The Loom Dilemma – My Family Ties

Loom bands have well and truly hit our house.  Have they made it to your yet?  I had no idea what you did with them until my mother in-law bought the girls a set each, as a gift from New Zealand when she came to stay with us.

First look I thought, oh dear, really complicated.  Will I be able to follow it and help the girls do it?

But having looked it up on You Tube, where you can find anything these days, it made it a lot clearer and away we went.  Although they do come with illustrated instructions, I am more of a visual person so watching someone do it on You Tube was so much clearer for me.

We have tried lots of different ways of making the loom bands, some really tricky, some quite simple. Transferring them onto pencils has been quite an effective way for Lara, my youngest to do the bracelets, if they were getting a bit tight on her little fingers.

While Siobhan my oldest has found a great way to overcome her dexterity challenges. This was my dilemma, Lara really wanted to try the looms out straight away, the second she saw them. Whereas Siobhan was really reluctant as she anticipated she wouldn’t be able to do it, it would be too fiddly and hard for her, she thought. The solution she came up with was genius!  She used knitting needles, which have just the right amount of slip and glide to put the bands on.  She was frustrated that she was finding it hard to do on her fingers, and wasn’t getting on well with the pencil idea and so decided to try the knitting needles, and I am so glad she did as the three of us sit and have ‘loom hours’ now, which is great for us to do together.

Finding a solution for Siobhan to join in with the loom bands was great, for one thing it meant we could all do them together and the other was all the kids in Siobhan’s school were wearing them and making them, (before the school banned them altogether) and she wanted to feel she was current with the new trend too.

As you can see she does really well and it has exactly the same effect as the other methods.  Now all she has to decide is what colours to use, and boy sometimes this can take a while!

One of the things I love about the loom band craze is that boys and girls are joining in and making them, which is unusual as so many toys, crafts and trends are so stereotyped into particular genders so it is really refreshing to see both boys and girls sharing this hobby.

Even the toes have been adorned! It is a bit of an all or nothing with the looms in our house.  Next I should think they will be wanting to do the elaborate minions and pandas that I have seen on You Tube but have been keeping schtum about.  Let’s hope they are easy too as they look really complex!

Have your children become loom crazy in your house?

I would love to know how adventurous your designs have become.

Happy looming!



  1. July 11, 2014 / 2:02 pm

    The knitting needle idea is fantastic and very imaginative of your daughter 🙂

    • July 11, 2014 / 3:20 pm

      I know, I was really impressed by her thinking outside the box, thanks for reading x

  2. July 11, 2014 / 7:20 pm

    My son's too young to know about them or enjoy them so we're loom band free here. But someone at work's 3 kids are into them, and she's got hooked, so was doing demos over lunch

    • September 10, 2014 / 8:25 am

      Good luck with the looms!

  3. July 11, 2014 / 7:53 pm

    I have to say I am glad not to be involved in this craze, but I do recall similar fashion of friendship bracelets when I was in school. This looks much harder though! Nice to have something the whole family can enjoy though.

    • September 10, 2014 / 8:26 am

      Thanks Mel, I remember them too!

  4. July 11, 2014 / 9:50 pm

    It's quite the phenomenon, isn't it? I don't have a child that age, but good to hear that the whole family can pitch in!

  5. July 12, 2014 / 2:03 am

    This was really popular at our school until they banned them, too! I guess they started being too much of a distraction. I think they're cute though!

    • September 10, 2014 / 8:26 am

      At our kids schools too!

  6. July 12, 2014 / 8:09 am

    My daughters are at uni now and not interested in any of the latest fads. Had they been a similar age to your girls though, we'd have been buying a lot!

  7. July 12, 2014 / 11:53 am

    thank goodness this has not hit our house yet i just know there would be a billion bands spread scross the floor

  8. August 10, 2014 / 5:05 am

    Mine are all loom crazy – but I am getting sick of finding the bands all over the house! I just hope they don't clog up my hoover!

    • September 10, 2014 / 8:28 am

      I know the feeling Tracy!

  9. August 26, 2014 / 5:16 am

    My daughter has a loom board and the instructions were quite complicated (for me!). I'll tell her about the knitting needle idea.

    • September 10, 2014 / 8:29 am

      I agree Maya some of the designs are too hard for me!

  10. November 26, 2014 / 10:57 am

    I do like the box which separates all the colours. My daughter has put her loom board aside for now.

  11. August 11, 2015 / 10:07 am

    A little boy asked me if I wanted to buy a loom band the other day. Dunno if he was being enterprising, or just cheeky. 🙂

  12. April 8, 2016 / 11:42 pm

    My neice still loves these which is great for me now as they are selling whole boxes for 20 p hope she continues to love them