Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Totally Awesome Jewelry - Learning Rainbow Loom

As you know my kids are Rainbow Loom crazy.  They are making them, selling them, teaching friends how to make them.  When my son has hockey, my daughter makes bracelets (in fact, she's making team bracelets now).  When my daughter has gymnastics, my son is busy whipping up some new fishtail bracelets for his friends.  It seems that wherever my kids are, the Rainbow Loom is there with them.

As I mentioned in my previous post, the Rainbow loom itself is amazing but the instructions that come with it are pretty pathetic.  We hop on YouTube every once in awhile to follow instructions for new patterns but it means we need to be connected.  That's why I was really excited when I was approached to test and review the book "Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry" by Colleen Dorsey.  It is a new instructional book that teaches you how to make 13 different projects with your Rainbow Loom, Cra-Z-Loom or FunLoom.  It's more than just bracelets too.  Your kids (and you) will learn to make earrings, belts, necklaces and more.

Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry - Great instruction book


The book arrived just as the kids were getting off the bus.  they both ran to the table to get started.  I went through the first new pattern with my son (age 7) because I wasn't sure if he'd be able to follow written instructions.  I left my daughter (age 8.5) to fend for herself because I was curious to see if the instructions were manageable without a parent's help.  Both were successful.

Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry - Great instruction book


What I loved about this book:

  1. The photos and instructions were really clear.
  2. Every pattern included photos of the completed project as well as step by step photos.
  3. Every pattern also included a diagram of the elastics on the loom with numbered steps beside them.  
  4. The patterns progressed from easier to more difficult.
  5. Simple tips were included throughout that kind of gave you 'aha' moments.


Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry - Great instruction book

One of my favourite features of "Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry" was the way the patterns were laid out in the diagrams.  Each new pattern was depicted in 3 different colour combinations both in a photo of the final product and the diagrams showing the elastics on the loom.  This allowed the kids to really understand the basics of the pattern.  Once they'd done all three (or sometimes less) versions of the patterns shown, they felt comfortable switching it up and choosing colour patterns of their own.



Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry by Collen Dorsey is available in paperback at toy and book stores starting tomorrow, October 31st.  It retails for $9.99 and is the perfect add-on for the Rainbow Loom when giving it as a gift.  If a child already has a loom, package it up with a few new bags of elastics for a wonderful birthday gift.  It would also make a great stocking stuffer and we know Christmas is really just around the corner.


Book Giveaway:


Great news! I've got 3 copies of "Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry" by Collen Dorsey to give away! You can be one of the first to own it! Enter the rafflecopter contest below for your chance to win on of three Totally Awesome Rubber Band Jewelry books!


Please note: The giveaway is open to Canadian residents over the age of 18 only.

Good Luck and happy looming! Can't wait to see the totally awesome rubber band jewelry your kids make!

11 comments :

  1. My daughter wants a Rainbow loom for Christmas. This would be awesome!

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  2. My daughter is just getting into the whole Rainbow loom craze. This would be awesome!

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  3. Kids all grown up, would like to win it for my granddaughter!

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  4. No kiddos in my home but grandkids on the way. The fishtail pattern gets my vote.

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  5. These bracelets look really neat... makes me wonder if my rainbow loving girl would enjoy making them...

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  6. My daughter just bought a rainbow loom kit and this would be awesome for her!

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  7. So far we've only done the Fishtail bracelet but 'I' can't wait to try out the Starburst pattern!

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    1. When you entry the starburst, make the points of the stars all different colours foe the first fewyou make. This makes it much easier for the kids to see which elastic they need to loom each time. Keep me posted on how it goes.

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  8. We've only recently discovered these things, so I guess the simplest pattern is the only one we know so far. She's only made a handful of bracelets.

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    1. Fishtails look more difficult but are often easier for kids. Give them a try!

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  9. can be a really nice activity for my kids for upcoming summer break. lovely jewelry. :) <3

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