My oldest recently had an opportunity to weave on a loom and thought it was a very fun experience.
I looked up looms for kids online, and while there are many options, wasn’t ready to invest in one. The good news is that you can make one out of cardboard for FREE!
Weaving is one of those magical activities that you can just leave out with a few strips of yarn or fabric and when someone wants to work on it, they can add a few rows and then pick it up again later. No water, rinsing brushes, or major cleanup required.
And in case you still need convincing, weaving is a really meditative and thoughtful process.
There are some beautiful large cardboard loom tutorials online. I’d personally love to give this one by the Weaving Loom a try. But for a really simple cardboard loom, follow the instructions below.
There’s an organization called Mayan Hands that provides,
“economic and educational opportunities to Mayan women so that they can bring their families out of extreme poverty as they continue to live within the culture they cherish.”Mayan Hands
I have a clutch bag and a few baskets from Mayan Hands and all of their Fair Trade weaving goods are beautiful!
Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del arcoíris by Linda Elovitz Marshall and illustrated by Elisa Chavarri is a wonderful children’s book inspired by Mayan Hands.
It’s an inspiring story about a young girl named Ixchel who wants to carry on the tradition of Mayan women weaving and ends up finding a special use for colorful plastic bags.
My kids love this story and it speaks to so many important issues like honoring cultural and familial traditions, care for the environment, perseverance, and creativity.
Here’s a fun coloring and paper doll printable from the story too.
Now, on to the cardboard loom!
- A piece of cardboard in the size and shape of loom you want to create
- String to create the loom
- A ruler or measuring tape
- Yarn, fabric, or string for weaving
- Plastic needle (optional)
By the way, we use a lot of Thrive Market boxes in our recycled creations. In case you don’t know about Thrive Market, it’s a wonderful online grocery store chock full of healthy and allergy friendly foods, cleaning supplies, health and beauty, and more. Their boxes are sturdy and great for recycled projects too!
What Will You Create?
If you give this project a try, please share your pictures with us. We’d love to see what you create!