Looking for a fun nature art to do in your homeschool or as a fun project with your kids? Check out this easy (and cheap) way to make a DIY Dreamcatcher!
Around our homeschool, I love it when we can make nature art. I love the natural elements, I love the feel of the natural things inside, I love when we can go look for items and save money on crafting supplies. Most importantly, I am always trying to teach my kids this one huge life lesson…
Everything we need is all around us
First off this teaches them they don’t always need to go buy and dive headfirst into consumerism, but also this teaches them to upcycle, get creative and look inside themselves for the answers.
DIY Dreamcatcher for kids
One morning when all the kids had just rubbed the sleep out of their eyes when my middle guy came to me in total emotional distress, he had had a nightmare. Which was just a mere coincidence since I had just been scrolling Pinterest for shabby chic dreamcatcher ideas.
When it came to me…
I will have them make their own dreamcatcher! and out of natural materials at that.
Now I don’t know if it will stop all nightmares but if they believe it will, then it is much more likely to do just that. The power of the mind and intention can go a long way, my friends.
After sending the herd out to forage for their own DIY dreamcatcher supplies (anything they wanted to put in their dreamcatcher to catch the bad dreams) they returned with things like sticks, feathers, pinecones, rocks and even tiny little bones. We were ready to craft!
DIY dreamcatcher Supplies
The things you need for this are few and pretty easy to find:
- 3 even lengthed sticks
- nature iteams to decorate (feathers, pinecones, dried tree leaves, small stones, small bones etc)
- hemp or similar string
- hot glue gun
DIY dreamcatcher instructions
Putting this little nature art together is pretty easy and straight forward. Basically, you will want to start by gluing your sticks into a triangle shape. Afterward, you can also wrap your corners with the string to reinforce it.
The next step on our DIY dreamcatcher is the slightly more intricate part, weaving the web inside the triangle. Start a long string at one of the corners run the string 1-2 inches down the length of one of the sides. Then you will loop the string around the stick making sure to go underneath the sting as it goes around the stick. Doing this will help keep your loop from moving on you. Once you pull it tight you will want to hold it tight with one hand while you work on making the next loop.
Then you simply work your way around the entire triangle making loops around the sticks, always making sure to keep the last loop tight while you make the next loop. This is the first layer of your dreamcatcher web.
After you have made your first layer looping around the sticks, all of the following layers of the web you will simply be looping around the string from the layer before.
Also when you start on this 2nd layer you will be choosing the midpoint between the last two loops from your last layer and loop around that. Again making sure to loop it under and behind the string as you are looping it to keep this loop from slipping.
Now you simply do that all the way around.
Continue this pattern of looping around the midpoint of the string from the layer before until you have closed in the entire triangle or have a smaller opening of your choice of size. You can also leave a small mount of the string from the inside to attach a decoration (charm, stone, crystal, bone etc).
Next its all about decoration!!
Along with the inside decoration add a string to the top to hang it with if you desire. Additionally add strings, feathers, braids, pinecones and really anything your imagination can come up with to the bottom. Go as fancy or rugged as you like!
Bamsauce, just like that a homemade Nature Art DIY dreamcatcher! Make these as simple or detailed as you want. You could paint your sticks and buy or make colored feathers. Find or buy stones like amethyst or quarts to really jazz it up. Additionally wooden or glass beads also make a touch.
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DIY dreamcatcher for kids
Just like that, you have yourself a ready-made Nature Art DIY dreamcatcher. These are perfect for whatever level you kids are at preschool to highschool. They make for wonderful grandparents or family gifts too. Heck, you could even polish them up and make a little shop on Etsy and sell them. Encourage some entrepreneurship in your kids! Without a doubt this little nature art the sky is the limit, or rather your imagination is.
Homeschool arts and crafts don’t have to be expensive. You can make fun and amazing things just from what you find in your backyard or down locale
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Beth is a mother of 5 living on a handful of acres in an old farmhouse in central Kansas. Beth has a background in the military and health and fitness however her passions come from her homestead life. Beth is an enthusiastic homeschooling mom, avid organic gardener, chicken & goat wrangler, who is obsessed with herbs and natural remedies and maintaining an all-around Do-It-Yourself lifestyle. Beth loves to share all she has learned about and sustainable living. While striving for a healthy, natural life, family-centered life.