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DIY 18: Disney Tangled Rapunzel Yarn wig

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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.

But 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.

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You will need:

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  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

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The following is pattern for a simple Beanie for sizes 3 years to pre-teens: (courtesy:  http://www.happyberry.co.uk)

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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DIY 17: Disney Frozen Elsa & Anna Yarn Wig Hair

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When the animated film “Frozen” was released last year, no one expected it to become a worldwide juggernaut. “Frozen,” which earned more than $1.2 billion at the box office, is not only the first “princess” movie to make the list of top 10 grossing animated films, even more astonishingly, it is also the No. 1 animated film of all time. Little girls have long been drawn to princesses. My twins were born, the same year the movie was released (2013) and have literally grown up watching the movie. My twins now almost 5, enjoy re-enacting the scene when it comes on and that they never change characters; one twin always plays Elsa, and the other plays Anna. From their dramatic positions on the floor to their giggling while they run around, the twins are spot-on. Hence this summer I wanted to give them a little surprise by making these Elsa-Anna crochet wigs made of beautiful yarn.

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There are variety of ways by which you can make the wigs, like partial beanie hat with the fringe having the yarn hair or whole set of yarn hair. In any case you will need a simple knit beanie hat which you can knit on your own or buy from a store. I made my own beanie hat using double stitch crochet, which is very easy sticth to hook up the hair. Make sure the hat is a bit loose and the knots are not too tight.

Things you will need:

  • Yarn: I have used 100% 8 ply acrylic yarn for the whole project. You will require about 250-350 yards for each wig. The colours can vary according to your taste. My daughter wanted an off-white colour for her Elsa wig instead of white. I have used a dark brown colour for the Anna wig.
  • 6 mm crochet hooks
  • Hot glue gun

The following is pattern for a simple Beanie for sizes 3 years to pre-teens: (courtesy: http://www.happyberry.co.uk)

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  • 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.

The weaving for Elsa Wig: (courtesy: http://www.naztazia.com)

  • Cut the yarn in 150 strands each of 75 inches long
  • Take 4 strands for each weave.
  • Weave along the fringe/brim of the beanie hat.
  • Take all the hair behind to make a braid or a French plait
  • Use hot glue gun to keep all the stand in place
  • You can make some wispy fringe of bangs in the front to frame the face.
  • Decorate with blue sparkles.Slide12

The weaving for Anna Wig: (courtesy: http://www.naztazia.com)

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  • Cut the yarn in 150 strands each of 75 inches long
  • Take 4 strands for each weave.
  • Weave along the centre of the beanie hat as shown in the picture.Slide10
  • Divide the strands (two on each side) to make 2 braids
  • Use hot glue gun to keep all the stand in place
  • Add a white/off white strand on the right side.
  • Add some wispy fringe of bangs in the front to frame the face.Slide11

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DIY 16: Easy-to-make kid’s Christmas pin/brooch

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Since Victorian times, people have worn decorative jewellery to show their excitement and affection for the Christmas season. Some wear brooches with trumpeting angels, while others favour pins sporting silver bells, red-nosed reindeer, or a Christmas tree. This year I decided to make a funky and  Christmas brooch for their school Christmas party. It is very easy to make using regular Christmas tree ornaments.

  1. You will need some Christmas tree ornaments of your choice and some pins.Slide1
  2. Cut out a circular shaped cardboard pieces in the size of the badge Slide2
  3. Stick one ornament at a time to the cardboard cut outs making layers as shown in the picture. Use hot glue
  4. After drying of the hot glue, stick the cutouts to the pinSlide3
  5. Your pins are readySlide4

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DIY activity 15: How to make an easy kid’s playhouse out of an ordinary cardboard box.

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Childhood….. it’s that time in life where a simple cardboard box can make you incredibly excited and entertained for hours on end. And if you throw in a couple of sheets and pillows, well, that’s icing on the cake. In this article, I will give you some tips and ideas on how to convert an ordinary cardboard box into a fun play house.

The British name for a playhouse is a “Wendy House,” named after a tent-like structure that the lost boys built for Wendy Darling in J.M. Barrie’s famous story, Peter Pan. The prop made for the stage play of Peter Pan in 1904 birthed the expression “Wendy House” for children’s playhouses thereafter.

Corrugated cardboard is the ideal material for a playhouse. It’s easy to cut, fold, stick, draw on and decorate. Cardboard is also free (or very cheap) and readily available. Using cardboard to make a playhouse is a great way to recycle.

This DIY cardboard box playhouse will help ignite your kids’ imaginations — and it’s totally easy to make. The best part? The playhouse collapses down flat when the kids are done playing with it, so it’s super easy to store and won’t clutter up the house. Wherever your children’s interests lie, they will love to make and decorate a cardboard house that will allow their imaginations to run wild.

In this playhouse I have used a single large cardboard box which had a lid on top. You can use huge boxes which came with your appliances, You know the ones: the box that your refrigerator came in, or speakers or the TV. You’ve probably been saving them in case you need to return the item for a refund or sell it on olx. Well, you don’t really need those empty boxes. Have fun with them instead. The box from a flat screen TV could be an awesome roof! You don’t have a box at home you can check out the supermarket, usually they do have extras. Slide9

Coming back to the playhouse I have cut open the base and have used the lid of the box as a roof. I have cut two sections of the house, one for the door and the other for the window. For the decorations I have covered all the walls with white paper and the roof with black paper. All the decorations were done using craft paper and colours with lots of help from my twins.

 

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On all the sides I have either painted or stuck craft paper to make murals of natures which includes flowers, grass, fruit tree, butterflies, birds etc to give the house a feel of a garden around it.

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The overhead model depicts a rainbow with a smiling sun some clouds and rain drops all around the house. This model was separately made using thermocol and cardboard and stuck over the roof.

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The size of the window cut out is huge for more light, and is also decorated with creepers of grapes and fence.

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Here is a zoomed in photo of the painting with raindrops (which are hand painted by my daughters)

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For the interiors I have used a nice rug with pictures of strawberries on it with two small pillow. Since the base is open, the rug can be removed and the area can be cleaned easily after a day’s play. The roof of the house is black with glow in the dark stars.

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For more detailed explanation do check out the video below:

 


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DIY Activity 14: WALL-E and EVE amigurumi plush toys

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Slide3In the movie WALL-E, in 2805, Earth is abandoned and largely contaminated with garbage, with its people evacuated on giant star liners. Humans have left behind WALL-E robot trash compactors to clean up, however, all have since stopped functioning, except one unit who has gained sentience and is able to stay active using parts from other units. He is a small mobile compactor box with all-terrain treads, three-fingered shovel hands, binocular eyes, and retractable solar cells for power. Although working diligently to fulfill his directive to clean up the garbage he is distracted by his curiosity, collecting trinkets of interest.  EVE (Extraterrestrial Vegetation Evaluator), is a sleek robot probe whose directive is to locate vegetation on Earth and verify habitability. She has a glossy white egg-shaped body and blue LED eyes. “WALL·E” is everything we’ve come to expect from Pixar and more- colorful, vibrant, imaginative, exciting, involving, beautiful, and most importantly a film with interesting, involving characters. Most importantly, however, it is perfect entertainment.

Wall E and Eve (in Wall E’s words Evaaa…..) are of  my twin’s favourite cartoon pairs, among their many pretend play toys. WALL-E movie toys are hardly available, especially in India and so tried my hands with amigurumi. The pattern came out quite good for both WALL- E and EVE.

The following is the easy to make amigurumi pattern for WALL-E and EVE plush toys which I have made. Do try it out.

You will need:

  1. Yellow worsted yarn
  2. Grey worsted yarn
  3. White worsted yarn
  4. Black worsted yarn
  5. 5mm crochet needle
  6. Blue embroidery thread
  7. Black satin piece
  8. Black button for eyes

Pattern:

WALL-E

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Body:

  1. Using the yellow yarn make six plates
  2. Row 1: ch 15, sc 14 (14)
  3. Row 2-15: sc in each sc (14)
  4. Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
  5. Sew all the pieces together, except the top.
  6. Add a filler and sew the remaining side, making a cube

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Detailing for the body:

  1. Grey edge on the top and back of the body:
    1. Row 1: Make 38 sc using Moogly’s method, which does not need a foundation chain (38), or as the length needed. You can choose the edges you want the grey edge.
    2. Finish off.
  2. Grey corners in “y” shape from the bottom (make 2):
    1. Make sc 5 using Moogly’s method, which does not need a foundation chain (5)
    2. Attach the yarn on the 3rd stitch and make 2 sc.
    3. Cut the yarn and leave a long tail for sewing.
  3. Grey Plate in the front:
    1. Row 1: ch 15, sc 14 (14)
    2. Row 2-6: sc in each sc (14)
    3. Sew detailing with black, red and blue yarn or embroiders thread.
    4. Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Stitch all the detailing on the edges and corners, with the name “WALL-E” with a black, red and white yarn on the front plate.

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Arms: (Make two)

  1. With grey yarn make a magic ring
  2. 1st row: 6 sc (6)
  3. 2rd row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  4. 3th -5th row: Change yarn to yellow. Sc in every stitch (12)
  5. 6th & 7th row: Change yarn to black. Sc in every stitch (12)
  6. 8th & 9th row: Change yarn to white. Sc in every stitch (12)
  7. 10th & 11th row: Change yarn to black. Sc in every stitch (12)
  8. 12th & 13th row: Change yarn to white. Sc in every stitch (12)
  9. 14th– 15th row: Change yarn to yellow. Sc  in every stitch (12)
  10. Add filler
  11. 16th row: Decrease, join 2 stitches together (6)
  12. Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
  13. Sew the arms on each side of the yellow cube
  14. If you want, you can add the three fingers on each arm. I left it as it is, since it looked better that way.

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Wheels & belt (Make two sets)

For the wheels, make 3 small balls with grey yarn

  1. Magic ring
  2. 1st row : 6 sc (6)
  3. 2rd row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  4. 3th row: ch 1-2-1 sticth (24)
  5. 4th row: decrease with ch1-2-1 (12)
  6. 5th row:  decrease with joining 2 stitches together (6)
  7. Finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
  8. Stitch the three balls close together on the lower part of each side of the cube.

For the belt:

  1. Make a long plate with black yarn
  2. Row 1: Chain 6, sc 5
  3. Row 2- until required length: sc in each stitch
  4. Stitch the plate around the balls

Neck:

  1. With grey yarn make a magic ring
  2. 1st row : 6 sc (6)
  3. 2rd row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  4. 3th -5th row: Change yarn to yellow. Sc in every stitch (12)
  5. 5th -8th row: Change yarn to yellow. Sc in every stitch (12)
  6. Add filler, finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.

Eyes: (Make 2)

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Eyes consist of two parts:

  1. Outer Grey pouch with grey yarn
    1. Magic ring
    2. 1st row: 6 sc (6)
    3. 2rd row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
    4. 3th row: Ch 1-2-1 stitch (24)
    5. 4th row: Ch1-1-2-1-1 stitch (36)
    6. 5th -8th row: Sc in each stitch around (36)
    7. Stitch up and finish off
    8. Make a simple fold on the side which has rough stitches.
  2. Inner eyeball with white yarn
    1. Magic ring
    2. 1st row: 6 sc
    3. 2rd row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
    4. 3th row: ch 1-2-1 sticth (24)
    5. 4th row: Sc in each stitch around
    6. 5th row: decrease with ch1- join 2 stitches-1 around (12)
    7. 6th row: Add filler and decrease with joining 2 stitches together (6)
    8. Add filler, finish off and leave a long tail for sewing.
    9. Add a black button at the centre to complete the eyes

Stitch both the pieces together with the white ball in the grey pouch as shown in the picture.

EVA

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Head and the body:

  1. With white yarn make a magic ring
  2. 1st row: work 6 sc into magic ring (6)
  3. 2rd row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  4. 3rd row: ch 1-2-1 stitch (24)
  5. 4th row: ch1-1-2-1-1 stitches in each stitch (36)
  6. 5th-6th row: single stitch  in each stitch around
  7. 7th row: decrease with ch1-1-join 2-1-1 (24)
  8. 8th row: decrease with ch1-join2-1 (12)
  9. Stuff the head
  10. 9th row: decrease with joining 2 stitches together(6)
  11. 10th row: single stitch in each stitch around (6)
  12. 11th row: 2 sc in each stitch (12)
  13. 12th row: ch 1-2-1 stitch (24)
  14. 13th row: ch1-1-2-1-1 stitches in each stitch (36)
  15. 14th-16th row: single stitch  in each stitch around, keeping the count of 36
  16. 17th row: decrease with ch1-1-join 2-1-1 (24)
  17. 18th-20th: single stitch  in each stitch around, keeping the count of 24
  18. 21st : decrease with ch1-join2-1 (12)
  19. 22nd: Single stitch in each stitch around
  20. Add filler and close to give a rounded (not pointy) end

Hands (Make 2)

  1. Magic ring.
  2. 1st row: Work 3 sc into the magic ring(3 st)
  3. 2nd row: 2 sc in first st, sc in next, 2 sc in last st (5 st)
  4. 3rd row: sc in first, “ 2 sc in next, sc in next “ repeat from “to” twice (7 st)
  5. 4th row: 2 sc in first, sc in next 5, 2 sc in last (9 st)
  6. 5th-8th row: sc in each (9 st)
  7. 9th row: sc dec in first stitch, sc in next 2, sc dec in next, sc in last 3 (7 st)
  8. Fasten off and leave a long tail. Stuff lightly to form an arm shape.

Assembly:

Using picture as a guide cut out a faceplate in the black satin piece. Embroider eyes using blue embroidery thread. Using black thread, sew on faceplate to head. If you find her arms stick out from her body too much put a couple of stitches a bit lower from her shoulder into her body.


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Review:‘Kid’s Ahoy’ at E-square.

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Kids Ahoy! is an indoor soft play zone and activity centre at E-Square,Pune.

Overall Rating:  ★★★★ ½ (4.5 out of 5)

Timings: 11:00 AM to 9:00 PM

Location: 2nd floor, E-Square Multiplex, University Road, Pune – 411016

Parking: Reserved and Valet parking is available at E square. Parking fees are Rs. 60/-

Charges: They charge Rs. 150/- for one hour and Rs. 250/- for 2 hours. They are very particular about the hygiene hence wearing socks is compulsory, in case you forget they can also be bought at an additional cost of Rs. 80/- per pair. Parents of kids below 3.5 years of age get a complimentary ticket with the child.

Attractions:

  1. Kids play area: The play areas as I mentioned earlier are clean, safe and most importantly fun! There is not much of a variety due to space constraints, but the decks are well chosen with slides, ball pit, trampoline, swings etc. The area is very neat with safety floor mats and walls being baby proofed. The staff which comprises of female attendants is quite friendly and do keep an eye on the kids.
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  2. Toy room: There is also a toy room which has a huge collection of toys and books. There is also a feeding chair for babies and a napping area for older kids. The collection includes puzzles, carpenter corner, cars dolls, vegetables, fruits, floor puzzles, electric toys and story books for toddles and children. The toy room also makes up for a TV room with a huge LCD screen.slide4slide5
  3. Kid’s Café: Near the reception area there is kids Café with little chairs and tables, colourful crockery and a fun menu which will make even the fussiest eaters sit down and grab a bite!
  4. The Activity Port is a place for children to get involved in various fun activities managed by different experts from their respective fields. It includes Little Miracles Summer Camp, Taal-Kids in Rhythm workshop, Little Flippers Swim Club and a Pet’s workshop.Prior reservation is necessary

Safety: The play area is quite safe except the slides which are very bouncy and kids tend to bounce and fall. In the toy room, younger kids are to be supervised, due to a large amount of small toys, which is a choking hazard for toddlers.

Hygiene: The whole area including the toy room and play area is very clean. No kids or parents are allowed inside without socks. The restroom is very hygienic and clean with kid sized potty seats and basins.  The whole area is air conditioned.

Staff: The staff comprises of female attendants who are friendly and take care of the kids nicely. There is also an option of keeping your child (older than 4 years) in their care while you finish of your work outside. The only problem I noticed is when the number of kids rises the staff gets overworked, since there are only two attendants.

Other attractions in the mall: E square is a famous mall at university road with movie theatres, restaurants, food court, book store, hotel and also a swimming pool.

Overall is a very good stop for kids to enjoy and have fun!!!


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