Hair Tie Party Favors

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Recently I went on the hunt for gymnastics party favors ideas for our gymnastics themed birthday party for my oldest daughter. We ended up doing the easiest DIY hair ties for girls, which was an inexpensive project I wanted to share.

Kids party favors are somewhat of a pet peeve of mine because they often seem like such a waste on kids! I do, however, love a party favor that can be put to use. What little girl couldn’t use more hair ties for her ponies and buns?

I remembered seeing this post by Tera Rae Stephens on how to make your own hair ties and I thought, ding, ding, ding, we have a winner for our gymnastics party.

The gymnastics party had a patriotic theme, so we knew we wanted to go with red, white and blue for the hair ties. After three trips to three different Joann’s with no luck, I happened to pop into Jenny’s Fabrics in Fountain Valley where we found our elastic mecca. Every color you could imagine, including a SPARKLY gold for a gold medal hair tie.

Emma and I were so excited with the selection, we were high five-ing in the store.

The plain elastic was only $.99 a yard, super reasonable.  The gold was $2.99 a yard, but worth it. 1 yard of elastic makes 4 hair ties.

You simply cut the elastic into roughly 9″ pieces, tie a knot at the end and voila, instant hair tie!

I think these would make great party favors for girls for any theme, as you could do any color you wanted.

I bought this printable off Etsy from Celebrate the Little Things <- CUTE STUFF!!! We went for the DIY printable square ones to make it easier to cut and then placed in clear cellophane bags tied with coordinating ribbon.

Making your own hair ties would also be a great summer project with your girls. My daughter and I sat and did them together and it was a fun activity.

I hope this is helpful to anyone landing here looking for gymnastics party favors ideas!


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  1. 1
    melissa says:

    love this!!!

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    What a great idea! I made some of these from Tera’s tutorial too for myself. 🙂

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    I love these! You can order fold over elastic on etsy, if you can’t find a fabric store near you that carries it.

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    Lee says:

    As you know, my Nina was at Emma’s super fun party! She covets this little packet of hair ties. She won’t even open the bag, she just loves the whole thing – bag, bow, and all 🙂 Such a cute gift, thank you!

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    Jen says:

    Thanks for the comment love ladies! I hadn’t looked on Etsy for the elastic, but thank you for the tip! I have a feeling my daughter and I will be making more of these for our own personal collection this summer!

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    Rishita says:

    Super Cute….Love them & will surely make them for my daughter!

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    Lina says:

    Great idea, they look beautiful.
    For the gift tags do u print them at home? What kind of paper do you use?
    I always think that the tags are expensive.

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    Jen says:

    For the tags, I just printed myself on bright white card stock from Target. It was so easy and the most inexpensive way to do tags!

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    Julie says:

    Love this idea! Especially as we will have 2 girls which means lots and lots of pig tails!

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    margot says:

    I’m going to get some red, white and blue elastics to bring along for my girls to make these hair ties on our July 4th week camping trip! Thanks for the fun idea!

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    Mary says:

    Wow what a great idea! We just did a tumble party and used the gymnast tagtailz for the party favor. The girls loved them, but I will have to remember this one too!! Love it!

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    Abi says:

    That gives me an awesome idea for my birthday party!!!

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