What you will make:
If you are looking for a craft that kids love and is great for
groups, look no further. God’s Eyes are made with just a few supplies,
and even small children get wonderful results.
God's Eyes originate from the Huichol Indians of
Mexico's Sierra Madre. The Huichol bring flowers,
arrows, feathers, prayer bowls, god's eye (tsikuri), and other
symbolic gifts to deities in sacred caves in the hope of the return of
favor and protection. The Huichol not only make wonderfully colorful
God’s Eyes from yarn, they also make yarn paintings by gluing yarn to
wooden boards in nature-inspired shapes.
This project is great for family, classroom or group craft time. It requires no patterns and uses simple materials.
With a little preparation by the adult or teen leader, this project is easy and fun for children.
At the end of this project page, find links to other sites
with more circular crafts from other cultures!
Here's what you need:
- Yarn in several bright colors
- Popsicle/craft sticks or small twigs
- Optional: Variegated yarn, beads or feathers
This project is rated VERY EASY to do.
How to Make a God's Eye
Read all of the steps before starting.
- Step 1: Project Preparation
If you are using twigs, they will need a little preparation. Use
small twigs that are about ¼" in diameter. Remove any
loose bark from the twigs and make sure they have no weak spots that
might break. Cut the twigs to 6"-8" lengths.
Depending upon how much time is available for the craft, you might
also want to do the gluing step ahead of time.
- Step 2: Glue
Glue two sticks or twigs together in a cross. Use a strong white glue like Elmer's. Let glue dry.
This may take several minutes.
- Step 3: Select Yarn
While the glue is drying, sort through the yarn and select three or four colors for your God's Eye.
Pick colors that go well together, and try to include some light colors and dark colors.
- Step 4: Wrap Yarn
Take one color of yarn and wrap it over and around one stick, then
on a diagonal to the next stick and over and around it, on the
diagonal to the next stick and
over and around it, and so on. Continue for four or more turns around the cross, until
the eye is as large as you want. Catch the tail of the yarn as you wrap, so it is held in place.
Tie a length of another color of yarn onto the first one with a tight knot. Wrap the yarn around
the arms of the cross as before. Make as many turns around the cross as you like to form a narrow or wide
band of this color. Repeat for each additional color until finished.
Tip: It's also fun to make God's Eyes with
variegated yarn. For younger children, you can just use a single variegated yarn and avoid the need to tie on other colors.
- Step 5: Finish the God's Eye
Glue the final yarn end to the back of the cross to hold it in place. Make a hanger for the
God’s Eye with a length of yarn glued or tied to the sticks.
You might also add some decorations—tie on some feathers, add a tassel made from yarn, or attach a string of beads.
Use your imagination!
That's it! Your God's eye is
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