Fun Fake Costume HairJune 25, 2012 4:05 am Craft Trends, Crafts, Green Crafting, Halloween, Kid's Crafts, Seasons, Summer, Techniques and Mediums
By Kid’s Crafts Contributor Stephanie, from the Blog Geek with Glasses.
Faire season is in full swing and costumes are a fun way to enjoy an event. We attend Fairy Festivals, Renaissance Faires and Pirate Festivals. The one thing you need is a good costume. Last year at one of the events the little one spied these hair ties for fairy costumes that had sparkles, wool dreadlocks and multi colored yarns. She is getting ready for this year’s Fairy Day event and needs a great hair piece. We decided that we could make them without too much trouble. These are also great for anyone going for the Cap’n Jack look from Pirates of the Caribbean or even for the Beach look.
The technique is very simple. It’s wet felting. All you have to do is take a bit of wet wool roving fold it over the pony tie and roll it in your hands back and forth.
Continue to roll it and every once in a while dip it back in the soapy water, squeeze the water out and roll it some more. Now you have made a dreadlock and it’s attached tight to the pony tie. At this point add as many as you like to the pony tie, using the wet/rolling technique.
Give them all one last squeeze and let them dry. Next tie on the decorative yarns and strings as you like. If you want a pirate look, like in the movies, add beads to the dreadlocks.
If you are making these for little ones that do not have enough hair for a pony tie or boys who may not want a girl pony tie to ruin their tough Pirate image, there are all types of hair clips that the dreadlocks can be hot glued to. To wear those, lift a hunk of hair from the top of the head, hold it up and insert the clip, then cover the clip with the real hunk of hair. It makes the dreadlocks look like they are really growing out from the underneath part of the hair.
If you want them to look very real try and match the wool color to the hair color. It’s ok if it’s off a shade or so, because real dreadlocks always seem to look just a little darker than the real hair, I think anyways. Matching hair colors will make for a great pirate or islander look.
Mothers BEWARE - if you let young children wear hair pieces outside of the faire or Halloween, you may get “those” looks. You know those looks – the “I can’t believe that Mother left her child do that to their hair” look. Just warning you. But the Kids LOVE them. Enjoy!