Have you been thinking of trying your hand at weaving? Or maybe you have a little one who is interested in creating their own woven tapestries? There is no need to go out and buy an expensive loom to get started. You can easily make a miniature loom from something you may already have on hand- a My Sunshine Shop Ribbon Storage Card! We all love storing our leftover elastics on these handy cards, but if you are using up your elastic faster than you are filling your cards, don’t toss them out! Use them to make a DIY Cardboard Weaving Loom! The size of the card makes it the perfect rainy day craft that you can pick up in an afternoon! This technique is perfect for kids or adults to try weaving, and even an abosulte beginner will have it mastered in no time and be creating cute little woven tapestries!
We loved the size of project that we made on our little cardboard loom- it made an adorable little tapestry that would be perfect as a fun desk decoration, small rear view mirror ornament in a car, or the perfect little bohemian touch to any corner! We ended up making a woven pendant necklace with our mini loom- the weaving was the prefect size for a long statement necklace! If you are feeling adventurous you could even add some large beads to your weaving or smaller beads to the dangling thread of your miniature weaving, if you so choose.
Materials Needed for DIY Cardboard Weaving Loom:
- Ribbon Storage Card
- bakers twine or jute
- mohair thread in a few colors
- toggle clasps (optional)
- beads (optional)
- a small twig (we used part of a skewer, but a small twig from outside would give it a really earthy charm)
First, cut notches into both sides of your card, approximately 1/8 of an inch apart.
Next, wrap either bakers twine or jute around your card, securing in one notch on each side of the card as you wrap. You want to use a stronger thread for this step, so jute or bakers twine is better choice than mohair,
Once you have wrapped your twine around your card, begin to weave with your mohair.
When you are weaving you will alternate- so in one row you will go over then under, in the next row you will go under then over.
Continue to weave and alternate for as many rows as you would like before you are ready to change colors. Tie the end of your mohair with a small tight knot. Occasionally, push your lower rows upwards to make sure your weaving stays nice and tight.
Start your second color by tying another small knot. Continue to alternate your weaving and change out your colors as you choose. We like the look of uneven playful stripes, but your pattern is entirely up to you!
Once you are satisfied with your pattern, turn your card over and cut your tapestry off the card.
Tie your jute twine into knots at the top of your small weaving.
Cut your twig to size and tie knots around it, using small dots of glue to hold it in place if necessary. If you would like to have your tapestry hang from small hoops, tie a toggle clasp to each end, then trim all extra tails.
To finish, either tie knots in your strings at the bottom and secure around another stick, or just tie knots and leave the tails hanging. We decided to tie extra strings around the base of our tapestry to add to the volume of the tail.
Once you are done you can trim your tails at an angle, into a v shape, or leave them natural as we have. Another option would be to tie on some pretty beads- either at the base of your tapestry or to the ends of your hanging strings.
We think this looks great as a woven necklace or a mini tapestry wall hanging. Once you have the simple weaving technique down, it can be a jumping off point for other weaving projects! Work half the size to make the tiniest woven tapestries, or use even bigger cardboard for a bigger woven piece. It could also be cool to mix up strings and textures and add beads to the mix- really let your creativity fly! Will you be trying your hand at a DIY cardboard weaving loom? What materials are you thinking of using, and where will you be displaying your creation? Will you be doing weaving with kids or on your own? We are curious to hear from you-let us know what you think in the comments below!