I can’t believe I am already saying it’s May. This year is flying! Tuesday marks the celebration of Cinco de Mayo, the fifth of May and I figured we might as well kick May off right with a fun Crafting with Kids! craft. Have you ever made Ojo de Dios? This craft is Mexican inspired and although we aren’t of Mexican descent we like to learn about all cultures around here. Ojo de Dios stands for Eye of God and the meaning behind this craft is that God’s eye is watching over you.
Although this craft is traditionally made with yarn I didn’t have any yarn available but had tons of twine. I think they are pretty with the twine but I do recommend using pretty colorful yarn and use that term in my instructions.
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Yarn (various colors)
Craft Sticks (2 per each craft)
Hot Glue Gun / Hot Glue (optional but recommended)
Step 1: Hold two craft sticks together and start out your craft with your first color. Holding the sticks can be tricky so for kids I recommend gluing the sticks together. You can just use regular craft glue for this.
Step 2: Wrap the yarn around one side diagonally approximately 5-6 times. Looping over the initial start so it will stay tight.
Step 3: Loop under the craft stick so that you can go in the opposite direction.
Step 4: Going the opposite direction, wrap the yarn around the other side 5-6 times. You should have a X at this point.
Step 5: Next, wrap the yarn under the craft stick again.
Step 6: Bring across the top diagonally. You should be going in the direction you started off the craft with.
Step 7: Wrap under the craft stick and and across diagonally (the opposite direction) again.
Step 8: Continue to wrap the yarn over each side and across diagonally until you reach your desired number of rows.
Step 9: To change colors tie the two pieces of yarn together. Cut of any excess so you can easily hide the knot.
Step 10: Continue wrapping the same as before. To change colors again just use the same tie off method.
Step 11 & 12: Once you have reached your desired color combo and length tie it off leaving extra yarn to create a hanger.
Step 13 & 14: Tie off the back in a knot so that you can hang your craft. I also recommend adding a dot of hot glue to secure the yarn and hanger.
Although I am not sure of the truth in these facts I thought it was very neat and interesting. Apparently in Mexico, the center eye was made when a child was born and each year a bit of yarn was added until the child turned five at which point the Ojo was complete.
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