DIY: Emi-Jay Hair Tie and Headbands

March 8, 2013

DIY elastic hair ties || THe Average Girl's Guide

Ya know the elastic hair ties in a million colors that everyone wears around their wrist? There’s a good chance they’re Emi-Jay, the “designer” elastic hair brand that  can cost $10-$12 for just five, max. I’ve been wanting to make a more affordable version — and headbands, too — when my good friend P suggested I do so, and led me to an Etsy shop selling satin elastic. Perfect! This is the fastest DIY, and doesn’t require much patience or attention (so hint: you can watch the housewives, or kardashians, at the same time). All about the smart multi-tasking!

All you need:

  • Yards of satin elastic, 5/8″ wide (I purchased 10, one of each color, there’s dozens, at Elastics by the Yard)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler (but you can get away without)

DIY elastic hair ties || THe Average Girl's Guide

1. Cut elastic to about 11-12″ lengths, hair thickness considered.  One yard with yield three hair ties. Use approx. 18″ for headbands.
2. Match up the ends and tie into a knot toward the end, with about 1″ at the end.
3. Cut the ends at a diagonal.
4. Ta-da!

DIY elastic hair headbands || THe Average Girl's Guide

DIY elastic hair ties -- The Average Girl's Guide

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  • Tara

    Might have to try this, so cute!

    • The Avg Girl Guide

      Hope you will; you’d look so cute in the headband, too!

  • PennyPincherFashion

    Love this DIY - so simple + my daughter is always losing her hair ties! :)

    • The Avg Girl Guide

      Yes! This would be so good for her, and a little project you can do together. Let her pick the colors from the Etsy shop.

  • Kristin & Megan

    Do you think they’d hold super thick hair? If so, I’m soliciting my sis to make these for me. Ha!

    • The Avg Girl Guide

      I think so, and especially the headband could be fun for you to try. If they stretch a little faster, still so much more affordable — and fun! — to create your own.

  • Christina Patterson

    This is such a good idea! I’d love to try it with headbands. I have some of the hair ties from Birchbox, but DIYing them is so smart! :)

    • The Avg Girl Guide

      Yeah, wearing the headband right now and loving it!! LMK if you try. :)

  • Sofia

    thanks for this great idea and post. I’m looking forward to doing it. If you get a sec, check out my latest post on my blog ‘Maxi Skirt & Leather Jacket’.



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  • Cortne Martin

    Wow, super easy! Next diy with my little. Best informative blog evaaaaa!

    • The Avg Girl Guide

      THank you so much, Courtne!! It’s so, so easy to make.

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  • Shannon Anderson

    Thank you! For some reason I never even thought to look for the elastic to do this myself. Duh! So much cheaper!!

  • Lindsay Smith

    I love these! I have started wearing them and I’ve been toying with the idea of making my own- and how fun to give to friends! Thanks for the tutorial! I think I’ll make some of my own.

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