While pulling weeds in the garden yesterday, I needed a hands on activity for the kids to do while I worked. We participated in a large scale nature-loom at the Wheaton Arts Ecofair this spring and I thought it would be neat to make our own, just a bit smaller. With a few sticks, some yarn, and a little imagination I sent the kids looking for objects that they could stick into our garden loom. They found feathers, flowers, some rainbow chard, dead leaves, and many other little treasures.
The end result of our own loom was pretty cool, and it gave me twenty minutes while Evie napped to do some yard work without interruption. You can definitely make this without a fence, but it gave me a convenient (and close-by) place to hang ours.