Friday, January 17, 2014

Make it Better: Elastic Hair Ties DIY + Giveaway

Giveaway!
Two readers will win the set of four hair ties shown in the first picture (gold, silver, white, and green)! To enter, email <luxeausterity@gmail.com>, and the winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, January 22nd.


I've always loved the way a thin ribbon holding a ponytail looks. It is such a simple, romantic and soft addition to the standard pony. But for some reason, I always feel like it's a lot of work for me -- those lovely ribbons just refuse to stay put in my hair.

Maybe that's why I really like the elastic hair ties that have become so popular -- it's almost like having a tiny version of a ribbon in one's hair or on her wrist.

images from here, here, and here
The prices on of the elastic hair ties available, however, are very high considering the cost. A yard of the metallic elastic ribbon above was just $2.25 at a NYC trimmings shop, so to see prices of over a dollar per pre-made hair elastic is crazy.

They are very simple to make, but I had avoided it because I didn't want to buy a whole bunch of elastic ribbon in one color. These are so simple that a tutorial hardly seems helpful, but here are a few tips to make them as inexpensively as possible.

Continue reading for the how-to…






A trip to the trimmings shop this week showed me that there are a ton of options available... There were so many styles to choose from! I fell for a ballet pink velvet option, but it was dirty on the rack, so I figured it would look old very quickly, and passed it by.

The fabric and color range was extensive, so I focused on how much stretch the elastics had (I was looking for a lot of stretch, but with some tension, too), along with the colors and fabrics I liked.

Unfortunately, one only needs about 10" of elastic ribbon, and the shops have a length minimum to purchase. This shop's minimum is 1/2 a yard, so that's what I got in the four elastic ribbons I chose.










Supplies needed:
-1/2 yard of elastic ribbon in 5/8" or 6/8" or 7/8" width.
-Scissors

Each 1/2 yard made three hair ties.

Step one: Cut the elastic ribbon into thirds, but be sure to cut on an angle. The angle can be cut after the ties are knotted, but that means loosing length, and in order to get three hair ties out of each length of elastic, it's best to loose no length.

Step two: Fold in half and knot about 2/3 of the way down so the knot is closer to the ends than to the fold, but be sure to pull the folded section through the knot instead of pulling the ends through the knot. Again, this has to do with waste -- if one pulls the ends through the knot, they may become distorted, and need a trim after the knot is secure.





Giveaway!
Two readers will win the set of four hair ties shown in the first picture (gold, silver, white, and green)! To enter, email <luxeausterity@gmail.com>, and the winners will be chosen at random on Wednesday, January 22nd.

It's a little giveaway, but certainly beats buying them at over $1.00 each.

Have a great weekend, And Happy MLK Day!













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