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DIY Boutique-Style Hair Ties

CreativityAllison WhislerComment

A couple years ago, I started seeing the the best no-snag hair ties pop-up in various boutiques. Before long, these comfortable, hair accessories gained popularity and began showing up in larger brand-name hair care lines. The problem? It costs a pretty penny to purchase these hair basics. $6 for 3 hair ties? No thank you! Thus began the quest to create my own version at a fraction of the cost… and this is the result!

I’m excited to share with you how to make your very own adorable hair ties for just a few cents a piece!


 Photo Credit: Karen Whisler

Photo Credit: Karen Whisler

  • 5/8” Fold Over Elastic. I purchased mine from the Sunshine Supply Shoppe. On their website you can buy the elastic by the yard in dozens of adorable colors, patterns & styles. Whether glitter, neon, chevron or camo are your thing, they probably have an elastic that you will love! Plus, if you sign up for their email list, they frequently send out codes or announce sales to discount their already low prices. You can also find this type of elastic at some craft stores but there’s usually a limited selection & the price is higher. One yard of elastic will make about 3-4 ties, depending on how big you like them.
  • Ruler. Any basic school ruler or measuring tape will do.
  • Fabric Scissors. Fold over elastic has a fabric-like feel. To get the cleanest cut, I recommend using a pair of fabric scissors. However, any nice pair of sharp scissors should work okay.

Now that you’ve selected & purchased your elastic, it’s time to make some hair ties!

 Photo Credit: Karen Whisler

Photo Credit: Karen Whisler


1. Get a general measurement by wrapping the elastic around the circumference of your wrist, leaving an extra inch on each end. Check on a ruler, how long this length is. This will be the length you want to cut the elastic. For me, I cut the elastic at 10” for all my bands.

2. Cut the elastic with sharp scissors at a slight upward angle.

3. Fold the elastic together so that the two ends match up and the shiny side (solid color elastic) or patterned side of the elastic is showing.

4. Holding the ends together, wrap them around one finger. Pull the two ends through the loop to knot.

5. Pull the knot tight toward one end so a large loop is formed below it.

6. Wear your new hair ties & be impressed with yourself!

That’s it! After you practice a couple times, you will get the hang of the steps and be a hair-tie-producing machine!

I use these ties all the time for both my personal use and as a fun gift throw-in for friends. I love picking out a few colors and patterns that coordinate with each other to place in a card as a special surprise. Who wouldn’t want a cute & comfy hair tie or two?

 Photo Credit: Karen Whisler

Photo Credit: Karen Whisler

If you try this project, post a picture on social media using #OverflowBlogDIY & tag us in your post! We’d love to see how your hair ties turn out!