Saturday, January 5, 2013

DIY: Elastic Hair Ties

I was this close to buying a set of hair elastics from Anthropologie a while back, but stopped short after I saw the price tag. $12 for only FIVE? Yikes! I put them back, thinking I could find them cheaper elsewhere, until I found a couple of tutorials online and decided to make them myself.

This was ridiculously easy, and I was able to make about 45 hair ties for only $11 (take that, Anthropologie). So here's what you'll need:

Foldover elastic in 5/8" size - as many yards and whatever colors you'd like. Each yard makes about 4 hair ties. I purchased my elastic here, and they are actually running a New Year's promo thru tomorrow, Jan. 6th at midnight: use code NEWYEAR2013 to save 15% off your entire order.

Sharp scissors

Measure and cut a piece of elastic (flat) to 8.25". If you have thicker hair, add another quarter or half inch. Also something to note: the glitter elastics seem to be less stretchy than the solids, so I added a half inch to those. Otherwise, they wouldn't fit on my wrist!

Tie ends in a knot, leaving about half-inch sized tails, and trim ends together at an angle.

Using a lighter, you'll seal the ends to keep them from fraying. Hold the flame close to the ends, without touching them. You'll see the fibers melt a little, creating a finished edge.

And you're done! This is an easy, mindless thing to do while crushing through episodes of Homeland (obsessed with that show) or whatever you please :) I love these ties because they don't leave a big crease in your hair, and they look cuter on your wrist for those emergency ponytails. Hopefully this saves you a couple bucks, too, because I know I won't ever be buying these!


  1. Rachael, this is awesome--I feel like even I could manage it! I actually bought them at Anthropologie last summer because I loved them so much, but didn't know how to make them myself. I can't wait to try this!

  2. I love this tutorial. I was looking for some of this elastic the other day to do the same and couldn't find it. Where did you find yours? Thanks!

    1. Hi Jenn,

      Thanks! This is so easy and fun - hope you try it :) I found my elastic here:
      I ordered the 5/8" size. They carry both the solid colors, and the glitter elastic.



  3. Ok, I'm dumb. Totally missed the link somehow :D

  4. Burning the ends is the best way to keep it from coming unraveled for sure. You can't just tie them off.

  5. This Etsy shop sells printed fold over elastic for hair ties!!

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