Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Tutorial: Rapunzel Hair
A few weeks ago, my daughter was in a play at school about fairy tale characters. She was Rapunzel. She wanted to look the part, so I bought her a dress and she borrowed "a long wig" from a friend. We loved the long hair we borrowed so much that we decided that we needed to make one for us. Here's how we did it.
First, I found us some "blonde" yarn. We have blonde hair at our house, but I think it would be fun to make it whatever color of hair your girls have! I thought it would take several skeins of yarn, but it turns out that we only used 1 large skein.
Luckily, I had an excited daughter ready to help me. We measured yarn pieces 75 inches long, but with a fold at the top. (So they would be a total length of 150 inches, you could make it even longer if you want!) I sat there holding the yarn with my finger while Kaylee ran back and forth and did the cutting.
Then, we made a ring at the fold. We twisted it and then tied a piece of yarn at the bottom of the ring. Using the strings from the knot, wrap them around the ring over and over to make the ring stronger and more snag proof. Once all the way around, tie another knot around the bottom of the ring again and trim the strings.
We found a place to hang our hair to make it easier to untangle and braid. Once it is braided, I put several clear elastics (that we use in Kaylee's hair all the time) on the end.
Because we didn't take the time to make the ends all line up perfect, we trimmed the hair at the bottom of the braid. Now, slip the ring over a high pony tail (add a bobby pin to help secure it) and it's time to play!
Note: We ordered our cute dress from Little Dress Up Shop. They are affordable and fast. Perfect.
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