Rapunzel, Rapunzel…

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Emily has been asking me since yesterday if we could please make this craft found in the lovely book Crafts From Your Favorite Fairy Tales by Kathy Ross. This was one of the first books Emily borrowed from the library with her new library card! When she plays with toys like this, she does this funny falsetto voice to go along with them. I was in the kitchen when I heard this teeny tiny high-pitched voice say, “Emily, can you pull my hair back into the tower? It’s going to rain, and I don’t want it to get all wet!”.

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 To make your own Rapunzel tower, you will need: yarn for hair, string, a paper towel roll, construction paper for the face, scissors, crayons, and a bit of glue.
Cut the top of the paper towel roll as shown, and cut out a window near the top of the roll too.
While I was cutting the paper towel roll, Emily got to work on drawing a face for Rapunzel.
We cut out the face, and glued it to the inside bottom and side of the window. I braided some yarn for hair, and looped a piece of string around the top of the braid as shown. Run the string through the inside of the window and down to the bottom of the roll. Tie the bottom of the string to the bottom of the braid.
Now… play! Rapunzel….. Rapunzel, let down your hair!!

I love crafts that go along with stories like this, and since it uses recyclables…. even better! The fact that she enjoyed playing with Rapunzel long after the craft was completed, made this just about everything a craft project should be!


  1. I love that idea, I am gonna look for that book our next trip to the library Thanx!!

  2. Melissa @ A Child at Play says

    My little girl would love this, thanks for the great idea.

  3. MaryAnne says

    Great craft – that sounds like a neat book!

  4. Booklover1212 says

    GREAT craft Valerie! I'm going to see if our library has that book now!

    ~ Jennifer

  5. Oh, I love that! I'll have to check out that book too.

  6. That is SO cute! 🙂

  7. Multiple personalities.. says

    Oh wow, that is great! It's amazing what can be done with something as simple as paper towel rolls. Thanks for sharing this! It was lovely to see you on my blog today… 🙂

  8. Amy's Stocking Stuffers says

    That is too cute for words! I will definitely see if our library has that book. Thanks!

  9. Myztic@FunWithMama says

    oh this is so cute!!! i put it on my wishlist on amazon

  10. silverhartgirl says

    i love that idea, very creative.

  11. Infant Bibliophile says

    Very cute!

    I left an award for you on my blog (http://infantbibliophile.blogspot.com).

  12. Mama King says

    I just love that you can let down Rapunzel's hair!

  13. This is so cool. I don't know if my younger children are familiar with this story. I don't think we have the book so I'll have to check one out and see if the little girls want to make one.

  14. Adorable!