Walaupun kini dream catcher sudah banyak di gunakan untuk nilai estetik namun banyak juga yang menggunakannya sebagai kepercayaan untuk menangkal mimpi. Konon katanya dream catcher ini datang pertama kali dari orang ojibwe, lalu mulai di pakai atau mulai di akui adanya oleh orang-orang sekitar melalui pertukaran dan pernikahan antar suku. Dream catcher berakar pada tradisi suku Indian yang merupakan penduduk pribumi Amerika. Dalam kebudayaan orang Indian, penangkap mimpi atau dalam bahasa masyarakat setempat disebut bawaajige nagwaagan atau asabikeshiin, biasanya digantungkan di atas tempat tidur supaya orang-orang terlindung dari mimpi buruk atau energi jahat.
Dreamcatchers originated with the Native Americans, became popular with the hippies of the 1960’s and 1970’s, and are now loved by just about everyone everywhere.
Have you heard the story behind the dreamcatchers?
According to Ojibwe legend, there was a spider woman known as Asibikaashi, who took care of all the children on the land. But as the Ojibwe nation expanded, Asibikaashi wasn’t able to reach all of the children every night. So the mothers and grandmothers crafted dreamcatchers for the children, using willow hoops, natural twine, and feathers. They would then hang the dreamcatchers above the beds of babies and children. These dreamcatchers were thought to filter out the bad dreams, only allowing the good dreams to pass through and reach the minds of the children. When the sun rises in the morning, the bad dreams disappear.
So when my daughter started getting bad dreams at night, we made her a little DIY dreamcatcher to help her sleep. She is convinced it works, and only has bad dreams when she is sleeping in a different bed without her dreamcatcher. (We may have to make a travel dreamcatcher soon!) She loves hers so much, that we recently made another one for her little sister’s upcoming birthday.
These DIY dreamcatchers are quite easy to make, but difficult to explain. The photos will likely help you much more than the written instructions. I have made 4 of these little dreamcatchers, and every one of them has turned out significantly different. I love them all, but couldn’t exactly replicate one if I tried. So embrace the personality of your own little DIY dreamcatcher.
A note on choosing gemstones: For this DIY dreamcatcher I chose to use Amazonite, because they are thought to dispel negative feelings, aggravation, worries and fears, and soothe and calm the mind. These properties seem ideal to prevent bad dreams. But you can choose whichever gemstone resonates with you. Other gemstones to use include Amethyst or Selenite, which have soothing and calming properties that help promote sleep.
The customization possibilities for this DIY dreamcatcher are endless. A few of the ways you can customize your dreamcatcher:
Sometimes gathering the materials, instructions, and inspiration for a DIY project is too overwhelming. Having everything all wrapped up nicely would be such a nice treat!
Package up all of the materials to make a DIY dreamcatcher in a muslin drawstring bag, add a link to this post, and you have the perfect craft kit gift.
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