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Princess Leia Buns

Today I offer you: DIY Princess Leia buns! But before you get the wrong idea, let me be clear: these buns are not just for young children. I know this to be true because I made them. And I happen to be wearing them right now.


The force (and a little yarn and glue) is with me. Let me show you the way young Jedi…

When I was a kid, I was Princess Leia for Halloween… several years in a row. It was an easy go-to for my mom. She’d simply wrap my very long, very thick hair around itself forming perfectly plump cinnamon buns. Well, I don’t have that kind of hair anymore. Nor do I have the time or patience my mom had. It also turns out that my little one has short-ish, superfine hair. Attempts at plump buns end up looking like tiny figs.

So I made this. A headband.


Smalls, now 4, is performing as Princess Leia in Grease Meets Star Wars this weekend. I know. I thought it sounded weird too. But then I thought, OK, way to turn Star Wars into a musical and gets the boys involved so I’ll go with it. Now I am giddy with the anticipation of watching Smalls sing Hopelessly Devoted to You as Princess Leia…. her round face flanked by these ridonculous cinnamon buns.

Here’s how I did it:


DIY Princess Leia Buns



  • brown yarn
  • hair donuts (see above– the cylindrical kind that snap!)
  • scissors
  • headband
  • glue gun


Starting at one end, wrap yarn around the headband. Dab small dots of glue on the inside of the headband as you go to secure. Remember: A little glue goes a long way. No one wants a set of sloppy buns.


Take 3 arm spans of yarn and wrap the three strands around the opened donut (cylinder). Dab hot glue as you go to keep yarn in place. Continue to cut arm spans of three until you’ve reached the other end.


Once it’s covered in yarn, tuck in loose ends, glue to secure.


Snap closed to form a circle.


Take 10 arms length strands. Wrap the loose ends into itself and dab glue as you continue to cover the donut hole.


I like a nice criss cross over the hole. Tie and tuck in loose ends and glue to secure.


Apply glue to headband and and stick buns to it. Hold until dry, which takes just a few minutes.


Congrats! Your buns are done! Alert the galaxy!


Now that you are well-coiffed, enjoy your Star Wars convention or your Star Wars musical or your Star Wars theme party or your regular day at the office. Or simply put them on your belly and let your baby listen to the Star Wars theme song. Whatever you do, use the force. It is strong with these buns.

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