How to Make Loom Bands
When the sun’s out, sitting and crafting in the shadowy indoors seems as realistic as winning the lottery – and this is where this nifty little loom comes in!
Everyone goes absolutely nuts at this time of year : the sun is shining, the socks are a no-no, the ice cream is on-tap (at least in my dreams) and the ice tea is a must. Following a bout of nail-polish mayhem (grass or sunshine? Gave up, chose both), I decided to amp up the summer celebration with blue skies and white clouds around my wrists.
Fun, colourful and relaxing; let’s find out how to make loom your own starter’s set of crazy bracelets!
1. Start looping your bands, making sure that the outside curves of the pins are facing to your right. The bands should sit over one another.
2. Start making a zigzag pattern!
3. Once you’re done, both the starting band and the finishing band should be facing downwards.
4. Now for the tricky bit: carefully unhook the second-from-last band and loop it over the adjacent band and back towards the pin. What you’ll end up with is the band snugly hugging around the previous band.
5. Next, carefully unhook the band sitting below the looped band. This is where the inner-curve of the pins comes in handy. Dip your hook down and bring the band over the loop and back towards its own pin – you might notice the start to a pattern!
6. Just like before, you’re creating a zigzag pattern, but instead, you’re forming loops. This is essentially the ‘linking’ stage. Continue looping backwards until you come to the end of the loom. The starting band should be looped, whilst the finishing band should be loose.
7. Now for the big test! Pinch the last band and gently pull until the remaining bands are plucked from the pins. Make sure that the starting band is kept looped.
8. Slip the loose finishing band through the starting loop and seal it together with an S-Clip!
- If it looks a little on the small side, don’t panic! These bands tend to be skin-friendly and very stretchy!
- To attach charms onto your bangle, one method is to slip the hoop through as you’re looping your bands – but another easy way is to attach an S-Clip onto the hoop, then onto your bangle for a tidier finish.
- Try this out with all kinds of colours! (And don’t be a boring conformist like me!)