Find out how to Make a Cardboard Loom | Digital Noch

Find out how to Make a Cardboard Loom | Digital Noch

If you wish to get began with weaving, with out spending any cash, this DIY cardboard loom is a should attempt! Straightforward to make and fully free – all you want is cardboard.

Cardboard loom weaving jogs my memory of potholder loom weaving in a number of methods. It’s straightforward to do, making it a inventive choice for youths and adults. It’s enjoyable! And it doesn’t take a ton of time to supply one thing cute / helpful in the long run. However the two most evident issues {that a} cardboard loom has over another type of weaving loom is accessibly and affordability! All of us have just a little cardboard hanging round our houses every so often, proper? Or perhaps even each day when you’re like me.

And since its one thing you doubtless have already got, you may get began making a cardboard loom of your individual with simply a few further provides (that you just doubtless have already got).

 piece of cardboard with lines at the bottom and a ruler and pencil on white desk surface

Find out how to Make a Cardboard Loom

1. Reduce cardboard

Reduce a bit of cardboard bigger than the scale of weaving you need to create.

2. Create a line at high and backside

Utilizing a ruler, measure 1/2 inch up from the underside of the cardboard and draw a line all the best way throughout. Do the identical on the highest.

These traces are a information the place you’ll reduce the notches too.

3. Measure and mark for notches

Subsequent, measure 1/4 inch increments all the best way throughout the underside of your cardboard.

After which do the identical on the highest – ensuring to make use of the ruler in the identical orientation to make sure the traces match up on high and backside.

cutting shallow slits in a piece of cardboard with scissors

4. Reduce notches.

Reduce the notches on each ends, stopping the reduce on the horizontal line on either side.

5. Add cardboard strips.

(elective) As soon as the notches are reduce on each ends, you possibly can add cardboard strips (or popsicle sticks) proper after the horizontal traces your drew (in step 2) to carry the strings off the cardboard base when weaving, if desired.

You should utilize glue or tape to connect one piece to every finish.

Actually, I often don’t do that as a result of it’s an additional step that doesn’t really feel completely essential. But when its extra comfortable in your to weave with that additional carry, it is a nice / straightforward strategy to do it.         

cardboard loom being strung up for use to make a weaving

Stringing a cardboard loom

 Now it’s time to string your loom. Additionally know as creating the warp.

What does the time period warp imply?

The warp is made up of the vertical strings that create the bottom / basis in your weaving.

Getting Began

1. To get began with stringing your loom, you’ll first connect the tip of your string to the bottom of the loom and tape it down. Then, convey the string by the primary notch to the entrance. 

*I often preserve my string on the roll and unroll it as I’m going to make sure I at all times have sufficient string to complete this step.

medium size piece of cardboard that is halfway strung to create a loom that will be used for weaving

2. Then go all the best way as much as the primary notch on the high and put the string by.

3. Subsequent, as an alternative of going all the best way across the again and to the entrance once more, pull the string round to the subsequent notch on the high after which go all the best way again down with the string to the subsequent backside notch.

stringing a cardboard loom to make a weaving

4. Then convey the string across the subsequent backside notch earlier than going all the best way up once more. Do that again and again till your loom has been strung. 

back of a piece of cardboard that is being used as a weaving loom, with string and tape

5. Then reduce the surplus string and tape the string finish to the again of the loom.

Stringing Observe: One factor to notice is that you really want your strings to start AND finish on the backside notches. So if you might want to depart a notch empty on the finish of the loom to make that work, try this. No biggie.

cardboard loom ready to be used, with warp completed

Weaving on a cardboard loom

Now that the loom is strung, you can begin weaving and create the weft.

There are MANY completely different weaving methods that you should use for creating weavings on any loom, whether or not it’s manufactured from cardboard or another materials. So, I’m going to share essentially the most fundamental / easy weaving method right here to get you began. 

What does the time period weft imply, in weaving?

In weaving, the time period weft refers back to the horizontal materials start woven by the warp.

weaving on a cardboard loom with thick grey blue yarn

Getting Began 

1. You’ll begin towards the underside of your loom. However you need to depart additional area on the very backside to verify your strings are lengthy sufficient, once you reduce all the pieces off the loom on the finish, to tie them off simply.

I wish to go 2-4 inches up from the underside. However with the actually small cardboard looms, just like the one within the step picture, I solely went 1 inch up from the underside as a result of it was so small – which did make it more durable to tie off on the finish, but it surely was high quality.

To begin your weaving, decide how a lot string you’ll want after which reduce the string to that size. So for instance, if you already know you need to create 4 rows of yellow, then transfer your yellow string backwards and forwards on high of the loom strings (throughout) 4 occasions to get the size you’ll want earlier than reducing. And be sure you add just a little additional on every finish as effectively, simply to be protected.

2. Then you definitely’ll tie one finish of the string to the primary warp string on the left with a double knot OR depart a small quantity of string out handed the tip of the warp, as proven within the picture above. 

3. Decide whether or not you need to use a weaving needle or one thing from round the home, like a popsicle stick, or just use your fingers to weave the string by.

Should you’re utilizing a needle, thread the opposite finish of the string by the needle.

Should you’re utilizing a popsicle stick, wrap the remaining string round and across the popsicle stick, within the center.

And when you’re simply utilizing your fingers, it could assist to fold the very finish of the string again on to it itself and pull it by the best way, to keep away from the tip of the string splitting.

showing how to tabby weave by bringing string over and under on a small loom

4. Now that that’s found out, you can begin any type of weaving sample you want. The most typical strategy to begin a weaving can also be the best. And this weaving method is called ‘tabby’ or ‘plain’ weave.

Usually, at the least a number of rows of tabby or plain weave are performed to create anchor rows that assist preserve your weaving safe once you take away it from the loom later.

Tabby and plain weave are each names for a quite simple over, beneath method. So that you go over the primary string and beneath the second string. Then over the third string and beneath the fourth. So on and so forth, all the best way throughout.

the process of weaving the first two rows of a weaving, using a cardboard loom

5. As soon as your attain the tip of the row, pull the string all through / throughout gently.

Many weavers create a small arc with the string because it’s being pulled by. It will assist be sure that the string doesn’t get pulled to tightly and can preserve your weaving from getting wonky / uneven.

pushing yarn down on a loom with a comb to get it even and straight

6. Use a fork, comb, or weaving beater to push the arc down right into a straight line, as proven within the picture above. 

blue yarn going through a loom to weave a textile

7. Now you’ll convey the string again by in the wrong way, doing the other of the row earlier than.

So in case your string is beneath the ultimate warp string on the finish of the primary row, you’ll go over that warp string to start out the second row after which proceed beneath over, beneath over all the best way throughout.

8. Proceed this alternating sample for as many rows as you want.

tying tassels onto the bottom of a weaving before removing it from the loom

9. As soon as the weaving is full, you possibly can tie tassels onto the underside finish, to offer it just a little extra curiosity. 

cutting the bottom strings of a weaving of a loom with a pair of scissors

10. Now it’s time to take away the weaving from the loom. Begin with the underside proper – reducing simply two strings at a time and double or triple knotting them collectively.

Then transfer onto the subsequent two and go all the best way down the road till each string has been snipped and knotted.

weaving a stick through the top of a finished weaving that is blue

11. Then it’s time to take away the highest from the loom. The simplest means is to simply thread a dowel or stick by the loops on the high as you might be eradicating them. Don’t reduce the highest strings when you select this methodology. You need the loops to remain as is, for hanging.

There’s a extra superior strategy to connect the highest loops to a dowel rod beneath. In addition to a pair different choices for hangings.

tucking the backends of a weaving into the piece to finish it

12. Lastly, weave any tails which have been omitted on the perimeters into the again to tuck them in.

You are able to do this shortly and simply with a small tapestry needle. Or by hand, which remains to be straightforward however takes just a little longer. 

cardboard looms laid out on a white surface with various shades of blue yarn

small cardboard loom with ruler, pencils, tape, and yarn surrounding it

small blue weaving with lots of textile, hanging on a white wall

Hanging your Weavings

There are a number of choices for hanging weavings on the wall when they’re full. 

1. The most typical means is to make use of a dowel rod and connect the highest strings of your weaving to the dowel and cling it on the wall from a nail beneath the dowel. There are a few methods you are able to do this, however this system seems the very best imo. You may as well simply reduce the strings and them collectively over the dowel, which is simpler, however seems type of messy.

You may additionally add leather-based straps to every finish of the dowel and cling it that means. Just like my DIY picket curtain rods thought.

2. Another choice (which I actually like for smaller weavings) is to border them, like I did with a weaving I shared in my 6 DIY artwork concepts beneath $20 submit. I believe it seems actually cute. I’d simply skip the glass, that means the weaving has loads of room to stay out.

3. Textile hangers and rug hangers are one other nice strategy to cling handmade weavings. Effectively Made makes some actually easy ones, in many various sizes.

small looms laid out on white surface with other weaving tools

And that’s it for weaving on a cardboard loom. I hope you discovered this tutorial useful. Weaving might be such a enjoyable and stress-free exercise for adults and children. And with a cardboard loom, you may get began instantly with no need any fancy instruments.

That mentioned, when you get the cling of weaving on a cardboard loom, chances are you’ll need to improve to a (finances pleasant) DIY weaving loom which you could make your self. I’ve a tutorial there for a bigger loom and a smaller lamp loom as effectively. 

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