Revealed: the dark art of Rainbow Looms

If you have a primary school-age child, chances are you'll be familiar with loom bands - the new craze driving parents mad delighting kids across the country. Don't fancy shelling out for an actual loom? Here's a step-by-step expert* guide to making bracelets using your hands.

 

You will need:

You may lose:

  • The will to live 

 

1. Twist the first band over your index and middle finger on the hand you don't favour (so if you're right handed use your left hand) so it forms a figure of eight, like so:

 
loom bands bracelet 
 

2. Repeat with two other bands in the colour scheme of your choice.

 

loom bands bracelet
 

3. Pull the first band looped around your index finger over the other two bands on the same finger and allow it to to drop between the two fingers.

 

loom bands bracelet 
 

4a. Do the same thing with the middle finger, pulling the bottom band over the other two bands and letting it drop in between the two fingers.

 

loom bands
 

4b. Thusly:

 

loom bands

 

 5. Add another band to your two fingers according to the colour pattern you've chosen. Again, pull the bottom band over the other two on the index finger and allow it to drop, and then repeat with the middle finger.

 

loom bands

 

6. Keep going. It looks unpromisingly like a tangled knot at first, but as you continue, it starts to take shape.

 

loom bands
 

7. And... keep on going. Every now and again, stretch out the bracelet to see how long it is. For a child, 30 to 40 bands should make one long enough to fit round the wrist.

 

loom bands
 

8. For the fastening, take an S clip and attach one end to both loops of the last band on your bracelet, allowing the remaining bands on your fingers to fall away.

 

loom bands

 

9. Attach the other end  to both loops of the first band on your bracelet.

 

loom bands

 

10. Voilà! A beautiful bracelet. Well done, everyone.

 

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*The expert in question is HarrietMumsnet's lovely DD Stella - massive shout-out to her!

 

 

 

Last updated: 20-Jun-2014 at 5:13 PM