After an impassioned plea by her prince, Rapunzel lets her long golden braid tumble down the side of the wall. You don't need tower-length tresses for a classic remake, however. Make yourself a Rapunzel scarf for getting out of your castle. Use remnants of yarns, ribbons and fibres for a colourful, funky look or match the yarns for a more sedate accessory.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Things you need
- Assorted yarns, ribbons or speciality fibres
Cut a 48-by-6-inch rectangle from an old box or other heavy cardboard to make a template for measuring your fibres.
Wrap the yarn around the cardboard 33 times.
Slip a 2-inch piece of yarn under the loops on the template and tie it in a knot. This holds the strands together while you continue the project.
Cut the loops close to the tie to make an 8-foot bundle.
Make two more 8-foot bundles with 33 strands in each. The fibres do not have to match in every bundle.
Cut an 18-inch length of yarn.
Hold the three bundles together with the tied ends aligned.
Wrap the cut piece 6 inches from the ends, leaving a 2-inch tail on both ends of the wrap. Tie the tails together with a double overhand knot.
Braid the three bundles as you braid hair.
Wrap another 18-inch length of yarn 6 inches from the bottom end and tie it with a double knot.
Remove the small ties holding the strands in each separate bundle.
Fluff the fringes on each end of the scarf.
Tips and warnings
- If you don't have cardboard for a template, just measure the yarn, ribbon or fibres into 8-foot strands.
- Go wild with the Rapunzel theme and make a 10-foot or longer scarf. You may also make longer fringes at each end, if you prefer.
- To make the knots on the wraps more secure, add a drop or two of craft glue or clear fingernail polish to the knots and let it dry thoroughly.
- Create texture and visual appeal by mixing different weights and colours of yarn with different widths of ribbon or other fibres. Add some eyelash or other speciality yarn, too. Give your scarf some "bling" by including a strand or two of beads and crystals.