While my son napped Sunday I made these cute hair ties. I love Emi Jay hair ties, in fact it’s all I used…….until now. They are super strong! I have a ton of long, curly hair and the emi jays hold a pony or a bun all day and don’t leave the slightest crease. Before having a child spending $15 for 5 hair ties didn’t bother me one bit, now I am floored at how much something so small can cost! I decided to figure out how to make my own!
I did some searching on Pinterest and found a ton of links devoted to making these cute little hair ties. To start with one site sent me to JoAnn fabrics. I was all excited to get there and find an aisle full of “fold-over elastic” (what you use to make them) but to my dismay they had two colors, baby blue and white, and they really weren’t all that cheap. I bought them, followed the directions and they didn’t work in my hair, the bands were just too small. I was bummed. So I decided to search elsewhere and tweak the pattern a bit.
The original pattern I found had me cut the 5/8″ fold-over elastic in 9 in. ribbons, which for me was far too short. I went searching on Etsy and found 100’s of shops devoted to the cutest prints and colors of this elastic! I decided on pink and black for my first try, 5 yards of each with shipping only cost $5.45!!!! I decided to cut my strips 10 in. and they fit great in my thick hair. I folded them in half, tied a small not at the end and they were finished! I had so much ribbon I also made two headbands by cutting them 20 in. and tying the same knot. If you have normal weight and length hair stick with 9 in.
Here is a pic of my storage for them. I keep them in my vintage silver cup which was my husband’s great grandmothers, makes me happy each morning! Let me know if you try them or what prints you find!!