Thursday, November 10, 2011

Wig Upcycle...Or Something Like That

So as you all know from the Halloween post, Sarah went out as Rapunzel, wig and all.  And she wore the wig for about half a block before she ripped off declaring it "itchy".  I was kinda bummed.  She looked so cute in it and I was hoping she would wear it as a dress-up  after Halloween was over.  Nope.

So I decided that the best option would be to try to change it to make it something she WOULD wear.  A tie-on braid!

I used:

  • Long blonde wig
  • 2 large and 1 small hair elastic (a.k.a. pony holders)
  • A bit of fleece fabric (or ribbon or whatever)
  • Scissors
  • Hairbrush
  • Lint roller (this is critical)
Here's the process I used:

Brush out the wig.  It's going to lose hairs, but that's just how it goes.

Snip a small section of full length hair and loop it through a large pony holder.  Lay it somewhere flat.

Cut the rest of the wig close to the headpiece of the wig.

Lay it on top of the already cut hair so that the cut end is close to the pony holder.

At this point you'll have looooooong hair and some shorter hair.  Using a large pony holder, attach the longer hair to the shorter hair near the top.

Lay the hair out flat and create 3 separate sections for braiding

Braid it!  I did a medium-tightness so that the finished product would move.  I find that tighter braids are a bit stiff.  Use the small pony holder to tie it off.

Trim up the ends (and any stray hairs that didn't get in there)

Using fleece or ribbon create "bows" to give a cleaner look to the top and bottom.  I did this by cutting long-ish rectangles and doing a simple double-knot tied VERY tightly.  I trimmed the ends once they were done.

So there it is!  And guess what...she still won't wear it.

Oh well, you can't win 'em all!

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the comment, Ginny! I love the halloween costume. I bet she plays dress up with the wig for many years to come. xoxo



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