Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair!

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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  1. My 4 year old butterfly would love this!

    P.S. Have you ever seen the book Falling for Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox; it's a funny little Rapunzel twist story. :)

  2. no I haven't Jenny, I'm going to look this up now! :))

  3. My daughter (2 1/2) is totally obsessed with Rapunzel, too! Even before the movie came out, it was one of her favorite stories. She's always playing with her Tangled play set and quoting it throughout the day. :) She'd love this! Great idea.

  4. It looks incredible! I tried putting flowers in mine when I first made it but they looked out of place. Your flowers look so cute. I love how long it is too! GREAT JOB!!

  5. Super cute! I've gotta make sure my daughter doesn't see this--she'll want one too! lol =)

  6. I just love this. I loved the picture when I saw it. It's wonderful!!!

  7. That's adorable. My daughter keeps asking for Rapunzel hair and she loves Pascal. Great idea!

  8. That is so cute! That is something she will remember her entire life. Thanks for linking it to my Organizing Mission link party.

  9. Ah, Rapunzel hair is so cute! We haven't seen the film, but we do love that fairy tale. I've been thinking about collecting yarn to do Pippi Longstocking hair--now I'll have to add Rapunzel!

  10. I just love that idea. And, Tangled is such a good movie. I know some munchkins who would adore a braid like that!! Thanks for linking to my Marvelous Mess party!!

  11. Our kids are also obsessed with Tangled. I found you over at Circle of Moms. I am over there too, just not as high as you ;) I am also a homeschooler, and blog at The Kelley Ei8ht. Nice to "meet" you :)

  12. You just described my life. seriously.
    I have a 3.5 year old, she loves Tangled, she makes me kneel so she can brush my hair and sing the song to make my hair glow, she pretends to kidnap me and put me in the tower, she makes me say all the dialog...I feel like I'm living in a live version.
    I NEED TO MAKE THIS! I love it!

  13. My daughter would love this hair extension! Rapunzel is a great movie!

  14. That looks like so much fun! I bet your daughter LOVES it!!!

    I would LOVE to have you stop by and share this at my For the Kids Link Party! Stop on by!


  15. You are way more patient then me! It turned out gorgeous!

    1. awww thanks Ashley, lol, I just like being crafty! :)


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