By John Bomhoff
Art Studio Manager, Children’s Museum of Phoenix
Get creative with this week’s craft from the Children’s Museum of Phoenix and use them as tree ornaments or on packages.
Ages: 6 and up (with adult assistance)
Materials: pairs of colored wooden craft sticks hot glued to form a plus sign (dowel rods or chopsticks also can be used), a variety of colored yarn, scissors
Choose a pair of pre-glued sticks. Cut a length of yarn about 18 inches long. Hold the end of the yarn on the center of the sticks. Wrap the yarn around the center of the sticks to form the letter “X,” covering up the middle of the wood.
Wrap the yarn over and around one stick. Then move onto the next stick, continuing to wrap the yarn around each stick until a diamond shape appears. If you run short of yarn, tie on another length.
When finished, tie the end off so that it does not unravel. Or tie it into a loop to make a hanger.
Ojos de Dios or God’s Eye weavings are made by the Huichol Indians of Mexico. They represent the eye of God watching over their people. In American culture, it is not a religious symbol. Rather, it is a craft that can be made at any time of the year, including holidays. If you celebrate with a tree, these make great decorations. They also can be attached to presents instead of bows. Some people like to hang several from a piece of wire to create a mobile.
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The mission of the Children’s Museum of Phoenix is to engage the minds, muscles and imaginations of children and the grown-ups who care about them. With hands-on, interactive exhibits designed for children ages birth to 10, the Museum focuses on learning through play, with emphasis on early childhood education and school-readiness.