Wednesday

TUTORIAL: DIY ELASTIC HAIR TIES

Long time no see!

I've been super busy for the few months, plus with the added bonus of Hurricane Sandy destroying New Jersey... It's been rough. I lost my car to flooding and I work at a newspaper, so it's been really hectic. It's finally starting to slowly normalize, and for that I am grateful.

I've been getting the sweetest emails about this blog, and I have not forgotten it!


Materials needed: Elastics & a pair of scissors



Before I start, there are also a ton of great tutorials that can be found online.

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These hair ties are ridiculously easy to make and pretty darn cheap, especially since they go for $12 for five at Anthro, and $9.50 for three at Aerie. Since I live close to NYC, I just popped on over to M&J, not knowing what I would find, just that I was looking for elastic trim.


I did not expect such a huge selection. In the garment district, I am a little kid in the candy store.




taken with my phone


My wardrobe mostly consists of dark colors so I was drawn to their black section. More than likely I will keep the tie on my wrist since I usually have my hair down, so I wanted something subtle.

I picked the different trims based on aesthetics and... stretchiness. I was sitting on the floor pulling on the ends, testing the different strengths. There's no point if there is no give, right?




I ended up purchasing seven different patterns. Most of the trims were $1.98 per yard, averaging about 4-5 hair ties a yard. The velvet one was the most expensive.







Wrap the elastic around your wrist, leaving about an inch, inch and a half on either side. I like to wear my ties a little snug, and with use they send to stretch a bit.






Snip the ends at a diagonal. It seems less likely to fray this way, don't know why.





Super easy, make a knot and pull, pull, pull~






A quick tip, this velvet one had to be cut longer than the others:

1. It is thicker material
2. It is wider material


A couple tests of stretchiness:


Finished!






A quick bracelet:


Together!


My attempt to photograph the tie in my hair. I recently dyed my hair burgundy.





I love that these don't leave marks on my wrists.


Thank you for reading!


- A
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