Tie Dye Hairbands from tired tights

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Instead of just tossing those stained and worn tights, why not make them into hairbands?

Last fall’s bright white or colored tights now have grey heels and knees, but by chopping them into bands and “tie- dyeing” them with permanent markers and alcohol, you can make them into something useful.



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white or light-colored tights or knee socks

permanent markers

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2014-02-25 15.38.24Using only the mostly unstained parts, cut sections about 1 1/2″ wide.

2014-02-25 15.38.55When you give these sections a tug, they roll into a tube inside out.

2014-02-25 15.41.34 So, you want them to be inside out when you start putting marker on them.

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When you splash or squirt on the alcohol, you can watch the color spread and blend. (You may want to wear gloves for this, the alcohol is drying- I now have Velcro fingers!)

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2014-02-25 16.25.12-2Here they are sprayed with alcohol and drying.

2014-02-25 17.11.01When they are dry, give them a stretch and the edges will roll in.

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2014-02-26 08.09.34You don’t have to tie-dye your hairbands- we’ve been using some grey ones from a pair of my tights for awhile now.  Some textured or patterned tights are stringy in the inside so check that before you start cutting.2014-02-25 17.13.39


3 thoughts on “Tie Dye Hairbands from tired tights

  1. Now that is super cool! And I LOVE the recycled tights idea! We certainly have our share of hair band shortages here at the Winslow home with all of the hair that is in need of them! So..we may have to try this! Thanks! Love you!

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