Making 3D Dream Catchers
The instructions here are for a standard type 3D dream catcher.
However, once you learn this, you can adjust to the 3D world
and be creative with your frames. In 3D, there are many frames
which can be used. Some will be pictured here.
You should be sure to start out with enough twine or rope to make the whole
dream catcher. If you misjudge, you will have to be extremely careful,
since a great deal of tension builds up in the 3D dream catchers,
and knots can come untied with that amount of tension.
- Gather Materials:
- A 3D frame structure of some kind. One example is 3 interlocked
rings, preferably welded:
But any sturdy 3D frame could serve as a frame for 3D dream catchers.
An ample supply of roping of some kind. You can use
metallic thread (though that is harder to work) or rattail or gut.
For more authentic dreamcatchers, you can use sinew (if you can find it!).
(Optional) Have some beads ready to be woven into the dreamcatcher. Wooden
beads would be consistent with an authentic theme, but you
may use plastic or metal beads as well. It is important that the holes
in the beads be large enough to accommodate the twine, thread, or rope you
select for the web.
- Leather strips for hanging the feathers.
- You might want a plastic yarn needle, especially if you use metallic thread.
That's it - you are ready.
- Review the instructions for tieing on
and starting a 2D dream catcher if you need to. In the case of 3D,
however, start by tieing on any place where two of the rings intersect.
- Plan a path through the frame. The path should head out in any direction.
At each intersection, decide whether you will continue going straight,
turn left, or turn right. Plan the path so that you return to the beginning.
Many paths are possible, so don't be afraid to experiment. If you plan
a path which crosses itself in a 3D figure eight, you will get a
twisted surface. As with 2D, the half-hitches should be quite loose.
For the second round trip, weave your twine as with the
2D dream catchers, being sure to follow the exact same path
that you followed on the first round, picking up the loops
left behind in the first round. Leave these, again, quite loose.
- Continue following the path in one continuous path. Starting in the third
round, you can pull gently on the loops, arranging them as you go so
that they are evenly spaced.
Through the third and fourth rounds, they should still not be taut.
- When you are in the fifth round, you can tug and make it more taut.
Here it will show how important it is to have a sturdy frame,
preferably welded. Gluing is not strong enough, even with
- Leave a hole in the center. When done, hang something through the center
of the frame. You can hang a small 2D dream catcher, or a crystal,
or an arrowhead, or any object you like.
- From the edges of the frame, hang leather strips with feathers
as in the 2D dream catchers.