DIY Elastic Hair Ties

Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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If you caught my roundup of super pretty ponytail holders on Babble, you may have noticed that I recommended Lucky Ties from Chopper's Kisses. Hair ties like these made of a soft, stretchy material called fold-over elastic.

Hair ties made of fold over elastic can be found everywhere these days from Walmart to Anthropologie. It's not surprising that they are so popular. They are really gentle on hair, won't snag, and are super cute. They are also really comfortable to wear around your wrist when they aren't in use.

I love them but I have a bad habit of losing hair elastics. Lucky me, they are super easy and fun to make. Additionally, when you make your own, you can adjust the size that works best for you or personalize them with charms, buttons, or other embellishments.

Get the tutorial after the jump.

DIY Elastic Hair Ties


  • 5/8" Fold over-elastic
  • iron
  • ruler
  • fabric shears
  • lighter

1. Find yourself some 5/8" fold-over elastic. I found this blue one and yellow ruffle elastic at my local Joann Fabric and Craft Store. Each one-yard package made 3 hair ties. If you are an online shopper, you can order 4-yard packages from Joann in a variety of colors for $6.99.

2. Unwind the elastic and iron the creases out using a medium heat setting. (I set mine to "wool" and it worked fine.)

3. Measure 11 inches and cut.

4. Cut each end at a 45-degree angle. You can cut them in opposite slants if you want them to line up after you have folded them or parallel like I've done here.

5. Use a lighter to seal the ends. This will keep them from fraying. Move the lighter along the edge fairly quickly or it will catch on fire. Not that I would know or anything.

6. Fold the elastic in half.

7. Tie in a knot and pull it tight.

8. Optional step: Attach a charm or pretty button if you want a fancier hair tie. I used thread to tie on this vintage button.


Use it to tie your hair in a pontail...

...and wear it around your wrist when you aren't using it so you always know where to find it.

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3 Responses

  1. This is great! I may have to try this not only for myself but for my girls running team I coach! They would love them!
    Thanks Sonya

  2. Hi Sonya,
    I like your blog. I just bought some of these ties in the store. They were kind of expensive… I think I’ll make my own from now on. Thanks for the idea.

  3. Thanks! They are really simple and easy to make. I love to whip up a bunch to give as quick & easy gifts.


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