Make your own spider bed charm with the cues by Porto City Hall Environment Team

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Filipa Brito

Take the opportunity provided by lockdown days and while strolling with your kids to keep the exercise regime on or just to beat lockdown blues, pick up some material you find in nature, gardens and parks, and head home to build yourselves the ultimate dreamcatcher. Take some cues by the Environmental Department Team of Porto City Hall and put your heart into it.

Did you know that the dreamcatcher is a protective talisman said to protect people from nightmares and bad dreams. Children like to hang them above their beds.

This traditions goes back to the Native American cultures, which believed that both good and bad dreams fill the air at night. So, a dreamcatcher is, according to the Ojibwe tradition, “the inanimate form of the word for spider" and it is represented in the willow hoop, on which is woven a net or web.

In order to make a proper dreamcatcher, see if you can find feathers or beads, willow hoops and sinew, or cordage made from plants, during in your walks.

Watch the video and follow the tips provided by the Porto City Hall Environment team: