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Cardboard looms are a great way to get started if you are interested in weaving. Since you only need an old cardboard box and a pair of scissors, making a loom out of cardboard is way easier than making a loom out of wood.
Once you finished making one, you can use them for many different kinds of weaving projects such as bracelets, bookmarks, coasters, wall hanging, scarfs, etc.
Fortunately, the process of making a DIY weaving loom is pretty straightforward. Especially if you are making a frame loom or lap loom.
But for everyone that needs some step-by-step instructions, here is a list of 5 different videos that explain how to make your own weaving loom, including the lap loom, rigid heddle loom, and bead loom.
How to Make a Basic Cardboard Loom
One advantage of cardboard weaving is that you can easily make several differently sized looms for different projects.
This video will show you have to make a weaving loom out of cardboard using only a pair of scissors, a popsicle stick, tape and yarn.
Start with a small rectangular piece of cardboard and make 7 small and evenly spaced cuts on the top and bottom.
Normally, warping a loom can be a little tricky, but with this one you simply wrap the yarn around the loom and fix it with some tape.
You can use a popsicle as a weaving shuttle. But if you don’t have any, using a piece of cardboard or a needle will do as well.
To remove the weave from the cardboard loom you can simply cut all the warp threads at the back.
Although there are many ways to finish a weave, the easiest method is to use a double knot.
DIY Cardboard Weaving Loom
Of course, if you have enough cardboard you can make a loom as big as you want.
This video shows how to make one of these by using three pieces of cardboard, tape measures, scissors, glue and a marker.
Leaving 2 cm clear on the edge, mark every 5 mm with a marker at the top and bottom. Make sure that the marks align on both sides.
Using a pair of scissors than make ~1cm cuts. Use the two smaller pieces of cardboard and glue them right next to the cuts.
Besides simply being bigger, this way of making a cardboard loom has an additional advantage.
The two smaller pieces of cardboard will lift the warp thread, which makes it easier to weave.
How to Make a Cardboard Loom for Kids
Cardboard looms are also great if you are looming with kids.
If your child is really interested in weaving, you might want to buy him a good weaving loom for beginners.
But if you just want to spend a fun afternoon together, try making and weaving with a cardboard loom.
Depending on your child’s age you can easily change the size.
Since you will need to use scissors to cut the cardboard, make sure to keep an eye on young kids.
How to Make a Rigid Heddle Loom Out of Cardboard
If you are ready to up your cardboard weaving game, you can try to make this loom which is based on a rigid heddle loom.
These looms are easier to weave on because you can separate the warp threads and much your shuttle through it much faster.
To make one of these looms you will need a cardboard box instead of a flat piece of cardboard. A shoe box will be perfect.
This design uses three combs and rubber bands to simulate the reed used in a rigid heddle.
After setting everything up, the middle loom can be moved to the upper or lower position to pull certain warp threads up or down.
You can also use the middle comb to beat the weft threads while weaving.
The only downside is that it might be difficult to find the right boxes and combs for big projects.
How to Make a Bead Loom Out of Cardboard
Finally, you can also transform an old shoe box into a bead loom as shown in the video below.
Although the video doesn’t show all the steps, it is pretty easy to figure out how to make one just by looking at it.
Simple use a pair of scissors to make cuts on both ends of the box and then insert the yarn thread in the cuts.
You want to make sure the cuts align, so using a marker and ruler before cutting can be helpful.
Also, to prevent the warp threads from moving you can fix them with some take.
And that’s all it takes to make a homemade bead loom.