Last weekend, I offered to organise a children’s activity for a rock and pop stars party, and I thought it would be fun to keep (loosely) to the theme, so started searching for CD craft ideas. By far the most fabulous one I found was Pink Stripey Socks‘ woven dreamcatchers, so we decided to give them a go. They’re great, because you can adjust to suit any age – little ones can just wind the wool through a few times, whereas older children can manage more elaborate weaving and they can add as much or as little in the way of decoration as they like.
You will need:
Beads (we used wooden ones, but plastic look just as effective)
What to do:
- Choose your first colour and thread a piece of wool through the central hole of the CD. Then, wrap it around a few times (I did fifteen), so you have ‘spokes’ of wool radiating out from the centre. Then tie on the back (the side with the writing).
- Next take a piece of contrasting coloured wool and wrap a piece of masking tape around the end to make a rigid ‘needle’ for weaving. Then weave the second colour under and over the spokes. Keep going, pulling it tight as you go, until you want to add a third colour, then just tie this wool onto the second and repeat until you have used as many colours as you want (or got bored!), adding beads along the way if you want to.
- Tie a piece of wool to one ‘spoke’ to make a hanging loop, then, opposite, tie on loose pieces of wool to the bottom and add feathers and beads.
- Finally, if you’d like, draw patterns with Sharpies onto the still visible parts of the CD. Hang above your bed and bad dreams be gone!
The children really enjoyed making the dreamcatchers and there were lots of different interpretations. A great way to upcycle all those CDs hanging around in boxes.