DIY: Weaving Loom Made from a Shoe Box!

Cardboard Weaving Loom

I wanted to get Tila a weaving kit for a while now but anytime I asked her she never seemed too interested. And then a Sunday came when she wanted to do nothing else but weave! And this is how this idea to make a loom from a shoe box lighted up in my head! I love when that happens. Sometimes (many times) I wish I could have a few weeks just to myself so I could do nothing else but craft – I have so many projects written down in one of my notebooks already that could easily make a crafting book or two. The only problem is time – it’s simply not cooperating with me.

Anyhow, back to the weaving loom DIY. These are the things you need:

  • shoe box (I used a small one from some old (baby) Talan’s shoes)
  • a piece of strong cardboard to make a needle
  • scissors
  • crafting knife
  • thin twine
  • and some wool to weave

Cardboard Weaving Loom

First you need to decide how wide you wish your final product to be and then mark that width on both edges of the box. In between those spaces mark an even number of the lines for the notches about 1 cm apart (or even more for younger kids) and about 1 cm deep (down the box).

Cut on those marks with crafting knife and remember to stop at the 1cm mark!

Now take the twine, tie a knot and thread it in the first lower left notch and carry the thread up to the upper left notch and thread though. Bring the twine back down and thread it through the second left notch and Continue this all the way across the loom and finish with a knot.

Cardboard Weaving Loom

Done with the loom! Now for the needle I simply drew one on a small piece of cardboard (about 5 cm long), cut it out , reinforced with a washi tape at the top and made a little hole to thread the wool through. But you should do a much longer and wider needle for kids under 5 (I recommend about 10 cm long and 2 cm wide) or use a popsicle stick and make a hole through with a thin nail.

Cardboard Weaving Loom

Now the fun part: cut about 1.5 m long piece of wool (or less for smaller kids), thread it through the needle and go: under the first string, over the second, under the third and so on. And remember to leave a little tail at the beginning and the end!
Now take another piece of wool and repeat the previous steps. Don’t go all the way up, leave a few centimetres so you can tie the twig together later.

Cardboard Weaving Loom

Cardboard Weaving Loom

At the end I just tied the loose ends (tails) into knots (although I think the more “professional approach would be weaving them through the back of the weaving a few times and trim the excess) and you can see what kind of knot I made for the first and the last one.

Cardboard Weaving Loom

If you wish to embellish the weaving with a fringe cut pieces of wool as long as you wish and tie them around the bottom loops – see the photo above!

Cardboard Weaving Loom

Now cut the upper threads (leave the bottom ones!) and tie warp threads two by two together. Take the bottom ones out of the notches – don’t cut those!

We also attached the weaving to a twig (another nice way to finally use a few we have lying around the house). In order to do that you need to cut a piece of twine (about a 50 cm long) and string it through the needle. Starting on one end, loop the needle through the top of the weaving and around the twig, wrapping the twig all the way until the end. Tie knots on both ends and cut the tails.

Cardboard Weaving Loom

Finally to make a hanger for the twig, simply cut a piece of twine about 40 cm long (or as long as you wish), tie ends together and fold it over both sides of the twig.

Tip: to prevent the box from sliding around the table, tape a few pieces of double-sided tape on the bottom of the box and paste it in place!


To read more from Polona, go to her cute blog Baby Jungle!


Comments (10)

October 27, 2015

this is AMAZING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I am going to attempt this asap with my 6 year old daughter, she will love it! Thanks for sharing!!! X

October 27, 2015

So glad you like it Lisa! Please let me know how it went! 😉

Esther in Amsterdam
October 27, 2015

Beautiful!! And so simple! I’m not sure who will love this more — my kids or me! xx

Susan M.
October 27, 2015

Okay, I’m sold! My son (5) needs help learning how to tie shoes and I was thinking, let’s find a way for him to work with yarn or wool so he gets used to handling strings and ties more. And with a younger sibling (2), I didn’t want to get into needlework. But weaving is perfect. Love the colours you have here. For my son, he loves purple, so something in those shades (he also likes rainbows).

October 27, 2015

Thank you my dear Esther :* Susan! Have you seen my Shoe Lacing tool DIY? Tila learned to tie her shoes with this in no time! Take a look here:

Stacy Ragueneau
October 27, 2015

As always, super post Polona! We will do this on a rainy day on our holidays in lovely,(but sometimes rainy brittany)!

Courtney in London
October 28, 2015

Oh I love this one, Polona! What a pretty result! xx

Leah Prins
October 28, 2015

This is fantastic, my girls weave at school & I wanted to offer them the chance at home. This is perfect for me to give it a go too – thanks for sharing Polona!

October 30, 2015

I used to do this with my nana – you have just brought back one of my favourite childhood memories.

February 18, 2018

This looks amazing thanks for sharing! The part where you attach the twig – do you use a regular needle or can the kids do it themselves using the diy cardboard needle?

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