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Posted by on Aug 29, 2013 | 1 comment

DIY Kids: Nature Weaving

DIY Kids: Nature Weaving

When we go on weekend getaways, I like to bring a craft project along for the kids to do, or at least some basic supplies – scissors, glue, yarn, wire, paper, and so on – so we can make something up. On this trip to a cabin in the Blue Ridge Mountains, I had an idea to weave found objects in nature like leaves, bark, and moss into a loom made from sticks. On Saturday afternoon, I found some perfectly shaped sticks near a swimming hole, with long handles and V-shaped openings.

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We strung the yarn from side to side to make the warp.

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I used gardening twine for mine.

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Then, we used the various nature objects to make the artistic designs, weaving them “over and under” the warp. Sometimes, we just pushed pieces in where they fit best.

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Here’s mine…

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Nadja’s…

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And Ana’s with a wire spiral as an additional flourish…

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We displayed them on our cabin porch until it was time to leave. Then, I carefully packed them for the ride home. Now they’re out on the back patio propped against the fence as garden ornaments.

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I love weaving and other similar easy projects to do with kids. We’re hoping these looms withstand the outdoors for a while, but we’ll add new leaves, branches and found objects as the seasons change.

For other weaving projects featured on DIY, check out how we made a basket out of old maps and simple woven Christmas ornaments.

1 Comment

  1. How wonderful!

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