Handmade Gifts Series – Festive Elastic Hair Tie Gift

Gold Black White Hostess Gift


I love a great handmade gift that’s small, inexpensive, and a crowd pleaser. This year I’m whipping up some Fold Over Elastic (FOE) Hair Tie Gifts. These are great little ‘thinking of you’ gifts for friends and coworkers, and they are going to be a big hit in the stockings of my teenage stepdaughter. (I hope!)

DIY FOE Hair Tie Tutorial Website

Here’s what you’ll need to make your hair bands:

Fold Over Elastic


Tape Measure

Open Flame (lighter or candle)

Seriously…that’s it.

FOE Hair Tie Tutorial DIY

It is soo easy.  Just take your long piece of elastic, cut in 9″ lengths.  Then tie a knot close to the end of each and sear the cut edge to prevent fraying by burning ever so quickly with an open flame.  Boom!  Done.

Elastic Hair Tie Tutorial DIY BlogThen just line ‘em up on a piece of cardstock.  I used corregated glitter cardstock which turned out wonderful.  The little glitter ridges seem to help hold each elastic in its place on the card.

DIY FOE Hair Tie Tutorial


I put them in plastic cello bags and ties a gold bow at the top for a finishing touch.  I even picked up a few other cute items from the dollar bin at Michael’s which include this black and gold pen and black and gold polka dot journal.  This would make a great hostess or teacher gift under $10 total with a lot of glam and small impact on your wallet!

Gold Black White Hostess Gift

FOE isn’t hard to find.  There are so many great vendors out there.  I got the ribbon in my collection from Welch’s Workshop on Etsy.  I ordered 2 yards of each of the different ribbons.  The patterned elastics equate to $0.28 each and the solids come in at $.08 each. With the fun packaging that puts this gift at just about $1.50 each for 6 elastics in a pretty bag.

Gold Stripe FOE

Black and White Chevron FOE


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10 Responses to Handmade Gifts Series – Festive Elastic Hair Tie Gift

  1. I think about doing something like this every year and never do. Now I’ve got to do it seeing as how you’ve already figured out how to package it up and make it look great!

  2. Trinity says:

    Found your creative and oh so cute festive hair tie gift via Pinterest and am now following along. I love it!

  3. I’ve seen these hair ties at the store, but never thought about how easy it would be to make them! This is a great way to save money. Stopping by from Wine’d Down Wednesday.

    • SimplySalvage says:

      These are sooo easy to make and very practical too! Etsy and Ebay have a huge selection of cute prints in the Fold Over Elastic too!

  4. Tiffany says:

    Love this idea. So cute!

  5. Denise says:

    Such a cute gift idea! And those elastics are awesome! Thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!

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