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9 fun Rainbow Loom crafts

The hottest toy of the year comes with nearly endless crafting possibilities. Check out some of our favourite things to make ranging from easy to difficult.

By Tina Barkley

9 fun Rainbow Loom crafts

Rainbow loom crafts

The hottest toy

Every once in a while there is a craze so big we all wish we’d thought of it! While your kids are busy organizing their elastics and trading bracelets, we’ve compiled some other fun Rainbow Loom projects for them to weave more magic.
 

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Pencil toppers

These quick and easy cuties can be made in so many little designs from cupcakes to flowers. My favourites are the little creamsicles but my girls like the owls. They take less time than a full bracelet (provided you aren’t making mini Eiffle Towers!) and use one small loop to attach to the pencil. Great for trading and small gifts.

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Pencil grip

Why buy these now when you can make one in all your favourite colours? Grips can vary in length depending on your child’s attention span. Match the pencil colour or create a fun pattern. The best part is they work really well!

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Lightsaber

These are adorable and can be used as little toys or charms. The boys in my life are certainly being attracted to making these. I’m challenging my kids to make one that we can put a glow stick inside so they actually glow! You can vary the length, too.

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Slinky bracelet

After all those tight weaves, this slinky bracelet really stands out. It takes quite a few less elastics to make, so great if you are in short supply. The colours really stand out, creating a fun and different looking bracelet.

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Dragon scale bracelet

We’ve seen complex bracelets with multiple layers, but this one takes things to another level. The dragon scales bracelet is almost like a fish-net Rainbow Loom cuff for your wrist. Make a big rainbow for your wrist or try using darker colours for a super hero cuff.

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Flower ring

There are so many different rings to make with the loom. The basic ring is quite simple, but there are dozens that go up in difficulty level from “starburst” flowers to chunkier flowers and other shapes. My kids swear you can attach charms of almost anything small to your finger as well (think pencil topper) if you want to be really creative.

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9 fun Rainbow Loom craftsPhoto: Artpimp Jewelry via Pinterest

Rainbow purse

It won’t fit your wallet, cell phone, car keys and lipstick but it will be mighty fun to show off when it’s done. This little wristlet tutorial is not for the faint of heart but the kids just loved making them. There are double layer and single layer tutorials out there but this one is nice and straightforward.

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9 fun Rainbow Loom craftsPhoto: Rainbow Loom Luv via Pinterest

Headband

Tired of hair bands that slip? You won’t have that problem with a Rainbow Loom hairband. In fact, quite the opposite. These give girls a whole new way to show off their creations and they can be as simple as a “long” regular bracelet or you can get a bit fancier like this one here.

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Hairclip

Why stop at the hair band? One of the first things I thought my kids would do when I started seeing the bracelets churning off the loom was make pony tail elastics. And sure enough they did. Little kids may get them tangled in, though, so I recommend securing hair with a regular elastic and then using a Rainbow Loom over top. These barrette toppers are sweet, too!

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This article was originally published on Feb 24, 2014
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