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Ojo de Dios / God’s Eye


Ojo de Dios / God’s Eye

This summer has been flying by! We haven’t made much of a dent in our summer crafts list, I’m afraid. But there is still time!

One craft I was dying to make with the kids were these God’s Eyes. With their Mexican roots, these Ojo de Dios’ are so colorful and beautiful.

Here’s what you need:

2 sticks (from nature, or store bought)

Yarn

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. When the sticks feels secure, you can start the weaving. 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.

 

Washi Tape Art


Washi Tape Art

This idea comes from Rubyellen (mom to four!) of CAKIES. It’s such a simple and fun idea…all you need is tape and paper.

Rubyellen’s tape is from Kid Made Modern at Target. I like the use of solid tape for this project. It lends itself better to interpreting ideas than patterned tape would, especially for smaller children. But I think my older girls (9 & 12) will try it with our collection of patterned washi tape!

Check out CAKIES blog for more beautiful photos of this project!

 

Bubble Wrap Printing


Bubble Wrap Printing

This is a very fun and quite simple art idea for the whole family. All my kids got involved — my 6-yr old stayed with it for hours! We printed on a long roll of paper (our intention was to make wrapping paper), but you can also just use sheets and hang them up as art!

Supplies:

bubble wrap, coffee can (or any container that is sturdy), duct tapewatercolorspaint brushes, 2 sponges, water

Cut a piece of bubble wrap and fold it over the top of the can (with the lid on). Use duct tape to secure it so it’s tight. Mix a color and paint it on the bubble wrap. Try not to push too hard — you want to paint the bubbles, but not the crevices in between. Paint fast before the paint dries, then turn it over onto the paper and press down.

It may take a few stamps to get it right, but the beauty of this project is that even if you are too heavy-handed, or the opposite — it’s printmaking and it’s supposed to be imperfect!

I am a big believer in never going for perfection. Point out to your kids how beautiful each stamp is — no two are alike (just like snowflakes).

We wrapped teacher gifts with the paper. I will share more of our wrapping papers in my next post!