Howdy! My name is Cassidy, and I’m a long-time iggle, first time contributor. At 22, I’m a kid at heart who grew up doing arts and crafts, got busy with school, and hopped back into it during college undergrad. I’m a huge Pinterest nerd, so lots of the crafts and DIYs that I post will be inspired from that lovely, massive black hole of a website.

This post, however, is a shoutout to those crazy overpriced, “no ridge” hair ties that started showing up a year or two ago. They looked GREAT – cute, comfy, and with the promise of not leaving a ponytail bump in my hair – I was sold. Well, sold, right up until I saw the price. $4+ for four or five hair ties is not something that makes me happy. I was out shopping with my mom when I first saw them, and she laughed and said, “oh, you could probably make those.”

Well, I did.

It took a long time to find the elastic that I wanted, but once that hurdle was crossed (thanks local fabric store), the rest was pretty easy.

You’ll need the following:

lighter, elastic, scissors
*fold-over elastic (the width is up to you – I used both the 1/2″ and the 5/8″ and like them both)
*lighter [THIS IS WHERE I TELL YOU TO ASK AN ADULT TO HELP YOU. Also, if you ARE an adult, be careful. I burnt myself.]
*scissors
*a ruler (not pictured)

This entire project deals with trial and error. I can’t give you specifics, because everyone’s different. I have long, thick, curly hair, so my hair ties need to be a little bigger to wrap twice around my ponytail. It’s harder to tie the smaller ones, but that also depends on your fingers and tying abilities. Just play around with it, and remember, it doesn’t have to be perfect!

measuring elastic
The first thing to do involves cutting the elastic. I found that the best length for me was 21-22 centimeters.

burn edges
(Note that these are different elastics because I used the best pictures each time I did it… just go with me on this one.)

Burn each end just a tad, so that it doesn’t fray. This part took two hands, so I have no pictures of the actual process… but essentially, flick the lighter on with one hand; hold the elastic with the other. Get the elastic just close enough to the flame to slowly melt. It might catch on fire – that’s fine, just gently blow it out. It actually works best, because then the whole edge burns equally.

This is where you tie the knot in the elastic. I have no idea what the knot is actually called, but the steps are below.

tie the knot
tie the knot
tie the knot
Make sure it’s the right size, and then you’re done! My rule of thumb was to put it on my wrist. If it was too tight, I had to loosen the knot and scoot it upwards (towards the burnt ends). In the end, you’re left with these – all different sizes of hair ties that all work well (below: lighter for scale).

finished hair ties

 

I think they’re fun and they last quite some time. Also, the promise is real: they don’t leave hair tie marks in your hair!