Here in my corner of the planet, back to school means spreading out around our family school table and getting messy. Yup, we’re a homeschooling family, and that generally means tons of glue, crayons, paint, paper, and chaos!
My favorite school art projects always involve yarn (no shock there, I suppose) so when Mexico popped up in our geography curriculum I was over the moon to pull out some yarn for my kids and I to dive into the diverse and rich history of the Mexican culture!
The art project slated for the day was the God’s eye. I won’t go into detail explaining what they are or what they are created for (that’s what Google’s for) but I will tell you how we made ours!
In order to make the simple version of a God’s eye you will need:
- Two wooden craft sticks (or up-cycle some Popsicle sticks)
- Hot glue
This craft will take approximately 15 minutes to get all the wrapping complete (less if you’re familiar with the process and speed it up!)
To start, glue your craft sticks together using a small dab of hot glue in the center to make a cross (or an X depending on how you’re holding your sticks.)
To make things simpler for my kids I glued the end of the yarn to the center of the cross, but you can skip that part and just begin wrapping your yarn if you prefer.
Label your sticks 1, 2, 3, and 4 so kids have a point of reference when wrapping.
In order to begin, wrap the yarn twice around the center, rotate and wrap twice more around the center creating a central X around the middle of the sticks.
Once you’ve completed the center, begin wrapping the yarn once around 1, once around 2, once around 3, once around 4, making sure you are always going in the same order around the sticks. Do not overlap the yarn! Each new layer of yarn should be sitting next to the yarn before it so that you continue to grow the pattern outward toward the tips of your craft sticks.
When you have run out of craft stick, simply use a dab of hot glue to secure, create a loop to hang, and display your cool new wall art!
We had so much fun creating these mini works of art. For even more fun, I recommend dying your acrylic yarn following my tutorial here before making one! (See the example below which was done with dyed acrylic yarn!)
If you tackle creating your own colors for this project, your Ojo de Dios can be totally unique and a one of a kind piece of art!!
I’d love to see your Ojo de Dios if you make one. Simply pop over to HodgePodge Crochet over on facebook to drop me a pic!