Thursday, October 25, 2012

A Quick Little Hair-tie DIY...(& a Giveaway!)

Have you ever had that moment when you see something in a store & think "I can totally make that!"
I've been having  a lot of those moments lately. My phone is full of pictures of things I want to make, & my desktop is full of screenshots. A good amount of my 'wish list' comes from Anthro.

 Anthropologie, that is. It's one of my favorite stores hands down, despite the fact that I only own one thing from the store (a dress I got off of a clearance rack when i was a junior). 
High prices, however, don't stop me from fawning over every single catalogue, & every single thing I see online.

Every now & then I come across something that's simple enough to make myself. 

Like hair ties...
They're adorable, don't snag or pull your hair & $12.00 isn't the end of the world. It is however a bit pricey for something I have a tendency to lose, & I know costs considerably less to make. 
& so the idea sat in the back of my mind for a week or two, until I came into a couple of extra pieces of elastic (via my awesome job). Turns out I was completely right. Elastic is pretty cheap, and with $12 I could have enough to make triple the amount Anthro offers. 

& so this DIY was born. (one of many Anthro knock-offs, I'm sure.)

Materials needed:
Foldover elastic (in your fav color-s)
a lighter

First up, you're going to need some FOE. If you're like me & you anxiously wait for your weekday Plaid Barn email, then you might already have some in transit. If you missed that daily deal, no worries, you can find some on Etsy
You want to cut the elastic into 9 inch strips. (Pst! If you want headbands, cut them into 17" strips)
Once they're cut, gather them up....
& tie the ends in a knot.  
Once they're tied use your lighter to gently neaten up the edges. (& prevent fraying)

Easy peasy lemon squeezy. 

Now here's the fun part. 
I'm so excited about my new blog makeover (& all the awesome DIY projects in the works) 
that I'm giving away 5 sets of elastics (each set has 5 elastics and a headband). 
1 set of Glitter in the air (glitter pink, tie-dye, blues, purple & raspberry)

2 sets of Stars go Blue (blue & tie-dye)

1 set of Lovely (multi-colored)

& 1 set of Gunslinger (cameo inspired neutrals)

4 ways to enter!
• Comment on this post
• Like LoveElliebelle on Facebook & comment on the wall (or on the giveaway post)
• Follow LoveElliebelle on Twitter & retweet the giveaway post or tweet @Loveelliebelle 
• Follow LoveElliebelle on Tumblr & reblog the giveaway post

You can enter all 4 ways, as many times as you'd like. (you can only win once though!)
 You can comment with your favorite set, but that doesn't necessarily mean that's the one you'll win. The 5 winners will be chosen at random.
Giveaway ends November 8th at midnight (est) 
Winners will be contacted November 9th. 
Good luck!


  1. These are very cute! I made some a while ago, but I like the colors of yours better :)

    I'll take a shot at the giveway... :D

  2. Those are so cute! Definitely going to try it now!
    Thanks :)

  3. Great idea. I love anthro too , so creative.
    Taking a chance at the giveaway :)

  4. Your blog design is so gorgeous! I found you like 2 minutes ago on craftgawker and i'm already in love with your blog! Bisous from Germany ;)

  5. I keep seeing these everywhere. If I don't win I might just have to make my own.

  6. So adorable! Found you on Pinterest. New Facebook fan. Thanks for the giveaway and great tutorial

  7. so cute. made a few with elastic I bought from Michaels. thanks for the chance to win.

  8. What a great tutorial! I'd love to enter to win a set. :)

  9. I got one in my Birchbox. I'd love one of yours!

  10. So cute! I love them :)

    I'd love to win!


  11. Oh my, the Lovely set is so lovely!


  12. Thanks for the tutorial! :) These are going to make some great gifts! Also, the gunslinger and lovely sets are my favorites but they're all great.

  13. Great tutorial! Hope I could win them!! They really look lovely! I'd pair each with a different outfit.

  14. These are fabulous! I have been buying them in the store now all fall, and I had no idea I could make them myself! Thanks for the 411!

  15. Thanks for the chance!

  16. these are soo cute, i had no idea thry were so easy to make. but cuter when someone else makes them :)


  17. They look adorable especially the first set :)

  18. Ahhhh I'd love to win! :) They're fabulous!

  19. These are perfect! Always looking for more hair ties, I'd love a chance to win!

  20. i have seen these all over youtube!!! thanks for sharing could i use an old stretchy headband??

  21. These are great! I particularly love the colors you have in Gunslinger, but they are all fun and so reasonable compared to the anthro version!

  22. Cute and easy. Great tutorial.

    1. Thank you Katie! & congrats on winning the giveaway! When you have the chance, you can send me an email- loveelliebelle[at] with your details. =]

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