When I was a pre-teen and teenager I got into making ribbon and craft floss friendship bracelets. I actually still have my craft boxes with a great deal of supplies left waiting for my girls to be old enough to use them. Tomoson and RainbowBandz gave me the opportunity to rekindle my love of this type of craft with a RainbowBandz Loom set complete with hook and 600 latex-free, organic silicone bands.
The past few weeks my daughters and I have been using practically every bit of free time to make and research patterns for the loom bands. I was unsure how easy it would be for my 8 and 5 year old girls to do but the basic single bracelet was super easy. Then when I learned how to make the fishtail bracelet and showed them how they started making them for all their friends. My little one was super proud of herself when she make her first fishtail bracelet for her little friend in swimming lessons.
It’s become a bit of an addiction right now in our house. We found that the single and fishtail bracelets are just the tip of the iceberg. We’ve learned how to make Starburst, Hexafish, and Ameristrand bracelet patterns so far and are working on learning how to make charms to hang off the bracelets or on backpacks, purses, shoes and jackets!
In an effort to relieve the backlog on the complimentary loom we received I went out looking for another one. In the process I learned just how awesome the Rainbow Bandz loom is! The fact that it comes in separate pieces that can be reconfigured makes producing a wider variety of patterns much easier. You can also get extension pieces and attach looms together for larger items. The loom sections can be used staggered, side by side or only two at a time depending on the pattern. We did something we later learned was a bit of a mistake. We used one loom section by itself without the use of any of the blue peg supports while the other two were being used to make another bracelet. Half way through the process of making a bracelet the section accidentally snapped. And then another broke whike trying to get it apart. It’s still usable but we have to be extra careful.
We’ve gotten into making so many different designs we need to buy another one to reduce the backlog. There are so many tutorials out there right now. Loom Love, Officially Loomed and many others on YouTube provide easy to follow tutorials for many designs.
You can pick up the Rainbow Bandz #loomkit on Amazon right now for $9.99. The set comes complete with 600 latex-free loom bands, the mini-loom, hook and three section loom board. It’s a great craft kit for hours of fun on rainy, too hot or too cold days. Way better than watching TV all day.
FYI- I still don’t know what they are offering free on the website http://www.getrainbowbandz.com. I checked and the only thing I found was one tutorial. A little disappointing considering the plethora of free information already available.
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