Camp Crafts: God’s Eye

Ask the large majority of adults these days and they’ll tell you this is one craft they remember making as children. Just about every Sunday school teacher and camp counselor had them in their curriculum or schedule. If you’re ready to make one with your kids but need your memory jogged, here’s some easy instructions for making a God’s eye.

This craft originates from the Ojo de Dios (Eye of God) cultural symbol made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico. The four points represent earth, fire, air, and water, and provided God’s watchful eye over their people.

For this project, you can use just about anything, including twigs, straws, skewers (trim the pointed ends off) and even pencils. You can make smaller versions by using toothpicks and embroidery floss. Try changing up the yarn by using several solid colors, changing color after several wraps by switching colors in the back of the project.


God’s Eye
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2 jumbo craft sticks
Multicolored yarn
4 buttons
White craft glue

Place the two craft sticks so that they cross each other. Wrap yarn around the center to hold the two craft sticks together. For smaller children, you can glue the sticks together first.

Once the center is secure, wrap the yarn once around one stick, then turn the cross 90 degrees and wrap yarn around the next stick, continue this process, pushing the yarn snugly toward the center as you work.

As you work your way around, you will begin to see the weave being created. Continue the weave until you have about an inch of exposed craft stick on each point of the cross.

From the last stick where you wrapped your yarn, trim it with scissors, leaving about 12 inches of yarn to work with. Thread the end of the yarn into a needlepoint or child’s needle, then push the needle through a few of the strands on the back of the cross.

Pull enough yarn through to create a loop and tie off.

Turn the cross over and add some white glue to the end of each stick. Press buttons into the glue and let dry.

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  1. Daffy's Dream says

    Wow!brilliant project,great craft work for kids. thanks for sharing.
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  2. says

    thank you so much for this information! I´m giving a workshop about how to make these God´s Eyes, but I didn´t know the signification about it, now I can tell the people who I´m teaching what it means. Thank you!

    Kiss Kiss Mercedes

      • kate says

        Hi, I have always encouraged our campers to make them of branches in the original way- saying that just like our homemade God’s eyes we are all beautiful and different- and none are perfect-

        This is partly because the younger children’s fine motor skills create imperfections just like first or new knitting/ knitters and all arts.
        I love the beauty and color of the God’s eye and like the addition of the buttons-

  3. Valerie says

    So glad you posted this. I was telling my friend about it and low and behold you posted it. Thanks. My grandones love it.


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