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How to Braid a Hair Wreath

Wreath Tutorial

I woke up on Solstice morning with the idea of braiding a wreath into Quinn’s hair. I didn’t look for any directions and just went for it. It was a little messier than I would have liked, but it think it turned out pretty well for a first attempt.  This is a great hairstyle for Christmas or Solstice celebrations.


View from the side.

1. Be sure to have your kiddo standing or sitting in a place that you can walk all the way around them.
2. I pulled her bangs back into a ponytail at the spot where I wanted the top of the wreath.
3. I split the ponytail in half and used the 2 sections as two of the 3 starting parts of my braid.
4. I picked up the third braid part from her head to lock in the top there.
5. Visualizing where I wanted the wreath to be, I did a regular French braid down the left side of the wreath, following the curve that I wanted. (a lefty may want to go the other way) I picked up hair on both sides like a regular braid.
6. Once you get to the bottom, only pick up hair from the outside of the wreath (one side). This will keep the unbraided hair in the middle smooth. You can see in the pictures that I didn’t figure this out until I was halfway across.
7. Once you are across the bottom, you will need to braid UP the other side. It’s not really hard, but it feels awkward.
8. Once you get back up to where you started, braid the hair out the rest of the way and put a holder on it.
9. Tuck the braid through the braid in the top to lock it in there. Follow the wreath and tuck it through the braid a few more times until you run out of hair. I think I did a total of three tucks and ran out at the very bottom.
10. When you run out, hide the end with a bobby pin.
11. I finished the bottom with a vertical barrette with a piece of ribbon.
12. As with anything like this, a good shellacking with hairspray will make it last longer.  Her braid lasted through package opening, an hour car ride and 4+ hours of romping with cousins.

If you are feeling extra festive, you can chalk the hair with some green chalk or wire in some holly berries.






I thought that I might be struggling with the thankfulness today, but in reality, I’m not.  I have a wonderful wife, with whom, despite our very different grieving processes, I am still on speaking terms with about 95% of the time.  This is good.  Very good.

I have the cutest, funniest, wise-assiest, smartest, bravest little girl in the world. (who just came out of time-out)  We had Thanksgiving with her at daycare yesterday.  It was the cutest thing ever.  They set their tables up in a big line “thanksgiving style.”  They put little “pilgrim and indian” hats on all the kids.  Ours was the only one smart enough and politically correct enough to remove her hat, rip it in half and eat it.  That’s mah girl!

It’s sort of silly, but I did appreciate them doing the thanksgiving since we aren’t going to one this year.

I took some pics of her this morning in her cute eggplant romper.  I know she is too old to “romp” but the cuteness is too much.

How you doin’?                    Cheesy
How you doin'?A Good Egg

I’m thankful that (despite assorted diagnoses) our extended family is still fairly healthy.

I’m thankful for my job that continues to give me money every two weeks.  As a long-time student, it still astonishes me to not have to wait until the end of the month to get paid.

I am thankful that seemingly I am fertile and have gotten pregnant both times we tried on the second month of trying.

Most of all right now, I am thankful for all of the love and support that all of you have given us over the past week or so.  It has been a terrible ordeal, but your replies and emails and phone calls and text messages have made us feel supported, loved, informed and not alone.  Some of you I had no idea read/still read my journal.  Wow.  My friend at work (sadly, also a member of the dead baby club) recently started reading my journal.  She said that she knew I had the support of some friends online, but she had no idea how fabulous you all are.  You really are and I love you for it.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, if you celebrate it where you are.

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