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The Rainbow Loom

So there’s a new craze in town – The Rainbow Loom!

My daughter was so excited when she found out we were getting a Rainbow Loom that I thought she might burst. So what is it? Well basically, as the name implies, it’s a loom which uses small rubber bands to create a whole array of things.

The most common (and easiest) thing you can make with the Rainbow Loom is a (single patterned) bracelet. As soon as we received the Rainbow Loom it was a bracelet making frenzy. Miss 7 was making them for me, her brothers and of course herself. Much to my surprise Mr 9 informed me that everyone at school had a Rainbow Loom bracelet – even the boys! Mr 9 proudly wore his blue and white bracelet his sister had made him to school and told me that all his mates wanted to have it.

Silly me had stereotyped it as a predominately girl toy – alas I was wrong, the Rainbow Loom appears to be equally worshiped by boys and girls.

The Rainbow Loom is highly addictive and has the capacity to create some pretty impressive items. Miss 7 has been glued to YouTube looking at tutorials, so has everyone else it seems with one tutorial video we watched clocking nearly 3 million views! Rainbow Loom have an official YouTube channel were you can find heaps of instructional videos. You can also find instructions at www.rainbowloom.net.au

Below is the loom with the rubber bands placed ready to make the easiest form of bracelet (singe patterned).

After you have placed the rubber bands in a zig zag pattern all the way to the end you use the crochet hook tool to pick up each band and move it to a particular place on the loom. Where you move the rubber band will depend on the item and pattern you are creating.

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The actual rainbow loom with rubber bands placed on

Its a bit tricky to get the feel of how it all works without doing a video (which I may do in the future with Miss 7 as my helper), but below is a picture of Miss 7 moving the rubber bands on the loom.

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Once you have complete the bracelet the two ends are joined by a c-clip. It’s called a c-clip because it’s shaped like a C and you hook each end onto the C.

You can also use the mini Rainbow Loom tool – great for when you are out and about and don’t want to take the whole loom set up.

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The Mini Rainbow Loom

 

There are heaps of possibilities with both the big Rainbow Loom and the Mini Rainbow Loom – bracelets, keytags, bag tags, necklaces, rings and more. The Rainbow Loom Kit costs $19.99 and includes The Rainbow Loom, the Mini Rainbow Loom, hook, bag of C-Clips and 600 assorted rubber bands which is enough to make about 24 single patterned bracelets. The bracelets below are a bit trickier and are called ‘fishtail’ bracelets which Miss 7 found a tutorial for on YouTube.

 

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The bracelets Miss 7 made for her brothers

 

You can purchase the Rainbow Loom Kit from Spotlight, Craft Direct and Rainbow Fun – check here for stockist information.

A word of advice – keep the rubber bands stored in a plastic container! I have found them all over the house.

 

Rainbow Loom Bracelets

 

Win I have two Rainbow Loom Kits to give away.

To enter just leave a comment below and finish this sentence…“I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because….”

You can also subscribe to my blog 🙂 and follow me on social media 🙂 if you like, but entries will be solely judged on the creativity of your answer below.

Comments are moderated so they may not appear straight away, competition ends midnight 23 March 2014. Full terms and conditions can be found on my formal stuff page.

Gook luck and happy looming!

 

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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary Rainbow Loom Kit to assist with writing this post. As with all content on my blog, including: reviews, general posts and sponsored/paid posts – the views expressed are entirely my own.

26 Comments

  1. Kell Kelly March 24, 2014 at 4:28 am

    my boys (yes that’s right boys) are obsessed. They have had friends make bands for them but they want some of their own.

    • Mummahh March 24, 2014 at 4:40 am

      I know!! My 9 year old son is just as obsessed as my 7 year old daughter!!

  2. Zoe Ryan March 22, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Because…. it would be a great bonding thing for my kids to do together and i love encouraging crafty endeavours!

  3. Michelle Gray March 22, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because all the cool kids are doing it and I want to be cool!!!

  4. kelly March 21, 2014 at 2:28 am

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because…my kids have just discovered this and all their friends are getting into it and now desperately want to be able to make their own bracelets to show and share with their school friends.

  5. Mick G March 20, 2014 at 9:15 am

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because I think it would be a creative way to enjoy making beautiful items with my children

  6. Maria P March 18, 2014 at 11:22 pm

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because….it will keep busy little fingers occupied and not where they’re not supposed to be.

  7. Liz March 16, 2014 at 10:56 pm

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because…my 8 going on 18yo thinks that her world is going to end and her name will mean nothing if she does not get one. *rolls eyes*

  8. Melissa March 15, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I want to join the rainbow loom craze because we’ve been struggling to find something to help our 6yr old son develop his fine motor skills. He’s sick of all the usual therapies and has ADHD so we struggle to get him to concentrate and stay on task. Today we attended a local rainbow loom workshop and he loved it. I booked it in for his 8yr old sister but added him to the booking just in case he wanted to join in. He loved it! They both did. This would be a wonderful new therapy for him.

  9. sharyn w March 8, 2014 at 10:03 am

    my daughter would love it, my nieces would love it so it would get plenty of use and love and care 🙂

  10. Maryanne March 3, 2014 at 2:05 am

    …..it promotes creativity and hand/eye coordination which is particularly fantastic for my son who has congentital nystagmus. I’m all for the comeback of old fashion toys that doesnt rely on electricity!

  11. PhoebeL February 28, 2014 at 7:02 am

    All my friend have lots of bracelets and rings like that, and I would like to be able to make them for me and my friends.

  12. Peta-Lee February 26, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I think this would be great for me to do with my daughters. I may be as excited about it as them

  13. Carolyn February 26, 2014 at 12:41 am

    …..I have two girls who love crafting, colour and wearing jewellery. Red and yellow and pink and green, purple and orange and blue, please we need a rainbow, need a rainbow, need a rainbow loom!!

  14. Tracy A February 26, 2014 at 12:26 am

    Because I want to be a step ahead of my 5 yr old , she hasn’t discovered this craze yet . But its only a matter of time . Notice I said yet , she’s just started kindergarten & its only a matter of time .

  15. AmberB February 23, 2014 at 5:30 am

    It looks fun and creative, and will keep Little Miss quiet for an afternoon… which would be blissful for the rest of the family 🙂

  16. Melissa Puli February 21, 2014 at 4:02 am

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because it means my daughter will stop nagging me to get her one.

  17. Melissa Puli February 21, 2014 at 4:01 am

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because it means my daughter will stop nagging me for one!

  18. Stacey Shailer February 18, 2014 at 4:18 am

    …it’s something crafty that my daughter and I can do together!

  19. Julian Philip February 17, 2014 at 3:00 am

    Our little girl used to be a tomboy but in the past 6 months has done an about-face and now has swapped her overalls and Spiderman costume for hair bands and jewellery! She would get soooo much use out of this wonderful kit!

  20. Sonya February 17, 2014 at 2:33 am

    My daughter loves giving her friends homemade gifts and this would be perfect for making cute presents for her friends’ birthdays (and it would save Mummy lots of money too!).

  21. katie February 15, 2014 at 4:04 pm

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because I’m seriously procrastinating from a LOT of work I need to do and this sounds like awesome fun! (oh, and my kids would love to join in… if I let them – muhahaha!)

  22. sara hall February 15, 2014 at 8:13 am

    I want to join the Rainbow Loom Craze because I feel like I cant keep up with all the crazes my girls go through, so if im up to date with Loom bands they might think im still cool lol

  23. Kush Bourke February 14, 2014 at 12:06 pm

    My daughter has been asking for one of these for ages. Truth is I want one just as much as her – I think we would have great fun doing it together 🙂

  24. Caroline Kelly February 14, 2014 at 12:37 am

    My knitting and crochet skills are atrocious and I need to show that I can achieve some form of handicraft creativity.

  25. rebecca scarinci February 14, 2014 at 12:36 am

    “I want to join the Rainbow Loom craze because it will entertain my daughter on the weekend while I’m trying to get my thesis finished.”