Our little neighbour LOVES mermaids, so we wanted to make some gigantic ones! We combined beach treasures with body tracing for a project that is easy for each child to personalize. Materials Thicker paper (e.g., bristol board) Cardboard* Pencil/eraser Acrylic paint in various skin tones Paintbrushes Cupcake liners Glue gun/glue sticks Beach finds (shells, driftwood, beach glass) Chenille sticks Scissors Felt Gems, buttons etc. Canvas (optional) * We learned from @handywithscissors that IKEA cardboard is bit thinner and therefore easier to cut. Gosh, connecting on the internet is handy! We always find these items helpful too: Smock Craft tray Directions Lay with your upper body on a bristol board sheet or cardboard. Have an adult trace around you. Our daughter wanted to make her head out of a canvas board, but you can easily trace around your head too. Carefully cut it out. Don your smock. We usually paint on a craft tray, but as this project is a bit larger, our daughter placed the components on a scrap of paper and painted them to match the colour of our her skin tone. You might find mixing various skin tones works to get your desired shade. Allow to dry. Sketch your tail on cardboard (we used cardboard as we wanted something sturdy that would hold all the cupcake liner “scales”). Be sure to make the width of your tail at the top match the width of your waist. As with all projects, sketch lightly at first to allow for modifications and then go over it with a darker line if that is easier for you to see. Carefully cut out your tail. You may need a bit of help with this part as cardboard it sometimes tricky to cut out. Paint your tail if you like- this fills in any gaps that might exist within your scales. Fold your cupcake liners in half and paint them if you like. Allow to dry. Glue your liners, layering them (it is easier to start at the bottom) all over your tail. Flip your tail over, fold the edges and glue them down. This will give your tail shape. Cut out a top for yourself. We used felt, but you could use paper, fabric etc. Decorate it as you like. We always recommend that you manipulate your pieces, experimenting with them prior to starting to glue. Glue your tail onto your body. Our daughter covered up the segment where the pieces attached with a driftwood belt. Add any details or accessories as your may like- for example a seashell crown, jewellery and/or wand. Create your face and hair. Want to save this idea? Purpose Working on projects of various scales. Incorporating nature into creating. Safety Notes We suggest that you wear a smock and use a craft tray to protect your clothing and surfaces. Use scissors with care and direct, adult supervision. Small items such as beads, shells and buttons can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths. Please like & share: 10 Responses Tara August 1, 2019 Could you use tempura paint for this project? Or would it not work as well with the hot glue? Reply Bonnie Scorer August 1, 2019 I think it would work well. If you find that it is not getting good coverage on the paper/ cardboard, we often find that adding a little bit of white seems to help! We are over on Instagram and if you are too- please tag us if you give the mermaid a go- we always love to see the projects! Reply Bonnie Scorer July 21, 2017 Thank you for including us in your collection! Reply Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.