God's Eye Craft Instructions

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Share a craft with ancient and varied origins with children by teaching them to make a God's eye. Using basic household materials, you can show children how to weave brightly colored yarns around small sticks to fashion decorative designs. Even young children can make a God's eye craft with minimal assistance from an adult. The finished project promises to be a stunning work of art.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 straight sticks (1/2 inch in diameter and 10 to 12 inches long)
  • Brightly colored yarn (at least a small ball of each color)
  • Scissors
  • Cross the two sticks together at the center point of the sticks to make an "X" shape. Hold the sticks in this position with one hand.

  • Tie the sticks together in this shape by looping the yarn tightly around the sticks where they intersect. Criss-cross the yarn into an "X" several times around the point where the sticks cross to tie the sticks tightly together. Tie the yarn into a tight knot. Cut off any excess yarn on the other side of the knot.

  • Select a color for the center of the God's eye and tie the end of this yarn around one of the sticks at the center point of the crossed sticks (near where you tied the yarn around the sticks in the previous step).

  • Pull the yarn over to the next closest stick and loop the yarn tightly all the way around this stick near the center where the sticks intersect. Pull the yarn over to the next closest stick and loop it around this stick in the same fashion. Loop the yarn around the last stick in the same way and then pull the yarn back around to the first stick

  • Continue looping the yarn around each stick working your way around the sticks in a circular fashion. Make sure as you loop the yarn around the sticks, that the yarn loops lie snugly against the surrounding yarn loops.

  • Tie the yarn around a stick when you want to change yarn colors. Snip off the excess yarn on the other side of the knot.

  • Select another yarn color and tie this yarn around the same stick you tied the previous yarn color off to finish the previous color.

  • Repeat to wrap yarns of various colors until nearly the entire length of the sticks is filled. Tie the last yarn color off at the end of a stick when you run out of room on the sticks.

  • Make a 2-inch loop with the length of yarn and tie the yarn loop to the end of the stick for hanging the God's eye. Clip off the excess yarn on the other end of the knot to finish.

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  • Photo Credit Yarn 1 image by Jeffrey Sinnock from Fotolia.com
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