Learn how to make a god’s eye craft with this step by step photo tutorial! All you need is yarn and sticks to make this beautiful traditional craft. Make it with the kids or on your own for a colorful piece of decor. I originally shared this project at Craftaholics Anonymous. This post contains affiliate links. If you click through and make a purchase, I may make a small commission. Thanks for supporing Persia Lou!
Macrame and woven wall hangings are a big DIY trend right now, and when I was planning my daughter’s recent camp-themed birthday party, I decided to make a classic camp craft with a similar kind of vibe for party decorations – God’s Eyes. They were perfect for the summer camp theme of the party, but I think they look pretty great too and so we picked out a few favorites to live in my daughter’s room as colorful wall decor.
I never actually made a god’s eye craft as a kid, so these aren’t so nostalgic for me – I just like the way they look! But if you made them as a kid, this might be a little trip down memory lane. 🙂 I spent some time playing around with different wrapping techniques and fibers to create different looks, and I thought it might be helpful for others to share what I learned with you all here. Okay, let’s get making!
God’s Eye Craft Supplies:
- dowel rods
- yarn (try using various colors and weights – like a bulky pink yarn or metallic ribbon yarn)
Twist the dowels so they are perpendicular to one another, and you are ready to wrap. There are basically two ways to wrap the yarn around the dowels: over and under. By alternating the way you wrap the yarn, you can create different designs.
To wrap the yarn over the dowel, pull the yarn across the top of the dowel. Then, wrap it under the bottom back over the top, and onto the next dowel. Like so:
To wrap the yarn under, pull the yarn beneath the next dowel. Then, wrap the yarn up over the top of the dowel, back behind the dowel, and then move onto the next dowel.
If you wrap the entire piece in one direction, this is what it will look like on each side:
If you alternate the direction you wrap every other dowel (over, under, over, under, etc.), it will look like this:
And to get the look above, I alternated under over and then changed directions every inch or so. Isn’t it fun the different looks you can get without even changing the yarn?
Of course, changing the yarn is pretty fun too. To switch yarns, just tie the current yarn to a new piece of yarn with a double knot and keep wrapping. You can trim and tuck in the ends when you are done wrapping.
I liked playing around with different weights and types of yarn. The thick ruffle yarn I used on some of my pieces created great texture.
I decided to add tassels to some of the pieces for a little extra something something.
Making your own yarn tassels is easy peasy:
- Grab a scrap piece of cardboard, and wrap your yarn around and around until you have a loop of yarn the desired size.
- Tie one end of the loop together with a small piece of yarn.
- Cut the opposite end of the loop off the cardboard.
- Tie and then wrap another piece of yarn around about an inch below the knot at the top of the loop. Secure the ends of the yarn with a dot of hot glue.
Tie the tassels to the ends of two dowels, hang, and enjoy!