Kid Craft: Rapunzel Hair

This Saturday morning we woke up to rain showers which is always a bummer on the weekends. The kids decided they wanted to watch a movie and chose the new Disney movie, Tangled, which was released on DVD March 29th.

In order to get into the spirit of the movie, we decided to make a prop…Rapunzel hair. I saw this idea in a recent Family Circle and thought…how cute!

I gathered our supplies:

  • old tights
  • yellow yarn
  • needle and thread

We started by tying the legs of the tights into a knot and then cutting them off at the legs.

Next, and the longest process, we started cutting lengths of yarns twice as long as we needed (because I would be doubling them over).

Both kids had a job to do…

Once the “hair” was collected, we tied it in the middle with a piece of yarn.

Next, I draped the mid section of the hair over the tights and hand stitched the yarn to the top of the tights (of course, my daughter removed the tights from her head first). :)

Lastly, I braided the wig to keep it from getting tangled. After dealing with all that yarn hair, now I understand the movie title.

With the Rapunzel hair complete, we were ready to pop in the DVD and watch the movie!

I will say the movie was much more fun with the added prop.

Have you seen the movie? What did you think?

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93 Responses to Kid Craft: Rapunzel Hair
  1. Jayne Barbour
    April 18, 2011 |


  2. Norma
    April 22, 2011 |

    Beautiful! I will attempt this courageous feat for my daughter !

    • You can do it, Norma – It’s not hard. Although, it was a little time consuming to gather enough yarn for a really thick braid.

      • Norma
        June 15, 2011 |

        I gathered my supplies, started cutting all the yarn, next thing you know we are on our way to Disney for the weekend. I told myself I would complete it during our 4 hour car ride.I never got to it.. I packed all my pieces of yarn into my backpack as we entered the theme park..I ended up putting together a hybrid of the wig while sitting on a bench during her naptime… and it was a HUGE hit.. My daughter caught Rapunzel’s and Flynn Ryder’s eye from afar and they commented it was very beautiful ! I even got some “now why didn’t i think of that stares” from the parents who dropped the hefty fee for the whole costume package…Will email you some pictures. THANK YOU for inspiring me!!

  3. {oc cottage}
    April 27, 2011 |

    Oh! I just love this!!! I saw finally saw Tangled last week! So darn cute! I wish I was little again and had the “hair” to pretend with! ;}

    m ^..^

  4. Brandy J.
    May 3, 2011 |

    This is CRAZY CUTE! Thanks for the tutorial. Such a great dress up and way less than buying a wig from the store (cuter than the store bought stuff too).

    May 3, 2011 |

    oh my goodness! how sweet. I love this. I actually just saw the movie tangled for the first time, and as an adult I’m in love! haha. I felt like a princess again. so darling.


  6. Amy W
    May 4, 2011 |

    Very cute idea! I think my daughter would love this!

    stopping by from tip tuesday on tip junkies

  7. Alexis McQuinn
    May 5, 2011 |

    Oh my cuteness! My niece would DIE!!!

  8. Kara
    May 11, 2011 |

    i just love this. super cute idea and execution.

  9. Kara
    June 9, 2011 |

    Would you email me a pic of the front of the wig. I SOOOO want to make this for my daughter who LOVES LOVES LOVES Tangled and her party is in 2 weeks. I can’t understand how you did the front. Great idea.

    • Allison
      October 6, 2011 |

      Yes, please. I got a little confused between the tying in the middle and the hand stitching… Thanks so much!

    • Holly
      March 23, 2012 |

      Will you email me more info on the hand sewing section, please? I am trying to visualize it, but I just get lost.

    • Kit
      September 29, 2012 |

      I started on this project for my niece and got a bit lost beteen tieing the center and the had stitching, please email me more info on how you did it. Thanks!

  10. Heather
    August 15, 2011 |

    I would also like a picture of the front please. Great Idea! Thank you!

  11. Kim
    August 25, 2011 |

    I too would love to see the front. :) Thanks.

  12. Mary Rosales
    September 15, 2011 |

    H! I am confused at the step where you draped the midsection of the hair over the tights, please send me a pic as well! Thank you! Oh and how much yarn to I need to by as well??

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      September 15, 2011 |

      Hi Mary –

      Unfortunately, I don’t have any additional pictures. The other pictures I took were either too blurry so I ended up deleting them.

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      September 15, 2011 |

      I used about one spool of yarn for 1 wig. After I tied a piece of yarn in the middle of the long length of “hair”, I laid the middle section of yarn over the top of the tight (over the knot) and began weaving stitches by hand through the hair and onto the tights until it was securely in place. Hope that helps.

  13. Courtney
    September 18, 2011 |

    Was there not any yarn cOvering the front of the panty hose? If you sewed it on at the knot wouldn’t part of the hose still show?

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      September 18, 2011 |

      I pushed the hose up high on the forehead and positioned the yarn in a swooping manner so that the hose weren’t noticeable.

      • Courtney
        September 19, 2011 |

        Thanks :)

  14. Monica
    September 26, 2011 |

    Can I see a picture of the front. I don’t thing I understand how you sewed it on there. I’m not a crafty person so this is beyond my knowledge but I so want to try it!

  15. Sturgmom
    September 29, 2011 |

    HI! Just found this on Pinterest- AWESOME idea! Can you explain a bit mor about how you positioned the yarn on the little stocking cap? I’m not sure I can see how that works. Thanks!

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  17. Q Bee
    October 3, 2011 |

    THANKS! WeekendHomeMaker for the great idea!!!

    The link below will help GREATLY with the Wig instructions. I had questions about how to attach the yarn, too.

  18. Monique
    October 4, 2011 |

    Ok…I hope you don’t mind, but here are some additional instructions that might be helpful:

    Step 1: Spooling and cutting the yarn
    1. Space two kitchen chairs, back to back, about 3-5 feet apart from each other (however long you want Rapunzel’s braid to be)
    2. Have a helper hold a loose end of yarn while you wrap the yarn around the two chair backs. Keep wrapping until the entire spool of yarn has been wrapped.
    3. At this point, you’ll take a 6-inch or so length of yarn and tie it around the hair (see the blog step that says “Once the ‘hair’ was collected, we tied it in the middle with a piece of yarn”).
    4. Remove the hair from the chairs. Have a helper hold the hair by your yarn tie, and at the opposite end, cut through all of the yarn so that it is no longer a big loop.

    Step 2: Preparing the tights
    1. Ok…this is pretty much just like the blog instructions. We used children’s tights, and they ended up being a bit too small. If I were to do it again, I’d use grown-up size, nude color.
    2. Another important thing I’d add: after you tie off the tights, turn the hat inside out before you sew on the hair. Otherwise, the knot on the top sticks out of the hair.

    Step 3: Sewing the hair
    1. First, I found a small inflatable ball and put the hat on it. The ball was about the size of a child’s head. This step *really* helped me to get everything on there right.
    2. You know where you used your 6-inch segment of yarn to tie the hair? This is where the “part” will be, running from between the kid’s eyes up to the top of the hat, about where the knot is.
    3. Loosen up the hair tie, but don’t until it entirely yet.
    4. Set the hair across the top of the hat, with the tie roughly aligned with the middle seam on the tights. (You’ll notice in the blog picture of the hat on the kid that the seam is running from ear-to-ear. I rotated it so the seam runs right between the eyes, over the middle of the head. This helped me keep the part straight as I sewed the yarn on.)
    5. Distribute the strands of yarn evenly from the front of the hat back to the knot. (Remember to turn the hat inside out so that the knot is on the underside!)
    6. Hand-sew (with yellow or transparent thread, preferably) the yarn to the tights.

    Step 4: Details…
    Note: The first time I did this (yes, I made two of these TWICE because I learned so much the first time around and wanted to do it better!), I stopped here. I braided it as she did in the blog, put it on the girls, and set them loose. After an hour of playing, the hats had been taken off and put back on a dozen times, the braid had been turned inside out several times, there were big bald spots on the hats, and it was a complete mess. So…I took them away and remade them. Here are some additional steps I took to make them better.
    1. Now that you have sewn the yarn on, parted down the center of the hat, you can untie and remove your thread “tie.” Set it aside.
    2. Keep the hat on your ball. Drape the hair evenly over the ball on the sides and back of the head.
    3. Take a long piece of thread…you are going to hand-sew around the head, at about ear-level, to pin the hair in its position around the head so that there are no bald spots when the kids are playing with it.
    4. I did not sew down every single strand; rather, I weaved the sewing needle over and under, leaving some of the strands loose, for a more natural look. This part actually went really fast…about 3 minutes or so.
    5. Next: put the hat on your kid. Gather the hair at the nape of the neck and braid it. Use your 6-inch strand of yarn to tie it off at the bottom.
    6. Put it back on the ball for one more bit of sewing. This time, you’ll sew the top of the braid to the back of the hat. This is just one more step to keep the hair all in place so it doesn’t get mixed up when your kids are aggressively taking it off and putting it back on again.

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      October 4, 2011 |

      WoW! Thanks, Monica! Sounds like you’ve done this a few times 😉

      • Monique
        October 4, 2011 |

        Hah…I’m sooooo not a crafty person, so it took me a few tries. The neighbor kid wants me to make one for her for Halloween, so I’m sure I’ll be at it again soon! Thanks, Crystal, for your great blog!

    • Jami
      October 24, 2011 |

      I am in the middle of making this wig now, for a Halloween costume for my 6 year old. I followed the link listed above in the comments and followed the basic wig instructions listed there. With that method, I used several bundles of 18-20 strands of yarn and attached then to the wig along the seam. I undid the bundles and attached the individual (sometimes groups of 2-3) strand from just below the knot to a few inches from the front of the cap. The hose were a bit big for my daughters head, so I tucked the front under and stitched it in place.

      I am finding that there are bare spots showing, so I am going to buy more yarn and run a line of ‘hair’ along the front hairline on each side and run it under the top of the hair. I think this will hide the bald spots and create more thickness to the braid.

      With the help of what everyone has learned while making this project, it has made it easier for me to create something special for my daughter that she will adore. Thank you everyone.

  19. Leslie
    October 4, 2011 |

    Ok… any way one of yall can make me one for my daughter? :)

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  21. Christy
    October 11, 2011 |

    I just happened to come across this. And I love it my daughter is going to be Rapuzel for halloween this year. And I had baught her a wing. But I am rethinking that his would be so much cuter. Thanks for the idea!!! Just hope mine turnes out as great as yours!! :)

  22. Holly Reed
    October 17, 2011 |

    I love the pic of her in front of the TV!!!!

  23. Steph
    October 17, 2011 |

    Fun! I just finished making one for my daughter’s Halloween costume. Thanks, Monique, for the extra instructions. They were very useful. It took a long time to wind the yarn around the chairs, but the wig turned out great!

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  25. Danielle
    October 18, 2011 |

    Oh boy!!!! I am going to be making one of these tonight DD is going as her favorite princess for Halloween and we need it Thursday for boo at the zoo!!!! I am so excited I already texted my crafty 18 year old sister 1/2 way through reading this!

  26. Regina Boutwell aka Gran
    October 19, 2011 |

    I saw this and just finished doing it for my granddaughter to go with her Halloween costume. She didn’t have any hair because everything we saw was too long or for adults. Now I can surprise her with Rapunzel’s hair Thursday night. Of course I used my husband as a model. :)..Should have gotten a picture of that.

    Great idea, Thank you.

  27. Erica
    October 19, 2011 |

    THANK YOU so much for this! I’ll be making this tonight for my daughter. She LOVES tangled and wanted to be rapunzel for halloween. Grandma is making her dress but I couldn’t find anything in stores for a wig other than adult size. I am so happy I’ll be able to return the horrible wig that was going to “make due” and make this for her instead! Adorable! :)

  28. Candace Creations
    October 20, 2011 |

    I just made one of these with lights in it so it glows. I wish I had seen your tutorial beforehand…I like how it’s an entire hairpiece I couldn’t think of how to do that!

  29. MJ
    October 20, 2011 |

    Love this! Such a great idea and much better (and cheaper) than extra long wigs. Have the movie myself and well and love it :) Well, most of it… there is one song I really dont like but the rest is super cute :)

  30. Bweka
    October 21, 2011 |

    THANK you so much! I just found out that *i* have to have a costume for “character day” at the preschool i teach at, and i was completely blank on cheap ideas! this is Perfect! (especially since i am getting my own long locks cut to donate the week before!)

  31. Kelly
    October 22, 2011 |

    From one Mom to another, Thank You!! My 4 year old is a huge Tangled fan, so of course, will be Rapunzel for Halloween. We sprung for the light up dress for her. (She is the baby of the family, and is tortured by hand me downs)
    I wanted to make a wig of yarn for her, and the idea of using the tights as a wig cap is marvelous!
    I look forward to getting tangled in yarn this weekend. 😉

  32. Dannie
    October 26, 2011 |

    THANK YOU!! I made this and it turned out amazing and my daughter (she is 5 months old) LOVES IT! She cries when I take it off!! I will be posting pictures to my blog this weekend! Thanks for posting this!

  33. Tabitha
    October 28, 2011 |

    I am going to attempt this tomorrow. My daughter is being “Tangled” for halloween. I am sooo nervous to attempt this I don’t know how to sew… so did you hand stich each strand to the nylon? I am kind of confused about that part?

  34. Beth Kelly
    October 30, 2011 |

    We just attempted this. I am not crafty so it came out OK for my 4 yr old. My dad was here to help or I would have given up. LOL Thanks for suggesting this. It is a cute idea.
    I was confused about some parts too but we just winged it. :)
    Now when my 2 yr. old wakes up from nap we’ll finish hers.

  35. amy haley
    November 8, 2011 |

    OMG how cute. Im a family day carer and im always finding things to make rather than buy. This a great activity to do with my preschool kids during quiet time.

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  37. Amy
    November 26, 2011 |

    Thank you so much! I am using this for my webshow, The WiLlYwOoD Show. I really needed help for this. Thank you so much!!!! :)

  38. Amanda
    December 6, 2011 |

    Okay, I am a crafty person but I am horrible with sewing. How do you sew the yarn on the stocking. Do you sew each piece of yarn? Can someone please explain?

    • Crystal (theweekendhomemaker)
      December 6, 2011 |

      Hi Amanda – I didn’t sew each strand. I place the center of the yarn over the top of the tights and then began stitching 5-6 strands at a time onto the tights, just weaving the thread through several strands at a time.

  39. dave
    December 12, 2011 |


  40. I love this! I made one for my daughter and she wears it all the time. I posted mine on my blog and linked back to you. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  42. Kaylah Nealy
    January 10, 2012 |

    Im grateful for the article.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.

  43. Kirby's Mom
    January 16, 2012 |

    My Niece calls Rapunzel “Kerpunzil” her birthday is in February and I am making her THIS!!!

    I make hair wreaths for weddings and stuff so that’ll be EZ!!
    Thanks for the fabulous idea!! She LOVES the Disney princesses!! She may be getting Princess wigs for all of them!!!


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  46. Erika
    February 8, 2012 |

    What a great idea! My daughter loves her’s!!

  47. Ginny
    February 20, 2012 |

    Thanks for the inspiration. I am not crafty at all. I modified the wig a bit because “sewing” scares me. :) I’m sure your version will hold up better.

    I can’t remember how I stumbled on this post…maybe Tip Junkie? Anyways, thank you for posting it. Huge hit!

  48. Cari
    February 22, 2012 |

    I am crazy about Tangled and I can see my niece going absolutely nuts for this. Such a good idea! Thanks for sharing!

  49. Padmini
    February 24, 2012 |

    This is so clever. Going to try making the wig for my daughter for the world book day at school on Thursday. She has the tangled costume but don’t have the hair for it. Thank you so much for your brilliant idea!

  50. anna
    March 7, 2012 |

    oh my goodness this is such a hard task! cutting the yarn…eeks. ok so i wanted to see how the front looks because mine looks kinda funny. any ideas?

  51. zayur
    March 20, 2012 |

    I’ve been trying to do this but I can never get the first head part how do I start it please help

  52. HannahG
    March 22, 2012 |

    This is so cute! Both of my daughter’s are obsessed with Tangled – We are SO doing this for our Saturday movie night :) Thanks for the idea!!!

  53. Becky
    June 4, 2012 |

    i am 15 and i made one of these for my little cousin. i used a cheap pair of tan stockings instead of tights. i found they were a lot easier to hide under the yarn once the wig was compleate. but it is an awsome idea and i loved making them, it was so much fun :)

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    August 25, 2012 |

    that is awesome i think my child would love one.

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  60. Michelle
    September 27, 2012 |

    Hi There! I am attempting to make this but not sure I understand the sewing part…Do you make a circle with the thread to sew in 4 pieces of yarn or do you make a “wave pattern”. I just don’t want to the tights to get a hole in them. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!!! :)

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    Thanks soo much for this! I was also planning on adding battery operated lights to the hair…. anyone do this? The LED lights don’t get hot….

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    I just finished making one of these. I hope you don’t mind but I shared my experience and your site on my blog. Thank you very much for sharing.

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