October 3, 2011

How to Make a Cute Rapunzel Wig for Less than $5


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
You're going to first make one long braid that you'll then wrap into a braided crown with the remaining braid coming down from it.
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Once you've pulled out all the yarn, cut the loops at both ends.
  4. Trim the ends so all the pieces are even.
  5. Cut three pieces of ribbon that are the same length as your pieces of yarn.
  6. Tie a piece of the extra yarn around one end of your yarn and ribbon bundle and knot it a couple times.
  7. Divide your yarn bundle into three sections. Make sure one piece of ribbon is on the top of each section.
  8. 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.
  9. When your braid is about five inches from the bottom, use a piece of yarn and tie it around the bottom.
  10. Trim the bottom again to make it even.
  11. Tie a piece of ribbon around the yarn piece and tie a bow.
  12. Wrap the top of the braid around the wearer's head and mark the point where it closes.
  13. Use a darning needle threaded with yarn and stitch the braid together at the point you marked to create a "crown" and dangling braid.
  14. Use a glue gun to embellish the braid with silk flowers. This part resulted in just one burn on my finger!


  1. Love it! We got Ro and Ree two Disney Rapunzel wigs for their bday and I wish we had just made these instead.

  2. Thank you for posting these instructions. Heading to Joanne Fabrics shortly to begin this project for my three in pink.

  3. Anonymous2:38 PM

    Hi, how many yards of yarn did you need? Thanks!

  4. Anonymous8:14 PM

    So glad you posted this! I saw the pattern for the Tangled dress and wig at Joann's..but my sewing skills aren't quite ready for that dress yet. Instead, we purchased the dress, and I figured I could make the wig on my own. ...Your instructions have made it that much easier! :)

  5. This worked out SO WELL for our 2 1/2 year old who would have never worn a wig. I also made a shorter red "wig" for my 5 1/2 year old to be Jessie from Toy Story. Thank you for sharing your creativity!

  6. Anonymous1:12 PM

    This is the best idea I have seen. I will try it tomorrow for my granddaughter's 4th birthday.



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