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how to make elastic hair tiesElastic hair ties are all the rage right now. You can find them at Target, H&M, Anthropologie and they can be very pricey.

At Anthropologie you can get (5) for $24, making them $4.80 each. The good news is that you can follow this trend for a fraction of the price by making them yourself.

Seriously guys, this project is so fast and easy that you can even let the kids help.

Supplies

hair tie supplies

5/8″ Fold Over Elastic (you can get it on Amazon or JoAnn’s)
Sheet of Paper or Ruler
Sharp Scissors
Lighter

How To Make Them

hair ties cut elastic

1.) Cut a piece of elastic 9″.
If you are using a sheet of paper, use the short side. You can make them smaller for children or larger if you have a bigger wrist.

loop around

2.)  Fold the elastic in half with the decorative side out.

tie a knot

3.) Tie a small knot with the elastic ends.
Any type of basic knot will do. Be sure to pull it tight so that it won’t come untied.

edges

4.) Use a lighter or candle to melt the edges.
This will remove any current fraying and prevent the edges from fraying in the future. You do not need to set it on fire, just get it close to the flame and you will see it melt.

hair ties final

That is all! Now you can make your own hair ties for a faction of a cost.

I paid $14.99, including shipping, for 15 yards of elastic. You can make approximately 4 hair ties from 1 yard of elastic. So for $15, I can make 60 hair ties! That makes them 25¢ each!

They make great gifts. You could even get together with friends make them in different elastics and swap for a larger variety.

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