7 Signs You Have Been Suckered Into The Cult Of Rainbow Loom

rainbowloom2Judging from the fact the store display at my local Michael’s was pretty much decimated this weekend, I can’t believe I’m the only parent who has a child that is now a proud, rubber bracelet bedecked carrying member of the Cult Of The Rainbow Loom. I noticed a few weeks ago my daughter had started arriving home from school with these brand new rubber friendship bracelets on her wrists, and soon she was asking me for her own kit. For those of you blissfully unaware of this trend, the Rainbow Loom is a plastic weaving device thingy where kids can construct bracelets and other jewelry using tiny rubber bands. For those of you familiar with the device, you may also have a child fully entranced with this fad if:

Everyone In Your Family Is Wearing Rainbow Loom Items:

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Except the cat and the dog, but I’m sure they will be next. Your kid makes them for friends, family members, and for anyone else they can think of. I’m waiting for my kid to suggest she should make one for the UPS dude.

Your Child Is Never Bored 

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Maybe the novelty eventually wears off, but so far all my kid does is sit quietly and make jewelry. Constantly. I have to remind her to come to the table for meal times and she even brings with her Rainbow Loom supplies with on playdates, because all of her friends are doing the same thing. It’s like the Village Of The Rainbow Loom Damned up in here.

 You Have 900 Bookmarks On Your Home Computer For Rainbow Loom Tutorials

Because NOTHING is better than making Rainbow Loom items except watching videos about how to make Rainbow Loom items. I am waiting for the new Rainbow Loom 24 hour TV channel to become available.

 You Get Some Weird Rainbow Loom Sense Regarding Tiny Rubber Bands 


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If you see a Rainbow Loom kit in stores, you immediately start checking to see if they have rubber bands in stock, save for bags of the same swamp green color that no one obviously wants.

 You Hope Your Child Never Sees This 


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The line must be drawn at Rainbow Loom footwear.

You Start Finding Stray Rainbow Loom Bands All Over The Floor 


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Because someone “forgot” to pit them away and the cat loves scattering them all over the floor.

 You No Longer Have Food Containers Because They Are All Filled With Rainbow Loom Bands

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You used to have places to put leftover pasta, but because you were dumb and didn’t buy a Rainbow Loom band case, your kid has used all of your plastic containers to store their items.

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  • GunGrabbingMarxistMuslim

    Half of the time, this blog helps me to better understand parenting/family/gender issues; the other half, it makes me glad I don’t have kids. Often there is overlap, but this post fits the second category pretty snugly.

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      That is pretty much perfect

  • Guest

    Holy crap, I didn’t realize this was so big. I thought it was just the kids in my neighborhood! I’m getting pretty sick of finding the darn things ALL over my house.

  • Tinyfaeri

    Every generation has one. My mom drowned in potholders from 1985 to 1987.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      Bead lizards…

    • anonyguest

      I still have to actively resist the urge to create a bead lizard when I am bored.

    • CrazyFor Kate

      So many dull afternoons at Brownie Camp.

    • Helen Hyde

      I made a bead frog!

    • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

      I miss making those soooo bad!

  • Alex Lee

    I’ll have to inform my veterinarian-wife about these…
    no doubt she will be pulling these tiny bands out of cat-rectums like that fake, green, easter basket grass.

    also, Rainbow Loom chainmail armor.

    • Simone

      I read a story about a dog called Wally who ate a Barbie dog head and then excreted it in full view of a horrified six year old girl.

  • CMJ

    All I can think of is my arm hair pulling out every time I take one of these things off…..

    • http://Mommyish.com/ Eve Vawter

      I think I have one here I need to send you :(

    • CMJ

      I will wear it proudly! And figure out a way to remove it carefully :)

    • momjones

      I want one tooooo!

    • Michelle Pittman

      they actually don’t pull your arm hair…they’re MAGICAL…

  • TngldBlue

    I remember back in my day we made friendship bracelets with embroidery thread. My mom used to yell at me because the scrap strands would jam the vacuum. Ah kids, driving moms nuts since the beginning of time.

  • NicknamesAreDull

    The YouTube video makes me so sad that I didn’t have YouTube growing up for the misc trends I got into. She is really good at explaining!

    • Matthew Lexa

      the person is ashley scheff from youtube

  • DatNanny

    Is it bad that I’m secretly upset I’m too old to get into this and wear these and I don’t have a tween daughter to use as an excuse to make them?

    I fucking love crafting fads. Anyone want a rainbow potholder? A friendship bracelet?

    • Michelle Pittman

      give me your address or a po box — i can send you like 10 :-)

    • Sundaydrive00

      Just buy them yourselves and make them while watching tv in the evenings. If anyone questions you, just say you have a niece or something… Or be bold and say you made them yourself.

      I bought stuff a few months ago to make friendship bracelets. They’re fun to make, and its a relaxing activity to do while watching tv. Before that I bought the loom and nylon loops to make potholders. I have sooo many potholders, its great.

    • GBllmansNo1Fan

      You’re never too old! Granted, my own obsession started because of my girls (9, 10, 12, and 15), but even my single, childless, friend got herself a couple looms to play around with. The girls and I, and even my 18 year old son – and the hubby – get into the act. Also, it clearly states on the box it’s for “6+”. We can be counted as part of that “+”…right? LOL Now…go get yourself a loom!

  • Michelle Pittman

    i am currently wearing a fabulous fishtailed green & purple loom thing and a traditionally woven pink and green one…my son has at least 3-4 on each arm (gifted to him by various girls in his class and then he of course had to have his own magical loom)…i came home from work yesterday to find him very upset before football because the neighborhood Giant Eagle and Marc’s were both out of them..they kind of remind me of the silly bandz phase a couple years ago…

  • Tea

    Aww, the outcome looks like “Baby’s first Chainmaille” Even some of the weaves look similar.

    I feel the weird urge now to make bead lizards or a potholder, but I’ll pretend to be a grown-up and work on some chainmaille sandals.

  • FormerlyKnownAsWendy

    Thanks for the heads up about the shit I’ll be confiscating for the rest of the year, Eve! I have seen a few on kids, but I figured it was just a random occurrence. Now I will pay attention. Clearly the Silly Bandz people had rubber left over and were tired of their lost $.

    • Matthew Lexa

      rainbow loom was created by 2 chinese 10 yr olds who are like millionaires now

  • Matthew Lexa

    im a kid and like the teachers say its the end of reading for this generation because kids are addicted to it

  • Bob

    I love these

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  • kitty

    I hate rainbow loom my cousin Ashley is so annoying about it! ” hay look look my NEW bracelets ” Ssssooo annoying

  • DrucilaNessy

    Rainbow loom bands are a total watse of money yeah its kinda useful and fun to kids but there are things are much more important than loom bands

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  • hdjskfchdk

    I used to have rainbow loom bands scattered all over the floor, only because they stretch them too much and they break and fling all over the place.

  • anonymous

    “the line must be drawn at footwear” You know, because limiting your kids’ creativity, totally not a horrible thing to do.