Bohemian Beach Decor
This month I am once again joining in this blogger craft challenge hosted by Terrie from Decorate and More with Tip! A challenge is always a great way to get you out of your normal comfort zone and really use your brain. This DIY challenge was to use dowel rods, read on to see what I came up with! This post contains some affiliate links for your convenience. Click here to read my full disclosure policy.
I decided to use two dowel rods to make this Bohemian beach decor for your wall. If you are into Bohemian style or live near the ocean, this might be just the thing for you! Did you make God’s Eyes at camp when you were a kid? I made them at camp, and thought this was a perfect way to incorporate dowels into a craft. Two 1/2″ diameter dowels, each 36″ long would fulfill my requirement for this craft challenge. Measure your dowels to find the center of your dowels. Mark the dowels so you know where the centers are. In addition to the two dowels, you will need 134 feet of jute rope to create this piece of art. Traditional God’s eyes are made with colorful yarn. For this coastal piece, I selected this jute rope. Secure the rope at the center, tying it and then wrapping it around the place where the two dowels cross. Secure the jute around the center as shown, wrapping it over one dowel and under the next. Do that for four times.
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Wrap the jute close to the center of the God’s eye, and take it over to the next dowel Wrap it around that dowel, and take it to the next stick. Continue wrapping and winding in that fashion, rotating your God’s Eye craft as you work. Whether you wrap the jute over the sticks or under doesn’t matter, as long as you are consistent.Before you know it, your piece should be looking like this. This is how the back side of your piece should look at this point. When you get to the end of your rope (pun intended), pull it under itself as shown above and pull it up the back side of the “eye”.In addition to tucking the rope beneath itself, I added some hot glue to secure the end of the jute. You should have something that looks like this, and now it is time to add decorations to it!I dug out my collection of starfish and seashells to decide what I would use to dress up my creation! A unique starfish was hot glued to the center to set it off. I found a thinner jute rope would slide down through these shells. When I am at the beach I try to collect shells with the holes in them like these. These holes are caused by the tiny drilling ‘tongues’ of carnivorous sea snails. I just know, I don’t have to get out my Dremel to put the holes in them. Adding these to the first shells, I had some little decorations to dress up my jute God’s eye. A cluster of these was a great way to finish off the bottom of my piece.
Now, let’s see what everyone else came up with for this DIY dowel rod challenge!