DIY: Create a Disney Princess Bun Inspired by the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique

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We’re headed to Disneyland in a few weeks for Calvin’s first trip to the parks. It will be Eva’s second trip, but the first since she was old enough to walk on her own, so she’s pretty excited. I know that not everyone likes to take their kids when they’re this little, but I know she’s going to love it so much!

I wanted to add something special to our trip, so we looked into the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, which is a little beauty parlor in Fantasyland where girls and boys can get the royal treatment (glitterizing and such). I’ve seen girls around the parks who had been to the boutique and always thought it was going to be so fun when our kids were old enough.

Turns out, it starts at $55. Yikes! That’s just for hair, accessories, and makeup (which I’m not crazy about for the two year old). The princess dresses and all of that are extra, which is fine because Eva will be packing her own, so I couldn’t really stomach the thought of spending that much money on a hairstyle she wouldn’t remember getting (since a big part of the price is the pampering and princess treatment). I’m not saying that we’ll never do it, but I don’t think it’s one of the things that makes sense for our family when our kids are so little. Plus, I wondered if we could do it ourselves?

We did!

Here’s the secret weapon:


Sock bun! Take a sock (smaller the better if you’re dealing with toddler hair like we are). Cut the toe off and roll it up into a sock donut.


Get your kid’s hair wet and apply mousse throughout. Pull it into a high, tight ponytail and then slick it into a big spike. Take a photo of your kid’s panicked face since she thinks you just lost your mind.


This is the tricky part…or rather, this seems tricky but it’s not tricky at all. Take the sock donut, place it at the top of the spike (ring toss style), and start rolling the hair over it so that the hair is coming up the middle of the donut and rolling back down over the sides. Don’t worry about covering the donut completely as you roll – I usually roll it in two sections and then spread it out later. As you roll, it might start to get a little loose and crazy, but you can gently pull up on the donut and the hair will tighten around it so you can keep rolling. By the time you get to the bottom, it should be tight with all the hair rolled consistently. Then you can spread it out so the donut is covered. Add a little glitter if you want and use hairspray to set.

(Was that wildly confusing? Try this sock bun tutorial from Hopeful Honey.)



Isn’t she cute? We don’t have all the fun princess accessories that the Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique gives you, but we can probably find a little something at the local kid store (I bet $55 buys you a lot of clips and tiaras.) The next time I do it, I think I’ll use multicolored glitter or maybe a glitter hair spray. I grabbed the closest thing – Christmas glitter – and it’s a little gold and chunky for my taste. Eva didn’t mind.



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  • Reply Nicole

    You can buy the mini tiara and Mickey hair pin that they use in the shops at disney. At least they sell them at disney world. I’m sure they have them at land. 🙂

    January 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm
  • Reply Hope at Disneyland

    She’s so cute! I think she looks just like the girls that come out of BBB. Great job!!

    Try the 99 cent store for princess accessories. They usually have some Disney licensed tiara’s and wands there. If not, you can definitely pick them up at Disneyland either at the real BBB or Disney Studio 365. In fact, since BBB is very pricey, you may want to consider an alternative and check out Disney Studio 365 in Downtown Disney. We got Nerissa glammed up there for her Bachelorette 3 years ago and it was only like $35 or so (maybe less with our AP discount). They have a few looks like “Rock Star”, “Pirate Princess”, etc and they include the accessories. I think Nerissa went for the Pirate Princess look and it came with her choice of colored hair extensions and of course lots and lots of glitter hairspray and a light application of blush and face stickers. Mindy and I even got pixiedusted at the end with some talc glitter. It was fun. 😀

    January 13, 2014 at 6:39 pm
  • Reply Paul Y.

    so beauty Snow White princess!!!your daughter must have a great day.

    June 17, 2016 at 3:17 am
  • Reply Tyrone

    Oh!!! my snow white, where is your prince

    June 21, 2016 at 7:17 pm
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