Inexpensive DIY Loom
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:
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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.
I like to use a plain ol’ cheapie plastic come to push the yarn down to form a nice, tight weave.
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 :)
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!
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!