DIY Hair Ties: Made Out of Old Stockings

How to make your own hair ties using old materials like stockings, tights, pantyhose, or other old clothing you have lying around.

I think I’ve lost about a million and one hair ties over my lifetime. I’ll go out and buy a new pack of 20, and lose 19 of them in the first week. That final hair tie (the last melon of the lot), I’ll treat with such care, it’ll probably last about 6 months until I lose it or it breaks

Anyway, I discovered this trick on how to make your own hair ties using old stockings, tights, and pantyhose, and it has been such a game changer. I already had a couple of old pairs of stockings sitting in my draw just waiting for the day when I’d finally find something to reuse them for. Well, that day finally arrived! The one pictured here had a massive run in up the leg. They’d been sitting in my draw for months, mostly because I kept on thinking I could still wear them, but I couldn’t rock torn stockings without looking like I’d had a rough night. So, I stopped wearing them.

I’ve found with these hair ties, they work best if you tie them round a few times, and double up if exercising or running. You can even mix it up by using old patterned socks, or socks missing their other pair.

I also like how these bands aren’t as tight on your wrist as regular hair ties. I’m someone who likes to wear hair bands on my wrist when they’re not in my hair. Most hair ties aren’t that comfortable to have on your wrists, as the metal clasps or line of glue holding them together dig into your skin.

Before we get started in learning how to make this easy, zero-waste hair ties – if you like what you’re seeing, subscribe to my email newsletter at the bottom of the page to keep up to date on the latest recipes, DIYs, gardening and health tips I share!!

Once cut, you pull the hair ties taught, then voila! You have your very own hair ties.

If you make these hair ties, please let me know! Leave a comment below, and if you take a picture and share it, please tag me on Instagram @simplynaturalnessa or use the hashtag #simplynaturalnessa so I can see! I’d love to know how you went!

DIY Hair Ties

I love how customisable these hair ties are; simply adjust the strip width, use tights, stockings, pantyhose or socks that already have a pattern, or braid multiple strands together for a woven look. You can even use old clothing that have a hole or a small stain on them; just cut off those area’s and use the rest of them.

As these hair ties aren’t as elastic as store-bought hair bands, I find it best to double up on these hair ties when exercising, or tie them a few times round in my hair to make sure they’re extra secure.


  • A pair of tights, stockings, or pantyhose
  • Scissors

To make:

  1. Lie out the stockings so they sit flat on the table, then from the toe-end, cut off the bottom toe part and begin cutting strips off the stockings. You can determine how thin or thick you’d like the hair ties to be when cutting them up.
  2. Once cut, pull them taught and voila! You have your hair ties all ready to use. It’s that simple.


DIY hair ties tutorial

As always, this is not personal medical advice and we recommend that you talk with your doctor before trying or using any new products. It’s important to check with a doctor before taking this or any new product, especially if taking any other medicine or supplement or if pregnant or nursing. Be sure to check ingredients to make sure there is no risk of an allergic reaction.

Have you made hair ties before? What other zero-waste ideas have you come across? Share in the comments below.

Lots of love,

🖤 Vanessa