A Perfect Gift: Hair Twists with Wood Beads

March 4, 2014

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

By Gabrielle. Photography and assistance by Gina Vide of Willowday.

My girls have worn their hair long — shoulder length or longer — for years now. It wasn’t always so, and I’m sure it won’t always be so. But for now, like many families, we keep a generous stash of hair bands in our bathroom drawer ready to secure hair into ponytails, braids, and buns as needed. So when my friend Gina from Sweden sent me a photo of wooden bead hair ties she’d made, I had to get in on the action too! They work just like a standard rubberband — you put them on with a typical figure 8 twist, then adjust them so the beads are on top. The beads are such simple accent, but they add loads of charming personality!

Of course, they remind me of the hair bobbles of my childhood — with colorful plastic balls at the ends. But these are much gentler on your hair and more modern looking. Plus, you can make them in any color you like!

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I think a small box with 3 or 4 of these would make such a sweet gift. You could create them in springtime colors and include them in an Easter basket. Or they would be wonderful to make a birthday party — a happy little activity that guests can make and use right away.

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

I’m just crazy about the contrast of the glittery band or colorful shiny elastic against raw wood. If you prefer a glossier look, you could paint the beads to match or compliment the elastics. The combinations are endless. These hair twists are easy to make; fun to make alone or with friends on a craft night!

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A special touch for the girls in your house — and for yourself as well. Let’s start making!

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

SUPPLIES

- Wooden beads (1/2-3/4″)
- 5/8″ fold over elastic (you can do a search for folded elastic to find tons of sources, Sunshine Shoppe is where the elastic pictured came from.
- wooden skewer
- scissors

INSTRUCTIONS

Measure and cut one 12 inch piece of fold-over elastic. (Optional: Once cut, seal the ends by singeing their edges over a candle.) Choose 2 wood beads. These beads can be raw wood or painted with hobby paint, if desired.

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

Carefully thread the elastic through the bead and pull close to the end. It’s helpful to coax the elastic through the bead by pushing it through with a wooden skewer.

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

Tie a knot about 1 inch in from the end.

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Repeat this same threading and knotting of the elastic band on the opposite end.

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

Fold in half to estimate the middle…

DIY Hair Twists with Wooden Beads   |   Design Mom

… then gather the beads and knot the band together as close to the beads as possible. Once the elastics have been knotted, your beaded hair ties are ready for wearing and giving!

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HOW TO WEAR

These hair twists are worn like traditional hair bands. Start by fitting the elastic around pony tail, keeping the beads on the outside.

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Twist the elastic into a figure 8 and draw the second loop up and over the pony tail.

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Adjust the double elastics that are now holding the pony tail into place so that the elastic is flat and so that the beads are on top.

Wear with a beautiful smile. : )

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THIS WOULD ALSO BE GREAT FOR:

- Easter gifts.
- Classmate Valentines.
- A birthday party/slumber party activity.
- Party favors.

P.S. — Like to make gifts? Here are more ideas from our Perfect Gift series.

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{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 virginie March 4, 2014 at 12:52 pm

Easy and so cute, I have to make these hair twists!

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2 Melissa Lehman March 4, 2014 at 1:25 pm

These are genius!

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3 sasa March 4, 2014 at 1:27 pm

The hair twists are so cute:) <3

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4 Tamara March 4, 2014 at 1:46 pm

Lovely idea! I can’t wait to try it.

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5 Hiskia March 4, 2014 at 1:58 pm

Cute!!!

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6 margaux March 4, 2014 at 2:01 pm

do you know of a good online source for this elastic?

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7 amy March 4, 2014 at 2:07 pm

I was going to ask the very same question!

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8 Design Mom March 5, 2014 at 12:50 pm

There are lots of great sources for folded elastic (that’s the term I use when searching for this material). Here’s a good one: Sunshine Shoppe.

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9 Jennifer March 4, 2014 at 9:41 pm

Super cute idea! And since my 3 year old daughter seems to lose as many as she wears (or they turn up in the most peculiar locations) it would be a great way to have multiples of the “favorites” :)

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10 Azra March 5, 2014 at 6:43 am

This is so cool, pretty and easy enough for me to make. I have few girls in mind. Thank you.

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11 Ann March 5, 2014 at 12:19 pm

I love how these look!!

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12 bdaiss March 5, 2014 at 2:01 pm

Ooo! I can see making these for so many holidays. And birthdays! Fun and easy. Perfect combo.

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13 gina March 5, 2014 at 2:23 pm

I can just imagine your girls making and wearing these with style! We’re addicted. There IS something about the shine and the glitter that makes these so special. I’m just so thrilled for the exchange! Happy Making and thanks so much for spreading creativity and beauty!

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14 Stephanie March 5, 2014 at 6:38 pm

These are so cute. These really would be cute as a gift too!

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15 Stoich91 March 7, 2014 at 1:52 pm

Nice! Where is her outfit from? So cute and comfy!

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16 Milou&Pilou March 10, 2014 at 5:07 am

Love how this looks!. We have plenty of Liberty fabric pieces everywhere, good idea about how to re-use them. Congrats!

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