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We found this idea in a book we got at the library called Crafts From Your Favorite Fairy Tales, by Kathy Ross and Vicky Enright. It’s an adorable book and has some cute craft ideas that my daughter truly adored.
Today I will show you how to make the Rapunzel Tower project from this book. What I love about it is that is incorporates and educational concept, but is also crafty and adorable for princess loving kids.
How to Make the Rapunzel’s Tower Pulley Simple Machine
An empty paper towel tube or wrapping paper tube
Start the project with your paper towel tube. Paint it whatever color you would like- my daughter chose purple, of course! This is totally unnecessary, but makes it a lot cuter. You could paint it to look like bricks on a tower, too.
Cut the top to look like the top of a castle. Also, cut out a window for Rapunzel’s face.
How to Make the the Braid Pulley System
Now that your tower is decorated, you can start on the pulley simple machine part.
Cut 10 pieces of yellow yarn, (3x the length of the paper towel tube). Fold them in half and knot the top- leaving a little loop at the top of the knot. Braid it and tie a small piece of yarn around the bottom of the braid to secure it.