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Do you ever get inspired to make art projects from unconventional items? I found inspiration for this unique DIY ribbon weaving project from my latest excursion to the Dollar Store.
As an art teacher, I always search for fun ways to make art from interesting materials. I’m always moved by color, texture, and patterns.
I recently went to our local Dollar Store to buy some storage items. As I roamed the aisles, one shiny item stood out. It was a disposable vegetable grill basket!
Most people would walk right past this item, but my wheels were turning. I could instantly envision this grill basket as the coolest loom for a kids’ ribbon weaving project.
- Disposable Vegetable Grill Pan
- Various Types of Ribbon
- Jute Twine
- Wire Hanger
- Fabric Scraps
- Low Temp Glue Gun
DIY Ribbon Weaving With Kids
This is DIY ribbon weaving project is perfect for preschoolers and kindergarteners to gain fine motor skills.
First, an adult needs to prep the loom by making the warp, or the vertical lines, with raffia. Next, string the jute through the holes, up and down. Use a bit of masking tape to hold the raffia in place.
Then, show the children how to make the weft, or the horizontal lines. It’s important to emphasize that the ribbon will go over and under each piece of the weft.
Cut the ribbon to the length of the grill pan. Just leave the ribbon. No need to use any adhesive or glue. The woven tension will make the ribbon stay nicely.
If you started the first row going over the warp, start the second row going under the warp. Are you confused yet? Don’t worry, it just takes some practice.
This DIY ribbon weaving doesn’t have to look perfect. The kids will just love playing with ribbon and developing those fine motor skills.
Finally, affix the wire hangers through the grill pan holes and then hang these beautiful pieces on your wall.
Next time you visit the Dollar Store, or thrift shop, keep your eyes open for unexpected art materials. The results will surprise you!