How to Make a God's Eye Out of Yarn & Popsicle Sticks

Written by sari hardyal
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The "God's Eye," or "Ojo de Dios," as it was originally called, originated in the tribe of the Huichol Indians in Jalisco, Mexico as a weaving craft. It was originally woven by the father of a newborn baby. The father would weave the central eye, adding another eye each year of the child's life until the age of five. The four points of the "God's Eye" represent the life forces of fire, water, wind and earth. Some say the eye is created to watch over the one it is created for and will grant him health, fortune and long life.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Popsicle (craft) sticks
  • Yarn
  • Glue or hot glue gun and sticks
  • Scissors

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  1. 1

    Glue two craft sticks together to form an "X," or cross shape. Number the backs of the sticks one through four in a counterclockwise motion. Glue the end of the yarn to the centre of the back of the cross. Allow the cross to dry thoroughly before proceeding to Step 2.

  2. 2

    Hold the sticks so they form an X with the number one in the upper right corner. The yarn should be hanging down the middle of the back of the X, facing away from you.

  3. 3

    Wrap the yarn around the cross piece, bringing it up between sticks three and four, then over the cross piece between one and two, then wrap it around the back of stick number one. The yarn should now be in the back (away from you) and sticking out between one and four.

  4. 4

    Turn the X a quarter turn to the right. Stick number one should now be at the bottom right corner. Repeat the pattern in step three. Bring the yarn up between one and four, over the cross piece, and down over the junction between two and three, wrapping the yarn around the back of stick three.

  5. 5

    Repeat steps four and three until you see an "eye" forming. Keep weaving until the eye is as large as you would like.

Tips and warnings

  • Crochet thread works as an alternative to yarn. It won't stretch as easily, but can make a God's Eye that lasts longer.
  • Make a fancy God's Eye by using multicoloured or metallic yarn.
  • Don't allow children to use hot glue unsupervised. This may lead to injury.

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