12 Crafts of Christmas – Day #3, Snowflake God’s Eyes

Day 3 Craft: God's Eye Snowflakes

We’ve all made God’s Eyes at camp or just “making” with stuff we have around the house.
THIS is a winter twist on a fun and colorful project that’s as amusing for adults as they are for kids.

Get creative !!!    Use different colors…
Whatever you can imagine. I made three because today we celebrate  3 French Hens, Faith, Hope and Love AND the Holy Trinity.

Symbolism of God’s Eyes

A god’s eye isn’t just some activity thought up for rainy days — it’s actually hundreds of years old.
 
God’s eyes were originally made by the Huichol, the indigenous people of what’s now western Mexico, and they appeared on everything from altars to large ceremonial shields. And it was only when Spanish colonists arrived in the region in the 1500s that these woven yarn charms got the name that’s still used today. Upon observing their ritual significance to the Huichol, the Roman Catholic Spanish dubbed them “ojos de dios,” or eyes of God.
 

The Ojo de Dios or God’s eye is a ritual tool that was believed to protect those while they pray, and an ancient cultural symbol evoking the weaving motif and its spiritual associations. Ancient cultures in Mexico call their God’s Eyes Tsikuri, which means “the power to see and understand things unknown”. When a child is born, the central eye is woven by the father, then one eye is added for every year of the child’s life until the child reaches the age of five. 

The four points of the “eye” were believed to represent the four elements (fire, earth, air, and water).
Today, we are using 3 sticks (to make 6 points) that signify Faith, Hope and Love OR the Holy Trinity: Father (God), Son (Jesus) and Holy Spirit, 3 woven together as one.

Making the Snowflake God's Eyes

 What you will need:

~ Twigs from the yard, dowels or craft sticks (in multiples of 3)

~ Yarn, twine, thread, string

~ Scissors

First, choose your sticks. I chose 3 of the same thickness and measuring ~6″.
Then put them together to see how they fit together.

Next, wrap the yarn around 2 or 3 times, and tie the bundle together.
NOTE: don’t wrap and tie them too tightly.
Open the 3 twigs up to make your snowflake frame.

Wind the yard across the twigs to secure the frame.

and, Begin the wrap !

Sometimes it’s a little complicated to explain so refer to the instructions here and do be aware the first few times around might look a little messy.
KEEP GOING !
It will work itself out.

To change colors, tie on a new strand to the end and keep wrapping.

change colors as many or as few times as you want.

Finish off by tying the end off  and leaving enough to hang your God’s Eye snowflake by.

There are endless possiblities !

Tomorrow….
Day 4 

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