Last year for Halloween, my 5 year old decided she wanted to be Rapunzel. We already had a costume, so I thought it was a fantastic idea, since we didn’t have to spend more money on a new costume. One thing she didn’t have, however, was the hair. Can you really be Rapunzel without super long hair??? My solution…..make my own.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1) Yellow Yarn (1 or 2 skeins depending on how long/thick you want your hair to be)
2) Ribbon (your choice on color)
3) Hot glue
4) Flowers (optional)
First thing you need to do is cut your yarn. I cut about 150 pieces that were 10 feet long each (when you braid it, it will get about 2/3shorter). Next, cut 2-3 pieces of ribbon the same length as your yarn. Use a small piece of ribbon, or a hair tie, to tie everything together at one end, and then divide into three equal strips.. This is where the tricky part comes in…..the braiding. It is NOT easy to braid yarn that is several feet long. It does take some time and patience, but it’ll be well worth it in the end. My solution was to use a large safety pin and attach the starting point of the hair, where I tied it together, to my carpet. Then I started braiding. I did have to reattach it to the carpet a couple times, but all in all, it worked fairly well to keep it in place. Once I made it to end, I used another piece of ribbon to tie off the bottom. Lastly, I measured one end around my daughter’s head, to ensure the proper fit. Once I had a good idea of the size I needed, I used one more small piece of ribbon to tie off the headpiece portion. If you’re afraid the ribbon won’t hold well, you can use a rubber band or hair tie. Place some glue on top of that, and then cover in ribbon. That way it still looks pretty, but has a little more reinforcement! If you’re feeling especially crafty, you can also pull the stem off of some artificial flowers and glue randomly throughout the hair piece. Enjoy!
Kristi is a stay-at-home homeschooling mom of two. She loves complete DIY projects especially ones that saves her money.