Looming with excitement: Teens, tweens enjoy creating one-of-a-kind bracelets

Loom bracelets not only were popular during the holidays, but the fad continues among tweens and teens. / Photo illustration by Abby Redding, Times-News correspondent

By Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   A new craze has swept the younger generation; making bracelets on a loom from small rubber bands. This may seem like an eye-roll-worthy concept, but many kids have fallen in love with the activity, and it’s now “cool to be creative” as one young child, Thatcher Metcalf said. The 10-year-old who attends Highland Elementary also was informative in saying that he’s been “making all different kinds of bracelets since October.”
Noah Thompson, a teen volunteer at his local elementary school, said, “I see them everywhere. All the little kids make them and have even given me some.”
    The bands come in packs of 200 to 5,000 or more, and it takes abound 100 bands to make a single bracelet.
Sarah Snuffer, a 9-year-old student, said it “allows me to show creativity and I love giving them to others.”
A simple gift that took time and creativity says a lot coming from younger children, and gives them a since of accomplishment seeing others wearing them.
Ally McGehee, another Highland student, also made a good point when she said, “I love making them for my friends. It’s fun, and once you get the hang of it, it’s easy to do. We kind of had competitions to see who could make the coolest ones.”
The loom itself is fairly inexpensive and can be found almost anywhere. As long as someone is willing to make the initial investments and keep purchasing the bands, it seems to be a great way to allow children to release their inner creativity, and feel constructive at the same time.

 Kaitlin Gillespie is a senior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.


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