Monday, April 30, 2012

FOE Hair Tie Tutorial & Giveaway

Well it has been a while. I had surgery a couple of weeks ago and I think I am all around back to normal so I need to get back to blogging.  I might go into more detail on my surgery later, I don't know do you people really care about those kind of details?  I would imagine not but I think I could help someone in the same situation so maybe. 

Anyway have you seen the hair ties made out of fold over elastic or FOE?  They sell them in stores around here for like $3 a hair tie.  I have jumbo thick hair so while they were really cute I wasn't sure if they would be able to hold my hair.  I decided to find out I would just make my own, I could make 30 for the what 2 cost in the boutique. 
I bought my FOE elastic from the etsy shop Elastic By The Yard the 10 yd multi pack was perfect because there were so many pretty colors to choose from. To make the hair ties you need fold over elastic (FOE from now on), ruler, scissors and a lighter

I like for my pony tail holders to loop over 3 times so I found that cutting the FOE to 11 1/2" worked best for me.  Bonus points for using a circa 1989 ruler!
After you cut the FOE singe the edges with a lighter.  My fav part, I love to burn things.
Tie a knot and you are finished!  I didn't tie my knots very tight that way if the recipient of my hair tie needed it to be tighter they could easily take out the knot and adjust to their liking.
I used a cereal box to cut up and make little holders for my cards.  I cut them 3"x5" and stamped them with my little $1 spot stamps.
Load them up and you are ready to give them out. 
Guess what!?
One of the cards o' hair ties may come to you.  Just leave a comment and I will pick a winner Thursday at 8am est.  If you enter please make sure your email is linked to your comments or you leave your email in your comments so I can get in touch with you.

38 comments:

Renae said...

Too cute!! I have super thick hair too. Everytime I click on your blog I fall back in love with your house. Sigh. I think we're not painting our brick now and that makes me sad. OH well...maybe winning hair ties will cheer me up?! Thanks girl! Hope you're feeling much better soon.

Kristin said...

Get well soon! Love the hair ties and your blog...

Hannah Dixon said...

You're a genius! Pinning you now!!

Tracie said...

Those are so cute. I haven't seen hair ties like those!

skye @ neathering our fest said...

I have several of these and I absolutely love them! I use theme every day!

Here is a tip - after a while they get kind of wonky and wrinkled. If you wash them with plain ol' handsoap, straighten them out and let them dry over night they go right back to how they started! :)

Love the colors you picked too!!

Emily said...

How cool! I've seen these a few times and wanted to see if it was worth all the buzz, but didn't want to spend the money if it wasn't. I'd love to win!

Kat said...

Totally have never seen these before. They're not headbands, right? I have super thin hair so maybe they won't work for me, but I do wear my hair up like every day. Glad you're back and hope you're feeling better. Missed ya!

Alison said...

so cute! I have heard great things about this kind of hair tie and would love to try them. Love, love your blog, Vanessa!

Deborah said...

Thanks for coming back. Your blog is one of my favorites. I've never seen those hair ties but they sure are cute! And I would like to know what the surgery was for. Are you doing alright now?

elizabeth said...

pick me! pick me!!

Bradley Robertson said...

Me, Me, Me...pick Me, pick Me!!!!

Nikki said...

They're so pretty! I've been curious about them. I have such thin hair I could probably wrap it around 9 times!

I hope everything is okay, you and Claire are racking up the medical bills!

Rachel said...

Love the colors! So cute!

Hope everything is OK and you are feeling better!!

Anonymous said...

these are fabulous! I have missed your posts :)

amanda.hodges@baker.k12.fl.us

Unknown said...

Pick me!!!! Those are really cute!

Amy said...

Very cute! And I love the ruler. I think my mom still has mine hanging around somewhere.

Karen said...

Vanessa I'm so glad to see you back here. I was getting worried about you! Glad you are ok!!

Darling hair ties...you are so clever!!

Erin C. Young said...

Wow - I would love to try these. :) I am always looking for a new hair tie! :))
erincyoung (at) yahoo.com

Cynthia said...

Love these! I am in love with the colors. I always have my hair back in a ponytail, or flipped, or in a bun and my ties don't all fit. These look like I could use them for all 3 of those things...but the colors...did I mention I love the colors. Thank you for sharing!!

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Malia said...

Glad to see you back. Hope you are feeling better! Thanks for the Tutorial! I've been checking them out but like you said they are expensive, for a hair tie! I'm totally making these.

Ashley Perrigin said...

This is a great thing for the Summer to keep my hair out of my face. sallymollyap@yahoo.com

Jonella said...

My daughter is so in love with this. I borrowed one last week and I lost it! I need to win so I can have my own. The orange looks like it would match come football time on the Plains!

KFord.Squared said...

Love Love your blog!
The hair ties look amazing. It is so hard to find cute hair ties to keep my hair out of my face! Something like this would be PERFECT during a warm summer Pregnancy!

Brook S said...

I love these! Super fun summer colors :)
Betimes@acacademy.com

Brook S said...

I love these! Super fun summer colors :)
Betimes@acacademy.com

Caroline Hester said...

Hope you are feeling better! I don't think those hair ties have made it out to California yet (and they say LA sets the trends?!) so you could start a revolution if I win!

latanya said...

I love the colors!!

dlatany at gmail dot com

Tracy said...

I love these!! I really like how you fixed them up for gifts. What a great idea!!

megawatt miler said...

I love these, I wear my hair in a ponytail every day and these are super cute!!

Lori said...

So stinking cute!

alanna rose said...

So adorable!

Bebe said...

Missed your blog. Hope you are doing well. Would love these for someone special I know (red headed granddaughter). And love, love your presentation of them. Thanks for the giveaway.

Lori said...

where did you get those stamps? i am wanting to do this for the vbs teachers at my church!

vanessa said...

Lori- I bought the stamps in the dollar spot at Target but if they don't have them there I've seen them at Hobby Lobby.

Jade said...

Please pick me! I'd put them to good use.

Judith Webb said...

I'm a beginner at this type of thing, so coming across this blog was fantastic. All of my granddaughters have long hair. Thank you.

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