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DIY Standing Weaving Loom (24x36)

Surprisingly, making your own loom is really straight forward and super budget-friendly, if you choose the right materials. And you can easily adapt the instructions to the kind of loom you're wanting too - a standing loom (that has legs that kick out for stability) or a lap loom for smaller projects that is more portable, etc. PLUS, you can customize the size of the loom to any dimensions you want. Click through to make your own loom from scratch, for under $20!
Total Time1 hr
Keyword: diy loom, weaving loom
Cost: $20

Ingredients

  • one 1x3 select pine board that is 6 ft long mine cost $5.92*
  • one 1x3 select pine board that is 8 ft long mine was $8.32*
  • 1 inch finishing nails or panel board nails both of these work best because they have a small head - good for stringing up the loom and removing the finished weaving
  • eight 1.5 inch screws
  • ruler or tape measure and pencil
  • hammer and drill
  • 2 inch middle hinges only need these if adding legs to your loom
  • thin chain and 4 eye screws only need these if adding legs to your loom
  • wire cutters for cutting the chain - again, only need if making legs for loom

Instructions

  • Cut the piece of wood down to size (the dimensions of each piece of wood are shown in the supplies shot). Then, start laying out the pieces to create the loom shape.
  • I put the 2 longer pieces (36 inch pieces) on the bottom and 2 of the shorter pieces (24 inch) on top, as shown in the photo.
  • Next, begin screwing the pieces together. You may want to create a pilot hole first to avoid splitting the wood. Just two screws diagonal from each other (as shown in photo) seemed to work really well for each of the 4 corners. You can always do 4 screws per corner if you feel like that's better though. Mine felt really secure after just two screws in each corner though.
  • Screw all 4 corners the same way, making sure that the corner is squared off before screwing. FYI -You may want to clamp the pieces of wood together first (if needed) to make sure nothing moves around while screwing, etc. Not required though.
  • Once the base is complete, you can either add legs (which I'll show you how to do) OR skip this one and move onto the next step. If you're adding legs, you'll use the remaining two 24 inch pine pieces for the legs.
  • Flip the loom base over, so that the long vertical pieces are on top (as shown in photo), then measure 12 inches from the top, and attach the hinges to both the loom base and the top of the legs (as shown in photo).
  • From there, you can add screw eyes (one to each of the legs and one to each of the base pieces across from it) and then attach the two together with the thin chain from the supplies list.
  • You can do this by double or triple knotting one end of the chain once it's inside the eye of the screw and then bringing it across to the other eye screw (on the leg side for example), and knotting that side around the eye screw as well. Making sure the chain is tight when you have the leg fully extended to where you want it to be.
  • Then, repeat this process on the other side.
  • Next, it's time to add the finishing nails. Make sure the loom is facing right side up (as shown in photo - with shorter horizontal wood base pieces on top of the longer ones).
  • Make a mark every 1/4 inch OR 1/3 inch (this is a preference thing based on how tightly woven you want your weavings to be), all the way across the top horizontal piece of wood and the bottom horizontal piece of wood.
  • Then, hammer a nail in at every mark, in a straight line across. Use the photo for reference. You'll do that on the top and bottom of the loom and then it's ready to be strung up for use.
  • To create your warp, tie a knot around the first nail in the upper corner with your yarn / string. Then, keeping tension in the string, bring the string down to the first nail at the bottom of the loom, wrap around that nail, and continue back to the top of the loom (this time wrapping around the second nail).
  • Then go back down to the bottom second nail, etc. Repeat this process until the entire loom is strung and then knot the very last nail on the bottom right to finish it. Cut off excess string from end of knot and it's ready for weaving.