I’ve been wanting to try weaving a wall hanging (or 10), and helping the kids make pint-sized versions as well, for awhile now but haven’t made time to do the prep-work and in all honesty am wondering if it might be too time consuming for them (and me too, ha!). So, yesterday we took a baby step in the weaving direction and tried our hand at a classic summer camp craft — God’s Eyes!
Tilly (7), Griffin (almost 5) and I made a few and it was so nice to give them an activity that slowed their bodies and minds down a bit and made them concentrate. A sweet break from all the summer running, chasing and general craziness. Once I explained how to DIY, Tilly ran with it while Griffin needed a little more hands-on help. Each God’s Eye took anywhere from 5 to 15 minutes. The supply list and steps are simple but also hard to explain or show in pics so we made a couple snapchat videos to share as well.
Keep scrolling for the how-to!
- Popsicle sticks, real sticks from the backyard, park, etc., or dowels cut to the same size
- Hot glue or craft glue
- Glue your sticks together using hot glue (or other glue), so they make a cross. Tie your yarn around the middle and secure with a knot.
- Wrap the yarn diagonally around the sticks, one way 3 times and then the other way 3 times and then repeat once more (see first video below). This helps cover the middle of the sticks where they overlap.
- Here’s the simple but hard part to explain. To make the pattern we wrapped the yarn over, then under the same stick, then back over the top to the neighboring stick on the right and repeat (see second video below).
- To switch colors, simply cut the thread and tie a knot to the new color.
- Keep going as before. Trim yarn if needed.
- To finish, wrap yarn around stick an extra time or two and tie off in the back. Add glue to secure if desired.
- Embellish with yarn tassels or pom-poms for added style.
We are currently packing up to go camping with friends for the weekend and I was just thinking that it might be fun to throw yarn in a bag and bring along for a kid friendly activity. Gotta love a craft that requires minimal supplies (just 3!), has endless color combos, and doesn’t make much of a mess!
Do you have any other favorites?