Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Rainbow Loom Fishtail Bracelet

My daughter was dying to get a Rainbow Loom. If you are someone who hasn't heard of the Rainbow Loom, congratulations.  Between the kids at the school and my daughter at home, I'm sick of hearing about it.

She had a bit of birthday money squirreled away and agreed to add to her chore list to earn the rest of the money so we went off to Michaels, coupon in hand, to buy the Rainbow Loom.  Imagine her disappointment when she found out she couldn't use the coupon.  We ended up paying $16.99 for the loom and I bought a few extra packs of rubber bands so that she could keep on making the bracelets.

She loves it!  She's made rings and bracelets and I'm now the proud owner of a Sammy-Designed rubberband bracelet that I proudly wore to Target.  It's actually something fun that she could do herself and the results are fast. . . perfect for the girl that gets bored easily.

There are multiple techniques.  I'm not the creator of this technique but it's easier than the instructions that comes with the the loom.  I think even young kids could use this technique. . . the instructions included with the loom are a little bit tricky for those that aren't quite as dexterous as needed but this technique is pretty easy.

Here are instructions for the Fishtail Bracelet.

You are going to use two pegs on the loom.  I picked the ones at the end.  Put one rubber band across two pegs but twist the middle.  THIS IS THE ONLY ONE YOU WILL TWIST.

Stack two more rubber bands over the top.  DO NOT TWIST THESE.

Use the hook and pull the purple off the peg and over the two other rubber bands, resting in the middle.  Do the same to the other side.

Add another rubber band.  You will always have three looped over the pegs.

Pull the bottom rubber band over the top of the other two, just like the first one.

Add another rubber band (remember?  You need to have three on the pegs!)  Pull the bottom one over the other two again.

Keep going until you get the string as long as you want.  You will have to keep pushing the rubber bands down as they have a tendency to push up.
When you get to the length you want, pinch the last looped rubberband.  It's the white one for me.

Pull the rubber bands off the loom.  HANG ON TO THE LAST LOOPED ONE!

You will slide the last two off.  Mine was the purple and black. 
Add a C clip to the two loops of the one you are pinching.

Attach the C clip to the other side.

You're done!  Wear it with pride!

Over the next week or so, I will show you a few other techniques.  I like this one because it is easy for her to stop and come back to.  It's also one that is harder to mess up.  The instructions that come with the loom are great but that bracelet is harder to make.  If you make a mistake in the middle there is no way to go back and fix it without a lot of trouble.

Have fun!


  1. These are great! I love doing Disney crafts, and it is fun to see what other people have come up with. cheap wristbands

  2. thanks for this tutorial! I only had to use my fingers to anchor the rubber bands and my bracelet turned out awesome!

  3. thanks for these instructions this will be really helpful for me if i forget how to make a fishtail.

  4. how many rubber bands are needed for your fishtail?

    1. I would guess about 60 for a bracelet.

    2. It really depends on the size of your arm/hand and how old you are (I mean, because that includes itself in how it fits).

    3. IM 13 I USE 50

  5. Such a interesting information I like to see this pot you have on this blog and i love rubber bracelets cheap thank you for sharing it!

  6. omg am doing it right now and is working out AMAZING! also works on the crazy loom too :)

  7. So much easier for my nieces to do! Thank you

  8. This is great!!! I'm a newbie at rainbow looms but it's so easy!! Thank you so much!

  9. This is so much easier than my instructions were for making a fishtail and THANK YOU FOR MAKING IT SO MUCH EASIER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  10. Really beautiful one! Actually the color combination of this rainbow loom fishtail bracelet is awesome and the way it has been made that's really outstanding. Although I don't know that weather it's possible or not to make in my house but I will try to make this by myself very soon and hope that I will be successful as well. Thanks