Y’all. I had an epic fail this week. E P I C.
I had planned on doing a regular old dreamcatcher to help our animal friends. It took me forever. I might have said bad words in my head. And in the end, I’d come up with an ugly fail of a project that took forever and nobody in their right mind would do (check out our Instagram story to see what it looked like).
And then the Instagram gods opened those pearly gates and gave me hope.
So, I love Instagram. And I follow all of these amazingly talented, awesome crafters that are way, way better at crafting than I. And I get so much inspiration (and encouragement! from them). They are totally part of the Aina Ohana. And as I was scrolling through my pics, I saw one from sun of a beach creations that made me FINALLY see hope. And, based on that amazing photo, we now have this week’s project: (UPDATE: Sun of a Beach actually MADE us a tutorial for a dreamcatcher! Get all of those details here).
So not only did I love this in the end, but my daughter COMPLETELY loved it and begged to do one of her own. She followed along our video tutorial and made it all on her own – so proud of her!
This is a fantastic craft to teach kids about all of the little things that they can do that add up to protecting the environment. If you want to learn more about WHY this craft helps animals, check out the infographic and all of the reasons at the end of the project. But for now – let’s get Crafting!
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- Cardboard (or, um, just use an old Amazon package!)
- Bowls – One 10″, one 8″
- Scarf – 4 Ft
- Yarn – 12 pieces at 12″ each
- White Thread
- Optional: Craft Flowers, Pendants
- Scissors, Ruler, Needle, Hot Glue Gun[/one_half_last]
Step 1: Cut out two circles from cardboard (using the bowls, trace the outlines and cut out). I like to make mine a bit offset, like a crescent moon ;). Put together the two circles and wrap your 4 ft scarf around to cover.
Step 2: Cut 12 pieces of yarn or ribbon at 36″
Step 3: Tie the yarn onto the bottom of your dreamcatcher – three on the left, two on the right, and the rest as a bunch in the middle.
Step 4: Separate the yarn into three sections (for braiding). Four on the left, four on the right, and the rest in the middle.
Step 5: Twist together each section and braid them. Once you’ve made your braid as long as you want it, separate out the strands again. From left to right, each section is: 3 yarns, 3 yarns, 2 yarns, 3 yarns, 2 yarns.
Step 6: Starting with the bottom left “branch,” twist the yarn and then tie on as shown. Repeat for the bottom right yarn.
Step 7: Now do the same thing with the rest of the branches, going counterclockwise starting with the farthest right branch.
Step 8: Time to decorate!! Grab your sparkly beads and a needle and thread, and hang them on your tree branches. These are the most important part for this project – those sparkles are what help stop bird strikes :). If you have any other fun things and want to add them on (flowers, hearts, etc) go ahead and hot glue/tie them on.
Voila! You’re done!! Isn’t this an awesome project??
Now you need to hang up those dreamcatchers! Grab some yarn, tie it on the top, and hang it up in the window (using your suction cups or, if you’re cheap like me, tape. Yep. Tape.) This part is the most important part! Why?? Because these sweet little dreamcatchers are going to help save some amazing animals around the world.
So why, exactly, are dreamcatchers good for animals? So glad you asked 😉
Bird Strikes – defined as the mid-flight collision between and a window, wall, or other manmade structure – account for 1 billion bird deaths worldwide (one billion!). One of the most dangerous collisions is a bird hitting a plane – remember Miracle on the Hudson and Captain Sully? That all occurred due to bird strikes. You can do your little part to save some of those wee chickadees with this fun, kid-friendly craft project for charity.
This is a project to partner with the American Bird Conservancy, an Aina-Approved (so you know it’s amazing) nonprofit that helps protect birds. Go to their site and get more information about the American Bird Conservancy!
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