If you have long hair, by now you have probably discovered the Rolls Royce of hair ties – the no-kink hair tie.  Yep, the one that is made of wide elastic. The one that is kind to your locks, looks cool on your wrist, and is unreasonably expensive. But, it is super easy (and inexpensive) to make these hair ties yourself, just follow this short and sweet DIY.

DIY Hair Ties

You will need the following materials to make your own no-kink hair ties:

  • Fold over elastic (9 inches per hair tie)
  • Large hole beads (optional)
  • Scissors
  • Card stock (optional for packaging)

Fold over elastic is the type of elastic that luxe no-kink hair ties are made from.  Be sure to get the right stuff.  You can get a yard for $2.99 at Jo-Ann (or less if you use one of their coupons, just check their website or download their app).  Or, there are many places you can order elastic online, like Bowtique Emilee, for as little as $0.29 a yard.

Large Hole Beads

If you would like to jazz up your hair ties, add a bead with a large hole.  I like to peruse the clearance section of the craft store for beads, since they can sometimes be pricey (and thus defeat the money saving aspect of this DIY).  If fashion trumps frugality, check out the Darice Mix and Mingle collection for a lot of good options.

Making your Hair Ties

Cut a 9″ length of fold over elastic.  If you’re adding a bead, fold over your elastic and feed it through the hole.  You’ll find out quickly why “large hole” beads are a necessity.  I used a reamer to help me pull the elastic through for some beads with a tight fit.

Fold the elastic in half so the ends are stacked and lined up with each other.  Tie a regular knot and pull it towards the ends to tighten.  Clean up the ends by trimming them on an angle.

Your hair tie is complete!

Packaging

If you want to give your hair ties as a gift, a nice backer card can easily be made from card stock.  I pre-printed the Pop Craft logo onto some recycled card stock, and trimmed it to 2.5″ x 1″.  This is a good size for a single hair tie, but if you increase the height of the card by an inch (i.e. 2.5″ x 2″, or 2.5″ x 3″) you can add more ties to a single card.

Would you like to receive a hair tie like this as a gift?