Repurposing the Rainbow Loom

Repurposing the Rainbow Loom

Our kids have embraced the Rainbow Loom trend with a hardcore fierceness that we have to attribute to the overwhelming popularity they see their mothers receive from being consistently on trend and fashion forward. Obviously.

Liam has become a budding entrepreneur, making money on the playground for his colorful creations. Noah’s bracelets are stacked above his elbows at this point. He’s lost circulation to his digits, and he can’t bend his arms. But fashion first.

Rubber bands clutter our playrooms and living rooms and even our bathrooms. But we moms have lived through Jordache jeans and jelly bracelets. We know stirrup pants and shoulder pads. We’ve seen silly bandz come and go. Before we know it, Rainbow Loom will be nothing more than a memory; Liam will have to refocus his business efforts; Noah will rediscover the convenience of opposable thumbs.

And then what? Throw away the pieces when the rubber bands settle? Not a chance…especially when going green is all the rage right now. No. We have a plan…


1. Behavior Bands!  You’ve seen the “Get Along” t-shirt, right?  It’s an over-sized shirt you shove your kids into when they’re at each other’s throats. Well, behavior bands work the same way. Force your children into close contact by binding their hands and even their ankles together with loom bracelets they made just last week!

This is so much more effective than the “Get Along” shirt because their arms and legs are secure. They literally can’t reach each other’s throats. This feels like a win.

Have one child?


Behavior bands work in hog-tie fashion as well.


2. Laundry Loom! Your children will never look at their loom the same again. If you’re tired of getting rubber bands caught between your toes when you walk across the family room; if you’ve had enough of color-coding tiny rubber bands, use the loom to dry your unders. Your kids will wash their hands of that toy trend in no time!


3. Beverage Bands. Never again sip from a drink not belonging to you. Carry your own set of beverage bands, so you know just which glass of wine is yours (it’s cold and flu season after all!)

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4. Fill Lines. “Just say when.” What does that even mean, anyway? To avoid that awkward exchange, keep some brightly colored bands in your purse and add your own fill lines to your glass.


5. Bundle Bands. Now that you’re no longer investing a small fortune in minute rubber bands, use what you’ve got to bundle your savings.


6. Body Bands. Use your cherub’s creations to work your hammies. You’ll want your legs to be ready to kick yourself in the rear for allowing your little ones (and ahem you) to fall victim to the latest fleeting trends.


7. Hair Accessories. This is a no brainer. We know. In keeping with passing trends, we recommend paying homage to Miley Cyrus.


8. Pedi Partner. Adult pigs are probably too big for the loom, but toddler toes are just right. Next time your little one is desperate for a pedi just like Mommy’s, use the loom to separate those tiny toes and get to work. (Michelle recommends forcing your big toes in there because the loom can work wonders for a bunion problem, too!)

Or you can just let all the loom pieces settle to the bottom of the toy box, which is probably what we’ll do, too. That’s what all the cool parents are doing anyway, right?

About the writer

Emily Gallo was a career woman, MOMMY! in the pedagogical conversation, MOM! with her hand on the pulse of culture & art. MAHMEEE! Now she knows what's really important. WIPE ME! Emily finishes her conversations at


Yosefa @nonrecipe 1 year ago

I’m so glad you wrote about this. But I need ideas for THOUSANDS of bands. I’ll get you started: Weave them into a nonslip sleave for glass jars and bottles like olive oil and vodka.

emily 2 years ago

I really love all of these <3<3 the behaviour bands are the best thanks for posting these wonderful designs

foreverfiveblog 2 years ago

I am so lucky that my girls are not yet old enough to know that these things are available in almost every toy store we go in. It sounds miserable. If the trend hasn’t passed by the time they are in the know, I am totally going to knot my hair in balls like Miley Cyrus and make my fill line ALL THE WAY TO THE TOP! Awesome suggestions, Emily and Michelle!:)

Jean 2 years ago

When I taught, I lived through every fad imaginable and I guess I could go on and on about that but instead, I’m just going to congratulate you two for a really funny and creative piece.

Maybe POGS will come back in 2014?

Hallie Sawyer (@Hallie_Sawyer) 2 years ago

Hilarious! I love the beverage bands idea–genius! I think the Rainbow Loom would be perfect to keep my necklaces organized which are now just laying in a tangled heap at the bottom of my jewelry box.

Kristen Mae at Abandoning Pretense 2 years ago

I think these uses might be better than the original intended use.

Kristen Brakeman 2 years ago

My kid does these rainbow loom thing for HOURS AND HOURS AND HOURS but already “no one” is wearing them at school anymore so they’re totes uncool. Ah well.

Jessica Smock 2 years ago

I don’t know anything about Rainbow Looms, since my two year old son is not quite into things like that. (Only dump trucks and fire engines so far.) But I love this post and your behavioral “strategies” in particular.

Emily Gallo 2 years ago

I highly recommend it as an alternative behavioral strategy! Ha! I'm happy to send you a crap load of rubber bands, so you can give it a shot :) Thanks so much for your support, Kathy!

Kathy Radigan 2 years ago

Okay my kids have not gotten into the Rainbow Loom but now I'm seriously thinking of buying it just for the fun of "hog tying" them!!! Emily this is hysterical and your pictures are priceless!!! Great post!!!

Chelsea Meacham 2 years ago

Emily Gallo Oh, I feel like a geek watching youtube videos where some 12 year old is giving me instructions LOL.

Emily Gallo 2 years ago

Chelsea Meacham , my bracelets keep falling apart! You are a far trendier mom than I am. *Sigh* I do wear a mean cardigan, though! Hahaha! Thanks for reading!

Emily Gallo 2 years ago

Heaven help you indeed! Have fun!

Mary 2 years ago

Love the beverage bands! I use Silly Bands bracelets to mark wine glasses.
My daughter has been making these bracelets on her fingers nonstop since September. She received the loom for Christmas and didn’t even touch another gift until the next day. Since then I’m guessing she has spent eight hours total each day making bracelets!
Glad to have ideas for when she comes down from her high!

Chelsea Meacham 2 years ago

She forgot the part where the moms have almost as much fun using the loom too 😀 In fact, I think I'm going to go make a glow in the dark star cuff to wear at the party tonight 😀

Kathy Cholod 2 years ago

Dr. Shefali Tsabary author of the “Conscious Parent”
has a new book out called “Out of Control”
How the way we discipline doesn’t work.
The book will challenge your way of thinking.
It will be out Jan 14th but Pre-Orders will be taken
at Namaste’ Publishing and Amazon.
I have an electronic copy of the advance book if you are

Karyn Wilson 2 years ago

This fad is just taking off in Australia… Heaven help us


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