It’s the second week of our Homemade Handicrafts series and this week we are going to learn how to make a God’s eye craft. I decided to make these weaving ornaments for kids this week because they are great for fine motor skills. Even children as young as three years old can learn how to make this craft. The God’s eye craft is also fairly inexpensive to make and they are useful in that they can be used for Christmas tree ornaments!
Where did the Ojo de Dios originate?
Before we get into the actual craft, let’s talk about the name of the God’s eye. Now, the original name, Ojo de Dios, is Spanish. The God’s eye is an ancient symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico and the Aymara Indians of Bolivia.
In Mexico, the central part of the God’s eye was made after a baby was born, and then each year after a bit of yarn was added until a child turned five in which the Ojo de Dios would be complete.
How do you make a God’s eye craft?
To make the God’s eye, you will need two popsicle sticks. You could also use sticks from your yard for a more rustic look, wooden dowels, or even chopsticks.
You’ll also need yarn in varying colors. For our Christmas themed ornaments, I used tricolor yarn so I would’t have to switch off colors, but you can easily use three different colors of yarn.
Small children may need to have their popsicle sticks glued in the middle to create the shape of a cross. The glue will help the popsicle sticks hold their shape, but it’s not necessary.
You’ll need scissors to cut your yarn.
God’s Eye Craft Instructions
Wrap the yarn around the center of the popsicle sticks in one direction a few times, then switch and wrap around the center of the popsicle sticks in the other direction a few times.
Decide whether you want to wrap under or over the sticks.
Wrap once around the popsicle stick, and moving counter-clockwise, continue wrapping once around each popsicle stick and moving forward. You will see the pattern emerge.
If you want to change colors of yarn, simply cut the yarn and tie the new string on and continue weaving.
How do you finish a God’s eye?
There are a couple of different ways to finish a God’s eye. If you want no string hanging out, you can take a quilter’s needle and string the remaining yarn through the back of the God’s eye, tie it off, and snip away the excess yarn.
If you’d like to make a loop to hang your God’s eye, you can glue a loop of yarn to the back of the God’s eye so that it can hang on your tree or wherever you you would like for it to hang.
Now you have an awesome DIY God’s eye to give as a gift or decorate your home for Christmas!
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- 2 popsicle sticks
- Glue - optional
- Make a cross with the popsicle sticks. You can glue them in the center to keep them from coming apart.
- Wrap the yarn around the middle of the popsicle sticks a few times in one direction, and wrap around the middle of the popsicle sticks in the other direction.
- Choose whether you want to wrap over or under your popsicle sticks.
- Wrap around one popsicle stick once, and moving counter clockwise continue wrapping around each popsicle stick once before moving on to the next stick.
- Cut the yarn and tie a new color on if you'd like to switch colors.
- Cut the yarn and tie it off in the back to complete the God's eye.