Sunday, October 23, 2011

Rapunzel and Jazmin wigs

Holy Cow.... can you believe it, I'm actually posting on my blog! I'm such a blog flake. I think I have commitment issues... I can never stick with anything for to long. Except J I guess... that's a good thing. I really like him, I think I'll keep him. :)

And yes, I realize it's October and my blog still say "I <3 Spring", but I don't have time to change my background right now so it will just have to be okay. Sorry.... but it very possible that I won't blog again until next spring, which would make changing my background pointless right now. :)

Okay, anyways... on to the topic at hand! The Rapunzel and Jazmin wigs. Okay so the pictures are not that great as far as blogging goes because I wasn't planning on blogging this, but I have had a bunch of people ask me how I made them, so I have decided to just go ahead and blog it.



Okay, so these next few pictures are definately not of the actual making of the wigs, but I didn't plan on blogging this, so I didn't take detailed pictures. I had to use some different yarn to take pics of stuff I needed to explain to you.

Okay, start out by figuring out how long you need your wig to be. Since I wanted the wig to go around Little Miss's head before trailing down her back, I measured around her head and then down to her feet. Then I added 2 feet on to the end because I was going to braid it and that would shorten the length of the wig. It was absolutely IMPERATIVE to Little Miss that the the wig touched the floor, so I made sure it would be long enough.

Then, I found something that was about the length of the wig, to wrap the yarn around. For me it was my kitchen table. For the Rapunzel wig I wrapped yarn around the table length wise. When you start, you need to tie the yarn first at one end, like the picture shown above.


Then, you just start wrapping your yarn around the table, or whatever it is that you found to wrap your yarn around. When I was a kid, my mom made me this huge braid for "Fairy Princess Hair" and she used the back of our couch to wrap the yarn around. Anything will work. So, wrap the yarn around until you have used up all of your yarn. For the Rapunzel wig I used 2 skeins of yarn that were 7oz each. The color was Pale Yellow.


Once you have wrapped all of your yarn around the table, you need to get a little piece of the same color of yarn and tie it around the whole bunch of yarn, pull as tight as you can and knot it. Make sure to tie at the opposite end of the one that you started out with.


Then, go to the other end, and cut the yarn. The reason you need to cut the end you started out with, is that you can cut the knot off at the end that you made to keep your yarn hooked together while you wrapped it around the table. Does that make any sense???


This is what you should end up with. It will look almost like a part in the middle of your wig.


Then, I took some ribbon, the same length of the wig, and threaded it though the tie and pulled it through until it was the same length as the wig on both sides.


That is an overwhelming amount of yarn! :)


Okay, so.... I messed up a little bit on the wig! (no big surprise to anyone that knows me). This is where I went a little wrong. I proceded to make J hold the hair along the tie line, and I got to work on braiding this ginormous braid. But.... what YOU need to do first is start at the tie line and take one side and start braiding it, and then braid the other side, so there is 2 braids coming out of the top of the big braid because you will need the 2 smaller braids to go around your girls head like a crown. Keep braiding them until they fit snugly around your child's head, and then take a piece of ribbon, and tie the 2 braids together where they meet at the back of the child's head. Then, you take all of the yarn that is now combined and start making that the big braid that will trail down to the floor.


Here is the braid close up. It was a lot easier to braid than I thought it would be. I did have to keep taking the ribbons and making sure they were on top of the yarn, and I also had to keep running my hands through the yarn and brushing it with my fingers to keep it from making loops in the wig. But the braiding went really fast, and I was pleasantly surprised.


Okay, so if you are doing it the right way, then you won't need to do this. Since I did not do my 2 little braids at the top first, I had to hold the big braid up to Little Miss and then tie the braid off at the top where we wanted to have the 2 little braids connect to the big braid. Why do I always have to make things so complicated!?!?! These instructions are confusing even me! :) I'm sorry!


Then, I had to cut the braid where it was tied together at the top. Which you won't need to do, but I had to get my 2 little braids braided, and I didn't want to start the whole thing all over.


Once cut, braid each side into a smaller braid, making 2 smaller braids. You will have to braid this one tighter than the bigger braid, so just make sure to start your braid out as tight as you can get it. The tighter braids will help the wig stay tight against your child's head, and stay on all night.


Okay, this is the part that I was less than happy with, but there was nothing to really do about it. We ended up having to kinda smash our 2 ends together and tie them together so that we could make a crown out of both braids. We just tied them together as tight as we could, and then I trimmed down some of the "Pom-Pom" edges as I called them. Then I glued some flowers in front of it, so that you can't really see it. Most people won't notice, but I do and it bugs me a little bit. Little Miss doesn't care, and is just in heaven having "real Rapunzel hair". I do think that doing the wig this way will work if your child has long hair and can pull it up into a bun on the top of her head and then you can wrap the 2 braids around it and then tie each braid end at the spot where the big braid starts. That will hide the ends of the braid really well. But Little Miss has short hair, so that wasn't an option for us.


Then I just got some fake flowers and hot glued them on. I also bought spray glitter so spray on the wig, but I haven't done that yet. I am waiting until the last minute so that I can reduce the amount of random glitter that will be all over my house.
So, that is the Rapunzel wig, it was a lot easier than I thought it would be. It only took me maybe 2 hours.

Now, on to the Jazmin wig, which was a million times easier than the crazy easy Rapunzel wig.


Okay, you start out the same as the Rapunzel wig. I ended up using my table for the Jazmin wig as well, but we didn't need nearly as much yarn, or as much length as the Rapunzel wig, so I used the width end of my table for the Jazmin wig.


I only used one skein of yarn for the Jazmin wig.




Okay, so there are really no pics of the making of the Jazmin wig, so I will do my best to explain things in detail. So, once you cut your wig off of your table, or anything else you use then you take your 2 sides and wrap them around your child's head and tie them together at the base of their hair line. Tie the 2 ends together with a piece of black yarn and tie it tight. Then move a little further down the wig, and tie another piece of black yarn around the bunch of hair. Then I just cut some of the blue ribbon, wrapped it loosely around were the wig was tied and hot glued the ends together. I am planning on spraying this wig with glitter also.

Now, to get the wig to cover your child's whole head instead of just around the sides, I just ran my fingers through it and kept pulling the yarn up from both sides up until it was all evenly distributed over Bugs head. It's really simple. I was going to trim it up so that it came down to her lower back, but that was immediately put to a stop once Bug heard what I was planning on doing. Little Miss has a wig down to her feet, so Bug must also have a crazy long wig.


Okay, so I am posting this picture because I ran into a problem with the Jazmin jewel thing that goes around her head. So, on the picture that comes with the costume, the jewel thing (I dont' really know what it's called) is supposed to go around like a big "poofy" thing of hair, so it didn't fit around Bugs head to begin with. Bugs hair is way to thin to really "poof" it into a ball so that the jewel thing will stay on. Then I tried a million different things and couldn't get the wig to "poof" enough to keep the jewel thing on either, so I had to do a little improvising. I don't know if you can really see, but I ended up sewing some black elastic to the ends of the jewel thing, and it now fits perfectly around bugs head with no "poofing" required. I used 5 inches of elastic, and it fits perfectly. Not to tight, but snug enough so that I now it's not going to fall off.


Here are both wigs finished. The girls of course just had to try their costumes on with their wigs to make sure everything was perfect.


Two big happy smiles lets me know I have done my job well! :)

For both wigs, it took me about 3 hours, and that included the messing with, figuring out, and sewing of the Jazmin jewel thing.

I am planning on making little slippers for them to use. I will try to remember to take pictures of that and post that as well.

I hope you enjoyed this. Let me know if you have any questions! :)