Dream Catcher/Eye of God
A classic summer camp craft, our Dream Catcher (also called an Eye of God) can be personalized for any child. Hang it up by your bedside to ward off bad dreams and make good ones come true. If you like this craft, you’ll also like our Mexican Bark Paintings.
What You’ll Need:
*2 large sticks, about the same size
*4 small sticks, about the same size
*Decorative items such as feathers, shells, photos, etc.
*Take a walk outside to gather the sticks. Look around for other decorative items to add to your dream catcher.
*Did you know? Dream catchers come from Native Americans who believe that the bad dreams get caught in the web, while the good dreams pass through. The Native American word for "dream catcher" is based on their word for "spider" – because of the web-like appearance of the dream catcher. Eyes of God are a Mexican creation. Fathers would make one when a child was born, and add a new "eye" on each birthday until the age of five. The four points represent earth, fire, water, and air.
*Form an "X" with the two large sticks. Use yarn to bind them together at the center.
*Moving in a circle, wrap the yarn once around each of the four points as close to the center as you can. Continue going around in a circle, pushing the yarn as close together as possible while you weave it around. Leave at least 1 inch of stick open at the end of all four points.
*Tie a knot in the yarn and then add a piece at the top for hanging.
*Take the 4 small sticks and form a square. Bind the four corners with yarn. This will be the frame for the dream catcher. Bind it to the two large sticks with yarn.
*Add decorative items to personalize your dream catcher.
*Send us a picture of your kids and their dream catchers we may post it to our site! firstname.lastname@example.org.
This activity can be found in the Arts & Crafts section of our site.