Kenna and Michal recently found a spool of wide gold Christmas ribbon, tied it to a hair twisty and have been using it to pretend to be Rapunzel ever since. I appreciate their creativity and use of found supplies but I thought I might be able to improve a little on their design and make them a Rapunzel wig that might last a bit longer.
I love how it turned out and thought I'd share what I did in case you have an aspiring long-haired princess in your house too.
Here's what you'll need:
- 1 skein of yellow- or gold-colored yarn. This will make one braided wig that hangs to the knees of a 48-inch child. The girls were at school when I made this so I had to kind of guess at the length. I would actually have liked it just a little longer. (Lion Brand yarn is on sale at JoAnn's Fabrics for $2.49.)
- 1 roll (approximately 10 yards) of lavender, purple or pink ribbon. (I used purple 1/2 inch voile ribbon. It was $1.99 for a 15-yard spool.)
- Assorted small silk flowers -- approximately 15-20. (I used what I had on hand but these are really inexpensive and can even be purchased at the dollar store.)
- Darning needle
- Glue gun and glue sticks
- Measure the circumference of the wearer's head plus the length from the center back of their head to the desired length down their back. Write down that number.
- Start unrolling the skein of yarn into pieces this length. You'll want to pull out the entire skein of yarn except for one piece about 36 inches long.
- Once you've pulled out all the yarn, cut the loops at both ends.
- Trim the ends so all the pieces are even.
- Cut three pieces of ribbon that are the same length as your pieces of yarn.
- Tie a piece of the extra yarn around one end of your yarn and ribbon bundle and knot it a couple times.
- Divide your yarn bundle into three sections. Make sure one piece of ribbon is on the top of each section.
- Begin braiding. Once I got the braid going, I hooked it to a hanger to make it easier to braid without it getting all tangled.
- When your braid is about five inches from the bottom, use a piece of yarn and tie it around the bottom.
- Trim the bottom again to make it even.
- Tie a piece of ribbon around the yarn piece and tie a bow.
- Wrap the top of the braid around the wearer's head and mark the point where it closes.
- Use a darning needle threaded with yarn and stitch the braid together at the point you marked to create a "crown" and dangling braid.
- Use a glue gun to embellish the braid with silk flowers. This part resulted in just one burn on my finger!