Here is how Meatball and I constructed a shoebox loom:
First, we found a sturdy shoebox lid and some popsicle sticks from our craft bin. The only sticks that I had were the thicker ones, but after seeing Meatball whip through this project, we plan on reconstructing our loom with the thinner popsicle sticks and adding more of them.
Using a ruler, I marked one inch intervals along the short ends of the shoebox lid. I then taped the popsicle sticks at each mark using two layers of thick masking tape. I did this for both short ends of the shoebox.
To remove the piece from the loom, I carefully tied off the working yarn to the outer base string. I then cut the base strings one at a time at each popsicle stick and tied them to each other in a double over hand knot. When all base strings were cut and tied off, we wove in the ends of the working yarn where it had been joined to other lengths of working yarn. We did not weave in the ends of the base strings after they were tied - Meatball decided she liked the look of the loose tie ends - they made a nice fringe to both short ends of the blanket.
Meatball was so proud of her accomplishment that she plans on taking it for show and tell at school tomorrow!
And "Little Sparkle" the puppy seems quite happy with her woven blanket too!