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How To Make A God’s Eye

Posted by  ·  June 18, 2019  ·  Last Updated: June 18, 2019
Learn how to make a God’s Eye with this quick and easy tutorial!  All you need are pieces of yarn and a couple of sticks.
This is a perfect camp craft or anytime boredom buster. You might like to browse this list of 50 Boredom busters crafts and activities to also keep kids busy and engaged. Never be bored with these crafts for kids!
God's Eye up close

Why is a God eye called that?

It is called God’s eye for the Eye of God. In Spanish, Ojo de Dios.  It is a weaving usually made of wood and many different colors of yarn. The yarn God’s Eye is a longtime favorite kids craft.

God’s Eye Craft

My daughter learned how to make them at summer camp and is thrilled to show you how to make them.  I also remember loving to make them when I was in Sunday School. They are the perfect mess-free kids’ craft! This project is also a great way to use up scraps of yarn.

Supplies for God’s Eye

  • yarn in many colors
  • two wooden sticks the same length  (We used tree branches, but popsicle sticks or dowel rods would also work)
  • scissors
  • rubber bands (optional to hold the sticks together, yarn can also be used)
yarn, wooden branches, scissors God's Eye Supplies

How to make a God’s Eye

Follow this step by step tutorial and you know how to make a beautiful Ojo de Dios.

To make it easier to start weaving, fasten sticks together with a rubber band.  Sticks could also be fastened with hot glue.

two sticks fastened with a rubber band

Hold the end of the yarn on top of the wood and wrap yarn around the stick catching the end.

hand wrapping yarn around two sticks

Wrap all the way around the stick then move under the next stick. Wrap all the way around that stick then move to the next stick. Always bring the yarn under the stick before wrapping around.

wrapping yarn around branches hands holding sticks and wrapping pink yarn around

When you want to change colors simply cut the yarn and tie on a new color and begin wrapping again.

God's Eye adding new color of yarn

When finished tie the end of the yarn to the stick where you ended. Push any end pieces where two colors were tied together to the back.

God's Eye

You might even like to add tassels to the God’s Eye! A tassel is a nice embellishment and they are super easy to make. Just click the link to see how.

{How to make a tassel tutorial}

DIY God's Eye

More about the Ojo de Dios

Where did God’s eye originate?

The “Ojo de Dios” or God’s Eye is an ancient symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico.  The Huichol not only make wonderfully colorful God’s Eyes from yarn, but they also make yarn paintings by gluing yarn to wooden boards. You might like this yarn painting craft for kids.

Why are they called God’s eyes?

The Huichol  Indians made these decorative, ceremonial shields with colored yarn and sticks. These shields were called god’s eyes because through them a god might keep a watchful eye over the people who made them.

What is an Ojo de Dio?

It is a ritual tool that was believed to protect those while they pray.  The central eye was made when a child was born. Each year, a bit of yarn was added until the child turned five at which point the Ojo was complete.  The wooden cross the yarn is woven on represents the four directions: earth, fire, water, and air.

Now you know how to make a God’s Eye (Eye of God). This yarn craft is a great boredom buster. It is easy to keep the simple supplies on hand so they could be made at any time!  We spend hours making homemade slime at our house. How about you? While you are crafting be sure to get your kids laughing with these kids jokes.

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  1. Suzy
    Monday, June 24th, 2019
    This would be such a fun summer project with this kids! Looks great!
  2. Billy
    Monday, June 24th, 2019
    Such a great simple idea, my daughter is going to love this.
  3. Jen
    Monday, June 24th, 2019
    This is so fun to do together as a family. Perfect for a great summer afternoon project.
  4. Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
    What a fun activity for summer! My kids will love making this!
  5. lauren kelly
    Sunday, June 23rd, 2019
    Now that summer is here, this is just what I needed to keep my kids busy! I love these!