How to Fishtail Without a Loom

So, you know those rubber band looms you’re seeing everywhere? Oh you don’t hang out in the kids craft section. Weird. You are missing out, it’s awesome. If you aren’t ready to invest $12.99 to try to loom out, never fear, I have figured out how to do the fishtail pattern without actually owning a loom.

How to make rubber band bracelets without a loom.


How to fishtail without a loom supplies.

To make it you will need:

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You’ll start out by twisting one band around both of the pencils as shown above. Then, you want and two more bands without twisting.

How to make rubber band bracelets without a loom 2Next you will pull the bottom band from the side, up over the top of the pencil to the middle of the two pencils. Then, add-on another rubber band.

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Repeat what you did before and lift the both band over the pencils, slap on another band, rinse, repeat! You’re fishtailing with pencils instead of a loom!

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When it gets to the length you would prefer, instead of adding a new band, just lift the bottom band over the top. You’ll only have one left on the pencils. Use a “c-clip” and pull the remaining band off. Then, connect it to the end of your bracelet. Boom! All done.  Easy wasn’t it?

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12 Responses to How to Fishtail Without a Loom

  1. My daughters got looms for Christmas. My 13yo luvs it but this may be better for my 6 yo. Nice post. Thanks…
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  2. These look so cool!! I teach a class of 10 year olds and I think they would love these! Do you think 10 year olds would be able to catch on and make them?

  3. I read the directions, theres a couple typos…. im realllly bad with directions is there a different more simple way? Because with the typos im confused, other than that… great post… great idea!!!

  4. Awesome
    I am 13 yrs old and I love making loom bands with all my friends and it gets every one closer to gether and its fun making them and talking with peolpe and it gets me and my family closer when we all do it in the loundroom
    Thanx for this awsome and new idea

  5. How did you loop the bottom band over the other untwisted bands? Great instructions, I think I may be mis-interpreting them! Thanks anyway!

  6. I do this with a plastic fork with the two middle tines removed. You don’t have to worry about the pencils slipping and the fork handle is comfortable to hold.

  7. I did this with 6-12 year-old kids in Bible School last year. Most of the youngest needed help to start, but quickly picked it up. I think I understand the confusion someone had with the directions. You lift one bottom loop over over two at a time until you reach the end. Then you lift the next to last bands over the last. It helps to then lift the last loop on your dominant hand side over the other side and pull out on the two loops a bit to get the c-clip through both loops.