Where we come from, dream catchers are one of the most popular crafts to make all year round. Because there are so many diverse Native cultures in the area, there are countless designs and interpretations of the project all over the area, sold in artisan craft stores and handmade by locals from across the land. In the summer, however, they’re particularly common to make because sunshine and warm nights are a great excuse to use bright colours in your DIY projects and hang things by the window where they’ll sway lightly in the warm breeze. Whichever kind you choose to make, or whichever authentic design you decide to base your DIY dream catcher off of, there’s one thing they’ll all have in common: the oft believed ability to keep your dreams safe and sweet! Just because yours might be made from yarn or crafted together by your children doesn’t mean they won’t have the power to ward off unpleasant nightmares like the kinds you’ve seen created by elders from the local area. As long as they’re made with respect, reverence, and a little bit of creativity, dream catchers are fantastic for anyone with the patience to make them!
Just in case you’re as enamoured with the concept of not just hanging dream catchers in your home but also with actually making them with your own two hands, here are 15 of the funnest and most stunning dream catcher designs, ideas, and tutorials we’ve encountered so far in our search for the perfect one to make this summer.
1. Dream catchers with felt heart hangers
If you’re going to make dream catchers with your kids this summer, would you prefer to make the designs as fun as you possibly can, with lots of different colours, textures, and features in your design? In that case, we’d absolutely suggest taking a look at how Art Bar made these awesome DIY catchers using yarn, beads, paper, and felt! To us, the funnest part of this design is inarguably the lovely felt hearts, which have been very simply hand stitched to be a little bit plush. They’ll keep your kids’ dreams sweet and make them feel loved!
2. Golden leaf trinket and ribbons dream catcher
Now, no matter how stunning this hanging ribbon ideas looks, we know that it’s an idea that has been done many times. Even so, we still can’t get enough of lovely ribbon, lace, and feather combinations that hang from the bottom of many dream catchers. In this particular design, however, that’s not actually what caught our eye the most! We’re actually completely obsessed with the way Hey Let’s Make Stuff incorporated a stunning chrome gold leaf shaped trinket in the centre of their dream catcher’s web as though it’s suspended or floating.
3. Feather, pom pom, and tassel dream catchers
Did we catch your attention quite well with the first dream catcher design we showed you, which outlined how to make one with a range of adorable trinkets hanging down, but you’ve actually been scrolling through our list hoping to find a design that’s similar but a little more simplified so that your kids will have a simple time making it with you? In that case, we definitely think you should take a look at how Petite Party Studio created this super fun dream catcher design using feathers, pom poms, and yarn tassels.
4. Suede wrapped hoop and embroidery floss dream catcher
Are you actually hoping to find a dream catcher design that, while still very simple and suitable for beginners, looks a little less “craft” and a little more authentic, like the real cultural pieces you see in the artisan stores in your town? In that case, we have a feeling you might actually prefer to make one like this suede wrapped version featured on Kaleyann! We love the way they used embroidery floss to created the webing and hanging embellishments because it means you get full control of what colours you use there.