Adding Some Sparkle to a Plain Jane Ponytail

My three year old daughter wears a lot of ponytails, especially when it’s 100 degrees outside like these past couple of weeks! She does wear a lot of pretty hair bows, but while cleaning out my craft closet I found a bunch of ribbon that I thought would be perfect to dress up some of her plain jane ponytails. Pretty cute, huh?

Yeah, here’s just some of the ribbon I’ve collected through the years…at least the solids.  So I gathered a couple of different color combinations and got to work!

I got all of my supplies ready:

  • Different colors & widths of ribbon (cut into 12 inch strips)
  • White embroidery thread
  • Seamless hair rubberbands
  • Hot glue gun
  • Clear nail polish

First I cut all of the ribbon in 12 inch strips. I gathered the colors for the first ponytail together except for one ribbon that I put to the side. I tied the bunch of ribbons in the middle with the embroidery thread.

Next I put a glob of hot glue on the thread and attached the seamless rubberband to the ribbons. Once the glue dried, I took the extra ribbon I had put aside and tied it around the rubberband covering the piece of glue.

To finish, I cut the larger ends of the ribbon at a diagonal and painted the edges with clear nail polish so the ribbon wouldn’t fray.  And that’s it!

Yep, a cute and cheap solution to a plain ol’ ponytail! This is a pretty simple hair accessory to make for any special outfit or holiday :)


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  1. says

    OH So glad to find this today! I need to make my daughter some hair bows and such for school. I wanted to make something like this but didn’t know exactly how to do it. I would have winged it (and probably learned through my errors). You have helped me out! Found this at Between Naps on the Porch. I am a new follower, too!

  2. says

    That is so sweet!

    I run Fun Family Crafts, a library of craft tutorials geared at kids of all ages. I would love it if you’d stop by and submit this to be featured! (I link to you, I don’t post your tutorial on the site) Feel free to submit as many kid friendly craft tutorials as you like!

  3. says

    CUTE! I need to make some of these for my daughter. She’s about to start school and usually rips out her bows midday. Maybe she’ll keep it in if it’s on her ponytail elastic. Love that! Thanks for tutorial.

  4. says

    This is a great idea! My daughter only likes her hair done one way- EVERYDAY- so it gets a little boring. I seriously will be making this today.

    Thank you!

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