DIY Dream Catcher

Written by Melissa Fenlon & Sara Albers

By Melissa & Sara of  Alice & Lois

I love coming up with craft project ideas that my daughter and I can do together—ones that aren’t too preschool, but also aren’t too advanced. This DIY dream catcher is the perfect in-between. We made it together to hang in my daughter’s room to help ward off nightmares, and working on it was a wonderful way to be creative together. Plus, it requires very minimal supplies, which makes it a great project to do any afternoon. See the step-by-step instructions after the jump.

• Ribbon (I used 3/8-inch-wide ribbon in different colors and textures)
• Fabric pieces
• 8-inch embroidery hoop
• Embroidery floss
• Hot glue gun
• Scissors
• Feathers
• Beads


1. Cut ribbons and fabric scraps so they are 24 inches long. Feel free to choose any color and texture combinations.

2. Tie embroidery floss to top of hoop, leaving 4 inches to hang. Next, tightly wrap around sides of hoop.

3. Using a hot-glue gun, dab a small amount of hot glue to the back side of hoop where the embroidery floss meets the hoop to secure. Continue wrapping the floss around the hoop until you get your desired “web” look. Knot the ends to the top where you left the extra 4 inches of floss.

4. Fold the ribbon in half; hold the ribbon loop below the hoop.

5. Pull the tails of the ribbon up through the loop and pull to knot.

6. Thread a few beads through some ribbon and knot to secure. (We wrapped the ribbon ends with tape to make it easier to thread.)

7. Place a feather or any other treasure through the web.

8. Enjoy your new creation!

Photos by Sara Albers

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