Tangled in Yellow Yarn: Rapunzel Hair Tutorial

(P.S. Make it in white as an Elsa hair braid.)

In January, I started the process of helping my friend Monica prepare for her daughter's 4th birthday party that was a month out at the time. The theme was Tangled. I did my due diligence and watched the movie the weekend before.

Rapunzel

The first project was to make Rapunzel hair for the girls (and my son, the only boy attending the party).

bright yellow yarn nothing fancySo armed with three large skeins of bright yellow yarn we got to work. Taking measurements on The Boy, we decided to go with seven-foot lengths, aiming to have a two foot braid in the back. After making the prototype we realized that braiding shrunk the length more than we anticipated. In round two we cut nine-foot lengths. It's also important not to stretch the yarn taut as you measure or it shrinks back up after cutting.

For the 4-year-olds we decided that 20 inches around their head was a good length. It has a little give if they are bigger and can be tied if need be to shorten up that part.

HOW TO MAKE YOUR OWN RAPUNZEL HALO BRAID

MATERIALS

  • scissors
  • tape measure
  • yarn

For Rapunzel braids, use bright yellow.

To make 2 braids: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Bright Yellow, 364 yards
To make 4 braids: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo Yarn, Bright Yellow, 744 yards
To make 6 braids: Bulk Buy: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (3-Pack) Bright Yellow, 1092 yards total

For Elsa braids, use soft white.

To make 2 braids: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn, Soft White, 364 yards
To make 4 braids: Red Heart Super Saver Jumbo Yarn, Soft White, 744 yards
To make 6 braids: Bulk Buy: Red Heart Super Saver Yarn (3-Pack) Soft White, 1092 yards total

sixty 9 foot pieces of yarnStep 1: Cut sixty pieces of yarn, each 9 feet (108 inches) long.  Put them in one stack and find the center (4.5 feet from the end).

Step 2: Measure about 15 inches from the center of the lengths and temporarily tie off the yarn with a small piece of yarn.

step 3Step 3: Split the yarn into three sections and braid toward the center point until you have 20 inches of braid. Tie off the end of the braided section. (If you notice that the two unbraided ends aren't the same length, then you can untie one tie to braid further in that direction so this 20-inch section is roughly in the middle.)

step 4Step 4: Leaving the temporary ties at the ends of the middle braided section, make a loop with the braided part and join the two ends of the yarn to braid down in one fat braid.

Step 5: Tie off the end of the braid and trim up the loose ends if needed.

step 6Step 6: Untie the temporary ties that originally held the ends of the center section of braid. Tie around the top of the large braided section.  This tie can be adjusted to change the length of the part that goes around the head.  It's also kinda stretchy.

Tada!

wearing_the_braid

wearingthebraid

I LOVED all the details of the party.

The favors included the adorable satchels as well as the braids, which the kids got to decorate at the party.
The favors included the adorable satchels as well as the braids, which the kids got to decorate at the party.
Glittery, thick foam, flower stickers were available for braid decorating.
Glittery, thick foam, flower stickers were available for braid decorating.
The cookies I made, the ADORABLE cake, braided rolls and another yarn braid as decor.
The cookies I made, the ADORABLE cake, braided rolls and another yarn braid as decor.

18 thoughts on “Tangled in Yellow Yarn: Rapunzel Hair Tutorial

  1. Nicole

    This is a great idea and I look forward to doing something like this for my students. Do you mind telling me how many one package of yarn makes?

    Thank you!
    Nicole

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks! I have a friend who made them in white as Elsa braids, too! One skein of this yarn (364 yards) can make two halo braids.

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    1. sarah

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      Excellent! I have a friend who made a white Elsa braid and also did a braid she attached onto a headband to have an Anna braid (hanging down on both sides, and used an accent of white yarn).

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  2. Julie

    Thank you so much posting this! I made a rapunzel braid and we love it. Also, the flower foam stickers worked perfect. Thank you!

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    1. sarah

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      Excellent! I must admit that over the past few months of play and the braid being in the dress up bin, our flowers are no longer around, but they were fun while they lasted. :-)

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  3. Heather

    Great tutorial! My daughter has requested a Tangled 4th birthday party so this is exactly what I've been looking for:) I see in one of the pictures there are Flynn Rider satchels. Can you tell me how those were made or where they were found?? There will be some boys attending and they may not be in to flower braids ;) thx a bunch!

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks so much, Heather! It was a really fun party to help with. The satchels were ordered from etsy (I don't know what seller). You can search for "flynn satchel" and you'll see a number of options. Some sellers are even also making them in purple and pink. Have a great party!

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  4. Amy

    Thanks so much for this wonderful tutorial! I definitely will need to make this for my daughter at some point! I especially appreciate your recommendations for how much yarn to buy. I've been thinking of doing yarn braids in some form, but was having trouble making length/cost estimates. Your extremely clear instructions are also greatly appreciated. :)

    May I ask, about how much time did it take you to make each one? I'm sure it varies, but I'm trying to gauge whether doing this at a somewhat large scale (inviting 25 kids, though they're not all girls) would even be an option for us. Thanks very much!

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    1. sarah

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      They take a while, but it's been long enough that I don't exactly remember how long. 25 sounds like a ton to make. I think we made 8-9 total, and the two of us worked together on the first maybe half. I'm guessing that might have been a 2 hour work session. I'd suggest making one (cause your daughter would love one even if you don't end up making them for the party) and see how long it takes you. If the party is sufficiently far in advance and you could work on them over time, then anything is possible. :-) Put on some good TV to watch while you work on them! (Oh, my son and the birthday girl's brother were the only boys at this party, so we made them braids anyway. You could totally do something different for the boys! The picture on the table shows the Flynn Rider satchels each child received. These were purchased on Etsy.)

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  5. Annie

    Thanks so much for the tutorial! It was perfect for my daughter's rapunzel costume.
    One question: do you know if/how these will hold up in the washing machine? My daughter's bread was on and off all day and got a bit dirty.

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    1. sarah

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      Thanks, Annie. I'm glad you enjoyed it! That's a great question, but I haven't washed ours, so I really don't know. I'd imagine hand washing would be the way to go. Please let me know how it goes.

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