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Topic: Any Shank Button Can Be A Ponytail Holder  (Read 32354 times)
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« on: December 09, 2003 07:08:08 AM »



The easiest project ever!

Take any shank-style button (meaning the kind with the loop on the back and not the two holes) and thread a hair elastic through it like this!





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« Reply #1 on: December 09, 2003 07:35:39 AM »

hee hee hee! how cute! shank buttons always come in really great shapes too  Cheesy yay
strawberries or cherries would be fun!
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« Reply #2 on: December 09, 2003 09:40:05 AM »

I love it! Another easy craft project, how amazing! I'm going to raid my mom's button box when I'm off school for the holidays.

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« Reply #3 on: December 09, 2003 11:15:36 AM »

super cute! what a quick stocking filler!
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« Reply #4 on: December 09, 2003 04:15:25 PM »

that is so cool I can't wait to make some! Grin
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« Reply #5 on: December 09, 2003 09:47:08 PM »

OH how wonderful! I always am looking for easy, non-time consuming, new ways to spice up my hair! I don't dye it cause i like the color, but it's just err a little lifeless - this is perfect! thanks so much
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« Reply #6 on: December 12, 2003 02:56:58 PM »

That's such a fantasic idea! I have so many cute buttons that would be perfect for this.
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« Reply #7 on: December 13, 2003 07:40:12 AM »

i bought some great laser cut shank buttons that have these awesome flapper-like faces on them, but my elastics don't fit!  Cry it's so sad Cry
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« Reply #8 on: December 13, 2003 01:17:30 PM »

aw, they sound great too! why doesn't the elastic fit? too small or too big?
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« Reply #9 on: December 13, 2003 05:16:04 PM »

the darn things were to big! or wide, i guess you'd say. once my digital camera starts liking me again, i'll post pictures.
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« Reply #10 on: December 14, 2003 02:39:24 AM »

if the buttons are too big, could you double up the elastic? or use thicker stuff?  Smiley
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« Reply #11 on: December 14, 2003 05:57:52 AM »

wow, i read my post from yesterday and realized that it made no sense at all. sorry about the temporary insanity! i meant that the elastics were to fat to fit through the shank button holes. i tried to poke it through with a needle, but no such luck. (sigh.....oh well Cry)
thanks for the advice anyway
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« Reply #12 on: December 14, 2003 09:56:35 AM »

ah, i get ya  Grin

ok... well are the button shanks big enough to get a jump ring in? if so you could attach the elastic to the ring...?
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« Reply #13 on: December 16, 2003 09:35:02 AM »

ok - i have the worst digital camera ever made, but here are the cute buttons that won't fit on my fat elastics:


I bought them for 1.75 at joannes fabrics. they're so darned cute - i wish they would have worked! oh well, i'll find another project for them!
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« Reply #14 on: December 16, 2003 10:05:42 AM »

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here are the cute buttons that won't fit on my fat elastics

I really like the idea of attaching a jump ring to the button shank and then threading the elastic through the jump ring.

In fact, I bet a "split ring" would be even more secure. Split rings can be found in various sizes in the jewelry section of a craft store. They look like miniature key rings. You can put them on by opening them up with your fingernail or you can buy special pliers that make it even easier.

Maybe I'll get around to doing this and I'll take a picture of it...
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« Reply #15 on: December 16, 2003 02:47:34 PM »

those buttons are fantastic!! super cute  Grin

whatever you decide to do with them will look amazing. keep us posted!
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« Reply #16 on: December 21, 2003 07:02:16 AM »

Those are so yummily cute! Darn my lack of shank buttons! Angry
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« Reply #17 on: January 04, 2004 07:36:42 PM »

i made a few of these caz its so quick and easy! i found this funny big clock buttons and they worked perfect
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« Reply #18 on: January 28, 2004 09:05:00 AM »

i luv ur ponytail holders! i want to do one with a kitty now!  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: February 01, 2004 11:01:13 AM »

sooo cute.

note to self - dig up old cherry shank buttons over spring break.
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« Reply #20 on: March 15, 2004 07:51:51 PM »

how about using a clear hair elastic? they come in packs of like, fifty, and they're super thin, and well, clear. : )
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« Reply #21 on: March 16, 2004 01:26:36 PM »

What a cute idea!  Can anyone enlighten me as to what specifically a shank button is?  Does it just have a little hook on the back (i.e. no holes)?
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« Reply #22 on: March 16, 2004 01:40:15 PM »

yup, it's the kind of button with a little loop on the back instead of  holes through it.
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« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2004 06:02:53 PM »

since this is in featured projects i thought i'd bring it back to life with a new post...hehe

here are my button hair pretties. i'm so excited to have noticed this cause i'm a buttonaholic and this is yet another way to use them. it is for sure a three second project. the hardest thing is picking the buttons. i found it best to have one that the shank is horizontal on the back. makes it easier for your button to be right side up. Smiley

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awesome idea! Grin Grin Grin
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« Reply #25 on: May 23, 2004 01:56:17 PM »

aaak,  you're making me wish I hadn't cut all my hair off.
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« Reply #26 on: May 26, 2004 11:02:19 PM »

WHERE DID YOU GET THE BIRD BUTTON?! I love it!
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i got them from buttons galore. i went nuts one day and bought sixty dollars worth of buttons....oops.

if you do order from them i don't recommend their grabbags. i got a few cause of the price and lots of yuck buttons. other than that order away. great stuff great selection

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« Reply #28 on: June 11, 2004 11:50:42 AM »

Thanks so much- that is the logo of an independent camp i help with. I was thinking fundraiser pins or something.  Grin
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no problem. that would be cute to do pins Smiley
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« Reply #30 on: June 30, 2004 05:48:23 PM »

this progect though simple is GENIUS! Grin
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« Reply #31 on: September 12, 2004 09:57:54 PM »

Ah...so cute! They remind me of the old p-tails i had as a kid....i think i shall make some.
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« Reply #32 on: September 19, 2004 08:58:12 AM »

This project has me saying duh.
How come I couldn't think of doing this?

So many cute buttons out there.  I always pass them because I have hordes of them I don't use.
Wow, now I can go buy them up!  Thanks.
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« Reply #33 on: October 13, 2004 07:16:33 PM »

great easy idea to spice up plain ponytails!
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So Chïc! Cheesy
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« Reply #35 on: March 31, 2005 06:14:25 PM »

Shank buttons can also be put on bobby pins to make them pretty.

You just slide one 'arm' of the bobby pin(the flat side is easier) through the shank and tadah! cute clip!

I hope I explained myself properly,
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« Reply #36 on: July 03, 2005 01:12:02 PM »

OMG- I would have never thought of this in a million years!

Great idea!

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« Reply #37 on: July 31, 2005 08:31:53 PM »

Ohmigod.  This.. brilliant.  I'd been crying over the fact that I couldn't remember where my mom used to buy me these uber cute ponytails with cute little characters on them (strawberries with little faces, etc.), and now I know how to make them!  I feel so dumb for not thinking of this, but sooo glad that YOU did! 
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« Reply #38 on: July 31, 2005 08:50:26 PM »

Remember the ponytail holders that had a round bead/ball on either end?  You fastened them by wrapping it around your hair and hooking on end over the other, like a button in a button hole.   Many years ago I used to make my own version with two buttons by threading cord elastic through both buttons and then either making a really tight square knot or by handsewing the elastic together.  That might work with the flapper buttons.

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« Reply #39 on: December 28, 2007 05:37:36 AM »

Yes, you are totally right!
I did mine with cherries and sent off to my rockabilly friends in Sweden.

Thank you for the idea.  Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: January 02, 2008 07:25:57 PM »

Cute idea! Cheesy
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a couple of months ago I found some cute buttons (10 for 0.50 €) and than I ran agross your idea
so now I have finally done it and here's my result:


I just love that hat one! I think it's sooo cute ^^
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