I can’t completely dislike anything that gets my kids creating, but there are SO many eco-friendly Rainbow Loom alternatives.
Full disclosure: My kids have two Rainbow Looms, and they LOVE them. There are miniature rubber bands everywhere! Sometimes in the evening, my younger kid and I will hang out on my bed, watching YouTube tutorials and struggling our way through rubber band bouncy balls and keychains and hexfish bracelets.
So we’re not Rainbow Loom haters in our house, and yet… I do kind of hate them. Mind you, I can’t completely dislike anything that gets my kids creating, but there are SO many eco-friendly Rainbow Loom alternatives. There are SO many ways to make friendship bracelets that do not involve tiny rubber bands on my carpet, tiny rubber bands in my vacuum, tiny rubber bands in the trash, and therefore many, many, many tiny rubber bands all throughout our wastestream.
And that’s why, although I don’t want anyone to snatch Rainbow Looms out of the arms of their shrieking children, I do think that a kid who is obsessed with Rainbow Loom is a kid who would totally love being introduced to any of these fun and eco-friendly Rainbow Loom alternatives.
1. beaded ribbon bracelet. Kids will enjoy braiding stash beads onto this ribbon bracelet, and they can alternate between wearing it as a necklace or as a wrap bracelet.
2. button bracelets. A kid could have a fine time stitching stash buttons onto elastic to make these colorful bracelets.
3. easy friendship bracelet. If you’re looking to make a traditional embroidery floss friendship bracelet, this is a great one to start with. It looks more complicated than it is!
4. finger knitting. You can make a bracelet using finger knitting, definitely, but once you know how, you’ll be surprised at all the other things that you can also make!
5. folded paper bracelets. This is a great one, because kids can recycle their finished artwork to make these bracelets.
6. friendship bracelet on a cardboard loom. Upcycle a piece of cardboard into a loom to make weaving embroidery floss friendship bracelets even easier.
7. recycled weaving looms. If it’s the act of weaving that your kid likes, and not necessarily the friendship bracelets, then try out any of these recycled weaving looms for more fun experiences.
9. soda bottle wire. An adult would definitely need to make this plastic wire, but a kid could craft with it.
10. T-shirt bracelets. Cut an old T-shirt into strips, and braid it into a friendship bracelet.
Does your kid have a favorite friendship bracelet craft that doesn’t involve teensy rubber bands? Tell me about it in the Comments below!
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