DIY Hair Ties, a Gift Idea

This post is sponsored by Hairbow Supplies Etc, but the work, opinions and ideas are 100% mine. 

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

As I say this, I might date myself… but I remember when my oldest daughter was a baby, trying to find supplies to make GIANT (and I mean giant) hairbows for her.  The supplies were hard to find, and when found were not the greatest quality.  What I would not have given for some great fold over elastic back then… We were in school and it killed me to buy something that I could easily make.

Fast forward 18 years later and my baby hair bow making days are long behind me now.  However my girls have not stopped wanting me to make hair accessories for them.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

My youngest is almost 13 (oh man how can I be that old??) and we have increasingly had problems thinking of cute gifts for her friends.  It seems we’ve sent more than our fair share of iTunes gift cards to birthday parties the last few years.   Tweens and young teens are HARD to buy for.

I had the idea to make hair ties for her friends.  They make up easy and require no special tools or supplies. At first we just used plain white cards to hold the hair ties, then I got the idea to put them on cute cards.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

So I designed these “Life is too short to have boring hair” cards. I added a “to” and “from” at the bottom to make for easy gift giving.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

You can find the cards on my “templates” page. Just print and cut out (just a note, for a better result, print the cards on textured cardstock).

Making the hair ties was EASY.

You’re going to need some fold over elastic. You can get it at HairbowSuppliesEtc.com – they have an enormous selection of fold over elastic, in gobs of colors and prints, they even have glitter elastic!

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

To make the simple hair ties, cut a piece of fold over elastic to 9” long. Fold in half and tie off. Clip the ends for a neat appearance.

 

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

 

I also made a stretchy headband with a flower attached. You can also find a large selection of flowers at HairbowSuppliesEtc.com . I chose to work with the eyelet and polka dot flowers. 

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

To do this, cut your fold over elastic to 20” long.  Then using a needle and heavy duty thread, sew the flower to the headband, a couple of inches off center.  After you’ve stitched though the flower a few times, sew on a glittery button.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

Then join the ends and knot. Trim.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

To attach it to the card simply loop the elastic around the card 3 times.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

 

You can use the same technique to make hair ties with flowers. Simply sew the flower to the center of the 9” of fold over elastic.

DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

 

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DIY Hair Tie Gift Idea & free printable "Life is too short to have boring hair" gift cards

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