It may have started with Ariel over 20 years ago, but the mermaid craze is still going strong. These mythical sea-dwelling creatures are all about magic, beauty, and fun. It seems a lot of kids have at least a smidgen of mermaid obsession, and you can indulge that fantasy in the best possible way. We’re not talking about a trip to Ariel’s underwater palace, but more like a trip down the craft aisle. These mermaid crafts are a fun way to keep kids creative.
Best for preschool age kids and up, this clothespin craft is fun to both make and play with. You can make it easier for the tiniest fingers by cutting out the felt pieces ahead of time and letting your littles take care of the gluing and decorating. You could use a hot glue gun to make sure the mermaids are sturdy enough for playtime, but white school glue will also work. And as a note of caution, be careful with that glitter—it gets everywhere.
Get the directions here with Views From a Step Stool.
This simple mermaid craft won’t make a mess, and it gives kids something fun to spark imaginative playtime later in the day. It’s been used for sea-themed birthday parties and relaxing days at home. You’ll need dowel rods, ribbon, and foam sheets (the glitter ones are best). This tutorial from Simple Mom Project even includes printable seashell and trident templates.
Get the directions here with Simple Mom Project.
Polka Dot Mermaid Tail
Even your toddler can have fun with this easy (and affordable) mermaid craft. All you need is colored paper, a paperplate, polka dot color coding labels, and either glue or a stapler. The polka dot labels are great, because there’s no need to mess with glue. They’re just like stickers, and what kid doesn’t love stickers? If you don’t feel like going to Dollar Tree for the polka dot labels, you can cut out your own circles and let your kids glue them down with a glue stick.
Get the directions here with Glued to My Crafts.
Egg Carton Mermaid Dolls
If you’re looking for a mermaid craft that’s a little more involved for your older kids, try out these egg carton mermaid dolls. You’ll need to think ahead and save at least one old egg carton (more if you have more than one crafter). Cut up the cartons yourself, or if your kids are skilled with scissors, let them handle that job. You can use paint or markers, and you’ll also need string and an empty toilet paper roll.
Get the directions here with Art Camp Studio.
Mermaid Tail Suncatcher
Suncatchers are always a fun craft for kids to make. They get a sense of pride when you stick them to the windows for everyone to see. The best part is, they’re a lot easier to make than they look. Tissue paper and sugar glue are the key components to this craft. You can make your own sugar glue using flour, sugar, vegetable oil, and water. It’s fun to make and dries clear.
Get the directions here with Kids Activities Blog.