When we were on our New Mexico trip, Anak became captivated by a hands-on weaving loom at a museum we visited.We couldn’t tear him away from it! So when we got home, I kept my eyes open for crafting materials to make his own simplified weaving loom.I bought a $1 wooden picture frame from the craft store and the other items, wire, paint, yarn, etc. I already had on hand.I penciled in marks to drill holes after disassembling the picture frame.After I drilled the small holes, I sanded down the frame—no splinters here!I went for a turquoise shade of paint (it seemed appropriate for a project inspired by our trip) and cut several pieces of wire.I strung the wire through the holes, weaving them as I went along, and bent the backs to keep them in place.I had originally intended to use the posicle stick as the threader but opted for the wooden stand that came with the frame. I just hot glue gunned the yarn to one end.
The “weaving loom” wasn’t exactly intended to be used to craft fine tapestries or works of art. This project was more about letting my three-year-old develop his fine motor skills.
Ultimately, the yarn with the wooden dowel got more use as a fire hose (you may recall I actually made my son a fire hose backpack which he didn’t use, the irony). Womp, womp.
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Have you done any weaving with your kids? I think I want to try some yarn twig decorating next!