The Fucking Rainbow Loom


It began with such promise.

A summer trend which, unlike Silly Bandz of summer’s past, actually required concentration and a learned skill. Lily’s time spent on her iTouch diminished, as she spent countless hours making bracelet after bracelet after bracelet. She made them for us, for her brothers, for her grandparents and for her friends. It was a creative outlet, a new take on an old art. There was nothing not to like about the Rainbow Loom.

But, then.

Slowly she began hearing about other stitches from her friends at camp. The single and fishtail were so over, with names like zipper and starburst becoming all the rage. Her friends learned about them from video tutorials on youTube, and suddenly, ten year old Alli of internet fame trumped my daughter’s former tween idols as we fought over computer time. Strike one for her beloved loom. But still, she happily used it in doctor’s office waiting rooms, tennis practice for her brother and before bed. And I was still a fan.

Last week, the boys insisted on getting in on the “fun.” At first, it was nothing short of adorable as Evan picked up  the stitches in lightning fast speed, using nothing but his fingers. Lily taught looming classes in the playroom after dinner and my heart almost burst as the three of them studiously sat side by side.

It’s amazing how much can change in a matter of days.

Suddenly, instead of finding a few rogue bands throughout the house, I’m finding 600 pieces of rubber scattered across the floor. I’m finding them on the walkway leading up to the house, in my bowl of cereal, in every pocket I own, buried in the dog’s poop — oh, THAT’S where the c-clips went! — and the lint holder in the dryer contains nothing but broken bands. The three of them make bracelets, trade bracelets, break bracelets and then fight over bracelets. Incessantly. I’m not sure I’ve had a conversation with any of them over the last couple of weeks that doesn’t involve the Rainbow Loom in one way or another.

The good news, is that this obsession has to end eventually, as they all do. I have the abandoned Jibbitz, Webkinz and Silly Bandz to prove it. The only question is, when? Because it can’t come soon enough.

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What started as an innocent on-line baby book to chronicle Jill Smokler’s stay-at-home days with her children, quickly transformed into a vibrant community of parents, brought together by a common theme: Parenting doesn’t have to be perfect. Welcome to Scary Mommy!


Linda Unwin 1 year ago

I can relate to all of this. Im sure my grandgtr has four bazillion elastics now. She starts lots of projects, but rarely finishes them. But, i have found a use for all these bits and pieces of bracelets, lol. Our cat LOVES them! We get hours of enjoyment watching the cat toss these pieces in the air and jump around trying to catch them. I worried about the cat choking on the little elastics, but she has shown no interest whatsoever in eating them. The latest thing st our house is the DohVinci the grandgtr got for Christmas. But, fortunately, the cat has shown no interest in eating the gazillion tiny pieces of dried up playdoh all over my house either, lol.

Stormy 2 years ago

Pfft…. I stumbled across this looking up rainbow loom stuff. I JUST got one for MYSELF. I have no kids and I turned eighteen six months ago. (I bought it to make jewelry for my doll collection…. And made myself a few things too. It’s so relaxing!)

Veronica Smith 2 years ago

Oh really!!!!!????

Lisa Moran-Bunnell 2 years ago

To Stephanie(#12)-don't judge people by the hand they chose…I, myself am a 46 yr old LEFTY and caught on a hell lot faster than my 51 yr old RIGHT handed did! And SHE got me started. All I did was set time & limit and it NEVER got out of control! It is the parenting skills!! I can easily do the advanced loom charms quicker than my own 12 yr old daughter!!! She loves it that I can make the charms while she makes the bracelets!

Amy Smith 2 years ago

OMFG. Just the other day I said, "I have rubber bands coming out of my fcking EARS!" I spend no less than 30 mins, twice a day picking up rubber bands from the floor. If my daughter wasn't so god damn good at making them, that loom would be in the garbage! Word of advice – don't buy looms from different manufacturers. They space the pegs differently and the looms won't work together and unless you're a fan of hearing "MOOOMMM I need a REAL ONE!" every 36 seconds, I would suggest sticking to the same brand.

Vikki 3 years ago

We just brought the loom home today and I’ve already cursed it because I can’t figure out how to do it and I followed the instructions and now I have to watch youtube videos to learn how to use the stupid thing so I can teach my daughter how to use it. ARGH

Julie Lichtman Spano 3 years ago

You know it's out of control when you spend the weekend watching rainbow loom youvideos so you don't look like an idiot when your child asks how to do a complicated pattern.

Kristina 3 years ago

My daughter is obsessed with her loom. I’ve spent more money on rubber bands than I ever thought I could. I’m also finding them EVERYWHERE! In my car, yard, floor, couch, etc. It’s damn annoying. But, it entertains her.

Jennifer 3 years ago

How sick is that I still kind of want to get one for Cady? LOL I really must like to be miserable.

Emily 3 years ago

Oh no – my sister-in-law just bought one and is sending one to my son as a gift…crap.

days on my own 3 years ago

How wonderful your kid still has the time to loom away! The only thing looming here is hours and hours of middle school homework. Wishing there was time for the loom I just paid $17.00 for plus the box to hold all the bands.
Enjoy it while it lasts.

Grace | Yummy Baby Gifts 3 years ago

Oh man, this is what I gotta look forward to? I have two girls!! I’m in trouble!

Tinne from Tantrums and Tomatoes 3 years ago

Please let this NOT blow over to Europe… I suck at anything which requires a loom…

Alison 3 years ago

I just read about this on another blog, and my first thought was – how many damn rubber bands does this require??

Ladygoogoogaga 3 years ago

Oh, I was going to get in on the trend and get one for my two boys….maybe not….I will just stick to my usual routine of stepping on 30 fucking Legos a day…..

Stephanie 3 years ago

This is EXACTLY why I have told my daughter that we weren’t getting one. Forget the fact that she’s a lefty and will be impossible to teach!

Jill 3 years ago

Oh, crap. I just gave each of my daughters one of these over the weekend. What have I done???

Sadie Haselton-Susco 3 years ago

my older daughter got one, the phase didnt even last a week! She decided traditional friendship bracelets and paracord bracelets, key chains and belts were more fun. She made each of the other kids one because they asked and glad we haven't dealt with what you did with the loom!!

    Jill Smokler, AKA Scary Mommy 3 years ago

    At least you now know how very lucky you are. :)

Karin Much Shapiro 3 years ago

YES…I could not agree more!

Melissa {momcomm} 3 years ago

My 6 year old son just got his this past weekend and that kid is addicted! So far, I’m not cursing it yet but OMG does he get frustrated when he messes up! I told him I’ll vacuum up bands if they’re on the floor too because I can already see that’ll be an issue.

(and funny enough I wrote about the loom today but it’s a WAAAY different angle).

    Jill Smokler, AKA Scary Mommy 3 years ago

    Loved your post – and nice to know it wasn’t a complete overnight success. Super cool for his girls.

Becca 3 years ago

Shit. I just caved today and bought one. Fuck.

Sara 3 years ago


Allison Wood Fitzgerald 3 years ago

This just become the rage in North Texas. Bought the loom thingy this morning.

Shell 3 years ago

I was about to try this with my boys in an attempt to get them off their iPads… but maybe their app addiction is the better option.

    Jill Smokler, AKA Scary Mommy 3 years ago

    I beg Evan to use his iPad these days. Seriously.

      Kara 2 years ago

      I now right. lol hi


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