These woven CD dream catchers serve as a decorative piece of art in your child’s room and a tool to help manage bedtime worries and fears. Weaving on a CD is fun and easy and a great alternative to weaving on a cardboard loom. It’s also a creative way to put your old CDs and DVDs to good use.
Last month, I taught the older kids in my daycare how to weave, and ever since, they’ve been trying all kinds of different weaving methods. You can see all of their weaving projects here.
CDs Make Great Weaving Looms
The other day, when I was thinning out our music collection, it occurred to me that a CD would probably make a great circular weaving loom. The hole in the middle would make it easy to string the warp threads, and the CD would provide a nice sturdy surface to weave on.
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Then it occurred to me that instead of taking our finished projects off the loom, we could leave our weaving on the CD and add some beads and feathers and turn them into dream catchers.
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Quick and Easy
I told the kids my plan, and they loved the idea and got right to work. In about an hour, they’d each made a gorgeous CD dream catcher.
What a winning project! A fun weaving activity, a beautiful piece of art, and a tool to bring pleasant dreams and a peaceful sleep. And a great way to use those CDs I was getting rid of.
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Note: Because of the fine-motor skills and co-ordination required, this craft is best-suited for ages 7 and up.
An alternative idea for younger children:
If you’re looking for a dream catcher for younger kids to make, check out our paper plate dream catcher. It’s perfect for toddlers, preschoolers and kindergarten students.
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Time needed: 1 hour
How To Make a CD Dream Catcher
- String your CD loom
To string your loom, you’ll need a piece of yarn approximately 7 feet long.
Holding the tail of the yarn against the back of the CD, string the yarn up through the hole, out to the edge of the CD, and down the back to the center hole again.
Wind your way around the CD, evenly spacing your warp threads, and finish with an ODD number of warp threads on the CD. Make sure your threads are nice and snug and then tie your loose ends to each other or to a warp thread on the back of the CD.
- Weaving on your CD
With your needle and a new piece of yarn, start weaving at the center of the CD, in an over, under fashion. You can secure the starting tail of the yarn by trapping it underneath your weaving as you go. To change colours, simply tie on a new piece of yarn. (more detailed instructions can be found in our circle weaving tutorial)
- Finishing your weaving:
Weave as far out on the CD as you want, and to finish, cut your yarn to leave a bit of a tail and with your needle, run that tail under a few of the previous rounds to hide and secure it.
- Add beads and feathers
Tie a few lengths of yarn to the bottom warp strings of your dream catcher, add a few buttons, and glue on some feathers. You can even glue some beads to your weaving like we did for our blue and green dream catcher.
- Attach a string for hanging.
To hang your dream catcher, tie a length of yarn to a couple of the warp threads at the top of the CD.
Your CD Dream catcher is complete!
More Yarn Crafts for Kids
- Weaving on a Rectangular Homemade Cardboard Loom
- Weaving on a Homemade Circular Cardboard Loom
- French Knitting on a Cardboard Roll
- God’s Eye Craft
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If you’re looking for more crafts that can help kids conquer their fears and worries at bedtime, check out our monster spray, worry dolls and our homemade good luck stones.
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.