There are many benefits to making these beautiful “Dream & Gratefulness Catchers”. For one making these together as a family allows the whole family to be aware of each others dreams, wishes and most importantly connect to the feeling of gratitude. This activity was also designed specifically to teach little kids how to hold a “needle” as well as how to create a “blanket stitch,” which goes around the perimeter of the plate. Depending on the age of the child they can either performs all the steps on their own or you can do it for them leaving just the“sewing” for them to do.
wool thread any combination of colors, folded in half and tied into a knot
2 inches of metal wire, folded in half
7” paper plate
Step 1: Cut out a hole in the middle of the plate.
Step 2: Cut the the middle piece you just cut out in half. Snip around the edge of each half to create a paper feather. Hole punch each feather.
Step 3: Write what you are grateful for one on of the feathers and what you wish for on the other.
Step 4: Hole punch around the inside and outside perimeter of the plate.
Step 5: Slip on the wool thread onto the folded wire, which is your needle and sew a blanket stitch around the outside perimeter. When the loops are all "sewn" make sure to leave some string to hang the dream catcher from.
Step 6: Using the same wire as a needle sew a web on the inside
perimeter of the place, looping on threads as they run out
Step 7: Hand 3 threads at the bottom of the dream catcher and tie
the two feather to the outside threads.