Little girls love to lose themselves in the magical world of mermaids and you can use this penchant for the enchanted sea during your next craft time. Whether you are entertaining the grandkids for a weekend, hosting your daughter's birthday party or looking for an after-school activity for young girls, this mermaid craft will engage any girl and the results will be more impressive than a simple colouring page or cutout. Gather a few supplies from the craft store or raid your fabric scraps to get started!
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Things you need
- Mermaid template
- 4-inch by 4-inch pieces of felt, green and skin-coloured
- Craft knife
- 2 small seashells
- Black marker
Print out a mermaid template from a website (see Resources), or if you are comfortable, just draw one freehand. Cut out the template or drawing and position it on the piece of green felt. Lightly trace around the edge of only the tail portion of the mermaid template and cut it out. You can also cut around the template with a craft knife and skip the tracing if you are confident in your craft knife skills.
Place the template over the skin-coloured piece of felt and trace the head, arms and torso of the mermaid. Cut this out, leaving an extra ¼ inch on the bottom of the torso. Use the side with the pencil marks as the back of the mermaid.
Glue the tail to the mermaid torso, using the extra bit of felt on the torso to overlap. Glue small seashells onto the torso for the mermaid's outfit.
Cut the yarn into small strings and glue them onto the mermaid's head as hair. The yarn can be whatever colour and whatever length you desire. Draw a face on the mermaid with the black marker. If you have little crafting jewels, these will work for giving her sparkling eyes.
Tips and warnings
- Craft stores often sell small seashells or fake seashells that can be used for the mermaid's seashell bra. Sometimes shell-shaped beads or buttons are available, too. Simply draw the seashells on with a marker if you don't have access to shells or beads.
- Older children will be able to cut the felt themselves, but for small children, cut out the torsos and tails ahead of time and let them glue the accessories on.
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