How to Make Prints with Loom Bands

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

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

 

For more fab kids craft ideas, check out our sticky nature cards and our dyeing with stains posts.

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

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16 comments

Morgan Prince November 2, 2015 - 3:53 pm

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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Sarah - Craft Invaders November 2, 2015 - 9:58 pm

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

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Let kids be kids August 18, 2015 - 6:26 pm

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

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Sarah August 18, 2015 - 7:12 pm

Thanks for popping by and hosting #LetKidsBeKids x

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Mama OWL Blog | Jooleroo August 18, 2015 - 11:04 am

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

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Sarah August 18, 2015 - 12:34 pm

Thanks for visiting and leaving a comment x

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