Yes I am that mom. I do the fancy birthday cakes for my kids, not to show up every other mom out there, but because I’m too cheap to buy one from the store.
I also make my kids Halloween costumes. Yes, I do use patterns when necessary, but sometimes the kids have requests that don’t have easy to follow patterns, and then I get really creative. These are the challenges I like.
This year presented two challenges.
Challenge #1: Rapunzel’s braid
So the pattern I used for the dress also came with instructions for the hair. But those instructions were written for a kid with a normal sized head. My daughter, well, at 9 months she measured 50% by length, 60% by mass, and 98% by head size. At 7 years old she is more proportionate than she was as an infant, but her head is still larger than average, which meant the pattern’s instructions were not going to work. So I read them over, got the gist of what they were going for, and threw them out the proverbial window. Then I did my own thing and here is the result.
I used a skein of Lion Brand Yarn Pound of Love in the Honey Bee colorway. I then cut 90 strands of yarn that were about 3 yards each. I measured by holding one end of the yarn in my hand and stretching to my far shoulder, then repeating 2 more times. After all the yarn is cut, hold all the strands together and loosely tie a knot at one end. Then carefully remove all the tangles and loosely knot the other end. Cut two lengths of yarn about 5 or 6 inches long: these are used to make the bun loop at the top of the braid. Double up the long strands and tie one of the shorter lengths in the middle, then tie the other to make the loop.
Next take a 9 foot spool of ribbon and unroll it. Thread one end through the yarn tied at the base of the bun loop. Pull the ribbon through until the ends are even. Carefully untie the knots at the ends of the yarn. Count out the strands so that you have 3 groups of 60 strands of yarn. Include the ribbon in two of the groups. Braid the yarn until there are only about 5 inches left. Cut one final length of yarn, again 5 – 6 inches long, to wrap around the end of the braid and tie it off.
End of the braid is tied off with more yarn
Trim the ends of the yarn so that they are all even. Through out the braid, weave in silk flowers. To attach the braid, I pulled my daughter’s hair into a high ponytail and secured it with an elastic band. Then I loosely twisted her hair into a bun and secured it with 4 or 5 hairpins. Then I slipped the bun loop (there’s a reason I called it that) over her bun and secured it with another 4 or 5 hairpins. And voila, one Rapunzel ready for trick or treating.
Bun loop around the bun and pinned in place
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