How to Make a Dreamcatcher

How to Make a Dreamcatcher

A dreamcatcher DIY for Kids

Ward off those night terrors, or at least *attempt* to make bedtime a little smoother with these charming popsicle stick dreamcatchers.

Bad dreams have become more frequent in our house as the kids get older and are exposed to more of the outside world, whether it be real or fiction. My 5-year-old recently woke up one night in tears talking about a guy with “laser eyes”. As much as we tell them it’s not real, it’s just once more excuse to prolong going to sleep. To help combat the bedtime battle, we made a dreamcatcher to help catch those nightmares.

This is a longer project as you’ll need time to let glue and paint dry. It’s great practice for gluing, painting, measuring, cutting, threading, beading, and tying. Also, a great activity to help pass the time on those cold and rainy days.

Here’s what you’ll need:

Dreamcatcher Supplies 

Tempera paint

Popsicle sticks




Paint brush




Dreamcatcher for Kids Video:

Dreamcatcher for Kids Instructions:

1. Glue 6 popsicle sticks into a hexagon. Let dry

Six popsicle sticks in hexagon

2. Paint popsicle sticks with tempera paint. Let dry

Painted popsicle hexagon

3. Cut a 5-foot length of yarn and tie on to one corner

Yarn tied to popsicle hexagon

4. Wrap yarn back and forth to each corner, adding beads

Yarn wrapped around popsicle hexagon

5. Finish with a knotted tie loop

Popsicle and yarn dreamcatcher

6. Cut & tie on three 10" lengths of yarn

Popsicle and yarn dreamcatcher

7. Add beads & knot ends

Adding beads to dreamcatcher

8. Apply glue to end of feathers and insert into beads. Let dry

Glue feathers to dreamcatcher

Add another level of nighttime comfort with a Butterfly Fairy Lights or these super fun Tutu Photo Lights. Crafting and talking are a great way to help kids learn, grow, and feel safe.

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 Artist Biography - Tara Custer


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