Hair & Wrist Beaded Ponytail Holders

February 7, 2014Allison Murray
These hair and wrist beaded ponytail holders are super easy to make. Save big bucks and decimate that bead stash at the same time!


I have this thing where I am too lazy to get a haircut sometimes. It just seems like so much effort to go and sit and wait and then sit and get your hair cut. Blah.

I mean I used to like it but that was when I was kind of friends with my stylist. My hair was trimmed every six weeks like clockwork and I even got my eyebrows waxed on the regular. But then she moved and I’ve spent the last 6 years trying to find a great stylist that I want to go back to. I’ve walked out of a salon trying not to burst into tears. “You’ll LOVE her!” No, I didn’t.


So I go from super short pixie to past my shoulders regularly. It’s like it takes that long to get over the most recent bad hairstyle. And right now we’re deep in touching my neck and shoulders and it’s driving me crazy. Time for ponytail holders! Except every time I get my hair cut I give my stash away thinking that this time will be THE time I keep it up. And then I don’t.

So I was kind of desperate for something and I made a ponytail holder out of jewelry making elastic since I had a huge spool of the cheap stuff. Fast forward and I started beading them. Now I wear a few on my wrist all of the time. They’re pretty decoration on my wrist and they look nice in my hair! Plus you can use up those little bits of small beads that seem to accumulate after a project!

For this project you will need:


I made about 5 of these before I got my method down and I gotta tell you, this way of doing it is sound! Cut about 5-6 inches of jewelry elastic cord. Put some tape on the end to prevent beads from slipping off. This is especially important if you’ll be doing this someplace that isn’t a desk. Like on your lap in bed, maybe?


Take a ponytail holder that you like and cut. Use that length to work from when stringing on your beads.


When you get your length, stretch the cord a good several times to get the give out of it and then knot three times. A simple overhand knot is all you need.


Daub a little bit of glue onto your knot and allow to dry.


Trim up the cords close to (but not right on) the knot.


You can make a set of several for a nice and inexpensive gift…


…or so that they look nice on your wrist!

What do you think? Will you be making some wrist and hair beaded ponytail holders?

Oh, and while I have you, feel free to check out some more of my bracelet posts!

Comments (5)

  • Jessica

    February 8, 2014 at 11:05 AM

    I LOVE these!! I’m always looking for pony tail holders but if they were on my wrist, it would be easier! Any chance though that you know if the glue stays? Every time I glue an elastic bracelet, it falls apart.

    1. Allison

      February 8, 2014 at 12:20 PM

      Hey, Jessica! I have been using one for about 10 days straight to test it out and here on the last day the knot is holding but the elastic is slightly frayed pretty good considering I undo and redo my ponytail several times a day. You might test one without and see if it holds through several uses, though :)

  • Midsommarflicka

    February 9, 2014 at 5:46 AM

    They’re really beautiful, but don’t get hairs stuck between beads so it hurts?! I’m a bit afraid of using those…

    Love, Midsommarflicka

    1. Allison

      February 9, 2014 at 11:09 AM

      Hey, Mid! I have fine hair that is not exactly curly but more than just wavy. If I sleep on wet hair when I wake up it’s a total rat’s nest. I pulled my hair up several times when it was all frizzy crazy and it didn’t get stuck, but my hair is really fine. If your hair is nice and smooth (mine is when I blowdry it) I don’t think you’d have a problem at all even if your hair is super thick. But yeah, so far, none stuck :)

  • Candice Morgan

    January 1, 2015 at 4:04 PM

    On Tuesday, I’m starting a High School Dec Arts class. These bracelets will fit in perfectly to the curriculum. Thank you so much!!

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