HEY SHAUNA ART THERAPY RESOURCES
(RE-USABLE) CARDBOARD LOOM - DIY
This is just for the loom itself, please see the full materials list for the workshop on the event page.
- Piece of corrugated cardboard (or other type, as long as it’s fairly sturdy), roughly 10″x12″ as a general guideline but you can absolutely go smaller or larger.
- Pencil or pen
- Scissors or utility knife
- Ruler (straight edge ideally, but you can also make a measuring tape work).
- Find a piece of cardboard (if you don’t have any at home, try your cardboard recycle bin or maybe find a box in your storage locker or basement).
- Ideally you’ll want to find a piece of corrugated cardboard (not-too-airy, and what I mean by that is that the space/air in the middle isn’t too much, making the overall strength of the cardboard …well, less strong). You want a piece that’s fairly sturdy, and doesn’t bend too easily…corrugated or otherwise.
- Cut it into a square/rectangle that’s roughly 10” x 12” (and has roughly 90 degree corners, it doesn’t have to be perfect, but better if it’s not too wonky).
- Place your cardboard in front of you with the “grain” running vertically (up and down). This will make the loom stronger once you start using it …if you work with it the other way it’s not critical, there is just an increased chance of it bending from the tension of your “warp” yarn.
- With your pencil or pen, make marks along the top and bottom edge of your cardboard at roughly every 1/4” (this does not have to be perfect).
- With your scissors or utility knife make small cuts/notches (roughly ¼”) along each of the marks that you’ve made, in from the edge.
- If you’re using scissors, you can just hold the cardboard in your hand while you cut the notches.
- If you’re using a utility knife you will want to have a cutting pad, or some sort of protective surface to cut onto. And I suggest cutting inside out (towards the edge of the cardboard as opposed to towards the centre), because that will prevent any accidental “too long” notches.
That’s it! Please have your loom ready to go for the start of our workshop. No need to have it “warped” as we’ll cover that part together. See you soon!
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Grateful to be living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) peoples. Thankful for their historical and ongoing stewardship of these beautiful lands. And honoured to move forward as an ally and co-conspirator in decolonization.