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Spring is here (in the northen hemisphere anyway!) and I'm looking at my deck/patio/balcony/whatever you want to call it, and thinking it needs something else... I did a weaving project at school using sheeps wool right off the back of a sheep and it worked out really well, so when I found a discarded canvas I decided to try constructing a lap loom and make something using materials I found in the area I live.

My daughter has named the end result 'Moana' and wants me to make a bigger version for her to wear as a costume! Maybe something for the future...

I have to say this is the most fun I have had in ages - even when it was frustrating and required far to much concentration. Give it a go! Its pretty easy and cheap as chips! The entire build cost me $2.89 for the cotton yarn!

Step 1: Building the Loom - What You Need

Picture of Building the Loom - What You Need

Lots of people have indulged in the 'paint night - paint your own masterpiece' craze over the last few years. This means that there are a number of canvases in cupboards or garages once the thrill of having your own painting on the wall wore off. I picked up one of these discarded canvases on the side of the road and turned it into a lap loom to build my own unique outdoor art.

  • old painting canvas
  • screwdriver
  • pliers (not the ones I used - husband got all annoyed to find me using his good needle nose pliers ;) )
  • ruler
  • pencil
  • drill (optional)
  • small nails
  • hammer
  • suitable twine - this will depend on how chunky you want your final product to be. I went for a cotton yarn.
jessyratfink5 months ago
The idea behind this and the finished weaving are fantastic!
RCEM (author)  jessyratfink5 months ago
thanks so much :)

WUVIE5 months ago
Good morning!

When I saw your post on a community thread, I just had to visit your Instructable, and am I ever glad I did!

Your Instructable is wonderful! I love that you used natural fibers and other items from Mother Nature.

Thank you so much for sharing, and best of luck in the contest.
RCEM (author)  WUVIE5 months ago
Thanks! :)

audreyobscura5 months ago
This came out so sweetly! I love all the textures that are in the weaving.
RCEM (author)  audreyobscura5 months ago
It was such fun to do!
Gadisha5 months ago
Very nice, I like how you used found, natural materials.
Also a very informative Instructable.
RCEM (author)  Gadisha5 months ago