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"Eye of God'the simplestof crafts to do

A craft often done at vacation bible school, summer camp or Sunday school is known as ”Eye of God“ or ”Ojo de Dios.“ The Huichol people of northwest Mexico are thought to have originated the art. Each point of the ”ojo“ represents earth, fire, air and water, and is to remind us that God is watching over all things.

It can be as complex or as simple as the crafter chooses, and requires only two sticks and yarn.

Supplies:

■ Two craft sticks or anything remotely like a stick

■ Yarn or string

■ Scissors

■ Glue

1. Hold sticks to form an ”X“ — the sticks will be perpendicular to each other — then glue. Let dry.

2. Tie the string around the two sticks at their middle using a square knot. Put a little glue on the knot and rub it into the knot — this will make the knot hold better. Trim off excess string.

3. Cover the middle of the sticks by wrapping the string diagonally around both sticks a couple times. Next, wrap diagonally in the other direction a couple times. String should form an ”X“ and hold the sticks in the shape of an ”X“.

4. Working in order, assign a number (1, 2, 3, 4) to each of the four ends of the stick. Take the yarn and loop it around stick end 1, and push close to the center of the frame. Make sure the string is firm, but not too tight. If the string is too tight, you can break the sticks.

5. Loop the free end of that piece of yarn around side 2, pushing close to the center frame. Then repeat this step with sides 3 and 4 until the yarn is back to side 1.

6. Continue to loop the yarn around each side, making sure you always loop in the same direction and push the yarn close together. Continue in this manner until you near the end of the stick.

7. To finish the project, tie a knot in the end of the string. Pull it tight to get out any slack. Put a drop of glue on the knot and rub it into the knot.

8. Trim off any loose string ends.

Source: www.make-stuff.com/recycling/gods_eye.html and www.e-scoutcraft.com/string/eye_of_god.html

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