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I made a discovery a few days ago after paying 4 bucks plus shipping for a pair of ladybug pony tail holders. They were made with novelty buttons with a shank. They had a Goody stretch pony tail holder.
I bought some novelty buttons and stretch rings and made some by pulling the ring though the shank with a piece of thread. You can then loop it back through itself like you would with a latch hook. Adjust the tautness of it just by pulling and wiggling it around. Now she has butterflies, daisies, and high top tennis shoes.
The tops of knee high stockings make great pony tail holders! Just cut off the top band. They hold hair in place, plus there is no snagging. I even keep a few in my kitchen "junk drawer" to hold back my hair while I am cooking. They are also great for holding cords in place that you have wrapped up. Also, the rest of the knee high is great for holding things together or staking tomato plants, etc...
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I want to make a ponytail holder for my daughter, who is a cheerleader for her school. I have seen one previously that I want to try and make. It looked like it might have had ribbons in the school colors tied in some fashion to an elastic. Any pattern ideas would be appreciated.
I got this from the Crafty Moms website.
Basic Ponytail: Cut a piece of decorative wool approximately 3 times the size of the elastic band you are using. For my ponytail, I used chunky Shetland multicolored wool. Begin, by tying a knot of the wool onto the elastic band. Twist the wool around the elastic. Wind it around the ponytail twice. Tie another knot to secure it to the ponytail. Have the knots line up to make the band have a cleaner look. Cut the excess wool off. These ponytails cost pennies. This is the basis for the remaining decorative ponytails.
Beaded Ponytail: Use any size elastic and twist a ribbon or wool around the ponytail in the basic manner. On the second twist around the pony tail, thread a bead onto the wool and twist around the ponytail once, add another bead and so on, until the ponytail is complete.
Button Ponytail: Make a basic ponytail with ribbon or wool. Glue very small objects all around the elastic. I have used multicolored buttons, and pearls. Be creative with your objects.
This is just the beginning of making decorative ponytails, glance through a hair accessory department to get more wonderful ideas.
Basic Clip: Go to your local craft store or five and dime store and purchase a small bag of hair clips to decorate. You need hot glue and various objects to glue on the clip. Go through your junk drawers and happy hunting. The objects should not be too heavy as it weights down the clip making it uncomfortable to wear.
Beaded Clip: Glue rows and rows of beads onto the clip. Make a design by using different colored beads. Use a pin to place the beads. The eyes may go a little wacky, if you have a great deal of beads to glue, do not do it in one seating.
Ribbon Clip: Make a ribbon and glue to the clip. You may also first wrap the ribbon around the clip and tie a ribbon on top of the clip. Both work well.
I take one of the ready made thick rubber pony-tail holders and cut narrow ribbons in the color mix needed to do team colors about 3 inches long. Fold each ribbon in half and lay the fold under the rubber pony-tail holder. Thread the 2 tails of ribbon thru the fold so it covers the rubber band; pull snug to form a knot.
Can you crochet? I found a neat little pattern to crochet pony tail holders I have been working getting some done for every holiday and I did one in our school colors so my daughter would have something to wear on school spirit days. I found this pattern on I village and it was red, white and blue, but you could easily only do 2 colors. The other pattern I have works best with multicolor yarn. These are cute and easy and you could easily add some ribbon for more pizzazz.
You can purchase fabric buttons and ponytail holder kits from American Button Machines. You can find them at www.AmericanButtonMachines.com
This is a page about making button hair ties. Quickly and easily make your ponytail bands more decorative using buttons.