Well, I sure didn’t think I could pull this DIY off.
As I said in the previous post, I was Rapunzel from Disney’s movie ‘Tangled.’
I purchase my costume on eBay. I had to do a few alterations on it, but it was nothing compared to the wig.
As we all know, most of Rapunzel’s body weight is due to her hair and I was about to find out.
I found some great instructions on Pinterest click here and I’m going to try my best to describe my long journey to make long hair.
Supplies I used (and others I didn’t end up using):
- 4 blonde wigs (these wigs had a bang and very long layers)
- 1 inexpensive wig called the ‘Lady Godiva’ wig
- 1 yard of batting
- Needle and thread
- Hair pins –For styling the sides of the hair
- Hot glue gun
- Hair Brush
- And a lot of patience! You can’t buy this on amazon I found out : )
My first learning experience was just around the corner!
As I looked at my new Lady Godiva wig and the little girl in me came out. I spontaneously started to braid the long hair just to see what it would look like. BIG MISTAKE! I ended up making a bunch of knots that took forever to get out. Needless to say, NOT recommend.
Now that little Noelle was satisfied and adult Noelle was ripping out her hair, we could start working on the wig…
First, I hot glued the batting into three tubes, as seen in the picture.
Next, I took the Lady Godiva wig and cut it into three parts.
I glued the three tubes with the Lady Godiva wig sections covering them fully.
I took three of the remaining wigs and cut each one between the netting, into three parts ending up with a total of 9 pieces.
I then glued on the cut-up layers over the Lady Godiva hair on the tubes. Each one of my tubes now had three tiers with the Lady Godiva wig as a filler underneath.
At this point, I thought it might be a good idea to sew the three tubes to the one remaining uncut wig.
Time to try it on!
As I placed my new creation upon my head it became apparent very quickly that I would need the neck of Superman to support it.
Still, I had to show my mother because maybe a word of motherly support would somehow make the wig lighter and my neck stronger.
Nope…I’m not sure if it was the sweat or the vain popping out that gave it away but the wig was still just as heavy.
However, my mother had a recommendation — take out the batting…
Time to make full use of my husband shoulder as I’m little overwhelmed.
Ok, back to work! With new determination, I started snipping out all the glued batting.
With only a couple of days before Halloween, it was time to braid the wigs together. But how would I braid that much hair? I tried laying it out on the floor but it was not even close to manageable.
This is where my brilliant father and brother came into play. Through the use of a camera tripod, some wiring, and a foam head they were able to build and apparatus that looked like a medieval torture device but worked quite well for styling hair.
Time for the fun part, FLOWERS! I exploded in a flower frenzy showering my newly braided wig with ever pedal and blossom I could find.
Through sweat, neck-acks, loving shoulders, and midlevel head holders this ended up being one of the most fun costumes I never want to do again.
I would love to hear about your homemade Halloween costumes and all the ‘fun’ you had making it. Please, post a comment below!