Dragon Dreams: Teen Fantasy Badge

Dragon Dream Catcher photo

 

 

 

 

Catch some sweet dragon dreams with this homemade dreamcatcher.  Below are the instructions to complete this fun craft.  This craft is part of "Teens Fantasy Badge."  If you complete the badge activity be sure to log in to your Beanstack account and check off the activity.

How to make a dragon dreamcatcher:

1. Step 1: Gather your materials.  You can use a wooden hoop commonly used for embroidery or you can raid your mom's closet for something round.  I happened to finish a spool of ribbon and it's the perfect round shape for my dreamcatcher.  So that's what I'm going to use (see picture below).  Feel free to be resourceful!

Dragon Dream Catcher photo

Once you find your round shape the next thing you'll need is to print out the template pattern.  That should be at the bottom of this blog.  The template below is designed to fit my small circle.  If you're using a larger circle don't fret!  Simply enlarge the image before you print.

You are also going to need embroidery floss/string and foam sheets which you can find at Walmart.  If you can't buy the foam sheets construction paper can work!  If you prefer using ribbon for the hoop that's fine but you will need some kind of thin string for the webbing.  Again, feel free to improvise.

2. Step 2: Prepare your materials.  It's best to have everything cut out and measured before you start.  Take a look at what you have and ask yourself do you like it?  Maybe your dragon needs something more?  I've left the template plain so you can feel inspired!  Does your dragon wear earrings?  Sew or glue on some beads to the ears.  Does your dragon love to sparkle?  Then add glitter to your dragon.  You can also add a horn, spikey hair, teeth, or a spikey tail.  You can have a green dragon or you can have a purple dragon.  Make your dragon uniquely yours!

Dragon Dream Catcher photo

3. Step 3: Assemble.  Once you have your materials ready, set everything but your circle to the side.  Using your embroidery thread (or ribbon) to wrap around the hoop.  This will take a few minutes so be patient.  You might want to use craft glue in some spots to make sure it holds.  You don't want to see the hoop underneath.  You might want to go around the hoop two times to make sure it's covered.  Once you've gone around the hoop twice and are just about to reach the starting point, add a little bit of glue and wrap to the end.  You can use a binder clip to hold the thread or ribbon in place while you wait for the glue to set.  Give it 15 minutes, you want to make sure everything is dry.

Then move on to the webbing! Start by tying a knot at the top of the hoop. Tie a double knot to ensure that the string is secure.  Stretch the string to the right, if you were looking at a clock it would look like 3 o'clock.  Loop the string around the hoop, and back over itself till it feels like a knot.  Stretch the string across, if you were looking at a clock it would look like 6 o'clock.  Loop the string around the hoop, and back over itself till it feels like a knot.  Stretch the string one more time, this time to 9 o'clock.  Loop the string around the hoop, and back over itself till it feels like a knot.  Stretch the string back to center, looping around the first knot.  Don't cut the string but instead stretch to the string across, create a knot and stretch across to another string.  Continue looping the string around until you've reached your desired look.

dragon webbing 1

dragon webbing 2

Make sure to pull the string tight to secure it at each loop.  But not too tight!  Pulling too hard on the string may warp the shape of your circle. 

Lastly, assemble your dragon accessories!  Glue the inner ear on top of the outer ear. Glue the belly to the dragon tail.  If your adding extra embellishments glue them on at this point.  Then glue the ears and tail to the back of your dreamcatcher. 

4. Step 4: Hang your dreamcatcher over your bed to catch all the bad dreams and give you only the good ones.

 

Dragon Dreamcatcher

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