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The Making of My Light-Up Rapunzel Wig – a DIY Cosplay Tutorial!

Howdy! πŸ™‚

Today I have a post that’s very different from what I’ve ever done before on the blog….but here we go! πŸ˜€

As I mentioned in some previous posts, that last few weeks have been hectic with what we call….

….The County Fair!

It’s a ball, and every year I have loads of fun making an outfit for the fashion show and sometimes as a costume for the talent show, too! πŸ™‚

This year, I made a cosplay of Rapunzel from Disney’s Tangled (because I’m a nerd of the highest proportions πŸ˜‰ ), and while I’m excited to share with you all how I made the dress, too, today I’m going to be sharing how I made my light-up wig! πŸ˜€

Here’s a sneak peek at the final product! πŸ™‚

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First up, the base wig. I ordered THISΒ wig from Ebay, and I think for the price it was exactly what I needed!

BIG NOTE: The wig came with rubber bands strategically placed down its length, and I DID NOT remove these until it was absolutely necessary. Otherwise, things would have gotten very, VERY tangled. (ba dum chhhh πŸ˜‰ )

Next, I used quilt batting and golden yellow netting to create large tubes to wrap the hair around. I pinned as I rolled the quilt batting, then added the net and stitched with doubled thread for extra strength.

(Excuse the Star Trek blanket in the background….ahem. πŸ˜‰ )

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Next up, I put on the wig, swung all of the hair around the the front of the wig, and had my mum help me sew the tubes onto the back base of the wig cap.Β IMG_6143IMG_6144

She sewed two down…..IMG_6145

….then overlapped the third one in the center.IMG_6146IMG_6147

At this point, you probably feel like some chick from Star Wars, but not to worry, these weird, golden tails will soon transform into gorgeous glowing magical hair! πŸ˜€IMG_6148IMG_6149IMG_6150

Next up, I had my mom hold the wig while I VERY carefully snipped the rubber bands on the wig and combed out the whole thing, being super, super careful not to pull too hard.Β IMG_6151IMG_6153

Next, I separated out a small section on either side of the wig at the front, and braided these pieces all of the way down. Later, these will be what we use to wrap the giant braid!

At this point, I also used some scraps of yarn I had lying around to section off the rest of the wig into three separate pieces with the tubes.Β IMG_6154

Here’s me braiding! πŸ˜‰IMG_6155IMG_6156

At this point, it really helps to have someone that I call Heada.

This is Heada. She’s a head. πŸ˜‰

I got her at Hobby Lobby, I think, and she’s really helpful, especially because she has a hole in her neck that is really good for putting a PVC pipeΒ into to hold the wig while you work.Β IMG_6157

I just happened to have a PVC pipe covered in polka dot wrapping paper, so…. πŸ˜‰IMG_6158

Now IΒ undoubtedly feltΒ like I wasΒ in a marching band and carrying some sort of weird hair-baton, but not to worry, things are coming along quickly. πŸ˜‰IMG_6159

Here you can see I sectioned off the hair the rest of the way down and tied it to the tubes with yarn.Β IMG_6160

Oh, and about those bangs….we’ll take care of those in a bit. πŸ˜‰IMG_6161

Next, get out your big-girl muscles, ’cause we’re gonna braid these giant tubes! πŸ˜‰

Just imagine that you’re these girls. πŸ˜‰

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Now, if you want your wig to light up like I did, then you will need some light strands. I bought small LED lights at Christmas, and saved them for this project. I ended up using three strands, one for each piece of the braid. I made a small canvas bag to put the battery packs of the lights in, and the bag ended up going at the nape of my neck, under the fabric of my dress. πŸ™‚ As you can see here, I kept my yarn loops tied around the braid pieces, and wrapped the hair to cover as much of the tubing as possible.Β I actually didn’t braid the lights directly, though…I braided the tubes, then came back with spray-painted yellow bobby pins to pin the lights exactly where I wanted them. πŸ™‚

Here’s me grinning like a dork. πŸ˜‰IMG_6162

As you can see from the side, we’re getting some bald spots, and lots of showing wires from the lights….but we’re gonna fix that with FLOWERS. πŸ˜‰IMG_6164

I made a ton of flower pins by using an upholstery needle to poke a hole in the base of the fake flowers large enough to stick a bobby pin through. πŸ˜‰

After I took this picture, I cut the yarn loops and kept sticking the wig full of flowers until I realized I was ready for baby’s breath.

Rapunzel has a ton of baby’s breath in her hair in the movie, but I couldn’t find any fake BB in the store that I liked…the first bunchΒ I got was actually just a bunch of tiny styrofoam balls, and they looked awful.

I ended up buying dried baby’s breath at Michael’s crafts, and it look awesome! It looked WAY more delicate than the fake stuff…but it was still preserved and wouldn’t rot on my head. πŸ˜‰

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For the bangs, I twisted sections of to the side and fastened them with flowers. πŸ™‚

Ready to see the final product? Here ya go! πŸ˜€

Here’s me with my flute in line to perform! πŸ™‚

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I’m really happy with the dried baby’s breath!IMG_6193

“BEST. DAY. EVER!!!!!!!” πŸ˜‰IMG_6212

“I CAN’T BELIEVE I DID THIS!!!!!” πŸ˜€

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Aaaaand here’s me in the fashion show! πŸ˜€IMG_6233

Unfocused picture, but here you can see my twirly skirt! πŸ˜€IMG_6236

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“Frying pans….who knew, right?” πŸ˜‰IMG_6235

It was SUPER windy, so by the end of the day my wig had taken a bit of a beating, but it was so fun! πŸ˜€

ALSO, funny thing, but on the way to the fair, I couldn’t fit the wig in a bag, so I had to just wear it with plain clothes (my dress was at the fair). πŸ˜› I also made a Punzie crown (shameless plug for my Instagram πŸ˜‰ ), but it ended up being too heavy to wear with the wig on short notice. Before I wear Rapunzel again, I’ll probably add some large combs to the crown and maybe even sew it down to the wig. πŸ™‚

Finishing up my handmade Rapunzel crown! #AllTheJewels #LostPrincessofCorona

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I hope you all enjoyed this post about my first big foray into wig styling! πŸ˜€ I have a post on how I made the dress coming up soon, along with some doll reviews (I have a Meeshell Mermaid who’s just dying to bust out of her box πŸ˜‰ ).

XOXOXO,

Grace

13 thoughts on “The Making of My Light-Up Rapunzel Wig – a DIY Cosplay Tutorial!

  1. AHHHH THIS WAS SO FUN TO READ!!

    I am practically dying at how beautiful the final results were!
    Also so happy that they’re going to be more frequent posts here like before because who doesn’t need a daily dose of Doll Dimensions?!

    Can’t wait for the Meeshell mermaid review

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  2. That was an amazing post, and great tutorial! I can’t believe you made both the wig AND the dress – you look like a real Rapunzel! And it’s so cool that you performed in it. You totally should have won the fashion show, if there was a winner. I’m totally fangirling over here, if you couldn’t tell…this was such a fun post to read! I can’t wait to see how you made the dress! (Also, huge points for the frying pan, haha.)

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    1. Thanks so much, Claire! I’m so glad you enjoyed reading it…I had a lot of fun writing it! πŸ˜€ And HAHA, yes, the frying pan was a lot of fun…I got pretty good at twirling it around by the end of the day. πŸ˜‰ Thank you again!

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  3. “Chinese and American food” lol
    But for real though, this is pretty cool. I love the lights, and the flowers, and the fact that you made the whole thing yourself. You are actually really good at cosplaying. Points for the frying pan. The frying pan is everything. πŸ™‚

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