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How to Create a Cardboard Loom

by Hollie Strack

How to Create a Cardboard Loom

Creating a loom seems like a difficult and time consuming process. However, it’s actually quite simple and takes no more than an hour max. The great thing about creating your own loom is that you don’t have to worry about the expense of buying one, and you can create whatever shape or size you need. It also doesn’t take very many materials to create a loom. These instructions are specifically for creating a cardboard notebook but you can use it as a base to create a different cardboard loom as well.

Materials Needed to Create a Cardboard Loom

Materials Needed to Create a Cardboard Loom


Step 1:

Measure cardboard then peel away stickers

First you want to measure your cardboard to the desired size, and then make sure to peel away any stickers.

Step 2:

A ruler is used to score a binding area of the cardboard

If you are creating a cardboard loom for a cardboard notebook, you will want to take a ruler to score a binding area in the center. It should be between ¾” and 1” wide; if not move on to step 3.

Step 3:

Mark the edges of the cardboard loom

Measure and mark every ¼” on the top and bottom edges of your loom. You’ll want to make the marks wider if you are creating a larger loom for something like a rug.

Step 4:

Cut the marked areas of the cardboard loom

Cut where you made the marks, the cuts do not have to be perfect in length as long as they are the same distance apart. For thicker string you want to make the cuts a little deeper.

Step 5:

Insert a string into the first slit

Leaving the string attached to its spool, insert the end of it into the first slit, making sure to leave a tail of approximately ¾”.

Step 6:

Glue down the tail

Glue down the “tail” using craft glue, and allow it to dry for at least 20 minutes. This side will be the back of the loom.

Step 7:

Run string to the opposite slit on the cardboard loom

Run the string to the slit on the opposite side and loop it around to the second slit and back to the other side. Make sure you don’t wrap the cord completely around the loom.

Step 8:

The finished cardboard loom with string running from each end of the loom

To finish your loom repeat step 7 until you reach the end of the loom, then cut the string from its spool, leaving ¾”. Don’t forget to glue it down to the back of the loom.

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