Camp Doll Diaries – Make God’s Eyes

Camp Doll Diaries - Doll sized God's Eyes craft

One of my most fondest memories from my camp days were the craft days where we got make “God’s Eyes” or “Ojo de Dios”. This classic camp craft originates in the 1500’s!

Ojos de Dios have traditionally been created for celebration or blessing, presented as a gift or designed to bless a home. During Spanish colonial times in New Mexico in the 1500’s Ojos de Dios were placed near areas where people worked and where they lived.

These God’s Eyes were often created by people while they prayed or meditated. In modern times this craft became a wide spread camp craft staple not because of its religious or faith based history but because of how easy they are to create with children.

When I looked at my craft box, I found I had everything I needed to make doll sized God’s Eyes and though you may like to try making them for your dolls.

 To make today’s craft you will need:

  • 2 mini craft sticks (I got mine at the dollar store)
  • thin string or yarn in different colors or as I used a dollar store ball of wool that is multi colored
  • scissors

Camp Doll Diaries - Doll sized God's Eyes craft

Step 1- Assemble all the items you will need for your craft from the photos above.

Step 2- Lay your popsicle sticks across each other to form an “X” as shown in the photos above. If you are unfamiliar with the winding/looping pattern of the God’s Eye, check out this post from my friend Amanda for a very detailed look.

Step 3- Tie one end of your sticks as shown in the photo above on the bottom right.  Once secure wind your yarn around the sticks. Move your yarn around the sticks counter clock wise as you go. Loop the yarn around the sticks as you go.

Step 4- When you have wound your yarn around the sticks until there is only about a fingernail length left you can knot the end of your yarn, trim it with your scissors and tuck the end inside the back of your “God’s Eye”. Your God’s Eye or “Ojo de Dios” is now ready to give to your dolls!

To get my American Girl Doll Ruthie to hold today’s craft I used a tape loop inside her hand and pressed the “God’s Eye” into her hand.

I look forward to sharing more crafts with you next week!


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  1. Sophia says:

    Thanks for the craft Karen. I never thought of making God’s Eyes for my dolls. They’re so much fun to make:)

  2. Amanda says:

    Fun post Char! And thanks for the link to my tute :) Embroidery thread or a really thin yarn would be great for a doll sized God’s Eye!

  3. N says:

    That’s adorable! I should make some soon.

  4. Kathryn says:

    I have such fond memories of making God’s Eyes at Girl Scout Camp. We were always so creative with them.

  5. ag fan says:

    Great idea! I will have to make this!

  6. Nina says:

    That’s so cute!

  7. Tarynn says:

    How fun!! I loved making these in Bible School when I was younger, and have made many more since because of the fun it was!

  8. April says:

    We were planning to make these with/for our dolls today anyway-wonderful timing!

  9. Kat says:

    So cute

  10. sabrina says:

    Fun and cool!

  11. Sharry says:

    Another favorite! Good stuff!

  12. Tony says:

    These looks fun, weird that I have never heard of them before.

  13. abbi says:

    i love making thoes

  14. AGInParadise says:

    I love gods eye’s craft. I will soooooooooo make this :)

  15. Sierra says:

    so fun!

  16. Sophie says:

    I love this :) Where did you get the t-shirt she is wearing? It’s really cute.

  17. Erin~ An Australian AG Fan says:

    I’ve actually just made Amanda’s design. I love the results! I never heard of this before, maybe because I’m in Australia. I’d be willing to take a photo of mine for you. Gotta teach my little cousin this too!

  18. Karen says:

    Glad you liked it!

  19. Isabella says:

    I made this at school once!!!!

  20. sabrina says:

    In book 3 in Julie’s book series, Julie and Tracy and their mom made those!

  21. Kathryn says:

    @Sabrina So they fit into time travel week too!