If you’re looking for an easy (and thrifty!) craft for kids that pays off in fun, this easy-peasy DIY weaving loom just might be the perfect craft to try. From beginning to end, all it takes is a few items you likely already have stealing space around the house and a little patience. Ready to get started?
- Yard stick or 3 rulers
- Yarn (2 colors)
- Plastic needle
- Using an old box or scrap piece of thick cardoard, measure & cut out a square that measures 8×8 in.
- Each square in the sketch represents 1/4 in. From both the left & right edges of the cardboard, measure & mark 2 in. Between these markings, make a mark every 1/4 in (or every 1 square) & then cut them 1/2 in (or 2 squares) deep. Don’t forget to do this on the top & bottom.
- Beginning with the first slit in the cardboard, wrap the string around from top to bottom. Be sure to leave a long tail at the beginning & end to be tied together. It should look something like this when you are finished. After tying the ends, flip the loom over to begin weaving. We found it took about 15 feet of string to complete each color of the loom, if you’d like to measure.
- Start by threading a plastic needle & begin weaving with the thread by pulling the needle over-under-over-under, etc until the row is complete & there is a 2-3 in tail left. Secure this tail by taping to cardboard loom so you can continue to weave.
- Begin weaving your second row by turning the thread around & weaving under-over-under-over, etc until the row is complete.
- Continue weaving in this manner, alternating directions, until the loom is full. You may need to push the rows of string together every few rows, to pack it together.
- Once the loom is full, weave (or sew) the beginning & end tails back into your project.
- Turn the cardboard loom over & cut all of the strings down the center.
- Carefully, pull the strings from the cardboard slits. Tie the first 2 strings together with a simple knot & continue to tie the remaining strings together on the top & bottom of the weaving project. If you have an odd number of strings, tie three of them together in the center of the project so that it remains balanced.
One of my favorite things about this project is that it can be made with mostly scrap or trash items. Leftover cardboard, discarded skeins or yarn leftovers… but you know me, if it’s frugal, I’m probably into it!
Weaving can be not only a fun art project, but a gateway to creativity. Since learning to make his own looms, my oldest son has made them in a variety of sizes and gifted various members of the family with little woven gifts and has taken more of an interest in crafts in general! Doesn’t Nik look proud of his completed project?
Do you think you’ll give our DIY Weaving Loom a try? Leave us your questions & comments below!