How to make a dreamcatcher

You can get really creative when making a dreamcatcher, using up scraps from your craft box, items rescued from the recycling or even using things you’ve found in the garden. Experiment and see what works best for you!

This is a creative, sensory activity that supports independent choice and helps people connect with their surroundings by exploring touch and different textures. 

Who is this for?

This is a crafting activity for people who are deafblind or have complex disabilities.

Why does this make a difference?

This is a creative, sensory activity that supports independent choice and helps people connect with their surroundings by exploring touch and different textures. 

How to do this activity

What you’ll need

Two small spools of wool, a sewing hoop, feathers and beads

  • Something round to form the base of the dream catcher, like a cross-stitch hoop or thick card
  • Scissors

  • Tape
  • 
Glue

  • Things to decorate, like string, yarn or ribbon, beads, feathers, plastic bottles, washi tape, paint, coloured paper, felt tip pens or whatever you can find!
  

Step 1

Drawing a circle around a paper plate with a marker

Make your dreamcatcher’s hoop, if you don’t have one. 

Step 2

A sewing hoop with decorative tape

Decorate your hoop with paint, glue, or felt-tips, and leave to dry if needed. Then wrap it with string, yarn or ribbons to make the web. 

Step 3

Making the web of a dream catcher with string

Cut a few pieces of yarn or string in different lengths. Tie one end to the bottom rim of your dream catcher and then attach decorations by threading or tying them onto the other end. 

Top tips

A dream catcher with ribbons tied to it

  • You can make your own feathers or beads from repurposed plastic bottles 

  • Why not make an eco-friendly dream catcher using only recycled items or things found in nature?

  • Try different sized hoops to make a selection of dream catchers – you could even go huge with a hula hoop!