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!

Rainbow loom jewelry without the loom - how to make a rainbow loom out of 2 pencils to make rubber band bracelets - 2 pencils with rubber band bracelet in progress shown.
Let’s make rubber band bracelets!

What are the rubber band bracelets called?

There are a lot of different names for rubber band bracelets: silicone wristbands or bracelets, jelly bracelets, gel band bracelets, loom band bracelets, rainbow loom bracelets, loom bracelets, silly band bracelets, elastic bracelets and rubber wristbands.

Rubber Band Bracelets 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 Rubber Band 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 Loom Bracelets without a Loom

How to Make Rubber Band Bracelets by Hand

You don’t need a fancy loom, you can make rubber band bracelets by hand with these simple steps using two pencils as the loom.

  1. Step 1

    Start by sliding the first band over one of the pencils.Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids.
    You will need a rubber band and one pencil for the first step.

  2. Step 2

    Next, make one twist in the band and loop it over the second pencil. The band should look like figure 8Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids.
    Grab your second pencil for the second step and make a figure eight.

  3. Step 3

    Slip a second band onto the pencils. (Do not twist.)Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids.
    In the third step you will grab and additional mini rubber band.

  4. Step 4

    Slip the third band onto the pencils and pluck out the lower band on the right.
    Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog
    In the next step, you will use an additional band.

  5. Step 5

    Pull the band up and over the pencil to snap into the center of the pencils.Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog
    Let’s start the band weaving process…

  6. Step 6

    Pull to the right.Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog

  7. Step 7

    Repeat this step on the left.Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog

  8. 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. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog

  9. Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog
    One side..

  10. Make Rainbow Loom jewelry without the loom - easy for kids. By MIchelle McInerney for KidsActivitiesBlog
    …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

Rainbow Loom

Can a 5 year old do the Rainbow Loom?

If your 5 year old is interested in making bracelets and has the ability to follow several steps, then rainbow looms can be appropriate for that age. You may need additional supervision especially at the beginning. If your 5 year old get frustrated easily, you may want to wait or put it away for a few months if it becomes a problem.

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2 Comments

  1. Prita Kaur says:

    Beautuful ideas for make a bracelets and rings.

  2. Kristen Yard says:

    Thank you! So glad that you enjoyed them!

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