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How to Make Rubber Band Bracelets without a Rainbow Loom – Easy!


Did you know you can easily make rubber band bracelets and other rubber band jewelry without a rainbow loom? All you need is two pencils and some rubber bands. Kids of all ages can make loom bracelets by making their own DIY rainbow loom!

Let’s make rubber band bracelets!

Rubber Band Jewelry Craft Tutorial Created By Kids

My 7 year old daughter rightfully takes complete credit for this genius example of childhood resourcefulness! Together with a friend at her after school center, they came up with a way for everyone  make rainbow loom bracelets and rings together when there weren’t enough looms to go around. Necessity is the mother of invention and all that!

Related: How to make rubber band bracelets with a rainbow loom

Now getting a 7 year old to ‘freeze’ so you can take step by step photos as she is looming  is not  the easiest task in the world, so please forgive the slight impatient blurs in places!

How to Make Rainbow Loom Bracelets without a Loom

Follow the step by step guide below with pictures to create your own pencil loom and easily create rubber band bracelets.

You will find that making rainbow loom jewelry this way is very easy for younger kids to get their heads around, the loom can be confusing. This is the easy way to make rubber band bracelets by hand.

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Supplies Needed to Make Rubber Band Bracelets without Loom

How to Make Rubber Band Bracelet with Pencil Loom

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids  - step 1 loop the first band over a pencil
You will need a rubber band and one pencil for the first step.

Step 1

Start by sliding the first band over one of the pencils.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - step 2 twist the band and pop it over a second pencil making a figure 8
Grab your second pencil for the second step and make a figure eight.

Step 2


Next make one twist in the band and loop over the second pencil. The band should look like the figure 8.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - step 3 slip a second band onto the pencils
In the third step you will grab and additional mini rubber band.

Step 3


Slip a second band onto the pencils. (Do not twist.)

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - slip a third band onto the pencils and pick out the lower right band
In the next step you will use an additional band.


Step 4

Slip a third band onto the pencils and pluck out the lower band on the right.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - step 5 - slip the band over the top  of the right pencil and snap into place between the pencils
Let’s start the band weaving process…

Step 5


Pull the band up and over the pencil to snap into the centre of the pencils.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - step 6

Step 6

Pull to the right.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - step 7 repeat the step including the left pencil and the rubber band


Step 7

Repeat this step on the left.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids  - step 8 keep adding single bands and looping over the pencils to see your bracelet or ring grow
Repeat. Repeat. Repeat!

Step 8

Keep adding single bands and looping over pencils to see your bracelet or rubber band ring grow in length.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - do one side
One side…
Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - then the other side with the rubber band
…and then the other side!


Repeat Until Desired Band Length

These are the core steps of making the rainbow loom strip, to be repeated band by band, looping over the top, until you have the desired length to make a bracelet, ring, necklace, etc.

How to Finish the Rubber Band Jewelry

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - finish with adding a s or c clip to the rubber bands
Add an S or C clip!


1. Attach an S or C Clip to the Rubber Bands

When you are happy with the length of your rainbow loom strip, simply slip one side at a time off the pencils and finish with a C or S clip.

Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids - Finish by connecting the two rubber band bracelet ends together
Finish by connecting the two rubber band bracelet ends together.


2. Join the Ends of the Bracelet or Ring Together

And join the ends together to make your ring, necklace or bracelet.

Rainbow loom jewelry without the loom

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