Making rubber band jewelry without a Rainbow Loom

Posted by Julia Gerlach
on Tuesday, August 27, 2013

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!

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