Ribbon hair ties hit the market bigtime a year or two ago. They were touted as being gentle on hair (because of the soft elastic and no metal closure) and super cute on the wrist.
When I went to the mall to try to get in on the trend, though, I found that they retail for more than a dollar each. For hair ties I’m probs gonna lose by next week? Ouch.
I purchased a few just to see if I like them and, like everyone else, I do. They’re awesome for curly hair because it won’t leave a ponytail bump (you know the one. Don’t pretend you don’t.). And I liked them, but not their price tag. I figured I could make them for less than the cost of a packet of one…and I was right! If you wanna do the same, here’s what you’ll need:
All it takes are 4 easy steps:
1. Measure your elastic. Make an angled cut around 23cm (9 inches) in length; make it longer if you want a larger elastic, and shorter if you want a smaller one.
2. Fold the elastic in half.
3. Knot it on the open end.
4. Use fire (carefully – try not to burn yourself or anything else) to carefully melt the raw edge to keep it from fraying.
Voila! They make really lovely, easy gifts for friends and family. The best part is that they’re so inexpensive to make that when I inevitably lose them, I can just pull out my reels of elastic and make a few dozen more!