Dream Catcher Stencil

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Reusable dream catcher stencil on 10 mil thick Mylar made in USA. Mylar is a thick plastic like material that is washable and extremely durable. Our stencils are laser-cut in a wide variety of sizes and shipped out in only 1 business day.

If you're a fan of dream catchers, you'll love this design. This beautifully laser-cut stencil is a lovely addition to any room. Its highly-detailed design captures the form of its subject matter beautifully. Use this stencil to paint a sign and hang it up on your bedroom wall where the morning light will touch it, in the tradition of the original dream catchers. Or perhaps you can decorate the cover of a journal with this design? The possibilities are endless! They're also easy to use: just apply paint either by rolling it on or using a can of spray paint. The stencils come in a variety of sizes, sure to suit whichever project you were considering using them for. These dream catcher stencils are made of thick Mylar, making them extremely durable. Just wash them after each use, and you'll be sure to have them for years.

The history of dream catchers:
It is thought that dream catchers were first made by the Ojibwe tribe, though they have since spread to other Native American tribes. As a result, the weaving of dream catchers is now considered an important cultural tradition to many indigenous North American communities. The Ojibwe word for dream catcher literally translates to "spider" and references the web-like shape that is crafted within the hoop.

Their web-like design has to do with the Ojibwe's Spider Woman. Legend has it that a mystical Spider Woman once served as the protector of the Ojibwe tribe. As the Ojibwe tribe grew in number, however, the Spider Woman's job grew more difficult. She found it hard to protect so many people, all of whom were scattered in so many different places. As a result, the Ojibwe took up the tradition of making dream catchers. Mothers and grandmothers would weave them for their children and grandchildren, and would hang them up above the cradles of babies in order to protect them from evil. This way, even if the Spider Woman was far away, they would still have something to protect them.

So what do dream catchers protect you from? Nightmares, mostly. The Ojibwe view the air as being saturated in dreams: both good and bad. The dream catcher acts as a spiritual air filter: it allows good dreams to go through, but catches nightmares in its web. Dream catchers typically have a hole in their center. It is through this hole that the good dreams can pass unharmed. Meanwhile, the bad dreams get caught like flies in a spider's web. The nightmares caught in the web are then destroyed when the morning sun touches them, leaving the owner's dreams peaceful and free of troubles.

Traditional dream catchers were woven using sinew. The hoop was made of bent pieces of wood and feathers were often hung from strings of sinew at the bottom. Our dream catcher stencil may not be made in this manner, but we hope its presence will bring you a sense of joy and peace regardless.

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