Rainbow Loom Bracelet WITHOUT Rainbow Loom With Common Household Objects




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So I bought a bag of these colored rubber bands that came with a hook, clasps, and the bands, but no actual rainbow loom. It didn't come with instructions and I didn't know that you need a loom to make this kind of bracelet, but i had seen other people wearing them so I just figured out how to make them with what I had. I later bought a loom to make more complicated designs, but I still don't use it when I just want to make a single bracelet because I can do it faster and easier without, plus it's more compact if I want to work with it on the go :)

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

1.)colorful rubber bands. You can buy these at lots of stores (including Walmart) or you can use orthodontics bands, or really tiny hair bands.

2.) hook. I got mine in the package when I bought my bands, but otherwise you can make one from a paper clip or something (by bending it into the right shape-you'll want to make the actual hook part as small as possible).

3.) clasp. These also came in my kit, but there are lots of alternatives you could use, including...
-tie the ends together with yarn. I will provide instructions throughout this 'ible for yarn. Any type of string will work, and you could even cut a runner band
-bend a staple, or use some sort of o-ring. This will be used in approximately the same way as yarn.
-be creative! If you look around, I'm sure you will find something that will do the job.

Step 2: Starting Off

Fold the band in half, and slide your clear plastic clasp onto it. There should be two pieces of the band in the hook on the clasp.
If you are using string, tie it around the middle of the folded band, in the same place as the plastic. Don't make it too tight though because you'll need to untie it later.

Step 3: Adding the First Band

First, move the band down along the hook so that you can hang the next band onto it. Then pull the first band over the second one, so that you can fold #2 up and onto the hook. Continue doing this until your bracelet is long enough. Be sure to check the length periodically, since it tends to grow fast and remember it is very stretchy so it's ok to be a bit on the small side.

Step 4: Finishing It Off

Once the bracelet is long enough, all you have to do is take the last band and slide both parts into your plastic s-hook/clasp thingy. If you are using yarn, this is where you untie it so that it goes through the bands. You can do this on or off the hook, whichever makes you happier

Step 5: Wear and Enjoy!

The great thing about these bracelets is that they're stretchy, so you never have to unclasp them when you're taking them on and off; they easily slide around your hand. Post pics of your finished product in the comments; I want to see how they came out! Also I would be happy to answer any questions you have, so post them as well. Thank you, and be sure to vote for me in the bracelet contest!



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    15 Discussions


    2 years ago

    Thank god! without this I wouldn't have been able to rainbow loom at all ty!

    1 reply
    Samah Fazal

    Reply 3 years ago

    + suzysmith24


    3 years ago

    i made it using my fingers and used a safety pin please check out my instructable!


    4 years ago on Introduction

    Are there any other types that are up just a notch? I'm not interested in the ones that need a loom. is there anything else using just two pegs or your hands?

    1 reply

    Reply 4 years ago on Introduction

    Yes. I've been planning to make an 'ible for this since I made this one, but I doubt that I'm suddenly going to have the time anytime soon, so here goes: you can make a fishtail style bracelet, like the top two in the cover photo for this 'ible. All you have to do is follow the same instructions outlined here, but with two rubber bands instead of one on each row. The trick is to not let them get twisted as you make it. Make sure that the same sides are thouching each other the whole time.

    Yes there are many. Although this is not necessarily specific to bracelet making, one favorite of mine is finger weaving, or finger knitting. It's very relaxing, and is very fast moving, which makes it more fun in my opinion. Check out momoluv 's ible "How to Finger Weave" for clear instructions and directions. Hope this helped!


    5 years ago on Step 5

    I was hoping that it'll show how to make the two top ones but these are nice as well :)

    1 reply

    Reply 5 years ago on Step 5

    Sorry about that; I was planning on making that ible and then never got around to it. I will hopefully make it this summer though, so be sure to follow me if you want to be notified when I do.


    5 years ago

    that is so cool

    Wow! This is awesome! The instructions are really easy to follow and it's such a great idea!

    MEB and OJB

    5 years ago

    Using your fingers is a lot easier and faster way