Ponytail Streamer Tutorial


headerI’ve seen these adorable ponytail streamers on girls playing all kinds of sports for awhile now.  They are so cute!  Just tons of long ribbons that hang into their ponytails.  When Lyla started soccer last year I HAD to get her one!  Well, after shelling out $12 I was a little disappointed, I mean it was still cute, but it was fraying at the ends, the ribbons weren’t really long enough for her hair, and it wasn’t personalized to her team or with her name.  So, I decided to make my own for all the Unicorns.  I looked at a few different tutorials on how to make them including a glueing and sewing version.  The glue got too thick and clumpy and the sewing one didn’t allow for the ribbons to hang every which way.  Here’s how I did it.

DSC_4479 First you need to start gathering your ribbons.  I wanted to have tons of ribbons in their team colors, a few to represent the sport, and one for their team name – the Unicorns.  I like the ribbons pretty long, so I cut them into about 15″ long pieces.


After that, I added some flair by giving the ends some cute finishing cuts with diagonals and V cuts.  So much cuter than a blunt cut, right?


Also, to make sure the ends don’t fray like the one above, I needed to seal all the ribbons.


I used my hand lighter and just moved the flame below the ribbon.  It happens really fast.  You can see the fabric sort of seize up and seal itself.


When you’re done it should have a little hard lip on the end of it.


To personalize their names, I used these iron on letters from Joanns.  If I had a cricut, I’m sure this process would have been way easier.


I cut out my letters and lined them up on the 1 1/2″ ribbon I selected for them and used a ruler to make sure they were as straight as possible.


I followed the instructions and let the iron sit on each side of the ribbon for about 15 seconds.  The directions also said to let the letters cool off before removing the paper.  Unfortunately that didn’t work out too well for me.  They ended with with some of the paper sticking to the letters.


Until I wised up, I just used my exacto knife to remove the paper pieces


Now I’m ready to start putting the streamers together.  I kept the scissors, exacto, and lighter nearby in case I came across something I missed.  Also, if you’re making a large batch of these I recommend stacking your ribbons in paper towels to keep the separated.


I’ve got my ribbons laid out and ready to rock.


Just start double knotting them on the rubber band.  I alternated colors and sizes.  Don’t be too concerned about making sure each side is even, it actually looks cuter if they are a little different sizes.  I do recommend putting the name ribbon on the far side and avoiding the seem of the rubber band too.

DSC_4539 Here’s the finished product.  Pretty cute!!


And looking super cute on my little model.


After they were all put together, I popped them into little bags and gave them to all the Unicorns at our team BBQ and swim party.  They loved them!



4 thoughts on “Ponytail Streamer Tutorial

  1. Super cute. Can’t wait for my kiddos to play team sports! What happened to puffy paint. I spent hours practicing each name before writing it on the ribbon only to have an air bubble explode the paint onto the ribbon. Oh those were the days 🙂

  2. Oh and a practical question here…do you use the rubber band the same way? Like can you wrap it around multiple times or do you just use this one as a finishing band and use another non ribboned one first to make tight pony. (Sorry if that was confusing)


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