Have you heard of the Rainbow Loom? If you have kids, it’s a good bet you have. The bracelets are the latest rage with all of the kids these days at school.
Emma, my nine year old, is head over heals for these bracelets. They are coolest thing since Silly Bands. The thing is, the Rainbow Loom costs between $15-25 depending on where you find it. The loom kit comes with an assorted color starter pack of rubber bands but you will quickly find yourself buying more, and at $4 or so a pack, it all adds up quickly. Well, we figured out a way to create the Fishtail bracelet design by buying just the Rainbow Loom rubber bands and using 2 pencils.
Here’s What You Need:
- 2 pencils (You could also use knitting needles, but the pencils are much more manageable for younger kids.)
- Rainbow Loom Bands- (Any craft store or even drug stores sell them.) You will need about 40-48 for an elementary school kid. This bracelet took 44.
- C or S Clamps (These come in the bag with the bands.)
Loop the first band over the pencil by twisting it to make a figure eight. This is the only time you will make a figure eight.
Slip the band around the two pencils. Do not twist.
Repeat with a third band.
Taking the bottom band, loop it up over the pencil. The end of the band be between the two pencils. Repeat by doing this to the other side. After looping over both sides of the band, slip on a new band.
Keep repeating by looping the lowest band over the one you just added. The bracelet will start to grow in length like this.
There you have it! An easy way to make a Rainbow Loom bracelet without the loom and SO kid friendly. Your kids won’t stop once they get started!