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DIY Elastic Ponytail Holders and Headbands

on March 31, 2013

One of my very favorite accessories is a Twistband. I saw them featured on the Today Show with Kathie Lee and Hoda a few years ago and ordered them almost immediately. These colorful, elastic ponytail holders claim to leave your hair without any creases after taking them out. I am not blessed with hair that can easily resist the ponytail hump, but that doesn’t make me love my Twistbands any less. I almost always have one of my wrist. If you don’t see one there, it’s likely only because the Twistband is already in my hair.

They are not particularly expensive to buy, so I didn’t immediately set out to make my own. One day I hurriedly left the house without a Twistband (gasp!) and had to improvise on the fly. At that time I was working at a craft store, and Blue Moon had recently released some elastic for making headbands. It was fairly economical, so I bought it. Sadly this type of elastic was nowhere near as resilient as what my trusty Twistbands were made of. The elastic also had a sheen to it that gave the whole thing a cheap look.

Some months later I came across a pin on Pinterest for diy ponytail holders and investigated the source the pinner used to buy her elastic. I was so pleasantly surprised when I visited the Sunshine Shoppe website for the first time. They offer stretchy elastic in a wide variety of colors, prints, and GLITTER! I am and will always be a sucker for anything shiny, so they had me at the glitter. Here’s the best part: the prices are unbelievable. You can get a yard of solid-colored elastic for $.50.


Before you invest in making your own ponytail holders and headbands, give Twistbands a try. I really think you’ll find that you love them as much as me.  If you do decide that you want to make your own, I highly recommend you check out Sunshine Shoppe. The quality of the elastic is almost as good as a Twistband. Plus they have an awesome selection. The ladies cut each order by hand which makes it take awhile to receive your elastic, so plan in advance if you order from them.

Once you have your elastic, get out a good pair of scissors. I mean the ones that you reserve for cutting ribbon so that it doesn’t fray, not ones that serve every purpose under the sun and live in the bottom of your junk drawer. For ponytail holders, cut a piece of elastic about 10 in. long. Fold the elastic in half, and tie a knot in the end. Yes, it is really that easy!

Ponytail Holders for the Nieces

To make a headband for an adult, use the same technique but with a 24 in. piece of elastic.


With the price of elastic so affordable from Sunshine Shoppe, you could easily make a ponytail holder or headband to match every outfit in your closet. Three of these little ponytail holders in coordinating colors and prints make for the perfect stocking stuffer or shower gift. I made my nieces and mother each a set for Christmas last year, and they really liked them.

As always, happy crafting!


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