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
Lighter
Ruler


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!

8 comments:

  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!

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  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!

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    1. Hi Jenn,

      Thanks! This is so easy and fun - hope you try it :) I found my elastic here: http://www.sunshineshoppesupply.com/Stretch_Elastic_and_Trim_s/1832.htm
      I ordered the 5/8" size. They carry both the solid colors, and the glitter elastic.

      Enjoy!

      R

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

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

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  5. This Etsy shop sells printed fold over elastic for hair ties!! https://www.etsy.com/listing/152417079/printed-fold-over-elastic-20-yds-of-58?ref=shop_home_active_5

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