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Like just about every other girl these days, my granddaughter wants to be Princess Elsa from “Frozen” this year. It seems to be the most popular costume of the year! After MUCH searching, I finally found her the costume for a reasonable price.  But I wanted to do something fun with her hair.

So, after a quick search around Pinterest, I decided to make her this adorable headband-style Elsa braid.

I started off with a trip to the craft store – this is a very low-cost project.  I think I spent about $5 total since I had a 40% off coupon.  All you need is a skein of yarn, a bit of ribbon, and a handful of foam snowflake stickers.  

Elsa Braid Supplies

The next step was to determine how long I wanted the Elsa braid to be. Luckily, I had a box that was about the right size.  Initially, I thought 4 feet long would be plenty for an Elsa braid, so I started wrapping it shortways around the box.  But I underestimated how much the braiding would shorten it.  So I started again, wrapping the strands lengthwise instead.  The box was 3 feet tall, so when cut in half, I would end up with a 6 foot length.  

Elsa Braid Wrapping Sample

You want a nice fat braid, so I allowed for 25 strands for each section of the braid, so I did a total of 75 wraps.   


Then while holding one edge, I cut along the top edge to give me a total of 75 6-foot long strands.

Cutting the Yarn
Sorry for the blurry picture – it’s hard to cut, hold, and take a photo with only 2 hands!

After cutting, I tied the yarn into a big knot to hold it together on one end.  At this point, there was a brief pause while I remembered that I only have boys and therefore have extremely limited experience with braiding hair.  I found a few great tutorials on YouTube (where else!) that showed me a few basic braiding techniques.

Braiding Photo
You want to keep the braid as flat as possible.

After I finished the Elsa braid, I tied the end with a little bit of blue ribbon and trimmed the yarn ends straight. Then I went back to the other end, untied the knot, and finished the braid on that end, braiding UNDER instead of over, so it would match the other portion.  And then trimmed up the ends.

CLICK NEXT to see the finished product modeled by my cute little neighbor girl.

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