DIY Rainbow Loom (Under $5 Project)

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Last Friday, Lil came home and showed me a colorful elastic bracelet that her BFF made for her. “Mommy, it’s a rainbow loom bracelet.”, she said. Her BFF made it using two pencils. I thought that was pretty resourceful. Lil hinted that she wanted to learn how to make one.

I’d seen the Rainbow Loom being sold at Michael’s Arts & Crafts for $20. Knowing how fast kids’ interest in fads and trends fade quickly, I decided to do a DIY Rainbow Loom project with Lil. Total cost=$3.99 (bag of 600  colorful elastic bands with S-clips ). All the other materials we found at home.

WHAT YOU NEED:

Leftover Foam Poster Board (6X6 inches, or any cardboard)

2 small rubber bands

Colorful duct tape (Or any wrapping paper. You will use this to cover foam board)

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2 thumb tacks

A bag of rainbow loom elastic rubber bands ($3.99)

Colorful rubberbands/ hair elastic bands

1) Draw 3  lines on foam board about 2 inches wide.

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2) Cut foam board into three strips.

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3) Stack the foam boards on top of each other and use rubberbands to hold them together.

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4) Wrap entire foam board strip with duct tape.

5) Place two thumb tacks in the center of the board. Leave about an inch of space between the two tacks.

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For our first attempt, we used Emmy’s colorful hair elastic bands.

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Success!

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2nd Attempt using colorful rainbow loom elastic bands.

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Here are the bracelets Lil made. The rainbow one is for Lil and the other two will go to Emmy and Lil’s best friend.

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We both had fun doing this project! Next time, Lil and I are going to add charms on the bracelets. 🙂

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