DIY Hair Ties

Love those knotted hair ties but refuse to fork over the money? Make your own in any color with this easy and inexpensive DIY project.

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Every January there are leafy green shortages at the grocery store and an increase in gym participation, due to all the New Years resolutioners. With the move I have regressed and not done anything active (besides shovel and lug boxes) since I came down with the flu on Christmas eve. I hope to get back into my usual gym routine soon though once the house resembles some sort of order. I have to decide if I want to rejoin Lifetime Fitness, try LA Fitness because it’s right down the street, or sign up for the Ohio State gym and work out before/after work. Decisions, decisions.

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In the meantime, while I’ve been slacking off I’ve been doing creative little things such as making homemade elastic hair ties to give to my friends over the holidays. Because whether you are a member of a gym or not, everyone can use some hair ties. These are ridiculously simple to make and yet they are sold for up to $3 a piece. I found a pack of 4 fold over elastics at Walmart for about $4 and made about 30 ties. The best part is picking out your elastic. There are all kinds of colors, prints, and glitter. Have fun!

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Two years ago: Butternut Squash Stuffed Shells

Three years ago: Peanut Butter Fudge Brownie Bricks

Four years ago: English Muffins



Stretch elastic (I used 5/8″ fold over elastic found at Walmart)

Sharp scissors



  1. Measure 8 inches of elastic (about the size of wrist plus 2 extra inches). Cut the elastic at a slight angle to avoid fraying.
  2. Hold the two ends of the elastic together and tie a knot close to the ends. Pull tight without pulling on the edges to avoid fraying.
  3. Use immediately or wrap around cardboard or stiff paper pieces for gifting.

Source: Adapted slightly from Love U Madly.


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