Are you ready to make a DIY Rapunzel Costume! We love sewing costumes (especially princess costumes) over here at Peek-a-Boo Pages. You’ll notice on our blog and website that we have free diy patterns for Cinderella, Elsa, Belle, and more……
But the princesses just keep coming. After a few weeks of begging I finally caved and sewed Anne this costume for wearing around the house and playtime. This costume would also be perfect diy idea for Halloween.
This dress was made out of woven fabric. I’m also going to show you a second way to make Rapunzel today – you can use our Practical Princess Pattern, explained below to make this out of knit fabric. This dress is perfect for an Occasion like Halloween or just for playtime around the house.
Make Your Own DIY Rapunzel Costume Method 1
Well, I guess costumes aren’t just for Halloween. Anne has informed me many times that she’s the “greatest princess in the land” so naturally she wears a costume almost daily. And yes she’s wearing Belle socks:) Princess socks are part of her daily uniform. Thank you Target dollar aisle!
This costume was so easy and I sewed it up in one evening with one yard of fabric. You definitely can do more embellishing to add something but I really wanted to keep it simple ( I didn’t even bother with something special for all that long hair). I intentionally made this dress nice and roomy so she can get several years use out of it.
Materials to Make Rapunzel from Tangled
If you need to make a costume for Rapunzel for the princess in your house then here’s what you’ll need to get started:
- Basic Peasant Dress Pattern: To make Rapunzel you need a basic peasant dress pattern. I used the Perfect Peasant Dress from my pattern shop. I started with the size 5 for my 3 year old so she could easily get it on/off herself and be able to wear it for several years. I lengthened the bodice by 4″ so it would hit at the waist and then cut the front piece into a center and 2 side panels (remember to add seam allowances!)
- Tulle: To embellish the bodice I laid down a piece of purple shimmer tulle from my stash.
- Pink Ribbon: After I embellished the bodice I laid down some pink ribbon in a criss-cross pattern. Baste together around all edges
DIY Rapunzel Costume Instructions
Piece together the rest of the bodice for the costume gown
For each I just topstitched on 6 strips of ribbon.
The pattern I used has an elastic casing at the waist but for this dress I shirred the back panel instead starting at the costumes armhole line and working my way down. Need help shirring? See my tips here
To finish the dress I just continued with the rest of the pattern instructions. The only change I made was to add a layer of my purple sparkle tulle on top of the costumes skirt before attaching it to the bodice.
There you have it – I basically just took the Peasant Dress and added a few embellishments to get it looking like a gown for Rapunzel.
Another Way to Make Rapunzel Halloween Costumes
I hope you enjoyed that quick tutorial on how to make your daughter into Rapunzel for Halloween or any time of the year. Before you leave, I just wanted to share one more way that you could make a costume for Rapunzel or one for about any other princess – with our Practical Princess Costume.
We released this pattern sometime after I made the tutorial above and, as you can see below, I made Anne a new Rapunzel dress out of knit fabric.
The Practical Princess can help create a number of different dresses and tops inspired by your favorite characters. It’s great since it can be made out of knit fabric – it’s perfect for Halloween or playtime and far more comfortable than the dress0up option above. The practical Princess includes the following options:
- Bodice Pattern: Basic or Corset/Embellished
- Skirt: Peplum or Dress length
- Sleeves: Puff Sleeves, Gathered Sleeves in short, 3/4 or long length or Sleeveless
- Optional Apron
Our customers have used it to make a ton of different Disney characters – Rapunzel, Snow White, Cinderella dress, Sleeping Beauty, Merida, Belle, Ariel, Elsa & Anna, and more! Nikki says, “So many options and so easy to follow! I love every pattern that I have ordered from Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop. This pattern has so many different options!!! It is perfect! I’m so glad that I purchased it! I was able to use it for each of my daughter’s different Halloween Costumes.”
How can I make a Rapunzel wig for the costume?
To make a Rapunzel wig for your DIY costume, you can use yellow yarn or synthetic hair extensions. Start by attaching the strands to a beanie or wig cap using hot glue or sewing them on. Then, style the hair into Rapunzel's iconic long braid using ribbons or hair ties.
Rapunzel Hair Tutorials
We gave you the basics above, but be advised - doing hair isn’t our thing at Peek-a-Boo....but we have to admit that hair is a pretty important part of Rapunzel’s costume. While I wouldn’t think fake hair would be necessary for a homemade costume you use around the house, you might want to add something for the hair if you’re making this costume for Halloween and don't have the real hair to pull it off.
With that in mind, here is a fun DIY Rapunzel Hair Wig from Tulle: This hair is made out of braided tulle. This is a unique and inexpensive idea to add hair to the costume. Here's another idea of how to make Rapunzel Hair from Yarn. Search Pinterest for more fun ideas from various creators.
I hope you enjoyed the DIY Rapunzel Costume. Be sure to look through the rest of our DIY costume section too although you'll have to come up with the Flynn Rider costume on your own! Also, be sure to join our sewing community in the Peek-a-Boo Pattern Shop Facebook Group. Happy Sewing 🙂