Make your own Rainbow Bead Bracelet with Molly Schaller using step by step photo instructions!
Rating: Easy Time to Make It: 30 minutes
10288388 Bead Gallery® red large acrylic rondelles
10288382 Bead Gallery® amber large acrylic rondelles
10288383 Bead Gallery® aqua large acrylic rondelles
10288386 Bead Gallery® blue large acrylic rondelles
10288387 Bead Gallery® amethyst large acrylic rondelles
Rainbow Loom® mixed bands
1 2-inch head pin
Rainbow Loom and tool
Head pin band pull tool
To make band pull tool
Trim off the head of a head pin using wire cutters.
Bend the wire in approximately half with your fingers.
Use chain-nose pliers to finish folding to create a very tight V shape.
To use the band pull tool, thread a band between the arms of the V. Don’t worry if the two ends don’t meet exactly. If they’re uneven it’s easier to get the band between them.
Thread the wire through a bead, pulling it out the other side, but leaving the band inside the bead. Slide the tool off the bead.
To create the Rainbow Bracelet
Trim the ends off of the five different strands of beads. Arrange the beads in rainbow order. You will use a few beads from each strand. 15 beads make an average sized bracelet. The bands stretch to make it almost one-size-fits-all.
Use the band pull tool you made to thread similar colored bands through each of the beads you just arranged.
Use a red band to begin. Make a figure 8 shape out of the band and place it onto two pegs of the Rainbow Loom. (It doesn’t matter which two pegs you use, but they must be next to each other.)
Place another red band on the same two pegs but above the twisted band. Place one more red band above the previous one so that there are three red bands on the pegs.
Use the hook to pull the bottom right twisted band up and over the right peg.
Use the hook tool to pull the left bottom twisted band up and over the left peg.
Place the first bead band on the loom.
Pull the right bottom band up and over the peg so that it sits next to the bead.
Pull the left bottom band over the left peg so that it sits on the left side of the bead. Pull the bottom band to ensure the beads and bands line up correctly.
Place a plain band on the pegs over the bead.
Use the hook to pull the bottom right and left bands up and over the pegs.
Pull the bottom band to get the bead to pop into place between the bands.
Continue in this manner, alternating the bead bands and the plain bands, pulling each one as you go and using coordinating colored bands as the colors of beads change until you get to the end of the beads you laid out.
After you’ve gotten to the last of your 15 beads, add one more plain band to the end of your chain of bands and beads.
Pull the bottom bands over the final plain band.
Repeat so that there is only one band on the pegs.
Use the hook tool to remove the bands from the pegs and keep the bands from popping off the beads.
Place the plastic c-clip on this end of the bracelet.
Attach the other end of the bracelet to the c-clip and enjoy wearing your Rainbow Bracelet!
Molly Schaller loves beading, knitting, gardening, bookbinding, and being with her family of creative kids and her handy husband. She's always on the lookout for new ways to express her creativity and help others learn ways to tap into their creativity as well!
I LOVE this bracelet and made several versions of it. I went to buy more rondells and discovered that Michaels placed them on their 40% off rack and now are no longer available! I was no disappointed. Please encourage Michaels to restock these beads as I cannot duplicate the look of this bracelet with any other bead.
Thanks so much.
Hello! I’m so happy you liked this bracelet. I found it to be such a great design that I made up a bunch of different versions, too! These beads are still in Michaels Stores–they’re on the end cap, which is the short “end” of the Bead Gallery row that in the Michaels I visit faces a center aisle–but I know that when I tried to find some this past weekend, they were out of stock. This is likely due to the popularity of these beads and that pattern as well as the 50% off sale that was running last week. When I asked a Michaels employee about their availability she assured me that they’d have more of the beads in and stocked this week. Happy beading and Rainbow Looming!