I am in love with ribbon these days... Little Miss & I have been saving up posts to do a series of styles using a very simple ribbon-related technique that we've been doing lately. It's gonna be good! :) But in the meantime, I thought I'd post this tutorial. I went a little crazy at Hobby Lobby in their ribbon section last weekend, and thought I'd use my new ribbons to make a ponytail holder for Little Miss. Little Miss' hair is not long enough for a full pony yet, so we use it as more of a pull-back holder. :) This pony holder is made up of three of Little Miss' favorite things: princesses, cupcakes, and PINK! It is the Little Miss pony holder.
I have to say one more thing about ribbon... I confess, I am a ribbon scavenger. I wait, drooling, for bedecked gifts to be opened, then sneak the ribbon off to my ribbon drawer before it gets lost in the post-unwrapping chaos. Also, shopping bag handles. Several stores frequently found in malls use ribbons as the handles for their bags. I just un-knot them, or cut off the ends if they're unusable. Instant hair ribbons!
The original instructions for this pony holder are from two videos on YouTube, and can be found here and here. I've modified and combined them a little bit.
* a bunch of different ribbons, each about twice the length of your wearer's hair when in a ponytail (or any desired length!)
* clear nail polish or a lighter
* low-temp glue gun
* damp sponge (for the glue gun)
* a plain hair band
1) Prep the Ribbons: Choose whatever ribbons you want... you can be crazy, and not try to match anything; do all solid colors; do a theme; or choose coordinating ribbons of the same general color. I chose the last one. I cut all of mine to about 13 inches. I did a simple angled cut on most, with a "V" cut on a couple. I then used a lighter on the ends to heat-seal them so they would not fray. To do this, have the lighter lit, then very quickly run the edges of the ribbon over the flame. If you've done it right, you may be able to feel a tiny bit of stiffness at the very ends, or nothing at all. If you leave it on too long, the ribbon will shrivel up and have a burnt look and smell to it. Just cut this part off and try again. If you'd rather not use fire, use clear nail polish. It works just as well, but it takes a while to dry completely and can leave a bit of a watermark, especially on satin ribbon. Here are my ribbons, cut, sealed, and ready to go: