Animal dream catchers

Animals on wooden slices as dream catchers

Animals on wooden slices are our next project using plywood circles (previously we did decoupage). We fell in love with this idea at first sight on the profile of Moja Mała Stolarnia. The concept is simple, but the result is brilliant. On the wooden slice, we paint the animal’s face, attach the ears, and decorate the bottom with ribbons and feathers. This is a year-round project, although a rabbit can be a great Easter decoration. You can also try making a sheep and a chicken 🙂

🇵🇱 Polska wersja: Zwierzęta na plastrach drewna

Materials needed:

  • Wooden slices – I used plywood circles, but you can also use raw birch slices.
  • Drill – to make holes for hanging the circle and the dreamcatcher’s tail
  • Sandpaper – to smooth the surface after drilling and remove any splinters
  • Paints – can be poster paints or acrylic paints
  • Brush
  • Felt – to make ears
  • Hot glue – to glue the ears
  • Ribbons, strings, or floss – to make the dreamcatcher’s tail
  • Colorful feathers

How to make animals on wooden slices

The first step is to drill holes – one on the top and several at the bottom. It’s a good idea to smooth out the areas after drilling with sandpaper to remove any splinters.

How to make an animal dream catcher

The next step is to choose an animal and paint it on the wood. It’s helpful to start with a quick sketch to make painting easier.

Then, prepare the felt ears and glue them onto the circle with hot glue.

The last step is to make a decorative tail. For this, you can use ribbons, strings, or floss. You can install one or several threads in one hole. Additionally, you can tie a few colorful feathers.

School workshops

We successfully made animals on wooden slices at school workshops. The kids definitely went for pandas 🙂 but we also made owls, foxes, moose, wolves, giraffes, and deer.

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