Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets Using Two Pencils

Final Image Rainbow Loom

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.


Entire Rainbow Loom Kit

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.)

Step 1

Step 1:  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.

Step 2

Step 2:  Slip the band around the two pencils.  Do not twist.

Step 3

Step 3:  Repeat with a third band.

Step 4Step 4:  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.

Step 6

Step 5:  Keep repeating by looping the lowest band over the one you just added.  The bracelet will start to grow in length like this.

Step 7Step 6:  End the bracelet by slipping the bands off of the ends of the pencil.  Connect both ends of the bracelet by sliding each end into an end of the S clamp or the C clamp.

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!


If you liked this bracelet tutorial maybe you’ll like these too…

Triple Fish Tail Bracelet using 2 Pencils

Triple Fish Tail Bracelet using 2 Pencils

The Triple Fish Tail With Out the Loom

The Inverted Fishtail- No Loom

The Inverted Fishtail- No Loom

The Inverted Fish Tail With Out the Loom

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  1. Deborah Diehl says

    Could you please mail me the instructions to my home address at: Debbie Diehl 530 W. 14th St. Chanute, Ks 66720. Because when I bought my loom I never got any instructions on how to make the jewelry, I had to get all of the information off the internet, I had a hard time finding everyone I needed to make them.
    Debbie Diehl

  2. Linda says

    I love your tutorial. I wish I had seen it about 3 weeks ago. I had tried to do something with my vacation Bible school group but did not have enough looms. In the end I did a different craft.

  3. Robin Lipka says

    My niece put thm on a pen for comfort and the pen ran out of ink and I couldn’t put it on the new one. How do you make one on tge pen?

  4. Patricia Flores says

    I found kits for $5 and mix glow in the dark bag of 500 estimate for $1 at swapmeet and street fair

  5. Lexi says

    I make these on the pegs of my rainbow loom, but I have friends who don’t have a loom and just bend down the two inner pegs of a fork!

  6. Kerry says

    Thank you! I have been wanting just to make these in my spare time so that I would get the beginning idea of knitting. I think I will get the hang of it thanks to your tutorial on the loops!! 🙂

  7. Kathy says

    Before my daughter learned to knit (she was having problems with the concept) I had gotten her some of those knitting looms (Boye)…she uses 2 of the pegs and does the same as what you do with the pencils.

  8. Jennifer says

    What a great tutorial! Thanks! I knew I could do these w/out the loom and had just yesterday found at Dollar Tree a package of 100 bands 6 clasps and a mini hook!! What a bargain! But the instructions they gave on the package is a very loose weave as you are just doing it by hand. Your method makes a very nice looking bracelet! Thanks again!!

  9. says

    Thank you SO much for sharing this! My son just got one for his birthday, and it’s just not clicking to him about how to use the loom. I walked him through the steps you shared here and it’s like a light bulb just came on, lol! Needless to say, he’s been quite entertained, and we all now have bracelets, necklaces, etc!
    I wanted to tell you thanks also for linking up to the lovely ladies link party last week, your awesomeness got you a feature spot this week for sure 🙂 You can find it here if you’d like to check it out
    Thanks again so much!
    -Molly from Just a Little Creativity


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