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DIY Rapunzel Denim Jacket

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In honor of the premiere of Disney Channel’s Tangled the Series, I wanted to do a disneybound to commemorate the occasion. I often see amazing Rapunzel inspired looks done with a classic purple dress, but I was in the mood for something a little more comfy and casual so I decided to re-purpose an old denim jacket to pair with my Rapunzel leggings. Comfort + Style = WIN!

What you’ll need

  • Old Denim Jacket (If you don’t already have one you’re willing to part with, try your favorite thrift store!)
  • Purple Fabric Dye
  • Yellow Fabric Paint
  • Tangled Golden Sun Template (courtesy of Disney Family, link here)
  • Exact-o Knife
  • Small colorful flowers (optional)

What to do:

  1. If the jacket you’re starting with happens to be white…that’s awesome. Skip ahead to step 2. My jacket was a dark, indigo blue so I had to first bleach the color out. Fill a large bucket with 1 part bleach and 2 parts water and let the jacket soak in the bleach mixture for about 6 hours, stirring occasionally and making sure it is completely submerged. Using gloves, remove the jacket from the bleach, rinse thoroughly, and machine wash.Disney DIY
  2. Follow instructions on the fabric dye packaging. I used Rit Dye in Purple because I think it goes well with the leggings. But if you’re looking for a more exact match in color to Rapunzel’s dress, you may want to check out the Rit studio color library for suggestions on creating custom colors.
  3. Print out the Tangled Golden Sun Template from Disney Family. You can choose to print as-is, or you can blow up the template to a larger size (recommended), depending how large you want the sun to be on the back of your jacket. I printed the template using photo paper because it tends to be more water-resistant and holds up to the paint well. But if you don’t have photo paper on hand, regular cardstock will do in a pinch.Corona Golden Sun Template
  4. Cut along the lines of the template using an exact-o knife to create a stencil. Position the stencil how you’d like it to appear on the back of your jacket (you may want to pin it down to hold it in place…I failed to do this and regretted it later). Using a paint sponge, dab the fabric paint on to the stencil in light layers until you are happy with the result. Let dry.DIY Rapunzel Jacket
  5. My jacket has two pockets on the front, so I decided to adorn one with small flowers that resemble the one’s in Rapunzel’s hair. I had a couple of ideas about how to do this so I decided to share both. The first way is a more temporary one. I found a hair clip with flowers on it that clips right in to the button loop. It is secure, but also removable.FullSizeRenderDIY Rapunzel JacketMy other idea was to use small, silk flowers and glue them to the pocket directly. This option is more permanent, of course, so be sure to lay out the flowers before gluing them down. I ultimately decided to use the clip-on option so if you’re reading this and decide to glue your flowers on, let me know in the comments; I’d love to know how it turned out!DIY Rapunzel Jacket

I’m really happy with the way this came out. So happy, that I plan to do some more denim jackets inspired by the other princesses as well (I’ll be sure to post when I do). And if you end up making your own princess jacket after reading this article, we’d love to see it! Be sure to tag us on social media using #castlecravings!

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