How to Make a Rainbow Loom Fishtail Bracelet

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How to Make a Rainbow Loom Fishtail Bracelet

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Katherine Lee

It's easy to see why Rainbow Loom bracelets are super-popular with school-age kids. They are colorful, fun to make, and look absolutely awesome when worn together in a bunch or one at a time. And because they're made of stretchy rubber, then can be easily removed and put back on, and kids don't have to worry about getting them wet. It's the perfect combination of craft and jewelry for kids. It's the perfect craft for school-age kids!

These fishtail bracelets can be made with or without a full-size Rainbow Loom. Here are some easy step-by-step instructions for how to make a rubberband fishtail bracelet using a mini Rainbow Loom. If you are using a full-size loom, you can simply use any two pegs instead of the mini loom.

Kids can make this Rainbow Loom fishtail bracelet with alternating colors or group colors together to form a rainbow or other design pattern. Encourage them to use their imagination to make their own designs!

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Get the rubber bands and other materials to make your bracelet.

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Katherine Lee

  • To make your fishtail Rainbow Loom rubber band bracelet, you will need just a few things:

  • Rainbow Loom kit or a Mini Rainbow Loom kit (If you don't have a mini Rainbow Loom kit, you can just use a crochet hook.)
  • small rubber bands in assorted colors
  • plastic "c" clips for closures

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Put your first rubber band on the mini Rainbow Loom.

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Take a rubber band and put it on the mini Rainbow Loom. Put it on one side first then twist it and put it on the other side so that the rubber band forms an "x" as shown.

If you are not using a mini Rainbow Loom, simply take your first rubber band and put a "c" clip in the middle of the rubber band. Then go straight to step 6 (grab 2 rubber bands with your hook and pull through).

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Put the second rubber band on the mini loom.

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Katherine Lee

Take your second rubber band (if you are using alternating colors, put the second color here) and put it on the mini loom, this time without twisting it.

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Grab the bottom rubber band with your hook.

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Take your hook and grab the bottom rubber band, first on one side then on the other side. When you are done, you should have both sides of the bottom rubber band on the hook.

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Grab two more rubber bands with the hook and pull them through.

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Katherine Lee

Now grab two more rubber bands (one of each color if you're going to use alternating colors) and pull them through the rubber band you already have on the hook. Stop when the two rubber bands are halfway through.

(Hint: When you pull the rubber bands through, turn the hook upside down or sideways to make it easier for it to go through without catching.)

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Put the hook through the loops created by the two rubber bands.

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Katherine Lee

Once you have pulled the two rubber bands halfway through, stop and turn the hook right side up. Put the hook through both of the loops created by the two rubber bands you have just pulled through.

(Important: Keep one rubber band on the outside and one on the inside. If you are using alternating colors, this will be easy to see. For the bracelet I made in this step-by-step article, I kept the green rubber band outside and the purple rubber band inside.)

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Next, pull a single rubber band through.

fishtail rainbow loom
Katherine Lee

Put another rubber band on the hook and prepare to pull it through, stopping when you are halfway through as before. (If you are using alternating colors, the single rubber band you pull through should be same color that is inside, in this case, purple. This is how to get the alternating pattern--by pulling a color each time that is different from the rubber band that is on the outside on the hook.)

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Your bracelet will look like this at this stage.

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Once you've pulled the purple rubber band through, your bracelet will look like this.

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Add more rubber bands, one at a time.

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Katherine Lee

Keep adding more rubber bands, one at a time, to make the fishtail bracelet. These next steps show exactly how to keep adding single rubber bands.

Here, I've pulled a green rubber band through with the hook (since the outside rubber band is purple).

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Put the next closest rubber band onto the hook.

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Katherine Lee

Next, keep the green on the hook and grab the next closest rubber band (in this case the purple). Now the purple will be on the inside the the green on the outside.

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Grab the other end of the purple rubber band.

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Now put the other purple rubber band end onto the hook, as shown.

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Grab the other end of the rubber band you pulled through.

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Katherine Lee

Finally, to complete this "stitch," grab the other end of the green rubber band you pulled through. It will now look like this.

Continue this pattern (you will grab a purple single rubber band next to pull it through) until you have enough to go around your wrist.

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Put a "c" clip on the ends of your bracelet.

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Katherine Lee

To finish your fishtail Rainbow Loom bracelet, put a "c" clip on the last rubber band when you are have reached the length you want. Take the other end of the bracelet off the mini loom and fold it in half to put that end on the "c" clip as well.

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Your fishtail Rainbow Loom bracelet will look something like this.

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Katherine Lee

When you are finished, you can expect your fishtail Rainbow Loom bracelet to look something like this.

Let your child choose different colors, use a single color (or blocks of colors), and use her imagination to create this and other Rainbow Loom bracelet patterns. They are so much fun!


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