Inexpensive DIY Loom

August 9, 2014Allison Murray
Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around! My   Pinterest account has been woefully neglected the past 50-60 days. You see I’ve been busy living life and spending time with my family. But when I got back into my account it was like I had rediscovered Pinterest all over again. I sat there glassy eyed for ages sorting through pins of those I follow. It was nuts. And I kept seeing tons and tons of woven wall art projects and whatnot and I desperately wanted to get in on the trend.

I have woven before. But that was in school way, way back when. To be honest I couldn’t even remember if I enjoyed it but I wanted to make one of those awesome wall hangings! So I started looking around at purchasing a loom. And guess what?! They were like 40-70 bucks and I’m just too cheap for that.

So I yelled across the house to my dad to ask him to build me one and he did in about 20 minutes. For free! Nice!

For this project you will need:

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  • scrap wood (we used 1×2 cut to 11 and 14, 2 pieces each)
  • nails without heads (trim nails work well – we used 60 total)
  • 8 screws

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Cut your wood to make the DIY loom in the size you prefer. Because you’re making your own, you can make it absolutely any size you please. Mine is 11×14 inches and I am a big fan of the size.

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Measure out nails and drive them into the board. NOW – we used nails with heads because it is what I told my dad I wanted. I thought I could pluck the nails out and put them back into the hole but that didn’t work at all. I mean, I can do that on about half of them but that’s not going to work out. So we’ll be trading out the nails for ones without heads (like trim nails) instead after this weaving is complete.

To weave:

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Using crochet thread (or something similar) go around your nails. I believe these are called your warps. Make a loop and tie a knot about half an inch in to make a loop to secure around the first nail. Weave up and down and up and down around the nails. Once you get to the last nail measure out where the line needs to loop around and tie your knot in a loop accordingly. It’s okay if the thread is a bit loose so don’t stress about a really tight fit.

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Weaving is really pretty simple… thread your needle and go under and over and under and over. Next line go the opposite so that you form your weave.

You can change colors a you please and even make shapes by only going around certain warps.

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

I like to use a plain ol’ cheapie plastic come to push the yarn down to form a nice, tight weave.

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Say hi to Max. He and Marla were dead set on getting into just about every picture. But I had been gone for over a month and I was lad they missed getting crafty with me :)

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

Just keep on keepin’ on and you’ll have a lovely weaving in no time. I actually started this one on the road and what you see is what I accomplished in a 7 hour drive!

Save BIG bucks and make a DIY loom out of stuff you probably already have lying around!

You can also weave with wool but that’s a lot more expensive than cotton so I went the cheapie route! Acrylic yarns will probably split and fuzz so I would be apprehensive to try that kind of yarn,  but if you do, let me know how it goes!

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Comments (13)

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    September 25, 2014 at 7:03 AM

    This is so cool! Found you over at Hometalk. Pinning and would love to have you share this with us at our link party going on! http://biggerthanthethreeofus.com/the-diyers-17/

  • Jill

    January 2, 2015 at 2:11 PM

    Hi…wondering how far apart your nails are? Also, would it work to make them farther apart to make it easier for little hands? Thanks!

    1. Allison Murray

      January 3, 2015 at 12:05 PM

      My nails are less than a quarter of an inch. I’d definitely recommend spacing out a bit more for the little ones :)

      1. shondell

        January 24, 2015 at 12:44 PM

        This is great! I am working for a non-profit organization with children and we have NO money to buy these things! I am going to Lowes today to buy the stuff to make these!

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  • Linda Moore

    August 1, 2015 at 6:39 PM

    I love this. In middle school art class we made our own looms. We made a weaving .I was hooked. Over the yrs. I have forgotten how to make a loom. When I ran across your tutorial. I couldn’t believe my eyes!!! Now I am going to make a weaving. My daughter what’s to learn as well. Thank you!

  • JAN AKEY

    August 13, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    How do you take this off the nails when you are done weaving? Thank you.

    1. Allison Murray

      August 14, 2015 at 10:01 AM

      If your nails have heads then yes. If you use trim or finishing nails with tiny heads you can actually pull the weaving up and off.

  • Cat Archer-Wills

    November 5, 2015 at 8:27 AM

    Nice instructions, thank you! I used to make these with my mum when I was younger.
    Handy tip – if you thread a ruler or wooden slat through alternate warp strings up at the top of the frame, you can tilt it on edge every other row to separate the threads and make it much quicker and easier to pass the weft through, it’ll cut down your weaving time a lot! :)

    1. Allison Murray

      November 5, 2015 at 8:41 AM

      That is genius! What a good idea. I’ll have to remember that :)

  • rebecca

    December 7, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Thanks for doing this!

  • Standa

    September 7, 2017 at 10:11 PM

    Not at all simple. Especially with clumsy people like me: D

  • Gail

    May 12, 2018 at 11:12 AM

    This just might work for a 94 yr old lady, completely blind and almost deaf as well, mind is super. She has pained china and was an avid quilter. Now desperately bored, I think this weaving may be the thing.
    If there are other ideas anyone may hv to keep my little lady occupied that would be great. She’s extremely savy. Hope to hear more ideas!
    Thank you so much

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