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Looking for a beautiful way to display your pumpkins for fall this year? My Colorful Fall Gods Eye Pumpkin is a gorgeous way to add a pop of color to your home. For more fall ideas see my Thanksgiving page.
I have always been fascinated with the simple craft of making God’s Eyes. There is something comforting about the color combos and patterns that pop. I had been wanting to incorporate some of them into my home decor. Then it hit me that rich fall colors in a woven pattern would make a fantastic gods eye pumpkin decoration! The global look is perfect for my decor.
Researching the correct ways to make these beauties, I came across the wonderful history of the origin of this craft. The God’ Eye or Ojo de Dios is commonly found in the Mexican and Mexican American Culture. But it is also seen around the world in India and Peru. It is a spiritual object used for protection during prayer. They are made by weaving several colors on a cross.
The Huichol and Tepehuan Indians of Western Mexico call their God’s Eyes a Sikuli. 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. You can read more about the history and meanings of the God’s Eye online.
To help you recreate these colorful gods eye pumpkins. I made a couple of patterns in two sizes to print out. Just tape them to your faux pumpkins and cut to simulate the cross sticks of a handheld God’s Eye. Here’s how I made them!
Colorful Fall God’s Eye Pumpkin
- 2 Faux Pumpkins: 9 inch, 13 inch
- I Skein of Yarn: Yarn Laine: Plum Rich: Orange, Purple, Hot Pink, Teal, Green
- 4 Pom Poms: Orange
- 4 Skeins of Embroidery Thread: 2 Rose, 2 Teal
- 100 Grit Sand Paper
- Walnut Hollow Hot Knife
- Washi Tape
- Hot Glue & Gun
- Acrylic Paint: Black, Tan
Pumpkin Gods Eye pattern PDF’s:
Print out Pdf’s of God’s Eye cutting patterns. Cut out the triangle shapes on the pattern with an X-Atco Knife. Trim the top and sides of the shape off. Add Washi tape to edges and place it in the center of the pumpkin.
Draw the triangles on the pumpkin.
Using a hot knife cut a circle out the bottom of the pumpkin.
Cut the triangle shapes on the craft pumpkin.
Start by tying a knot across the center of the cross.
TIP: The yarn I chose is really thin and fuzzy and tended to tangle easily when I wrapped it. So I separated the colors and wrapped them over a large plastic smoothie straw so the yarn would not tangle as I was weaving the pattern.
Rotate the knot to the inside of the pumpkin and start wrapping the yarn 6 times in one direction then switch and wrap 6 more times across the first wrap making an X.
To start the layers, start at the base of one the cross arms, crossover top of the next arm. Then go under that arm and backward to wrap around that arm, then cross over again to the next arm. Repeat. It takes some practice, but once you get into the grove it becomes easy. If you need visual ideas of how the pattern is made check out this video on YouTube.
To change colors. Simply stop the color and tie the next color to the end in a knot and continue wrapping. To finish the wrapping, I hot glued the end of the yarn to the side of the interior of the pumpkin.
Make a Simple Tassel:
Using one Embroidery skein, cut an 8-inch piece of floss off and set aside. Cut the 8-inch floss in half. Lay the remaining skein down and tie it in the center with one the 4-inch floss pieces.
Fold the skein in half and tie with the remaining 4-inch piece of thread. Wrap the ends around and glue them down with hot glue. Trim the ends with scissors.
Add a pom-pom to the string with hot glue.
Tie or glue the tassels to the sides of the God’s Eye on each pumpkin. Use 10 grit sandpaper to smooth any rough edges on the pumpkin cutouts.
Add a flameless candle inside the pumpkin and Enjoy! I am so thrilled with how these fun pumpkins turned out! The colors are so rich and gorgeous! They go great with my fun Boho Fabric pumpkins shown above and my Shimmering Boho Pumpkin Lanterns.
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