Ever since Tangled the movie came out, and reading the story Rapunzel from our fairy tale books, Butterfly has been acting out Rapunzel everyday in her imaginary play! She pretends to be in a tower and I am her mother, she asks me to leave the tower again and I have to deny her. She throws down her hair for me to climb up on. Butterfly plays it inside the house, the couch being her tower; she plays it outside in the backyard, her play structure being the tower; she plays it at the park, the top of the slide is her tower. It's been her new story obsession :)
So I did some research online to add to her play.
I found this cute paper craft that comes with a downloadable printable where you can make your own Pascal the Cameleon that can sit on your shoulder!
So Butterfly was excited for that, she coloured it, and I kept the paper folds together with glue and tape.
Then I saw this braid tutorial on grey luster girl and thought it was a fabulous idea!! I took it another step further, which ended up taking me 4-5 hours to complete in total! But for my little girl, anything is worth it!!
I bought 3 big bags of yellow yarn which had different shades in it. Each bag was made into a braid of it's own. This in itself was tricky as I pulled out all the exact same long lengths from the ball, then tied one end together and to a chair and managed to braid three very long strips without getting it massively tangled! Each braid took about an hour. Then I took all three braids and tied them together and to a chair and braided them! I was aiming for the look of Rapunzel where, in the movie, she visited the town for the first time and her hair kept getting in the way, so the little girls of the town braided her hair up and put flowers all through it. Butterfly always said that was one of her favourite parts and how pretty it looked.
I added more elastic bands and then pink ribbons when all three braids were braided together.
I had also picked up some dollar store flowers, I pulled them off the stems and hot glued them throughout the braid like how Rapunzel had it done in Tangled.
You can imagine the excitement and the joy Butterfly had when we were finished our Rapunzel projects!
I tie the yarn braid on with hair elastics to her pony tail and it's long to drag around, but she LOVES it and plays Rapunzel almost everyday. Now she flings down a real long braid from her "towers", in which I am to hold on to gently as she "pulls" me up into her tower saying "Welcome home Mother!" hehe :)
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