God’s Eyes are my all-time favorite summer craft to make. They are so simple (a perfect craft to do with kids) and the color combinations and techniques are as endless as your own creativity. Traditionally made by the Huichol Indians, God’s Eyes are said to give one “the power to see and understand things unknown.”
A variation I love to make is a God’s Eye, but with a long stem that can be poked into the ground for a garden decoration or arranged in a vase (with or without flowers). I absolutely love the look of these little bouquet centerpieces. They would make for great party decorations. I found the colored glass vases on sale at Michael’s and they coordinate perfectly.
• Stick or twigs
• Yarn (scrap yarn works great)
• Small vases
• Garden clippers
Step 1: Gather your sticks
You’ll want to gather a handful of long, straight sticks. Use garden clippers to cut them from a tree in your backyard or gather up some already fallen on the ground. For this project, you’ll want to cut 3 sticks between 12″-18″ long and another 3 sticks that are 4″-4.5″ long.
Step 2: Choose your yarn
This project is perfect for using up scrap pieces of yarn you already have on hand. You can use as few or as many colors as you want, choosing color combinations to match any special occasion.
Step 3: Make your god’s eye
To start your first God’s Eye, take one long stick and one short stick and cross them over each other about 2 inches down from the long stick.
Take your first yarn color and tie a tight knot at the center, where the sticks intersect, to hold the cross shape. (Don’t cut the yarn from the skein- you can cut it later, when you’re ready to change colors). Make sure the knot faces the back of your God’s Eye. Wind the yarn diagonally around the intersection, in both directions, to stabilize the sticks and cover the middle.
Once you have the intersection of the sticks covered and secure, wrap the yarn over and around one stick. Continue the same over-around pattern on each stick. You can continue this pattern until you want to change colors. To do this, cut the yarn from the skein and tie the new color to the previous color, making sure that as you continue weaving, the knot is on the back side of the god’s eye.
When you are nearing the ends of the sticks, cut your yarn, leaving about 3 inches at the end. Tie a tight knot around the last stick. Trim excess yarn strands.
Make as many god’s eyes as you need for your bouquets. Feel free to experiment with different color combinations too!