I was a little nervous about Dreamcatchers because they seemed a little superstitious…and different from our Catholic Faith. In the same way I’d rather tell my child to say a prayer than to make a wish…I thought a Dreamcatcher could just as easily be superseded by bedtime prayers and maybe a little sprinkling of Holy Water.
For those who think these things all sound the same…I just want to explain that I want to foster my kids’ Faith in God and encourage them in their prayerlife. For those who misunderstand our love for the Saints…we think of the Saints as mentors in our Faith and we sometimes ask them to pray for us…just as we’d ask a friend, a priest, a nun or a family member to pray for our special intentions.
…and then…I saw the Catholic Dreamcatcher craft by Alicia Hart over at Catholic Mom … in honor of St Kateri! I love how Alicia explains the connection to St Kateri and her Iroquois roots and how to make this traditional Native American Dreamcatcher with a Catholic twist. I just had to make one too…and following Alicia’s suggestion, I included the Crucifix in the center and the white feathers representing the Holy Spirit. I added a few Holy Medals of our favorite family patron Saints and I decided to wrap the ring in three different colors of cord to represent the Trinity.
I compiled the supplies I had on hand…including the plastic Tzatziki lid.
I also had my little helper. He mostly likes to tie string around things and ask me what I’m doing, a lot.
I carefully cut the circle out of the center with my craft knife. I used a hole punch to pierce evenly-spaced holes around the plastic ring.
I wish I had made 7 holes because they could represent a whole bunch of Catholic themes including the 7 Sacraments, but I was following instructions quite carefully and settled on an even number.
Hey, aren’t there 8 symbols of the Holy Spirit?
I threaded the thin craft cord in and out of the holes in the plastic ring. Once I had made it all the way around, I begin tying a half-a-knot at the midpoint of the string…in the center between each two holes in the ring. I tried to make these knots neat and reasonably tight. I also referred to the Advanced Dreamcatcher Instructions over at That Artist Woman. I found the hand-drawn illustrations very helpful!
I knew I didn’t want a shiny plastic ring showing through, so I decided to try and make it look more authentic by wrapping the craft cord around the ring, leaving just a little space for the cord at each of the pierced holes. When I realized that I would not have enough cord of one color to wrap the entire ring…I decided to use three colors to represent the Trinity.
Wrapping the ring with cord takes a long time…so when I got a little bored of that, I decided to continue with the Dreamcatcher threading. Placing the knots at midpoints and pulling on the cord helped to pull the web away from the ring…which made the last bit of wrapping the cord on the ring much easier.
The cross that I used is actually a Four Way Medal Cross with depictions of the Sacred Heart, St Joseph, a Miraculous Medal and St Christopher with a descending dove at the center symbolizing the Holy Spirit. I liked the way it looked in the center of the Dreamcatcher, but you could use a Crucifix instead.
I added three of our favorite Saint Holy Medals at the bottom with Mother Mary, St Jude and St Anthony.
While I’m not sure that I will boast about the Dream-catching capability of our new craft, I think that carefully placed in a kid’s bedroom, it could be a nice little reminder to pray, focusing on Jesus Love for us and asking for a little extra intercession from the Saints.