I read about kumihimo (Japanese braiding) and wanted to try it. The tools were a bit pricey for a beginner. So I improvised with the plastic lids from pint sized ice cream. I made several braids using cotton embroidery floss on embroidery floss bobbins. Not pretty, but it worked.
I wanted to make a really long braid that I would use as a component in other crafts. Starting with nylon thread on 16 bobbins that I made with dowels and wooden toy wheels:
My marudai is a knitting loom on a 5 gallon pickle bucket on a lazy susan:
I've made quite a bit of braid so far:
Mostly this will be used as drawstrings, straps and piping on sewn bags.
Take care and keep your yarn dry.