This summer has been flying by! We haven’t made much of a dent in our summer crafts list, I’m afraid. There is still time, though.
One craft we did make, though, are these God’s Eyes. With their Mexican roots, these Ojo de Dios’ are so colorful and beautiful!
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Here’s what you need:
~ 2 sticks (from nature, or store bought)
~ Good sharp scissors
~ The trick is all in the beginning. Hold the sticks tightly in a cross, then start by wrapping the string diagonally one way 6 or 7 times, then the other way. (Sometimes I use a bit of glue-gun first to keep the two sticks in place before wrapping.) When the sticks feels secure, you can start the weaving – here is a good tutorial. Basically, you just wrap the string once around the stick, then continue going around and around.
~ When you want to change colors, tie the new color onto the back and keep going.
While my two older girls (9 and 12) had fun with these, my little guy (6) found it a little challenging to keep the yarn straight as he went around. But with mommy’s help, he felt proud of his work!
We now keep them on our mantle along with our other summer craft collections. Each time I walk by, I get a feeling that I’m being watched over…it’s kind of nice.
UPDATE! We did this craft three summers ago. Now I teach art to small children and we just made God’s Eyes in camp last week. I had kids ages 5-8. And although I said that my 6-yr old son had trouble keeping the yarn straight, the 5yr old girls I had in camp really got the hang of it after about ten tries wrapping their sticks. Then they didn’t need any further help, other than changing colors. They all loved this craft so much that they made more than one! That’s a pretty big deal for something so tricky.
Here is a photo of their work. Quite stunning I would say! The big one in the middle was made by my 15yr old. Even teens love this craft!