Juliet is a huge Rapunzel fan, so we made this toy together this weekend.
Usually, I get craft inspiration from books, but this time we took our cues from this gorgeous Heather Ross fabric from a pillow in Lucia's nursery.
All you need is a paper towel tube, a toothpick, some pretty paper, and glue or tape. Oh, yes. And glitter. Lots of glitter.
Juliet applied the glue and we wrapped the paper around the tube. Then, we formed the tower roof by tracing a large circle onto a piece of paper and then cutting out a triangle from it. (Then we glued it into a cone.)
While it dried, we fashioned a flag with a toothpick and some paper.
After it dried completely, I cut the window hole with a craft knife. Then Juliet applied the shutters. She also took the opportunity to sprinkle glitter on the roof. (Because it's not really craft time until you dump an entire container of glitter all over the floor.)
My original plan was to make a clothespin Rapunzel doll complete with flowing yarn hair--but we discovered this cardboard cutout from the package of a Tangled toy and thought she fit perfectly.
Aside from the Tangled book that we own, the only other Rapunzel book we've read is Falling For Rapunzel.
I'd love to happen upon a copy of this little golden book version: Rapunzel: Classic Fable by Marianna Mayer. But no luck so far.
If you are looking for some more options, Brimful Curiosities has a great list and detailed reviews of several Rapunzel books.