DIY ribbon elastic hair ties–and a giveaway!

I become easily obsessed with hair do-dads (or hair pretties, as I used to call them when I was younger). Second grade was the era of the butterfly clip, in fourth grade hair wraps reigned supreme and 7th grade was the dreaded glitter hair gel phase (just be happy you didn’t know me then…and if you did, sorry). Somewhere in between fell scrunchies, hair bows, the topsy tail and thin leather ropes to tie my hair (actually, still sort of a fan of that one).

Needless to say, I love my hair accessories. Which could maybe explain why I fell (hard) for the pretty ribbon elastic hair ties that have been everywhere recently. I picked up a few from Anthropologie a while back and have pretty much worn them to death in the months since–they’re so gentle on my hair (it’s stopped breaking from over-elastic-use) and much prettier hanging out on my wrist than a black elastic. But $12 for 5, really? That just seemed all sorts of overpriced to me, so I decided to see if I could somehow MacGyver up a few of my own when I found myself in need of a refill.

This is the kind of thing people tend to balk “You really need DIY instructions for THAT?!” at. And the truth is no, you don’t. But it took me a while to get the measurements, so why not share, right?

You can snag some elastic from here or here and measure each piece to 8 and 3/4 inches (again, what worked for me, feel free to experiment!). Fold the elastic in half and tie a small (and tight!) lopped knot at the end of the elastic, leaving about 1/4 of an inch free. If you find that the ends of the elastic are fraying where you cut them, simply burn them slightly with a lighter to seal them. Voila!

The other thing I forgot to mention? My eyes are often bigger than my stomach (or my bank account or my closet…). In this case, a supply that I thought would make 10 or so ties really created…45. Considering there’s no way I’m ever going to use all those, I thought it might be fun to give away sets of three to five of you! If you’d like, enter the giveaway using the Rafflecopter below, sometime between now and Tuesday (Sept. 25) night at midnight for a chance to win. Much easier than handing over $12.00 and a trip to Anthro, right?

a Rafflecopter giveaway

  • Michelle

    I can’t live without bobby pins!

    • alongobucco

      Bobby pins are a must!

  • Anonymous

    I love these hair ties. I’m with Michelle, though, I absolutely cannot live without bobby pins. I use them almost every day.

    • alongobucco

      I totally agree–thanks for entering!

  • molly @ still being molly

    love this giveaway! i love those hairties. for me hairties are a no brainer! can’t live without ‘em!

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much for entering, Molly!

  • cravingforbarneys
    • alongobucco

      Thank you! xo

  • Juneli

    Great DIY. Thanks a bunch for stopping by and commenting, dear!
    Juneli from Fashionably Yours

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much for stopping by, Juneli!

  • Always Maylee

    You just made me giggle.. you made 45, love it! Ok, I can’t live without my hair straightener, does that count as a hair product? My hair would be soo crazy without it.


    xo, Yi-chia
    Always Maylee

    • alongobucco

      Definitely counts–I don’t think I could live without mine either! Thanks for entering Yi-chia! xo

  • twenty-something

    Hahaha omg I would totally have done the same thing. Actually, this kind of relates to me and my jello shots – buying enough vodka or alcohol to make jello shots for at least 50 people when only John and I are going to be eating them. ….Oops! I love this giveaway and these are super cute, I can’t live without bobby bins :)


    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much for entering, Stephanie! I have a tendency to over buy in everything too–and I CONSTANTLY make too much pasta or rice for who I’m feeding!

  • http://Lipstick,Louboutin's&LemonDrops Morgan Shepard

    What a fun giveaway/DIY project! I am OBSESSED with these hair ties, I don’t know how I lived without them!

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much, Morgan. Hair ties are a must–and these have become my go-to!

  • how bout some cake

    Remember those zig zag headbands? I used to wear those all the time! These days I mostly just throw it up in a messy bun using a standard elastic (the thick ones, no metal!). Working from home makes you (or, at least, me) frumpy but comfy!

    • how bout some cake

      Also- I really hope I win because I love wearing headbands like this to the gym with my ponytail (keeps the fly-aways from sticking to my sweaty face) these are much cuter than my usual ones!

      • Pearls and Lace

        Good to know that I’m not the only one that just throws my hair up sometimes. I’ve seen many other bloggers who’s thrown up hair looks so chic…wish mine looked like that lol

        • alongobucco

          Mine never looks chic when I just throw it up. I have yet to master that!

    • alongobucco

      I loved those zig zag headbands. They could be kind of painful at times though, right? I always remember my head hurting after I took them out!

  • Christine Jensen

    I bought a wood handled brush years ago (like 10) at Target that simple works the best!

    • alongobucco

      I’ve been wanting to get my hands on one of those–the Mason Pearson brush are obviously way too expensive, but one similar!

  • Bree

    I entered!
    And my must have hair product? Macadamia nut oil spray! Unlike most people, when I dont get to washing my hair it gets really DRY and not Oily so I need to add in some to my ends – I swear it’s saved my hair from getting crazy brittle and breaking off!
    and Hair tool? I bought a wide tooth comb for $3 at wal-mart and love it. It gets my tangles out without ripping my hair out along with it! Plus sometimes I’ll just use it on my scalp = head massage!
    Fab contest, I SO wanna win haha!

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much for entering, Bree! I have to say, I’m jealous that you’ve learned what you hair needs so well, I’m still learning. I’ve actually never heard of Macadamia nut oil spray. I’m going to have to try some out!

  • Pearls and Lace

    These are so adorable and super easy to make! I think diy posts are always super fun to read regardless of how easy the project may be! Thanks for sharing :)

    xo jen

    • Pearls and Lace

      Forgot to mention that I cannot live without my curling iron! I seriously don’t know how I survived without it before lol

      • alongobucco

        Thanks so much, Jen! I love my curling iron, I got a clipless one about six months ago, and it’s changed my whole hair routine!

  • Lindsay

    My can’t live without hair product is Elnett hairspray! After trying it I will never use anything else! I love the hair ties, so cute!

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much for entering, Lindsay. I’ve never heard of that hairspray, but after hearing it’s your fav, I’m definitely going to check it out!

  • Vanick

    I love my hairties.

    • alongobucco

      Same here! Thanks for reading :)

  • Laura
    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much, Laura!

  • Emily Fitzgerald (@emmyfitzgerald)

    bobby pins and elnet hairspray! it’s a life-changer.

    • alongobucco

      OK, now I really need to check out this hairspray. You’re the second person who has suggested it!

  • Gloria

    Oh how cool is this! I’ve always thought the Anthro ones were cute, but definitely over priced. My hair must-have is the Frederic Fekkai glossing creme – instant sleekness!

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much, Gloria! I love that glossing creme–such a great product!

  • Julie

    Love this! Yours came out awesome. Great post (and, for the record, I was OBSESSED with the butterfly clip!!). XO, Julie

    • alongobucco

      Haha thanks so much, Julie! Butterfly clips were ah-mazing. Especially if the wings “fluttered”

  • ashley

    so glad to hear you like these! they’re pretty, but i’ve been skeptical that they can actually hold up for a full day/work out. hmm my must have is my bumble & bumble thickening spray. love that stuff!

    • alongobucco

      They definitely hold up–actually, they usually hold my hair better than traditional elastics and don’t break my hair!

  • Lauren

    I could never live without bobby pins or hair ties. Even though I wear my hair down most of the time, I still like to mix it up!

    • alongobucco

      I wear my hair up constantly–too often, actually! I’m trying to be better about wearing it down!

  • jennacwest

    This is such a cute idea! I love it. I can’t live without Tresemme hair spray and bobbypins. I can find Bobbypins everywhere, in my purse, car, room hahaha everywhere!

    • alongobucco

      Thank you so much! I am such a slob when it comes to my bobbypins. Like you said, mine are EVERYWHERE!

  • Anonymous

    I love those hair ties! Especially the sparkly ones! :) I’m now following please follow back?

    • alongobucco

      Thank you! Heading over to check out your blog now :)

  • thestatestreetedit

    These are fantastic!! I honestly couldn’t tell the difference between your DIYs and the Anthro versions. Entering the giveaway? Done and done!

    • alongobucco

      Haha you are too sweet, thank you!! xo

  • Kirby

    I’ve been wanting ties like this for ages. Pick me, pick me!

    • alongobucco

      I’m so glad you entered. Thanks for stopping by!

  • Ruben Ramos

    Id say hair gel, and hair straightener did once and i was hooked

    • alongobucco

      Hair gel is a must for curly hair, so I’m with ya!

  • girlavantgarde

    Ahh so simple, but it came out so perfectly! Can’t live without – Aussie 3 minute miracle!

    xo, Courtney

    • alongobucco

      Thank you, Courtney! I love Aussie products, too. They always smell so yummy!

  • whitney

    omg, I had totally forgotten about (or blocked out) glitter hair gel!! what a bad thing to give young girls.

    • alongobucco

      Haha I’m damaged for life by my glitter hair gel phase. So not OK!

  • Emily Marie

    Love these! All of these fabrics are beautiful
    Isn’t That Charming.

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much, Emily! There were some really pretty colors to choose from!

  • Marie-Eve @aprettynest

    I really can’t live without bobby pins !

    My Blog – A Pretty Nest

    • alongobucco

      Me either! Thanks for reading!

  • Jennifer

    I love leave in conditioner!

    • alongobucco

      Me too! Do you have a brand that doesn’t leave you looking greasy?

  • Megan

    These are amazing!!!!! Another DIY to add to my list, thank you! :)

    xo, Megan
    indie flower

    • alongobucco

      So glad you liked them, Megan!

  • lane


    • alongobucco

      A must!

  • Jenee C.

    I fell in love with these the instant I saw them at Anthropologie. As much as I tried to justify it, I just couldn’t bring myself to the high price tag. I love that you made your own and I love all the different elastics you chose. I hope I win a pack, I’m always too lazy when it comes to DIYs.

    xx Jenee C.
    {camo meets couture}

    • Jenee C.

      Oh and when it comes to hair, I am almost never without that black hair tie around my wrist.

      • alongobucco

        Same here Jenee, I’m a sucker for cute ties, but if I can make them cheaper, I’m definitely going to!

  • bridalgownbuy

    Nice work! These ribbons are beautiful!

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much!

  • Mollie

    I love these hair ties! So fashionable on your wrist and in your hair! My favorite hair product has to be my Paul Mitchell Seal and Shine Spray which protects your hair from heat! But i doo have to say I discovered Paul Mitchell Awapuhi wild ginger texturizing sea spray and it seriously works like magic if you want the beachy hair style! I love it!

    • alongobucco

      Ohhh, I’m always on the hunt for a good beach spray. Right now, I love the bumble and bumble one, but this sounds awesome!

  • Ashley C

    Definitely frizz-free hair products!


    • alongobucco

      Omg, I know! I hate when my hair gets frizzy (which is often!).

  • Kylie Carlson

    I just recently discovered the Lila Rose Flexi-clips and I love them to contain my up-dos!

    • alongobucco

      Ohhh I’ve never heard of those. Nothing seems to hold up my hair, so I’m definitely going to check those out!

  • swishina

    black elastic with no metal. I use the ouchless Goody ones.

    • alongobucco

      Love the Goody ones!

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  • Amy DeLong

    hair clips with designs on them

    • alongobucco

      I never have any lucky getting them to stay in my hair—which is a shame because they’re so pretty!

  • Anne

    Love these! I have some of the Anthro ones too… but now I’m totally going to make them as holiday gifts for all the ladies in my life! My other favorite hair products: anything from Bumble & Bumble. Their shampoos and styling products all smell sooooo good!

    • alongobucco

      That’s such a great holiday idea! Bumble and bumble puts out such a great hair products—I’m a huge fan of their curl cream!

  • Jessica Rose

    Soo can’t live without a cute headband!

    ijessica_r at yahoo dot com

    • alongobucco

      I agree—I totally got into them a while back because of Blair on Gossip Girl!

  • Jess

    Love the hair ties! I can’t live without aerosol hair spray – I hate the spray bottles!

    • alongobucco

      Spray paint is a god send for me—my hair would be all sorts of crazy without it!

  • Lindsay

    Such a great DIY. I love all of the colors! Might have to give this a try myself.

    • alongobucco

      Thanks so much, Lindsay! Definitely try it out!

  • Nathy

    I’d love to win! They’re so cute!

    My can’t-live-without product varies depending on whether my hair is straight, curly, or up. If it’s straight, Biosilk is a must! The humidity in Miami will frizzy up your hair in an instant. If it’s curly… actually, that’s my natural hair, so I really don’t use anything. If it’s up, I need thick elastic hair ties, or if it’s a bun, large, thick bobby pins. Those things are great!

    Thanks for the opportunity!

    Earnestyle | Enter my statement necklace giveaway! Open worldwide, ends September 26.

    • alongobucco

      I’m never heard of Biosilk, but if it works for a Miami resident, it’s a definitely must-try. I swear, my hair has never looked worse than when I was on vacation in Miami!

  • Sharold Friedrich

    Bobby pins! I need them all the time.
    samf36 (at)

    • alongobucco

      Such a must!

  • Elen

    I’d have to say dry shampoo! My hair get super oily, but with a spritz, I’m good to go.

    • alongobucco

      I’d love to know what brand you use!

  • chrissy Nestor


    chrissylea1979 (at) gmail(dot) com

    • alongobucco

      Thanks for entering, Chrissy!

  • hazel

    Hair ties without a doubt. I have long hair, which sadly ends up in a pony or a bun most days. So why don’t I cut it, you ask? Because my 3 year old son tells me every day how much he loves my hair. :)

    • alongobucco

      Aw, that’s so sweet. You must keep it then!

  • Sara M

    My absolute must have are hair rubberbands, the kind for really thick hair. Easy to throw hair in a ponytail and go!

    • alongobucco

      I wear my hair up more than I care to admit, so I totally agree!

  • Anonymous

    I can live without shine serum Juanita

    • alongobucco

      Shine serum makes hair look so healthy, I love it!

  • Jennifer Peaslee

    I’m pretty simple when it comes to my hair, but I can’t live without conditioner and my hairbrush :) jenniferpeaslee at gmail dot com

    • alongobucco

      I actually don’t own a hairbrush. Just a wide-toothed comb!

  • meghan

    Recently my can’t live without is Dove Hair Therapy detangler, but always always I love mini hairclips to hold my hair because they stay.

    • alongobucco

      Dove shampoo and conditioner is amazing—and it always smells incredible!

  • Katie

    With my fine, thin hair–I’d say I can’t live without dry shampoo! It’s a lifesaver for second day hair. I’ve tried several, but SalonGraphix (drugstore brand) has worked great.

    • alongobucco

      Oh, I’ll have to try that kind–I haven’t really found a GREAT one yet

  • laura588

    I can’t live without my headbands. I have long hair that loves to fly away into my eyes! My headbands keep it in place where it should be!
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

    • alongobucco

      I always wear headbands when I’m working out–can’t live without them!

  • mary j

    bobby pins

    • alongobucco

      Thanks for entering!

  • Tanya White

    I can’t live without conditioner my hair gets dry and brittle without it.

    • alongobucco

      As a curly girl, conditioner is a must for me!

  • Laura Kingery

    I can’t live without Morrocon Oil.. It keeps my thick hair silky and smooth!!

    • alongobucco

      LOVE Morrocon oil!

  • kathy pease

    i need pantene conditioer or my hair is nuts


    • alongobucco

      Pantene smells so yummy!

  • Jaclyn Reynolds

    Finesse Conditioner!

  • Cindy A.

    I can’t live without Curly Hair Solutions Curl Keeper, it literally transforms my curls.

  • wendy bradbury

    Moroccan Oil is the best! My hair is so much healthier and shinier when I use it. :)

  • Bflopolska

    Can not leave home without a good leave-in conditioner!

  • Jesselyn A/Jesstinger

    Aside from a good conditioner – pony tail holders – of all varieties – but preferably pretty ones in colors that coordinate with my outfits and DON’T pull on or break my hair! Thanks!

  • Saundra M

    I cannot live without my hair ties and scrunchies.

  • ainee

    I cant live without conditioners!

  • Tara

    I have an anti static wide tooth comb for combing thru my wet hair. love it.

  • Jessica Sweatt (@jesshereandnow)

    I love these hairties, and your DIY is perfection! My go-to hair product is a tortoise hair clip. Count me in for the giveaway!

  • Anthro_Blogger

    Conditioner is a must for my curlies!

  • NGS

    Root spray from Aveda for some volume!

  • Esther

    headband for me!

  • Dina Karivalis (@DKarivalis)

    I love those little hair ties and have shelled out 12.00 for the ones from Anthropologie! Such a creative idea to make them yourself!
    xo Dina

    • alongobucco

      Thank you so much, Dina!

    • alongobucco

      Thank you so much, Dina!

  • Ambre Sautter (@asoftheday)

    Can’t live without rubber bands! I’m a Mom. The hair lives in the “up” position. :)

  • Calli

    any elastic without metal!

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