The first time I saw packages of brightly colored rubber bands at the craft store, it reminded me of how much I hated having braces for 7 years; I immediately wanted to run away screaming. When I turned the corner and saw two elementary-aged kids with their entire arms COVERED in bracelets, I realized someone had come up with a better use for those rubber bands that didn’t include having to smell Dr. G’s* halitosis. (*Name changed to spare them the embarrassment of having horrible breath for 7 CONSECUTIVE YEARS.)
Using your favorite loom, you can attach all kinds of buttons, beads, trinkets, charms, and doo-dads.
First, select what you’d like to put on your bracelet and figure out your color palette. I’m a visual person who sometimes has difficulties with sequential patterns, so laying my colors out in the order I want works best for me. Take a few rubber bands from your first pile and thread them through the button shanks. Start your bracelet with whatever button you’d like to be first. (Since you will be starting your bracelet with a button, there’s no need to use those annoying plastic “S” hooks.) Make an X with the first rubber band, and begin making your bracelet just like any other fishtail-style bracelet. Follow your pattern, adding your buttons as needed for your pattern. Once you have reached the desired length, take the last two rubber bands and slip them over the first button to close the bracelet.
Feel free to share photos of the bracelets you make with our buttons!