My sweet friend Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy and I are swapping spots today. While Chelsey is here sharing her creative Nature Weaving Looms; I am over on her site sharing how to make Watercolor Spin Art. I have really enjoyed getting to know Chelsey over the past little while and I absolutely adore her nature posts. You are in for a treat. These creative Nature Weaving Looms that are perfect for creating with little fingers and I can’t wait to try it with my kids.
Hi, I’m Chelsey from Buggy and Buddy! I’m absolutely thrilled to be here at Housing a Forest today to share an activity that we had so much fun with- weaving with nature! It’s the perfect combination of art and the outdoors, and it’s appropriate for almost any age. Both my 23 month old son and 5 year old daughter enjoyed creating natural art with their weaving looms!
Recently, we made some little weaving looms from Popsicle sticks and string. The kids used fabric, yarn and ribbon scraps to weave beautiful artwork indoors. The weather had just been so nice outside lately, I thought we should take the looms outdoors and see what we could create!
Before taking the kids outside, I decided to make a simpler loom for Theo, my almost two year old. (Being so young, weaving is still quite difficult for him.) I bought a small grapevine wreath from our local craft store for under a dollar. Then I haphazardly wrapped some string around the wreath so it somewhat resembled a web. (Wrapping the string in this way makes it easier to just stick the nature treasures into the loom rather than actually weaving.) Here are our two weaving looms:
Finally it was time to put on our shoes and jackets and head outside with our looms in hand ready to weave with nature!
We began searching for grasses, flowers, twigs, and leaves right in our own backyard that we could use to weave into our looms.
My 5 year old, Lucy, collected all her nature items in a basket and then found a peaceful spot to weave. (That girl is a pro at picking flowers! She’s even been known to pick some stray flowers right in the middle of the soccer field as her game is going on.) Here she is getting started!
Later on in the day I found her sitting in a chair in the backyard doing some more weaving. “Aren’t these beautiful, Mom? Don’t you love them? I’m an artist!” Those comments put the biggest smile on my face!
Theo and I worked together to add his nature collection to his loom. He loved being able to create just like his sister. I think his turned out so cute!
The best part about these looms is that when you’re done you can either display the finished product as artwork or simply remove the woven materials and start again later.
I can’t wait to pull these looms out again in the fall and see what creations we come up with then!
Thanks so much for sharing Chelsey. You have inspired me to create little nature weaving looms with my kids. What a great way to explore nature and enjoy the beauty that surrounds us. We all love comments, so why not pop over and visit Buggy and Buddy and tell her how much you enjoyed her post on Housing A Forest.
Here are a few of my favorite posts from Buggy and Buddy to get you started: