In this week’s post, I told you all about our Valentine’s Day week of celebrating all of the love around us, but truly our celebration started the week before Valentine’s Day with our holiday craft. I accidentally told the girls that I had a craft planned for the occasion in January and survived a few cold weekends without giving in to their insistent cries to do the project. But finally, I broke and gave in. We did the craft about a week and a half early. It turned out to be good timing since Riley had a string of bad dreams and the craft I had planned was a dream catcher. I didn’t quite know the story of dream catchers at the time, so I told Riley that they were to catch bad dreams and keep them away but also to catch the good ones and keep them around.
Feeling like I had told her a lie and created a long, meaningful history of dream catchers for her, I had to look up the truth. As it turns out, I was close! Traditional dream catchers are believed to have originated from the Ojibwa and Lakota nations. According to the Ojibwa Nation, dream catchers were created by their maternal guardian, a spider woman (hence the web), to keep her people safe as they traveled further from the tribe. The dream catchers were legended to filter the dreams floating through the world, allowing the good ones through and keeping the bad ones out. Not made of natural materials, I am certain that our dream catchers do not count as the real thing, but so far, the bad dreams have been kept at bay!
- Cut a 12 inch piece of baker’s twine.
- Tie the end of the twine to the heart-shaped bracelet.
- Holding the twine tightly, wrap it two to three times around the opposite side of the bracelet. Repeat this step at least 5 times to create the web-like center.
- When you are happy with your web, tie the other end of the twine to the bracelet, making sure that the twine remains tight.
- Cut three different lengths of twine. Tie each piece to the bottom of the bracelet.
- Put one heart sticker on the end of each piece of twine. Create a back to each sticker by placing another heart sticker on the backs of the those already attached to the string.
- Tie a short looped piece of twine to the top to use as a hanger.
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