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Printing with Loom Bands

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids
There's an old saying 'you can never have too much of a good thing'. I'd like to put forward the suggestion that, in fact, you can, and indeed we do! We have too many loom bands in our house. I know this because I find them everywhere; on the floor, in pockets, in the washing machine, even in the dogs mouth (although she always stops chewing when I look at her!) For ages I have been trying to come up with a new way to use a few up, and the other night, in bed, it came to me! Below you'll see our experiment in printing with loom bands!

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We collected up a variety of paper, a few corks and some loom bands, then simply popped our bands around the corks in a way that we hoped would make some interesting patterns, and pushed wooden skewers in each end. We watered our paint down slightly, and tried both applying the paint with a brush, and also rolling the cork straight in the paint on a tray. Both ways worked well. Not surprisingly, the trick is to not overload the cork with paint.

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We had such fun with this activity, before I knew it the kids were making hand and foot prints!

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

Once our paper had dried, we used it as 'bespoke' wrapping paper. I have to say I think it looks pretty good! Let me know if you have come up with anything unusual to print with, and if you fancy stamping on fabric hop over and check out our Washable home-made fabric paint, it's fab, and super easy to make yourself!

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

We try printing with loom bands - a great way to make your own wrapping paper, and a fun holiday activity for kids

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16 Comments

  • Reply Morgan Prince

    What a great way to use up some of those loom bands. I have hundreds of them! I may have to get the boys to do this one. Thanks for sharing. x
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    November 2, 2015 at 3:53 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      They get everywhere don’t they! Will have to get working on some more ideas to use them up 🙂

      November 2, 2015 at 9:58 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    Oh , lovely wrapping paper, very creative and fun. We have some loom bands to use up too, might have to give this a try!
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    August 18, 2015 at 6:26 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for popping by and hosting #LetKidsBeKids x

      August 18, 2015 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Mama OWL Blog | Jooleroo

    What a great idea. We were late to the loom band party but have amassed an impressive collection of the things so I think we will give this a go as an alternative use for them! Thanks for sharing. Visiting from #LetKidsBeKids x

    August 18, 2015 at 11:04 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment x

      August 18, 2015 at 12:34 pm
  • Reply Coombe Mill - Fiona Cambouropoulos

    What pretty wrapping paper this makes and I bet if you cut it into sections and placed it on card it would makes lovely writing cards too. It almost looks like a tree rubbing in just one direction, but i love the way you have turned the paper round to create the check design too. I will have to give it a go. There goes another bottle – glug! Thank you for sharing with me on #Trash2Treasure.

    August 16, 2015 at 8:44 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      The checked pattern came from putting the bands on the cork both around the middle and long ways, if that makes sense. Thanks for a great linky x

      August 16, 2015 at 9:07 pm
  • Reply Catherine @ShadowDogDesigns

    What gorgeous results! Thank you for sharing this great idea!

    August 14, 2015 at 3:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks for popping by x

      August 14, 2015 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply becky

    Ohhhhh I love the loom band idea! Why do I never think of these things!!! Added to our summer list of things to do 🙂

    #MMWBH

    August 13, 2015 at 9:17 am
    • Reply Sarah

      I was ridiculously excited when I though this one up lol, Thanks for visiting and taking the time to comment x

      August 13, 2015 at 10:04 am
  • Reply Catie

    I love the idea of turning the prints into gift paper. It looked like lots of fun too. #MMWBH

    August 12, 2015 at 5:55 am
    • Reply Sarah

      We did have a lot of fun. Thanks for popping by x

      August 12, 2015 at 10:10 am
  • Reply Silly Mummy

    What a good idea. The paper looks great. #MMWBH

    August 12, 2015 at 12:06 am
    • Reply Sarah

      Thanks very much, we like to make wrapping paper and cards rather than buy them, means we have more money to spend on the present x

      August 12, 2015 at 10:09 am

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