Twists, Braids & Ponytails -- a Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Quarto Knows sent me this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

I will admit this is not a total craft this week, but it does have some creativity and with the week I have had, this is the best I  could do. Hazel loves having her dolls hair look nice. However she has not really mastered braids or doing hair yet. I got her (and me) this book to get some ideas and learn new tricks to do. It is Twists, Braids, & Ponytails by Joel Benjamin. 

This book is written for real hair, but since Hazel's hair is short currently, we decided to try them on her dolls. I started with trying a fishtail braid. 
The instructions are fairly easy to follow on most of these hairstyles and there are photographs to help. (I do think some would be easier with real hair though.) I also found a few a bit hard to follow. The next one I tried was the multi-twist ponytail because Hazel really wanted one of her dolls to have it.

I did not loosen the twists quite enough to cover the elastics. This is where I think it might be easier with real hair. 

I also tried the halo braid. I did this on Hazel's doll, Barbie, who has very messed up hair and it has layers. This is why it looks a bit messy. The ends of her hair are so bad and I couldn't completely hide them.

Our final hairstyle to share is the inverted braid. I decided to make a bun instead of ponytail at the top.

We have more to try, but this is a good start. How do you like the different styles? Now I can't wait for Hazel to grow out her hair try some of these styles with softer real hair. 

So if you are looking for some new hairstyles to try out on your daughter, yourself, or a doll be sure to check out this book!

Thank you to everyone who shared with us at our last party!! It was full of amazing crafts! Below are some features from the party, but this is just a small sample of great ideas shared! This week we have one group of features. 

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Creative Blog Hop.


1) From The Fogue Abode: A Paper Airplane Themed Baby Shower

2) From The Scrap Shoppe: Vinyl Cross-Stitch Wall Art

3) From Flamingo Toes: Watercolor Floral Flamingo Embroidery Hoop Art

4) From Hello Nature: Ocean Themed Free Printable Lunch Box Notes

5) From Creative of Rainy: Quilled Paper Earrings 

6) From Crafts Unleashed: DIY Embroidery Hoop Wall Organizer

7) From Busy Being Jennifer: DIY Pencil Case Zippy Pouch

Thank you to everyone who shared the last week!! I hope you will share again!! If you are featured here, please feel free to grab a featured button to display proudly on your blog. I would love the help spreading the word about Crafty Weekends!!

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 Please share family friendly crafts here. Just crafts and/or patterns--no recipes, lessons, etc. You can share craft product reviews as well. By linking up here you are giving me permission to share your links and to pin your links. Please follow my Crafty Weekends Feature Pinterest Board to see all the features from these fun link parties!