Tuesday, May 10, 2011

* Cereal Box Weaving: Homemade Looms!

While playing with ideas for the 
Tinkerlab Cardboard challenge,
the girls and I made some 
homemade cardboard looms
out of empty cereal and granola bar boxes. 

"C" has always wanted to try weaving like her big sister,
she covets her big sister's "real" loom. 

So, we made her a few little cardboard looms
and set her up with a basket of ribbons, 
scissors, and some pre-threaded looms
to practice her "under, over, under, over" weaving. 

I marked off some evenly spaced lines on each piece of cardboard
and snipped them with scissors. 

Then, we wrapped our "looms" with 

Tied the excess yarn on the back. 

Another little loom. 

"C" trying her first piece of yarn. 

Under, Over. 
Under, Over. 
Under, Over. 

She was a natural - this kid has killer fine motor skills!

Then, I got done my "ribbon box" 
and let her pick out whichever ribbons she liked.

I think this was her favorite part!

"C" working on her little loom with Tiger. 

The finished masterpiece!

I also made a skinny loom
with the side flap from a box. 

(Mama wanted to weave too!)

Should have cut more slits,
only had 4 pieces of yarn to work with!

(That's what I get for not counting or measuring 
and just eye-balling it!)

Oh well....it was still fun to weave 
a Super-Skinny, Itty Bitty Bookmark, 
Barbie Scarf, 
Stuffed animal collar....

Happy Weaving!

pink and green mama, MaryLea


Heather @ Life, Gluten Free said...

What a great idea. I have a ton of yarn and also a ton of boxes from moving, so I am set! I am going to make my daughter one tonight.

But question, how would you "cast off" your finished project, so to speak? My daughter will probably just do loose weaving but you showed a picture of one that you were weaving and I was wondering how you finish the project at the end.

Art For Little Hands said...

I absolutely love this idea. It is so simple yet I would have never thought of it. I am excited to do this one day. My 7 year old would love making bookmarks, or doll scarves like you mentioned.

pink and green mama MaryLea said...

Great question Heather!

I actually wrapped the loom shown in the picture wrong for "casting off"! It should have been wrapped all the way around the front AND the back of the loom for each section so when you're done, you cut the center of the BACKside threads and then tie two at a time at the top and bottom of your project then, trim the excess. The way I wrapped these looms you'd be working with super tiny threads that will be hard to tie!

Sorry, I forgot to put that in the post. I hope it helps-- I'm working on a Weaving Fun e-book that will have lots of pictures, diagrams, and better directions!!


Melissa @ The Chocolate Muffin Tree said...

Lovely weavings! I'm envious of all your ribbons to weave with! What lucky daughters you have!

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