 2 inches apart. Using about 5 feet of yarn or string, tie one end to one of the holes in the rim. Weave the yarn up, over, and all around the paper plate from one hole to the next one, going across the plate. You can make your pattern any way you like, making sure to loop through each of the punched holes. Add craft beads to the middle of the dream catcher by slipping them onto the yarn and continuing with the next hole. Once all of the holes are threaded with the yarn, tie a knot at the end of the yarn with the plate and the last hole. Cut another length of yarn and tie it to the top hole in order to hang it. Cut three more lengths of yarn, about 6 inches in length and thread them through the bottom three holes of the dream catcher and tie. Varying lengths look the best. Thread some beads and tie some feathers onto these yarn lengths for decoration. Sweet dreams!
For the Olders: You will need thin flexible branches. We used willow branches, but hickory or grape vine would work as well. Strip the branch of its leaves. Slowly and carefully bend the branches into a circle overlapping the ends. Sometimes the ends will just weave in and stay, but other times you will need to tie them together to make it stay in the circle. How difficult this process is and how much you will need to tie them will depend on the branches you use. Just make sure it is securely together.
Once the outside loop is completed, you will begin on the inside web. Starting with your string at the front, loop around behind the branch and up through the hole that you created between the string and the branch. Pull this tight a short distance away from your wrapping. Now continue making loops all the way around your circle an inch or so apart. When you have reached your starting point, rather than working on the branch, you will move to the string. Make the same little loop that you have been making, but make it around the midpoint of the string segment, then move onto the next midpoint, moving into smaller and smaller circles as you go. You can add a bead for decoration on the string at any point before you make the loop with it. When you reach the center,however large you want it to be, tie it off. You can string beads or tie feathers onto the remainder of the string that is hanging down.
originally posted Aug 22, 2010