1. Hey, guys! Remember back when I did this photoshoot and promised I’d share a tutorial of how I did the pretty braided bun in Taryn’s hair? If you don’t, that’s okay, because I forgot about it, too. *facepalm* I was actually looking through my photo library in search of something else and then found the pictures for the tutorial! I love this Dutch braided bun – it’s so elegant and fancy but not hard at all!

Can I interrupt myself for a minute?

I just want to say that I’m working on my AGSM and should have the trailer up soon! I’ve just run into some… problems. In addition to the terrible lighting outside whenever I try to stop motion, the spring winds are upon us – or should I say, heavily upon my dolls. They have all had multiple face plants with the concrete. Now their faces and other parts of their bodies are all obviously scratched. It’s really hard for me not to get frustrated and upset – even my beautiful new Taryn now has obvious scuffs and scratches on her face and hands and it’s very, very sad. :(

I’m thinking about sending Josefina to the doll hospital, even, but I’m not sure because of recent rumors about squishy vinyl. I’m really trying to get the trailer up as soon as I can, though. I shall overcome. ?

Also, I have quite a few comments I haven’t replied to – I’ll be replying to everything very soon! I just have to post this right now, go finish something and stop motion before my lighting is gone, and be right back to reply to everything. ;) I love you guys’ comments and messages so much! ❤️

Okay, now that the update is over, back to the tutorial!

Step 1. Separate your doll’s hair into two sections and make a Dutch braid on either side of her head.

If you do not know how to Dutch braid, check out Jessica’s lovely picture-by-picture tutorial at her blog American Girl Fan – that’s where I learned it! She explains it much better than I could… ? You’ll need to make one Dutch braid on either side of your doll’s head.

If they turn out all wacky like the picture above, that’s perfect! You’re going to be positioning them in a wacky shape later, so that’s all the more convenient.

2. Take the left braid and curl it up, securing with bobby pins.

You’re going to want to scoop it around the bottom of her wig like picture above, then curling up and over as to where just barely touches the other braid. Be sure to bobby pin it so it is secure.

Pro tip: Use bobby pins that match your doll’s hair color.

3. Take the right braid and scoop it under the left braid, curling the end over it as pictured above. Bobby pin it very securely. Curl both of the tuft-ends so they touch together like shown, then bobby-pin where they touch.

You will most likely need to use more bobby pins this time as the tuft end of the left braid is reaching over the other right braid. Be sure the end of the two tufts touch together like shown above. Then use one bobby pin to secure each of them down where they touch.

4. Add accessory in back.

There are two ways you can accessorize; using a big flower / bow clip in the back will hid the empty space the two tuft ends form. I usually clip it to the tufts (which is why it’s important to secure their ends).

Doesn’t it look so pretty?!

5. Add accessory in front.

If you do not mind the empty space the two tufts form in the back, adding a smaller flower clip in the front is a gorgeous way to top off this elegant style. It’s personally my favorite way to accessorize it!

Pro tip: Choose a flower / bow clip that matches another color in your doll’s outfit, and then choose earrings in that color, too!

DOESN’T TARYN LOOK SO PRETTY?! She really rocks this style. Her dream job is to be the business owner of a sky-rocketing Christian business, and this really screams productive-business-owner-classy-lady-ish to me. ?

Aww! Snowy wanted to jump in and get some attention, too. Taryn thinks he is very adorable. Don’t you? ?

See all of Taryn’s photoshoot with this hairstyle here!

Taryn was wearing the shirt I got from my party favors from my 13th birthday party at the American Girl store Dallas. I was making a mini stop motion of her holding up the doll-sized birthday balloon (also a party favor) for my Texas BFF’s birthday on February 3rd! I turned it into a doll gif, which gave me a neat post idea for American Girl doll gifs. (Thou shalt not steal my post idea). ;)

Taryn hopes you will try out this style! If you do, I would seriously LOVE to see a picture! Email me at madison[at]powerofGOD[dot]com!

Also, I’m still working on her profile. Hehehe. ? And also the ones of my two newest dolls *claps hand over mouth* Oops, did I say two?! I meant… K.C. and the doll I ordered from eBay – I mean, uh, oh dear! Me and my big mouth!

Uhh, forget I said anything! Neither of them – oops, I did it again – will be introduced until after my AGSM movie, so thou shalt thinketh no more of them. *shoos you* Go try the style and send me a picture! ;)

Have a wonderful day, everyone! I love and appreciate you guys so much!  I pray daily for anyone who sends me prayer requests – if you need prayer for anything, I’d love to pray with you and for you!

Much, much love,