Marie (aka CraftyMarie) has written hundreds of craft pages across the Internet. She writes many fun tutorials mostly for adult crafters.
Making Easy Beginner Double Fishtail Bracelets on the Monster Loom
The new, mini Monster Tail loom is the compact peg board which is ideal for kids and adults to use in the car, while traveling and on vacation. My daughter and I find this version so much easier than the original Rainbow boards and much more intuitive.
If you haven’t done much in the way of making rubber band crafting or if you are new to this fun craft, you may find that the instructions in the new mini loom box are quite overwhelming. In our opinion, the box should include a beginner pattern that is easy for complete newbies to make but it doesn’t.
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So this page contains links to a really awesome starter pattern as well as a video so you can see exactly how to start making a bracelet if you are new to this and if you’ve never done it before.
Many kids, in particular, get started by working these colored rubber bands over their fingers – in fact, that’s how my own daughter first got into this fun craft. You will find a very detailed step by step photo tutorial of mine linked to from this page as well as an instructional video suitable for a beginner to learn from.
My instructions with photos show you how to create a simple but striking double band fishtail pattern which you can first make with 2 alternating colors, then 3 colors and then any number of shades once you understand how to work the pattern by heart. In any case, it comes up with a really nice, thick band which you will love to wear around your wrist.
Once you get good with it and you have the design in your head (which you will soon enough as it is a repeating pattern) you can then try doing it with 3 alternating colors instead of just 2.
It helps if you either have the colors separated by using a box organizer or you can line them up in front of you in piles as you work. Then just work the pattern but add in the colors in order with Color A, Color B, Color C. Then have a go at lining up a whole range of colors to make a rainbow style design instead!
Although this tutorial is for the Monster device, you can work this same beginner pattern on any 2 end pegs on a standard Rainbow Loom as well as using your fingers instead.
Videos on this Design - Watch to See How It's Made
What You Get in the MonsterTail Box
I Love My Mini MT Loom
NOTE: You don't need this mini loom. You can actually make this design right on your fingers and there is a craft tutorial on doing just that below. But the mini board is nice and easy to use, it is inexpensive and easily portable and saves getting sore fingers - especially as an adult.
No loom? No problem. You can simply use your fingers instead. In fact, this is exactly how my little girl discovered how to make these bracelets and designs because she practiced on her hands long before she had an actual peg board to work with. She still prefers to use her hands for the simpler designs too and leaves the boards for when lots more pegs are required.
What You Need for Making Your Bracelets
You can work with any loom that has just 2 pegs on it (or you can alternatively use your fingers for this easy starter pattern) plus a selection of colored bands (try two contrasting colors for maximum effect)and either some C or S clips that can secure the finished design together. I personally prefer the C clips because I find them much easier and less fiddly to use but you can use either version in the same way. I hope you've enjoyed reading this hub today, thanks for your visit. Come and visit my other tutorials below too.
It's good to have a whole rainbow of colors with this particular craft. You need quite a lot of beads just to make one bracelet design and then if you start branching out further into necklaces, headbands and other projects then you don't want to run out of your pattern color in the middle of a project!
You can pop all your rubber bands into a single drawer or container but the better way (if you can be bothered) is to separate the colors out into organizers so that makes it a lot easier when it comes to the time when you need to be making. I really loathe sorting through a pile of mixed colors to find what I need when I'm in a hurry to finish up a project. So it's a great idea to get organized right at the start.
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Hailey Demers on September 18, 2014:
I love to make loom bands
Marie (author) on June 27, 2014:
@SusanDeppner: Thanks Susan :)
Susan Deppner from Arkansas USA on June 24, 2014:
I love tutorials. Nicely done!