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Shannon Walbran wrote these DIY Kids columns but now works full time as a Spirit Guide interpreter, on the radio and TV, bringing people angelic messages.

Today’s craft is a dreamcatcher, a beautiful and magical item that is supposed to “catch” nightmares as a spiderweb traps flies.  Are your kids experiencing any anxiety in this time of transition after the holidays and the stress of “back to school”?

We made a dreamcatcher this week because my young son was complaining about bad dreams.  I hope it helps him, and maybe it will help you and your child, too!

Our dreamcatcher uses items you can often find at a thrift store or hospice shop.  It’s an easy make for children 3 and up.  We’re showing you the basic version.  You could add beads, feathers, or even small toys to help decorate it and make it more meaningful.

dreamcatcher itselfWhat You’ll Need:

  • an embroidery hoop (thrift, or from a haberdashery store, such as at the Oriental Plaza or the Fashion District)
  • a stitched (not paper) doily, smaller than the hoop (thrift store)
  • ribbons, one color or many colors
  • (optional): beads, feathers, small toys or meaningful objects

Step 1:

Center your doily in the embroidery hoop.

With your child, choose the colors of the ribbons.  If the kids are old enough, let them help with cutting the ribbons.

dreamcatcher tommy cutting ribbon

Step 2: Tie one ribbon from a corner or point of the doily to the hoop, loosely.

dreamcatcher ribbon 1

Continue around the circle of the doily, tying it on.

Dreamcatcher Collage

Step 3: Hang the dreamcatcher on the wall in the bedroom.

dreamcatcher 2 small

Do you have any other tips or tricks for kids who can’t sleep well?  Have you ever tried “Monster Spray” with essential oils to squirt around the room before sleepytime?  Please share in the comments below!

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