DIY Recycled Weaving Looms

friendship bracelets image via Shutterstock
friendship bracelets image via Shutterstock
cardboard friendship bracelet loom from Michael Ann Made
cardboard friendship bracelet loom from Michael Ann Made

Weave a friendship bracelet from a cardboard loom. This friendship bracelet loom from Michael Ann Made is cut from a piece of recycled cardboard. It uses seven strands of embroidery floss, and it’s super fun, so I hope that you have a lot of friends!

Weave a rug from a cabinet door loom. This scrap wood loom tutorial from Cut Out + Keep calls for wood of any size, but the loom in the tutorial is made from an old cabinet door–how cool is that?

Weave an ornament from a CD loom. These gorgeous woven art pieces from Make it… a Wonderful Life are made by children right onto old CDs. Since they’re small-scale decorative pieces, you can use up all kinds of scrap for this–basically, if a kid can weave it, you can use it! The pieces don’t do well when removed, but they’re so beautiful as-is, you can easily hang them up for a little more color in your house.

hula hoop loom from Family Fun
hula hoop loom from Spoonful

Weave a rug from a hula hoop loom. All you need to do is borrow a hula hoop to make this circular rug from Spoonful. Use yarn made from old T-shirt strips to make this an even more eco-friendly project.

Weave a scarf from a cardboard box loom. This cardboard box loom from Craft Leftovers may take some math and a very sharp x-acto knife to construct, but the result is a real, professional, small loom completely on the cheap.

Weave found objects in a picture frame loom. This preschool picture frame loom from My Mommy Makes is constructed by threading ribbon through holes drilled in a picture frame. Kids can use it to weave grasses, feathers, ribbon, and fabric strips for a fabulous fine motor activity, and it’s loose enough to take apart to re-weave another time.

Learn to weave on a cereal box loom. This loom for older kids from HomeSpun Threads is constructed from the front of a cereal box. The loom is small but workable, the perfect size for older kids just beginning to learn the craft.

clipboard loom from Franco's Fiber Adventures
clipboard loom from Franco’s Fiber Adventure

Weave a bookmark on a clipboard loom. This clipboard loom from Franco’s Fiber Adventure requires some woodworking skills and a couple of stash dowels to create, but when it’s finished you’ve got a sturdy, small-scale loom that will last longer than cardboard looms will.

Knit a sock on a tin can loom. You’ll probably have to purchase the cotter pins, but considering that most knitting looms are made of plastic, this circular knitting loom crafted from a tin can is still a better choice for the environment.

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Written by Julie Finn

I'm a writer, crafter, Zombie Preparedness Planner, and homeschooling momma of two kids who will hopefully someday transition into using their genius for good, not the evil machinations and mess-making in which they currently indulge. I'm interested in recycling and nature crafts, food security, STEM education, and the DIY lifestyle, however it's manifested--making myself some underwear out of T-shirts? Done it. Teaching myself guitar? Doing it right now.

Visit my blog Craft Knife for a peek at our very weird handmade homeschool life, and my etsy shop Pumpkin+Bear for a truly odd number of rainbow-themed beeswax pretties.


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