DIY Finger Fishtail Loom Bracelet

The Duchess of Cambridge might have helped ignite the loom band bracelet craze but credit must be given where credit is due. Kids and teens everywhere have been whipping up their version of the friendship bracelet for months now. Made from small, colorful rubber bands, these bracelets are meant to assembled on an inexpensive loom that serves as a base for various patterns. However, you can easily make a simple fishtail version, without the loom, with just two fingers. It is beyond easy. And addicting. I may be past my prime when it comes to trendy bracelets but I just love the bit of childish cheekiness they add to my otherwise serious jewelry collection. Thanks, Kate!

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You’ll need:

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Start by separating your colors into small piles in the order you wish to use them. You can use as little as one color or as many as you want! Wrap the first band around your middle finger. Twist once and wrap around your index finger, creating an infinity shape. Now stack on two more colors.

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Pull the bottom band over the top band by lifting the left side of the bottom band over the left side of the top band.

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Lift the right side of the bottom band over the right side of the top band.

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Add another band and lift the left side of the bottom band over the left side of the top band.

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Lift the right side of the bottom band over the right side of the top band.

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Are you noticing a pattern yet? There should always be three bands on your fingers at a time and the bottom band is always pulled over the top band, one side at a time. Continue adding bands in color order, pulling the first band over the third band.

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Don’t worry about the bands twisting. Just give the bracelet a good tug while it’s still on the fingers and it will all stretch out into place.

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Once you’ve reached the desired length, don’t add on a third band but instead remove the two remaining bands. Snap the S clip onto the last loop.

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Close the bracelet by snapping on the first band to the other side of the S clip.

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Honestly, how easy was that? Dare you to make just one . . .

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Have fun!

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(bracelet from top to bottom: Odette NY Cutout Cuff, Pushmataaha Meme Cuff, J.Crew Hollow Brass Cuff, & J.Crew Wishbone Cuff; all images by HonestlyWTF)

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56 Comments

  1. Mira wrote:

    Wow these bracelets look super cute. I have to try it 😀

    xx Mira

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  2. Rachelle wrote:

    This is so cute and so fun for Summer.

    xo
    PinkSole

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  3. Rebecca wrote:

    Love your tutorials! This one is so fun and easy. Getting some rubber bands pronto!

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  4. Vera wrote:

    So easy and fun! Love this.
    Xo Vera
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  5. Dominique wrote:

    all kids in my neighbourhood are doing this 🙂 So cute 🙂

    xxxx
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  6. Elisa wrote:

    Really glam!!!!!!!! Love them!!

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  7. So fun! Just ordered…can’t wait to try this DIY.

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  8. The kids I babysit are constantly doing this!
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  9. Denisa wrote:

    Wow, that looks great.
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  10. Anastasia wrote:

    This is a good thing to do on a rainy day))
    xx
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  11. I like it 🙂
    XO CHAMAFASHION
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  12. Jeanne wrote:
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  13. marie luce wrote:

    super je pense en faire un avec mes petites filles merci

    7.3.14
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  14. Cool and pretty easy.

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  15. Aurélie wrote:

    Seems easy and fun to do.

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  16. onel wrote:

    I’ve been looking for this bracelet! Thank you so much for the tutorial! Now I can make my own!

    7.4.14
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  17. Lauren wrote:

    No wonder all the kids are making these, so easy. Much easy than the thread bracelets I used to make as a kid
    Lauren
    livinginaboxx

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  18. diy wrote:

    Man, these diys are getting way to far nowadays, every little thing is called DIY today)

    7.6.14
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  19. Shelley wrote:

    Very cute, but I’m not too sure about this! Elementary kids wear these. I don’t know if I want to wear them too!
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  20. My kids make these all the time. They are quite popular here in Florida 🙂

    Sincerely,

    Laurali Star

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  21. Mun wrote:

    This looks super fun!

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  22. Camila wrote:

    Genial!!! me encantan tus tutoriales, este sobre todo por el video final. Mejor explicado imposible!!

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  23. jeeivan wrote:

    Awesome, thank you for this Diy ideas.

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  24. thalia wrote:

    Amazing! i will definetely try this! ove them!
    Thalia
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  25. MD wrote:

    This is really amazing tuitorial and also the bracelet looks amazing.
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  26. Lucia wrote:

    i LOVE YOUR BLOG AND YOUR TUTORIAL.
    I’ll try it! (:
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  27. Bipasha wrote:

    oh my, what a fun accessory!

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  28. NavneetGems wrote:

    Creative idea. You can use gemstone cabochons also in center of band by using glue.

    10.3.14
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  29. Zen wrote:

    What a great way to up cycle old rubber bands! I thought they were a friendship bracelet at first 😉

    10.8.14
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  30. Alisson Smith wrote:

    Absolutely gorgeous! And they are meaningful as well, did you know?

    http://www.certifiedjewelry.com/did-you-know-the-interesting-story-behind-bracelets/

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  31. serenay wrote:

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  33. Adriana wrote:

    I LOVE İT I love them so much I can do it with me it just makes everyone tabikide I deyil they doin Turkey also has I did not see any Turkish

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  34. Rafaela wrote:

    This is so cool! Amazing bracelets!

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  35. Deloprojet wrote:

    I love your DIY bracelets, I’ll try to do for to offer.

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    i love that

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