Last week I showed you how to create your tower area of this DIY Rapunzel Tower. Now I’m going to show you how to create the top and add the extra features to finish your project; moss and Rapunzel’s braid.
You will be using most of the same supplies as last week.
- paint — purple, dark grey, and Bambi brown (tan)
- Ground cover (moss)
- Embroidery thread
- cardstock paper — 2 pages
- clay working tool and exacto knife
- hot glue gun
For the embroidery thread, you can see the numbers for the colors I used above. I used size 5 which is 27 yards.
Let’s get started!
First, take your two pieces of cardstock, stacked on top of each other, and roll into a cone. Tape your cone off with masking tape and level out the open end so it is similar to the one in the photo below.
This will give you a sturdy form to put your clay on. Cover entirely in clay and let dry. Remember when working with paperclay to keep water nearby and use the water to help blend the clay. This could take up to two days to dry completely.
If you wish to take the time to cut shingles into the roof, have fun. I originally intended to do so myself, but I was on a time schedule and knew that cutting shingles in would take at least two extra days.
“But why do I have to let it dry before moving on?”
If it isn’t dry, you take the risk of smushing your cone. It will be much easier to work with once dry as you can hold onto it firmly without fear of ruining the work you’ve done.
To attach the cone to your tower, roll out a long “rope” of clay. Center your cone on the top of your tower and lay the clay rope around the base of the cone. Work the clay out, blending it onto both the cone and the tower.
I had already blended my clay rope out and had started adding the roof overhang before I remembered to take a picture. Don’t worry if you can still see the top of your container after you’ve attached your cone. It will get covered up when you do the overhang.
I flattened out some circular shaped pieces of clay and attached them to the top, blending the top of the new piece onto the cone.
Don’t worry if the edge of the overhang isn’t nice and even. Remember that this tower has been standing for who knows how long. It’s not brand new. It should look like it’s been exposed to the elements.
Let your overhang pieces dry completely. You’re almost done with the claywork. Yay! Use some small pieces of clay, rolled into ropes, to put underneath the overhang, where the tower meets the roof.
This will ensure that you can no longer see the container you used at the top of the tower. Don’t worry about having to blend the clay over the area you have already painted. You can repaint once it’s dry.
All that is left to do with the clay is the mini tower room (if you choose to have one) and the chimney. My mini tower room was made of a solid piece of clay that I rolled into a short cylinder. Use water to attach and help blend onto the roof. Shape a cone and attach to the cylinder. Create an overhang. You can see my completed mini tower below.
I designed my chimney, inspired by the concept art I mentioned last week, by creating another cylinder. I attached the bottom to the roof then used my clay tool to work a hole into the top. Next I took my exacto knife and carefully cut out the notches. Again, you can see the finished product in the photo below.
Let everything dry completely, then paint your roof. I used the dark grey for the chimney. Paint under the overhang as well.
Now it’s time to heat up your hot glue gun and start attaching your moss.
To make your braid, open the thread up so you have a circle of thread. Find the end of the thread and cut through all the threads there. You should now have a long strand of many threads. Fold this in half and cut all the threads again. Do this with the other two colors as well.
Lay your thread out and start mixing the colors, pulling a few strands of each until you have one bundle of thread, colors mixed together. I chose to use three different colors so it would look more realistic. Look at any head of hair and you will notice the subtle natural highlights. Using just one color didn’t seem right.
Make sure all the loose ends of thread are even on one end. Pull an individual thread out and tie it around the bundle, about 1/3 of an inch from end, securing your bundle.
If needed, trim your ending to make the threads even. Cut off excess thread from your knot but don’t throw away.
Start braiding! Stop your braid before any shorter ends start to stick out. Use the excess thread from securing the top to tie off the bottom of the braid.
You can trim the ends up a little if you have some threads that are a lot longer. You don’t want to even out the entire end as that wouldn’t look very realistic.
I used hot glue to attach the top of the braid to the tower window.
That’s it! You now have your very own Rapunzel tower!
Let me know how it turned out or if you have any suggestions to make the process easier.
Below is a 360 degree look at my finished tower.