The Grimm's fairy tale of Rapunzel tells of a young maiden with long golden hair who is rescued from a tower prison by a prince. In 2010, Disney remade the classic story with their own spin and rekindled children's fascination with Rapunzel. Children can celebrate their interest in the fairy tale with hands-on art activities.
Hair Clip Organizer
Cut 42 pieces of yarn that are three yards long and tie a piece of string around the middle to keep them together. Lay the middle of the bundle on the inside ring of a four-inch embroidery hoop. Spread the yarn so that it covers most of the ring. Place the loosened outer ring over the inner ring and tighten the screw to secure the yarn. Flip the hoop over so that the yarn hides the hoop. Tie a ribbon around the yarn under the hoop and braid the yarn. Secure the braid on the end with ribbon. Hang hair bows and accessories on the braid.
Cut a two-by-four-inch window in the top of a paper towel tube. Notch the top of the tube to look like a tower. Have children draw Rapunzel's face or print it from the Internet. The face should be around one and half to two inches wide so that it will fit in the window. Tape the face inside the window. Braid 12 inches of yellow yarn and glue the braid so that it comes out of the window. Allow children to decorate the outside of the tube.
Go to the Disney Family site (Reference 4) to print the crown template and cut out the pieces. Glue the ornament piece to the base. Attach the base to a 1.25-inch-by-11 inch strip of paper. Allow children to decorate the crown with markers, glitter, jewels and other decorations. Adjust to the length needed for your child and glue the ends together.
Frying Pan Necklace
Recreate the frying pan that Rapunzel brought with her to the tower. Put a layer of Mod Podge across the top of a baby food lid, place torn pieces of black tissue on it and allow to dry. Continue to layer the tissue and Mod Podge until the lid is covered on the inside and out. each layer should be dry before adding the next. Cut a black pipe cleaner in half and then fold in half into a loop and glue the non-looped end onto the back of the lid. Add a jewel decal to the inside of the pan. Braid three pieces of ribbon or yarn together to make the chain. Slide the braided chain through the loop of the frying pan and tie the ends together.
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