Homemade Weaving Looms from Popsicle Sticks

Kids can learn so much when taking part in weaving activities and crafts. Keep on reading to find out how to make your own weaving loom for kids using popsicle sticks!

Are you following our Creative Play Pinterest board?

How to Make Mini Weaving Looms Using Popsicle Sticks~ Buggy and Buddy

Weaving provides a wonderful opportunity for kids to discover patterns and textures and to encourage growth in fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. That’s why I love having these homemade looms in our home for the kids to use any time of day! (This post contains affiliate links. Thank you so much for your support!)

Weaving with a Homemade Popsicle Stick Loom

We have a large weaving loom we use at home. I always leave a basket of fabric and ribbons nearby as an invitation to the kids to weave. Having this large loom inspired me to create some similar looms for the kids to weave with, but that were small and easy to manage individually.

After some trial and error, I found what worked best was hot gluing four popsicle sticks together into a square. I then cut one long piece of sting and wrapped it around the sticks, creating a mini-loom. After I had adjusted the lines of string along the sides just how I liked them, I added a drop of glue on the string where it wrapped around the popsicle sticks to help hold it in place.

loom close up

I cut up some shorter pieces of fabric, ribbon and yarn and placed them into a bowl next to the little looms for the kids to use.

IMG_1007

 It’s been so fun watching the kids quietly interact with the looms. I can hear Lucy talking to herself as she adds some ribbon to her creation, “over, under, over, under…”.  

IMG_1047

 Theo loves to jump in and assist her!

IMG_1048

 

I love how they look when finished! We often place them on our mantle to display before reusing them for more weaving.

single loom

The looms have stood up very well to both kids using them. We haven’t had one come apart yet, although I do have the hot glue gun nearby just in case! 

looms

These would make a wonderful addition to a classroom. Think of what a fun center it would be~ allowing kids to create art while working on fine motor skills at the same time!

They’ve also been a fun addition to our home!

 loom set-up

How do your children or students explore weaving?

Be sure not to miss these other activities for kids from Buggy and Buddy:

 

Some Related Children’s Books

 

 


I'd love to have you join our Facebook page where I share fun ideas and behind the scenes photos you won't find on the blog!


Comments

  1. GORGEOUS. Pinning.

  2. I’ve been struggling to find something inexpensive that LittleMan could use for his weaving practice. This is the perfect DIY solution to my problem! Thank you!

    Found you via Its Playtime.
    Suzy recently posted…Ice Boats, Rain Puddles, and Color MixingMy Profile

  3. when i went to visit the montessori school we are hoping to send my son to, they had a giant loom and ribbons in the garden space which the kids can go into when ever they want. It was one of the features that just made me feel the school was so right for him. I love the mini looms – I might have to find slightly stronger sticks as Goblin is incredibly talented at destruction.
    The Monko recently posted…Kids Coop – butterfly artMy Profile

    • That school sounds so beautiful! Having the loom in the garden…. wow! Love it! Keep me posted on any looms you come up with~ I bet they’d be beautiful made with real sticks.

  4. Chelsey – these are absolutely beautiful. I want a whole wall filled with them. I love too that it’s so easy to make the frame. Great activity. Pinned.
    Sam @ Thrive 360 Living recently posted…A Simple DIY Game for Teaching PatternsMy Profile

  5. Just pinned your idea, love it!
    Tara from The Magnolia Barn recently posted…From Caterpillar to Butterfly: An Inside LookMy Profile

  6. What a great teaching tool! Pinned this. I think my MOPS friends would love this! Join us for Family Fun Friday. Share your posts with 100+ bloggers and 400+ readers.
    http://happyandblessedhome.com/category/family-fun/
    Thanks!
    Monica

  7. This is a great craft idea for kids and it will definitely improve their attention skills as well !
    Linda@With A Blast recently posted…All My Bloggy Friends Link Party #47My Profile

  8. This is great! Thanks for the inspiration to have my kids try to some weaving!
    Katie @ Gift of Curiosity recently posted…Preschool botany lesson part 3 – dissecting a flowerMy Profile

  9. My girls will absolutely love this! Thank you so much for sharing. I’d love for you to visit my site if you have time. :)
    Gina
    Gina Wamsley recently posted…Teeny Tiny Purse for GirlsMy Profile

  10. This is so awesome. I was just thinking it would be fun to do weaving for a 4th of July activity, but I wasn’t sure where to start. Now, I have the perfect way to make my own loom. Thanks!
    Kirstylee recently posted…2,000 Pinterest Followers GiveawayMy Profile

  11. What a fun idea, I would never have thought of using ribbon.

  12. We love weaving too. In fact I have a weaving section on my craft page. You are right in that the craft is good for any age. There are plenty of adults that weave for their hobby. We haven’t used ribbon like you did. I’ve seen similar projects with paper, but I think the ribbon comes out much nicer.
    http://highhillhomeschool.blogspot.com/p/crafts.html
    Julie recently posted…Hobbies and Handicrafts – May 24My Profile

  13. Hi there, Thanks for this post! My daughter really misses weaving from her kindergarten years and we have been trying to find a reasonably priced one that is of good quality. We made the mistake of buying a cheap lap loom in the store and it ended in tears and frustration. We’ll be making a trip to the States soon, so maybe we can get the classroom loom that you have here.

  14. These are fabulous! :) I can’t wait to try! :)
    Bek @ Just For Daisy recently posted…The stuff fairy tales are made of…My Profile

  15. Wow! Ok, I am in LOVE with your large loom, but these mini loom are just fabulous too! Pinning, and you can be sure we’ll be making some of our own here! Thanks so much for linking up with use today, Chelsey!
    jackie recently posted…Portable Craft Kit for KidsMy Profile

  16. Jennifer Tilston says:

    When they fill the loom is it then done? Or is there a way to take the creation off? I’m thinking of a patchwork tapestry for my daughters class to do as a whole. Any thoughts?

    • What a neat idea, Jennifer! I hadn’t designed the looms in a way for the finished project to be removed, but I’m trying to think of a way. I know if you used one longer pieces of yarn or ribbon and just wove them back and forth, that would secure the sides, but still doesn’t take care of the top and bottom. I’ll post your question on the Buggy and Buddy Facebook page and see if anyone else can contribute some suggestions.

    • Jennifer, one of my friends wondered if your idea would work if you used pipe cleaners in place of the string? Maybe they would be easier to remove from the popsicle sticks, and then the ends could be twisted together to attach all the different woven pieces? An interesting idea!

    • I’m going to add one more reply from a good friend on Facebook. Love her idea! “There are sticky backed stabilizers that can hold the woven fabric, ribbon or yarn together. You then sew across the items and wash the stabilizer away. I’ve seen it done at quilting shows. Check out the Sulky brand stabilizers. ” – Heather

  17. What a great idea! what age Do you think that I could start to do this with my daughter….. she is almost 2.

    • Thank you, Lindsay! Doing weaving correctly would be something children can start becoming successful with around 4. But, you can still do this with your daughter, just a bit differently. My son is 22 months and loves participating! Our large loom is big enough that he can just stick pieces of fabric between the strings and enjoys it, but the little loom can be a bit frustrating for him to get the pieces to stay. To make the small loom easier for an almost 2 year old, you’ll want to wrap the strings in a criss-cross pattern or even just haphazardly like a cobweb. That will make the pieces of yarn or fabric more likely to stay. At the end of next week I’ll be doing a guest post very similar to what I’m describing!

  18. These are just lovely and the perfect size to keep them motivated to the end.
    Emma (My Little 3 and Me) recently posted…Paper Plate Frog MaskMy Profile

  19. This is amazing fine motor and visual motor practice! Thanks for linking up to Share It Saturday!
    Colleen at Sugar Aunts
    Sugar Aunts recently posted…Share It Saturday #21 and our Week-In-ReviewMy Profile

  20. Love the mini loom… just the right size so that the weaving comes together quickly!
    katepickle recently posted…Six For SaturdayMy Profile

  21. I love this idea, who knew how simple it was to make one! Just posted on Craft Gossip!
    http://lessonplans.craftgossip.com/?p=8174
    Kristen S- Craft Gossip recently posted…Homemade Weaving Loom for KidsMy Profile

  22. What a brilliant idea – we have an enormous box of popsicle sticks and my daughter loves doing ANYTHING with string so I think she will love this.
    I too was wondering about removing the finished design from the loom, so thank you for your full replies to Jennifer :-)
    Lucinda (via Hobbies & Handicrafts)

  23. I love how simple the mini looms are to make. I think I’ll make one this afternoon while my daycare kids are napping. It would be the perfect quiet time activity for my son. Thanks for sharing this great idea!!
    Ann @ My Nearest and Dearest recently posted…Customise a BirdhouseMy Profile

  24. Hi, just wanted to let you know that I love this activity! I’ve pinned it to my board at http://pinterest.com/slashbrook/ and I will definitely be doing this with my kids in the near future. My daughter will love it!!
    Sarah recently posted…How To: Make and Use a Phonics Flip BookMy Profile

  25. I love this idea. I’m going to make one to pack in our cafe busy bags. Thanks
    Jackie@My Little Bookcase recently posted…GUEST POST AND ACTIVITY: PINKALICIOUS CUPCAKE COLLAGEMy Profile

  26. Thanks so much for linking up week for week, I look forward to seeing what you share with us this week on Tutorial Thursdays Linky Party :).
    x
    Natalie
    Marigolds’ Loft
    Natalie recently posted…The End in SightMy Profile

  27. This is so beautiful and a great tool for developing fine motor skills. Thanks for sharing.

  28. I’ve been meaning to do weaving with my kids for ages, thanks for reminding me how much fun it can be for them. And for the tips in the comments about keeping it together when done!
    Katie recently posted…Pistachio Shell PaintingMy Profile

  29. What fun!! I love the idea of a homemade one. We will definitely have to try this. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!!
    Carrie recently posted…Jungle Diorama/ Playscape–Jo-Ann Summer Craft ChallengeMy Profile

  30. I have gushed and gushed about this activity! I just cannot wait to try it out both at home and at school!! :) The picture makes me smile every time I see it. Thanks for linking up at Stress-Free Sunday last weekend. I’ll be featuring this post at the next one!
    Mary Catherine recently posted…Activities for a Preschool Camping ThemeMy Profile

  31. Great activity!
    Just letting you know I’ve featured these on The Sunday Showcase this week: http://www.herecomethegirlsblog.com/2013/06/01/the-sunday-showcase-summer-school.html
    Rebecca recently posted…The Sunday Showcase: Summer SchoolMy Profile

  32. Such gorgeous photos! Thanks for linking this to Tuesday Tots. I’ve featured it this week on Learn with Play at Home :)
    Debs recently posted…Fine Motor Activities for KidsMy Profile

  33. This reminds me of a weaving class I took in college. So much fun and a stress-relieving class along with other harder, more demanding classes. I made placemats and coasters and a belt.

  34. Love weaving! For ABCs series I also posted about weaving and I made ours differently from a piece of cereal box. Now that I see how you made yours, I am thinking of trying the skewers sticks to make a similar one. No hot glue here though – would need to check the hardware store for that.
    Varya @ CWOV recently posted…Pinterest Scavenger Hunt {Multicultural Kid Blogs}My Profile

  35. This is awesome!! Will definitely have to make these to use as a center with the preschoolers and primary schoolers I see for occupational therapy! What a fun (and pretty!) way to work on fine motor skills! Thanks for the great idea!!

  36. How do you take the weaving off the loom?

  37. Just found this post linked on January Babble Dabble Do’s Post! First time I have seen your space & happy I have! This project is very inspiring. We don’t have Popsicle sticks right now but, we do have TONS of sticks from nature walks–We’ll improvise & use those for re-creating this craft! Thank you again! Jeanine :)
    Jeanine recently posted…Welcome, Words, & Winter WoesMy Profile

    • Yay! So glad you are here! I bet this project would look even MORE amazing with sticks from outdoors. Hope you enjoy it and would love to see some pictures of it if you’d ever like to share! :)

  38. Love these! Great idea Chelsey!
    Lisette recently posted…Beginning Math Games: DIY Flower Counting CardsMy Profile

Trackbacks

  1. […] Bins for Little Hands} 10. Syringe Painting from N is for Nurse {Life with Moore Babies} 11. Weaving with Kids Using Ribbons and Fabric  {Buggy & Buddy} 12. Simple Fine Motor: Beading Toothpicks {Finding the Teachable Moment} 13. […]

  2. […] Another way to challenge older kids is to get them weaving on a homemade loom. Intimidated by thought of making your own loom? Don’t be! I assure you that it’s brilliantly simple. Check out this post from my friend at Buggy and Buddy for the complete tutorial. […]

  3. […] we made some little weaving looms from Popsicle sticks and string. The kids used fabric, yarn and ribbon scraps to weave beautiful […]

  4. […] weaving activities but, felt that this particular weaving activity fit into this post since it is weaving with fabric ribbons  only. It is from  Buggy and Buddy and there are large group weaving looms for you to try and […]

  5. […] Homemade Weaving Loom with ribbons for Kids from Buggy and Buddy (We’re totally doing this this summer. What a great activity for developing fine motor skills and introducing patterns.) […]

  6. […] saw these popsicle stick looms at Buggy and Buddy, and I immediately wanted them for LittleMan and Tink. We didn’t have popsicle sticks on hand […]

  7. […] you’ll be glad you did! My favorite post from Buggy and Buddy has to be these amazing Homemade Weaving Looms- so […]

  8. […] You can make your very own miniature weaving loom for lots of fun and learning.  Just glue craft sticks together in the shape of  a square and wrap […]

  9. […]  Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy wrote a great post that describes how to do just that – Weaving with Kids Using Ribbons and Fabric (Homemade Weaving Loom).  I followed her directions, with two changes — I used notched craft sticks, and I made the […]

  10. […] Weaving Loom from Buggy and Buddy. […]

  11. […] top left: Weaving with Kids from Buggy and Buddy, Knitting for Beginners from Artchoo, Stenciled Tees from Meri Cherry Blog, […]

  12. […] Pictured from top left: Milk Jug Luminaries from Pink Stripey Socks, Cosmic Suncatchers from Babble Dabble Do, Ice Lanterns from Willow Day, Rainbow Snowflake Window Art from Twodaloo, Light Table Invitation to Play from Meri Cherry Blog and Glow Box Fun from Blog Me Mom. […]

  13. […] and textures to encouraging growth in fine motor skills and eye hand coordination. We’ve made homemade weaving looms from popsicle sticks to encourage weaving, and we also love using our large weaving loom at […]

  14. […] can also make your own homemade weaving loom out of popsicle sticks like Buggy and Buddy.  I think all of these small looms would be perfect to take along on a car […]

  15. […] saw these popsicle stick looms at Buggy and Buddy, and I immediately wanted them for LittleMan and Tink. We didn’t have popsicle sticks on hand […]

  16. […] Be sure to check out these other lovely weaving tutorials for kids from 3 wonderful blogs: Circular Weaving with Cardboard from How We Montessori, Plastic Cup Weaving from Pink Stripey Socks, Popsicle Stick Looms from Buggy & Buddy  […]

  17. […] art time.) We made a loom out of craft sticks and cotton, and I cut lengths of ribbon – saw the idea here a while ago – and taught Grace what to do while Joy followed […]

  18. […] Homemade weaving looms made with popsicle sticks – so so pretty by buggyandbuddy […]

Speak Your Mind

CommentLuv badge