After letting Abi's hair rest for a week, here's what I spent all weekend doing! (Abi's going through the 4yo phase of smiling a REALLY weird grimace for the camera, made even more fun by the fact that she isn't quite sure where the camera is.)
Here's the "before" pic. Her hair is a little over 2" long, but not quite 3".
All weekend, we braided and braided and braided. Hubby helped, bless his heart, since crafty things are not his forte. I put the braids into her hair (the hard part) and he helped with simply braiding length into the yarn and putting on beads. Curly made noises about learning how to braid, so she could help, but she got distracted before I could teach her. In the future maybe we'll have Team Braid sessions. ;)
She spent most of the weekend looking like this, with clips holding her hair into parts, and half-finished braids tied in loopy knots all over her head.
Finally, we finished this morning, and she loves it! "Mommy, my hair is pretty!"
Note to those who have asked about how to braid hair this way: I followed this YouTube video. And this time I added beads before I tied the knot in the end. Uhm... that's about it. :)