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Make Rubber Band Bracelets With a Rainbow Loom

Updated on November 14, 2013
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I am a mom of two beautiful girls (10 & 12). We love to read, play, cook, shop and have fun together. I love to share great products/toys.

Rainbow Loom single & fishtail bracelets
Rainbow Loom single & fishtail bracelets | Source

The Official Rainbow Loom Book

This just in! A new how-to guide book for the Rainbow Loom. It's called The Loomatic's Interactive Guide to Rainbow Loom. This book is filled with 204 pages of step by step instruction for making over 50 projects on the Rainbow Loom. The book even has QR codes that you can scan with your smartphone that will take you directly to the official Rainbow Loom You Tube channel!

I bought this right away when it came out recently for my girls. I can't yet attest to their opinion of it because it's a holiday gift so they haven't seen it yet; however, I flipped through it and it looks great.

If you are considering buying a Rainbow Loom for someone as a gift or just for the fun of it, I say GO FOR IT! My daughters, now almost-7 and 8.5, have had their Rainbow Loom for about a year now and have not lost interest one bit (if you're a parent, you know that for a toy to keep their attention for more than five minutes is a miracle!) They pull out their bands frequently and pump out tons of beautiful rubber band bracelets. For a while my oldest daughter even had a little business going at school - she was taking custom order requests and selling them for $0.50 to $1 a bracelet and she did quite well! I have to admit, they ask me to help sometimes and when I do I end up taking over and not handing the Rainbow Loom back because I get kinda addicted - I can most certainly attest to the fact that it's simply FUN to make these rubber band bracelets!

There are several reasons to buy a Rainbow Loom:

  • It helps your kids use their brain and imagination.
  • Allows users to improve their manual dexterity (this is great for kids!)
  • Almost instant gratification - a bracelet can be completed in just minutes!
  • Keeps kids busy.
  • Doesn't take up a lot of room.
  • Easy to learn.
  • Fun to do.
  • Kids love it (and some parents, too!)

Kids are simply fascinated with this craft and it's a great way to fuel their creativity and keep them busy.

Another great thing about creating Rainbow Loom crafts is that there are so many possibilities in styles. There's the standard, simple, single bracelet, there's the fishtail, there's the double and triple, and you can make rings, too! You can also purchase additional looms and connect them together for even larger projects.

There are a lot of different solid color bands, as well as tie-dye, glow-in-the-dark, neon, glitter and more. Kids are also able to add charms to their bracelets.

My daughter once connected a whole bunch of her bracelets into one long chain that she then used as a jump rope! See? The possibilities are endless (well, almost!)

Rainbow Loom Quick Tips:

  • You can easily incorporate pony beads (or just about any bead for that matter) into a bracelet by simply threading the rubber band through the bead before you place it onto the loom pegs.
  • It's best to hold your Rainbow Loom hook like a pencil. It's easier to use and this is why it's also great for young kids to help develop their pencil grasp.
  • The hook actually has four functions: first, the obvious one - to hook your rubber bands when making projects; second, it can be used to temporarily hold your bracelets in progress until you can add a c-clip; third, the end opposite the hook is used to take the loom apart for different configurations; fourth, the larger end fits into the blue cap, which itself can be used to create rubber band bracelets.

Learn How to Make Rubber Band Bracelets

Learning how to use the Rainbow Loom is pretty easy. It comes with instructions to create a simple and quick single band bracelet and provides you with sources to get additional help.

In today's world, we can always count on YouTube to find a "How to" on almost anything, and, yes, there are a ton of how-to videos on creating rubber band bracelets of all kinds and other Rainbow Loom projects. There's even a Rainbow Loom Channel on You Tube! You'll find a couple of how-to videos down below.

There seems to be an endless supply of tips and tricks and how-tos on the internet so it's very easy to find help simply by doing a Google search. Here's a blog that I found that has a lot of great information: fall under the Rainbow Loom spell

How to make a single rubber band bracelet video

How to make a fishtail Rainbow Loom bracelet

Rainbow Loom Storage

Rainbow Loom storage - available at many craft stores as well as Amazon. We bought ours at Learning Express.
Rainbow Loom storage - available at many craft stores as well as Amazon. We bought ours at Learning Express.
Rainbow Loom and rubber band storage case.
Rainbow Loom and rubber band storage case.

Rainbow Loom Storage

One of the most important things to consider when investing in a Rainbow Loom is how to store all the rubber bands and other supplies such as the c-clips, the loom, the loom tools, etc. If you don't get a good case, you'll find yourself with tiny little rubber bands all over your house.

Another thing to consider when buying a storage case is size and number of compartments. Ideally, you want each rubber band color to have its own storage compartment to make designing and making the bracelets easier. That being said, there are so many colors and styles available now that you may actually need more than one case if you can't find one big enough. You can probably tell by my picture here, we are about due for a second case - for both of my girls! The good thing, though, is that the cases are flat so they easily fit on a shelf, under the bed, or anywhere you want to easily store it.

Additionally, when shopping for a storage case for your rainbow loom supplies, make sure that either the compartments within are adjustable or, if not, make sure there is a larger compartment within to store the loom itself (it's 10.25" long, 1.5" high, and 1.75" wide.)

Will you buy a Rainbow Loom?

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Rainbow Loom bracelets and rings.
Rainbow Loom bracelets and rings. | Source
Rubber band bracelets.
Rubber band bracelets. | Source
Rainbow Loom bracelets.
Rainbow Loom bracelets. | Source

WOW! U.S. flag made with rubber bands

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      Lily Rose 8 months ago from East Coast

      Thanks for your comment Teeter Joe, it's definitely a great way to keep busy and keep your mind off of other things. Have fun!

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      Teeter Joe 8 months ago

      I am a Combat Veteran, to get my mind off of stuff my Mom gave me a Monster Tail Loom. So, I will loom and I will not think of it.

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      Lily Rose 2 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you! It's been a couple of years since publishing this hub and my girls STILL love their rainbow looms!

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      Kristen Howe 2 years ago from Northeast Ohio

      I believe I've seen them before as friendship bracelets. I believe I had something like this a long time ago. It sounds like fun for a young girl to make some money. Voted up for useful!

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      Lily Rose 3 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks for the comments and hellos! Glad you are having fun with this!

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      hi 3 years ago

      Well I just got so many rainbow loom items like the metal hook and the monster tail loom! They are so much fun!

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      So true, Grace!

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      Grace Keller 4 years ago

      i do not see how that person had to do the patience to make the flag. That is amazing

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      You're very welcome, peachpurple! Hope they do enjoy it. Mine still do!

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      peachy 4 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      tahnks for sharing. This rubberhand bracelets gonna make my nieces scream with delight. Thanks again.

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      sarah 4 years ago

      these braclets are so cute

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      cheryl foster 4 years ago

      Ashley thanks so much for your instructions for the fishtail bracelet they were easy to follow now i need instructions for the wide loom bracelets .

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks notavgcraftymom! I hope your daughters enjoy their looms!

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      Amanda 4 years ago from Texas

      I just recently learned about the rainbow loom and both of my older girls are probably getting one for Christmas so I'm glad I found this! Your girls make great designs with theirs!

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      Suzanne Day 4 years ago from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

      Wow, these are eyecatching!

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thank you, SamitaJassi. My best advice for more designs would be to search YouTube - there are hundreds of great instruction videos with designs and great tips. My personal favorite is the fishtail, like in video link up above.

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      The loom makes it much easier and faster, and it allows you to do many different designs!

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      RTalloni, I completely agree which is why I support this creative outlet for my kids.

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      RTalloni 4 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for highlighting this craft for us. Children need creative outlets and products like this keep their hands and minds busy with that which will stretch them, excuse the pun. :)

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      Lily Rose 4 years ago from East Coast

      Thanks, vibesites!

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      vibesites 4 years ago from United States

      I used to do this when I was younger... But thanks to your hub, I found new ways to do that, like the flag out of rubber bands! It's really amazing. :)