It's birthday party time in casa de McKinley, which means only one thing: LOTS of super fun crafty party details! Yay! I wanted to make something for Louis' party guests that they'd be able to use more than once...and something that they might not have already, but also incorporated the Lego theme. By far, this is one of my favorite party details this year.
You can find loom bands literally anywhere you turn. And they're super cheap. So they make for quick, cute and inexpensive projects. We ended up buying a bunch of minifigures and beheading them. BUT, if you're someone who is actually planning ahead, you can buy Minifigure heads from the Lego company for cheapie-cheap [HERE]. It just takes over two weeks for them to arrive and we didn't have enough time. If I ever do anything with minifig heads again, though...totally hitting up their site.
Anywho. Let's get to it!
:: Gather your supplies. For each bracelet, you will need...
- 40 bands.
- 1 C or S clip.
- Hook (crochet or the loomband kind).
- Lego Minifigure head, with hole punched in it and band inserted.
- Stretch the first rubber band into an infinity shape and place it on the first two pegs on the side sections. Push the rubber band down.
- Place two rubber bands above the first one. No need to twist these.
- Using your hook, grab the very bottom band (the first one that you'd placed down) and pull it up and over top of the other two, looping it around them. Repeat on the other side.
- Place a new rubberband on the loom. You should always have three bands to work with.
- Grab the very bottom band and pull it up, over the two bands currently on the loom. Repeat on other side.
- It often helps me to put my C/S clip on now. So I can pull the bands down, to help me separate each individual strand and be able to see/grab them easier.
- Repeat until you've reached your halfway mark...which means you've got 20 bands on the loom and in the beginnings of the bracelet.
- Now it's time to grab your Minifigure head! It's going to act just like a regular band, there just happens to be a head strung in the middle of it. Place either end on the loom and use it the same as you would if it were any other band.
- Finish looming your other twenty rubberbands!
- When you get down to the end, simply take the bottom of the two remaining bands and loop it over the top one.
- When one is all you have left, *carefully* remove the bracelet from the loom (I like to use my finger as a placeholder) and then slide both ends of the very last band into the C/S clip.
Boom. You're done! You just made an awesome little bracelet. Go ahead and admire the crap out of it.
But wait! Are you curious about how to turn the Minifigure head into a bead? No worries, I've got you covered!
- Grab your cute beheaded friend and, with a nail, punch a hole from the bottom, into the top of its head.
- Find something small (like a teeny crochet hook or a large eyed needle) and thread a single rubberband through it.
- And done! Cutest little bead ever!
Now go ahead and wear your Minifigure bracelet proudly. Wear more than one! You know you want to!! And remember to share with me if you ever do make one of these! I'd love to see what you come up with!