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In this week’s Martin & Sylvia: Saturdays! story, “Gift of Sweetness”, Sylvia and Martin (along with their neighbors, the Browns) honor the loss of a beloved sugar maple tree by using her wood to boil the sap from other sugar maples and do other projects. Even after the tree had been chopped down, it continued to be useful.

For this project you can honor a favorite tree of your own and weave in some memories too. Find two fallen sticks to create the top and base for your loom. Then gather scraps of yarn you might have leftover from other projects. As you weave, you can remember not only the tree that gave you the sticks, but also the projects that were once made with the yarn.

Sparkle Stories - DIY Handmade Woven Tapestry

You Will Need

Cardboard Shoe Box

Xacto Knife

Two Sticks, wider than the shoe box

Scrap Yarn

Tapestry Needle

What To Do

Using the Xacto knife, cut out your shoebox as shown in the photo below. The pair of slots nearest each end will be for holding the sticks. The cuts in the center will make weaving easier.

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Insert a stick into each end of your cardboard box loom.

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Using a sturdy yarn, create the warp. Running it back and forth between the sticks, tying a knot to secure it at each end.

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Using leftover cardboard cutaway from the box, create two shuttles – small cardboard rectangles with a hole punched into one end.

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Attach yarn to each shuttle. You’ll only want the yarn to be a couple yards in length.

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Start weaving! Leave a small tail of yarn at the start, you’ll weave it in later.

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This project can be pretty free form; let your little one decide where and how to switch yarns. Since this is a hanging tapestry, embrace the uncertainty and flow.

You’ll need to push down the woven work from time to time to compress it.

Once you’ve filled most of the space between the sticks, cut the yarn and use a tapestry needle to weave in all the ends.

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Explore More & Make Connections

Take a walk around your home – what do you have on your walls or shelves that reminds you of something else?

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About the Author

Andrea Folsom
Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Andrea Folsom describes herself as a writer, editor, creative maker, and eternal optimist. She is passionate about learning and sharing new creative techniques, making beautiful spaces, and talking about the social-emotional benefits of creativity and art. She runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Danielle Reiner.

About the Author

Danielle Reiner
Sparkle Crafts Blogger

Danielle Reiner describes herself as a creative, a maker, and a mama. At the heart of her story is creativity, though that hasn’t always been the case. She rediscovered her deeply hidden creativity early in adulthood – with a ball of yarn and a couple of knitting needles – and hasn't stopped since. Danielle also runs Crafting Connections - a website providing inspiration, practical advice, and projects for creative families - with her close friend Andrea Folsom.


About the Martin & Sylvia Saturdays! Series

Saturdays are special days for our creative brother and sister. From enormous art projects in their own backyard to “explorers” adventures up Mooseberry mountain; from mornings of quiet building along the creek, to whole-family canning adventures in the kitchen, the children find fun and inspiration at every turn. Each story is accompanied by a craft or project inspired by the story, and a printable project page for more creative fun.