We’ve all seen the cute little elastic ribbon hair ties in boutiques and stores and in practically everyone’s hair lately. Everyone is wearing them and at $2 to $4 a pop or 4 for $15, they’re cute but pricey. Especially when you must have one in every color to match your wardrobe. That adds up really fast.
My 4 year old daughter has friends who wear them at school and has been telling me she “NEEDS” some.
Knowing my daughter and knowing what a fashionista and a diva she is, I knew that would be very expensive, so I thought, I can do that!
STEP ONE: FIND MATERIAL
First step, scour the Internet to find the elastic in fashionable colors at a reasonable price. I ended up finding this lovely website, Abby’s Bowtique, with the elastic for $1.00 a yard and loads of colors.
(My elastic was here in 2 days)
I recently went from this to this, so I can’t really use the cute ties right now:
STEP TWO: LAY OUT ALL YOUR MATERIALS
You should need your elastic, a lighter (to keep your edges from fraying), sharp scissors, and your hands.
Obviously the thicker your hair is, the longer you will want your elastic to be. I used about 7 inches. That’s a little longer than a pair of standard scissors. (But my daughter is 4 and has fine hair.)
Cut the length you want and run the flame lightly over the edges of the elastic where you’ve cut it to stop it from fraying. I like uneven edges, so I cut on an angle. I also think it’s prettier.
Then just tie a knot in the elastic leaving a little out on the ends to fan out once you wrap your ponytail. It makes a bow effect.
It takes about a minute to make one. And in 10 minutes, you can have an entire supply for yourself, your little diva, or gift giving.