Rubber band jewelry is all the rage among the kids these days, thanks to the Rainbow Loom. If you haven't seen it, it's a pretty neat little system of pegs that makes it very easy to weave bright, colorful, and stretchy bracelets in a matter of minutes. My 12-year-old daughter got a Rainbow Loom and has figured out several of the patterns included in the kit.
This past weekend, while she was engrossed in her newest obsession, I took a quick peek on Pinterest and found that rubber band jewelry is a hit there, too. A video from Justin's Toys caught my eye -- it showed how to make a "hexafish" (a tube with a herringbone or chevron pattern) with rubber bands by snapping two Rainbow Looms together end to end. Well, it took me about three seconds to realize I could do the same thing on a spool knitter, which I just happened to have nearby. So I set to work and, a couple of hours later, had made the tube for the bracelet shown above. It was a real hoot! The ends don't come together well (at least I haven't figured out how to do it nicely yet), so I joined the ends of my tube with a bit of wire and made a beaded bead to cover the unsightly join. So fun! And as soon as my daughter saw this technique, she just had to try it and has made a bracelet and several zipper pulls.
Watch my easy video tutorial on how to make your own rubber band jewelry without a Rainbow Loom, using a spool knitter instead.
So have you made any rubber band jewelry? If so, tell us about it below!