- Arts and Design
Fun Mermaid Crafts for Kids and Adults
Get Crafty with Mermaids
We've got a whole mermaid crafting day ahead of us! I have been trying out, crafting and searching for the fun mermaid craft ideas and free printables to keep you busy for the whole day!
I love fantasy creatures and mermaids are in my top 5! It was so fun making these crafts and I still have so many other ideas to share with you (just need to get to the craft store first).
Hope you will enjoy my creations and creations of others and if you have a project or idea of your own feel free to share it in the comments at the end of this page.
Photos on this page are taken by me unless stated otherwise.
Mermaid Paper Doll - Make a photo story!
I was so happy to found this paper doll by Phee Mcfaddell who's kind enough to share all of her fantasy creations for free (paper dolls and magical coloring pages)! You can get this paper doll pre-colored (as I did) or blank black and white which kids can color (how awesome is that?). It was easy to assemble and she looks great as you can see on the picture I took.
It would be super fun if the kids would color their own mermaids, you help them assemble them and you can all make a photo story with them. You could also glue the doll on the stick and have the kids play with it.
More Paper Doll Projects
- Art Doll Templates
Instruction page on how to make a paper doll. Free template to print and cut out dolls parts. Use rubber stamps to decorate this 9 inch doll. Works with all my 0.75" to 1 inch faces on my rubber stamping theme sheets.
Mosaic Fun for Kids
I remember I loved making mosaics as a kid. I would use small pieces of paper and glue them on cardboard to make my masterpieces. You can make an outline of the mermaid and have the kids do the mosaic...
...or you could get a mosaic kit that already has a template and foamy mosaic pieces.
For the little ones
I am sure you will agree kids love mess! And what's more messy than finger painting?
These sea princeses are actually quite easy to make. You can help out by tracing a silhuette on the paper before kids start their crafting magic.
Make them do the hair and tail first. For the hair they can use the whole hands. I chose the red color as my favourite sea dweller is Ariel, but the options are limitless. Let them continue with the tail using their fingerprints only. Mine was green but it will look awesome in other colors too (blue, pink, yellow...).
When the "fingerworks" are done, color the head and the torso with pink or other skin type color.
When the paint dries you can start adding the finishing touches. I am lucky to have large golden sequin seashells which I used as a bra, but the picture will look great even if they are drawn (or you could use real seashells). You can also use glitter glue to add some magic.
Make a mermaid crown! - Free template!
I just love this one! It makes a great costume prop or a fun activity for kids! Print out the template and have the kids decorate their own crowns!
Get the template at Genevieve Gail (photo used with permission)
Mermaid Origami Instructions and Diagrams - Tutorials for kids and adults
If you or your kid enjoys the art of origami here is a selection of instructions which will help you make your perfect mermaid.
- Mermaid origami diagram
This site is not in English but the tutorial has very clear images so it is super easy to follow. When on site click the PDF image (in the right corner of the table) to get the free instructions.
Fun shoe box project - Under the sea
If you love shoes as much as I do you probably have a shoe box or two available. Why not have your kids do some crafting!
To make this project you will need to paint or use colorful cardboard paper on the inside of the box. Make little cardboard mermaids (I freehanded them) and have the kids color them as they see fit.
Start adding the details into the box to make an ocean scene. Use thread to have things swim in the water.
The more fun crafting supplies the kids have available the better! They will let their imagination run wild as they will be making sea weeds, coloring seashells, cutting out fishes, maybe even add a treasure chest full of rhinestones...