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Rainbow Loom Design Contest

Greetings, Learning Expressions Readers!

Trends in the toy industry tend to come and go. I’m not going to lie—back in the day I was BC_bronty3rda bit of a Beanie Baby aficionado. I was intimately acquainted with the weekly TY shipment schedule at our local toy store and was, thanks to my grandpa, the proud owner of a custom made Beanie Baby display case. Come 8am on a Saturday morning I usually had my face plastered against the toy store window, desperate to discern whether they’d received the ever-elusive Bronty the Dinosaur beanie yet. After Beanie Babies another generation of kids discovered Webkinz and then Silly Bandz—and now we’ve got a whole other toy phenomenon on our hands: The Rainbow Loom.
RL Design ContestFor those of you who don’t know, the Rainbow Loom is a nifty plastic loom that allows you to weave together colored rubber bands. Our customers are using the loom to create bracelets, necklaces, key chains, bags, and other amazing accessories. Kids who love to loom have coined themselves “Loomineers” and many are inventing new Rainbow Loom designs and helping to teach classes at our stores. We were so amazed by the creative designs we saw our young customers create that we felt we just had to host a nationwide Rainbow Loom design contest.

Back in June we asked kids all over the country to submit bracelets they’d created, and we chose winners in two categories: Fan Favorites (most votes on Facebook) and Home Office Favorites (most votes from the LE Home Office). We had over 130 designs submitted and nearly 9,000 votes were cast!

After the contest was over we caught up with two of our winners, Miranda and Jacy, to discuss their designs.

Meet Miranda:

Miranda first heard about the Rainbow Loom from her friends at school. After admiring miranda2her classmates’ bracelets, she asked her mom to take her to Learning Express Toys of the Woodlands, TX to pick up a loom of her own.

“When I first got my loom I went to 2 classes. In these classes I learned the tulip tower, the rainbow loom ring, and the triple single,” Miranda told us. She now teaches classes to other loomers at the Woodlands store, and estimates that she uses the loom for at least two hours on an average day. She enjoys crafting bracelets for herself and everyone else in her family.

Miranda’s contest entry was a cheer bow, which she says is the coolest thing she’s ever made on a Rainbow Loom.  She shared with us, “I compete for Woodlands Elite Cheerleading Company in Texas. During cheer, I am required to wear a large bow in my hair. This inspired me to create a Rainbow Loom design!”

Miranda’s Tip: Don’t stress out if you aren’t as good as other loomers. It takes time to learn. Patience is key. Also, be sure to have fun!

Meet Jacy

jaclynJacy first discovered Rainbow Loom when she was shopping at Learning Express Toys in Coconut Creek, FL. After convincing her mom to buy one, she began learning to use the Loom by watching instructional videos on YouTube.

“I use my loom at least once a day,” Jacy told us.

It was during one of these daily loom sessions that Jacy got inspired to create her barefoot sandals. “I’d been making beaded barefoot sandals for a while, but I suddenly realized I could probably create them on the Rainbow Loom.” After about half an hour of trial and error, Jacy finally mastered her design.

If you want to find out how to make these yourself just check out her video!

When we asked Jacy what she bought with her contest winnings we weren’t too surprised by her response—Rainbow Loom refill bands!

Jacy’s Tip: Be creative and just keep trying until you get the design you want.

So there you have it readers! I hope you enjoyed learning a little bit more about these two very talented loomineers.

Until next time,

Kathryn

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Cheyannee says:

Where is learning express please e mail the address

Jeralyn says:

How much does it cost?!?

SHEN LAI says:

I want to buy one, could you tell me where to buy and how much ? Thank you

Shireen says:

When will you have you’re next loom learning class. My daughter recently received one and she would like to learn more creations.

alex says:

tese tings are so cool

vari says:

is there a learning express in des moines or even in iowa or illinois and can we order it online or not please email me back

vari says:

i mean i just need the case and the 600 rubber bands please

Mackenzie says:

When will learning express have another contest. I want to enter really bad.

Alycia Brickhouse says:

I want the rainbow loom case

Lauren says:

How do you enter the contest or is it over
**Editors note: We’re running another contest on instagram, submit by October 31, 2013.

Spottedcloud says:

My friend and I are making a mega starburst braclet right now. It uses 2 looms and countless rubber bands. No instructions. I hope it works.

Lillian says:

This is so cool my little girl loves making these!

Lillian says:

Love this!

Laine says:

Wow I never have been at learning express

Joanna says:

When is the next contest? I really want to enter!

Ayah says:

Really cool nice awesome design love it

Ayah says:

When is a contest I have a great design it is amazing

Hailey Steele says:

How do you make like those sandals

Avery Rose Hancock says:

Do I send in pictures of my braclets,rings,neckles, and keychain? If I win you give me a prize? If not can you give me the website for comentisions? Thank you.

Learning Express says:

Yes, send them in. You could win a prize or be featured on the site. Thanks for participating!

Kayla Lugo says:

I love rainbow loom and it helps me bring out my inner creativity.Rainbow loom is the bomb I love it and its a great idea.It isn’t all about winning its about having fun and being true to yourself.Thank you and I hope to win.Good luck everyone.

Raymond says:

I really hope I’ll win cause getting a kit was always a dream to me!!!!!!!!

Elona says:

This is awesome ^-^

Marissa says:

I love making all kinds of things with my rainbow loom kit.

celia says:

I really hope I win the rainbow loom! :)

selena says:

I love to rainbow loom

Taylor says:

I love RAINBOW LOOM!!!!!

Taylor says:

I love the fishtail bracelet!:)

Taylor says:

The learning shop is a toy land filled with fun adventures to come when you by RainbowLoom!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MEGAN says:

i hope i win this

Talor Fernyhough says:

I really love rainbow loom since I discovered it at christmas

Brennan snip. says:

I’m really happy what you did.