DIY activity 18: Disney Tangled Rapunzel Yarn wig

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Author: Gauri Kshirsagar

Tangled is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated musical adventure film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Loosely based on the German fairy tale “Rapunzel” in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm.  Even though I dislike this movie due to its sort of anti-feministic approach (Rapunzel being a terrible role model, abduction, falling in love with dishonest person…..I can go on), I must say this movie is a ‘piece of art’. Rapunzel’s hair isn’t the only visual that got the star treatment in “Tangled.” As Disney’s first computer-generated fairy-tale, the film had to look and feel just right. To do that, the digital artists took full advantage of everything CGI had to offer: dynamic lighting, flexible cinematography and — obviously – depth, rendering to give it that hazy, almost oil painting-like quality that makes the film really “pop” onscreen.

Slide5But the main reason to make this wig was the fondness my daughter has for long hair. I usually to keep my twins’ hair short (easier to manage), and plan to do so till they are independently capable of managing their hair. This wig was a summer surprise to my daughter who loves to dress up like a princess and have long hair.

It’s a very easy-to-make yarn wig and looks stunning with Rapunzel’s lilac dress.


You will need:


  1. Yarn: I have used 100% 8 ply acrylic yarn for the whole project. You will require about 250-350 yards. For this project I have used bright golden yellow coloured yarn. You can also use  different combinations of yellow.
  2. 6 mm crochet hooks
  3. Hot glue gun
  4. Foam Head
  5. 1 yellow crocheted beanie hat: which you can knit on your own or buy from a store.
  6. Fabric/yarn flowers



The following is pattern for a simple Beanie for sizes 3 years to pre-teens: (courtesy:

Round 1: Ch5, sl st in ch1 to form a loop, crochet 12dc into loop – (12)

Round 2: Ch2 (count as st here and throughout), 1dc in same st as chs, 2dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (24)

Round 3: Ch2, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next st, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (36)

Round 4: Ch2, 1dc in next st, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 2 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (48)

Round 5: Ch2, 1dc in next 6 sts, 2dc in next st, *1dc in next 7 sts, 2dc in next st* repeat from * to * until end, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (54)

Rounds 6 – 18: Ch2, 1dc in next st and in ea st around, sl st in top of 2ch to join – (54) Fasten off and tie in all tails.


Weaving the Rapunzel Wig: (courtesy: The magic Yarn Project)

  1. Cut the yarn into 240-250 strands of 95-100 inches long.Slide8
  2. Use a foam head for weaving.
  3. Weave the strands in 3 separate rows (sections)Slide9
  4. First start weaving on the side partition of hair (just above left eye). Knots should be touching. Keep adding little bit past the magic ring. Tie the strands together
  5. For the right side section use 3 strands for each knot. Start 5 knots back. Add about 15 knots all touching
  6. On the right section add 10 knots of 3 strands each. Start 5 knots back
  7. Knit the right and left section at the brim as shown in picture. Use hot glue to keep it in placeSlide10
  8. Add bangs at the front on both side of partition as shown in picture.Slide11
  9. Spit the middle section to create a partition, 4 strands on each side.
  10. Roll the bangs and take them behind.Slide12
  11. Make a braid slightly on the right side
  12. Add flowers using hot glue.Slide4

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3 thoughts on “DIY activity 18: Disney Tangled Rapunzel Yarn wig

  1. Thank you so much for this tutorial. I just completed my daughter’s Halloween costume thanks to your great instructions. Very clever way to arrange the hair and make it look good. Thank you!


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