I was looking for a fun craft to do with my kids that would also teach them some Mexican culture. I have seen the “Ojo de Dios” or “Eye of God” all of my life so I decided that was the perfect craft to do with my kids. The origin for this artwork is from the Huichol Indians of Mexico. It was made by the father when a child was born. Each year a bit of yarn was added until the child turned five and then it was complete. A child surviving to five was a big accomplishment for parent and child and something to be celebrated. Celebrating children is something I love to do, so this craft seemed great for the holidays.
I love to crochet which means finding yarn is not a problem in my house. We also have kept quite a few chop sticks in the kitchen because we love to eat. The only other things needed were glue and a marker. I have kids, so I have glue and markers everywhere. No home with kids would be complete without them. 🙂
Here is what you need:
- Pairs of sticks the same size (popsicle sticks are the most popular, but chop sticks work, too)
- Before you even start, glue your sticks together to make a cross. Let them set and dry for at least a day. Having the cross already set makes it easier for little hands to put the yarn around.
- Number your sticks so they look like this
- Now wrap your yarn in an X pattern around the center to cover the middle of the cross then begin to wrap your yarn one time around 1, one time around 2, one time around 3 and one time around 4. Make sure you go over the sticks each time so they front is always flat and the back has the curves like so.
- Continue to wrap in order until you feel your first color is wide enough to be the eye. Cut the yarn, leaving about an inch hanging in the back side of the cross.
- Start same process with the second color, third and fourth.
- Once you are done, you can tie the loose ends in the back together with the closest end to it, just to keep them tight and trim off the rest.
And Ta-dah! You have yourself a beautiful “Ojo de Dios”
My kids are 2 and 4. Anyone that has little ones knows that crafts can get messy or not come out at all like you expect. I tried to get my kids to help. They were enthusiastic at first, but as soon as they realized how fun yarn is to throw, the craft was out the window (along with the yarn). It made a great wig, though.
This activity is better suited for older kids. Although, I feel having younger kids watch you make things and get crafty as well is a great way to teach them details, as well as your love of your cultures and traditions.
I also thought it would be fun to have a hunt for the sticks we used. The hunt was great fun, but the final product came out a little lopsided as the sticks were not straight.
It was still fun going on a hunt, though. My point is to try to have fun with whatever you have and make your own adventure!
Have fun crafting and Happy Holidays wherever you are!