My 6-year-old, Sisi, (her nickname since she was a baby) is the kind of child that insists on going to bed with the lights off and her door closed – in complete darkness. She certainly didn’t take after me, that’s for sure. I’m not quite sure her bravery comes from but I suspect that hiding a torch under her pillow and the glow-in-the-dark stars on her ceiling may have something to do with it. Maybe….
So, when a couple of weeks ago, she started insisting that her lights stay on at sleep-time and the middle-of-the-night invasions of our bed kept us all awake, we knew something was up!
Six-year-olds are funny creatures! I had forgotten this from when my oldest daughter was that age – they are caught in an age where fantasy and reality are a fine little dance around each other. It took us a while and a lot of cajoling to finally get it out of her that she had been having nightmares!!!! Poor little Sisi!
And what is the ONLY thing that can get rid of bad dreams (her suggestion)?
A Dream Catcher, of course! A pretty one that will catch all the bad dream before they come through the window….
Here’s how to make it!
Firstly, I used only what I had lying around the house and my daughter picked out the beads and colours she wanted and I crocheted a couple of flowers in lieu of feathers!
What you’ll need:
1. Bucket lid
2. Old bits of colourful yarn
4. Beads and decorations
5. Crocheted flowers (up to you)
First step was to cut of the middle of the lid leaving just the rim (at this stage I started fighting with the scissors and opted for a stanley knife instead.
Then I bound the rim with yarn. YAWN, this part was reeaaaally tiresome and you will get what I mean when you try it out – don’t be fooled into thinking you can just quickly wind and wind and wind. There’s a logistical problem….go on, try it. You will see!!!
Slow and steady wins the race.
Ok so after about 20 mins I got this far….just kidding!!!
It took 30.
Ok, still kidding….
But when it got the end, I really almost gave up!
My beautiful round lid now looked like an EGG!!!
My family all stood protectively around it for a long time as they are used to my sudden and seemingly unnecessary urges to pull out half-finished projects….so I let this one go. Who cares if I have a rugby-ball-shaped-dream-catcher hmmm?!
The web part is really cool. All you do is wrap another colour yarn loosely around the ring, leaving loops as you go (don’t forget to secure the yarn first). As you come full circle, weave the yarn through the first loops and again and again as you go around. Once you pull the yarn tight, it will make a cool web-like weave.
(I didn’t take another photo of the weave, but if you are unsure of how to do it, have a look at this video – this is where I learned)
I threaded a couple of beads at this point and added them as I went.
Lastly, I finished off with a few crocheted flowers for decoration. The patterns I used came from the lovely Lucy from Attic24 (here for the teeny tiny flowers)
Needless to say, I am happy to report that my little Sisi is staying in her own bed, catching all the sweets dreams that come her way…
For those who would like to enter, here’s how to!
- MAKE SOMETHING (anything at all, really!)
- BLOG IT
- CLICK ON FROGGY (below) AND ADD YOUR URL