Ojo de Dios, or "Eye of God" is an ancient craft dating back hundreds of years. The Huichol Indians believed these weavings would allow their gods to watch over them and protect them from harm.
Today God's eyes are a popular craft among many different cultures and a fun way for children to learn basic weaving.
To make your own God's eye you will need:
-2 sticks of similar size and shape
-A variety of brightly colored yarns
1. Begin by making a cross with your sticks. Use the yarn to tie them together, wrapping the yarn around the sticks several times to make an "X". Then tie the yarn in a knot in the back to secure the sticks -->but do not cut the yarn!
2. Once the sticks are secure, you will start weaving from the center, closest to where the sticks meet, and working your way up and out.
3. Begin weaving by looping your yarn around your first stick once, then continuing on to the next stick, each time looping once before moving to the next stick.
4. When you are ready to change colors, simply tie the ends of the different colored yarns together, and continue the pattern.
5. When you are done weaving, secure the end of the yarn by tying it in a knot on the back of the God's eye.
This is a great nature-based project for children (or adults!) of all ages. God's eyes are simple to make, yet allow so much space for individual creation and expression through the use of vibrant colors and interesting shapes and patterns. This is a wonderful project to do indoors or outdoors. Enjoy!