Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Weaving Cute Baby Turtles Using God's Eye Weaving Pattern

Looking for some fun and unique summer crafts to do with the kiddos?   Me too! School is almost over and I've got summer crafts on my mind!  Today I'm sharing this fun twist on a God's Eye weaving craft.  (Remember collecting sticks and making those in summer camp?)  But, instead of making the traditional 2 stick version, we recently made a fun 3 stick version.... that also happens to look like a tiny baby turtle!

(Aww, aren't they cute?  My preschooler was in looove with these.)

Weaving Cute Baby Turtles Using God's Eye Weaving Pattern



How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern

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Usually I have a ton of related picture books to share.... but apparently we don't read very many turtle-themed books!  (Know of any good ones?) The only ones that I can remember us reading (and liking) are the Franklin books.

But, if you're looking for some great inspirational art books to get the creative juices flowing, here are

Our current 20+ favorite art books:


Ok.  Let's get to weaving some baby turtles!


Let's Weave Some Baby Turtles!

First we painted 3 mini popsicle sticks with quick dry solid tempera paint.  (I LOOOVE these paints because we can paint quickly and if the baby starts crying and we have to stop crafting... it's not a big deal.  There's not much cleanup or setup needed!)

Once our paint dried (ours dried in a couple of minutes) we drew on a face and some toes.

Then, we hot glued the turtle together.

How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern


Now we grabbed our colorful yarn and got weaving.

First I tied on a piece of long yarn.  (I made sure to leave a bit of excess yarn so that I could tie my last piece of yarn with my first piece of yarn at the end.)

Then, we wrapped the yarn around our turtle (across the center), making sure to cover the middle portion.  (I think I wrapped it around 2-3 times each time.)

How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern

Ok.  Then, we began weaving just like you would with a normal two stick God's eye pattern.  We placed our yarn over a popsicle stick, wrapped it around once, and then placed our yarn over the next popsicle stick, and wrapped it around... and kept repeating that over and around process.


And to change colors, we simply tied on another piece of yarn.


How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern


Once we finished, we tied our last piece of yarn to our first piece of yarn.

How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern


And that's it!  I really hope you try this activity with your kiddos too.  It's such a fun and easy craft that's sure to please kids of all ages.  (When my 4 year old saw me making these, he immediately wanted to make some too.  I got the first steps started for him, but he quickly caught onto the "over and around" weaving pattern!)

And if you liked this activity, you can find more weaving crafts and more popsicle stick crafts on the blog!




   



Happy making, friends!

How to make popsicle turtles using three sticks and God's Eye Weaving Pattern



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