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How to Make Elastic Hair Ties

Make your own elastic hair ties for a fraction of what they sell for in stores!

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Elastic Hair Ties

Have you seen these cute elastic hair ties in stores? You can often find them next to the register, begging you to take them home. You can find them at Ulta, Sephora, and even Anthropology, but making them yourself will save you some money and guarantee the colors you want.

Elastic for Hair Ties

How to Make Elastic Hair Ties

You will need 5/8″ elastic. The plain elastic with the line in the middle is called “fold over” elastic. I’ve seen it on the shelves at Michael’s and JoAnn’s. But I like ordering it from Amazon and having it shipped to my house. There are a lot of options on Amazon, like this Glitter Metallic that’s super cute!

Elastic Hair TiesMaking them is as easy as cutting and tieing. First, cut the elastic to the length you want. Somewhere between 8-10″ is a good length, depending on how thick your hair is and how big your wrist is. A lot of girl’s like to wear them as bracelets. Not only are they cute on wrist, but when they want to pull their hair up, they always have an elastic handy.

Elastic Hair TiesOnce they are cut, you’ll want to seal the ends. I ran the ends over the top of a lit candle to singe them.

Elastic Hair Ties and Printable CardsOur girl’s camp has a cowgirl theme so I made these fun Pony Up cards for the hair ties to go on. We’ll be giving them out as a tuck in treat, because of bears and raccoons and the need to keep all food out of our tents. Even though they aren’t food I think the girls are going to love them!


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How To Make Elastic Hairties

For other Elastic Hair Tie Cards see:

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  1. I love these so much that I got online late tonight and ordered some too! These would make the cutest little gifts. Would you be willing to share the darling tag you created too? Once again, SO STINKIN darling. Well done and thanks for the heads up about the sale. I am a follower now. 🙂

  2. Hi-
    Thought I would let you know that I tried to use the Miracle Ribbon Cutter on this type of elastic and it wouldn’t cut it. It ended up only partially cutting the elastic or burned the elastic at the ends. I suggest sticking with scissors and running a candle over it or using clear nail polish.

  3. I just got my elastic today in the mail (ordered from Sunshine Shoppe). I have already made two and I can’t wait to make the rest. Instant cute gratification! Thanks for the idea and the hint on where to buy.

    1. Am I the only one having trouble with this? 🙁 I keep coming back and trying different ways to download, but no luck. I just keep being told the link contains an error…

  4. Please don’t recommend that Magic Ribbon Cutter! It’s a terrible tool w/poor design. It works awesome for about 50 (if you’re lucky) cuts of ribbon, after that it will have drained 4 AA batteries & the heating wire will likely start to warp & fall out of its housing (it isn’t soldered on).

    It does have cutting guides, but since you have to close the tool over the ribbon you’re cutting, you can accurately see exactly where it’s cutting and there’s no guide to keep the ribbon steady (you have to hold it down yourself, but if you’re not careful, you can damage the delicate heating wire).

    I bought a 2nd ribbon cutter (like a fool) thinking the first was just a dud. I have 2 broken Imaginisce cutters & cut maybe 75-80 uses of of them combined and 12 wasted AA batteries. Save your $ a candle or lighter works better to heat seal ribbon/elastic.

  5. Thank you so much for the wonderful idea as well as the printable! I just fell in love with the “Pony Up”…

    I made these for my daughter’s dance teacher’s “helpers”….they turned out so cute!!! Merry Christmas! :o)

  6. Came here to find what length I should use when making these. Thank you! I have quite a bit of fold over elastic scraps on hand, and couldn’t believe when I saw them in stores how much they were going for! These are going to cost me less than a penny each. Cute “Pony Up” cards, too!

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  8. Love the “pony up!” idea! I have over 200 prints of FOE foldover elastics at my online shop Enchanted Elastics. I’m bringing in lace elastic soon as well. Me and my girls are addicted to hair ties! Too much fun!

  9. Hi, has anyone had trouble with the elastic stretching quickly? I have some FOE I used for headbands. It stretched out within about 4 hours. Any advice on the most durable kind? Would prestretching be the solution? Will try.

  10. Love these, my Grandaughters all have long hair so these will be great…but I have another use.I am an amputee, I had my lower leg amputated 5 years ago, I fold over my pant leg to prevent it from getting caught under a wheel as well as not to drag & become dirty. I have used hair bands but they break. Love this.

  11. Loving this idea. The download link doesn’t seem to be working. Can you please check it or perhaps let me know the dimension of each card and I’ll try to make it myself? Thanks!

  12. Hi, would you mind sharing the dimensions of the card? Just wondering what width you used that fits so nicely with the hair bands. Thank you kindly!

  13. We’ve made loads of these and they are great gifts. We’ve found that using a line of puffy fabric paint on the inside of the elastic helps them stay in the hair a lot better, especially for girls like us with very straight, smooth hair!

  14. Thanks ever so much for sharing this… five years later I was able to use it to make some last minute stocking stuffer-type presents for all my kitchen coworkers. … and it gave me an excuse to go to the notions store. Mille grazie!

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