As my kids get older, learning through play takes on a different meaning that it did when they were toddlers. We have kind of gone from mess-free painting to more elaborate crafts for big kids that they can really make themselves. This clothespin mermaid craft is a really fun one for my little princess and mermaid lover!
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Clothespin Mermaid Craft for Kids
This fun clothespin mermaid craft is simple enough for kids to make on their own, and tons of fun to play with. For younger kids, pre-cut the items out of felt and let the kids draw and glue them on.
What you need for the mermaid craft:
felt (various colors)
black sharpie marker
small pom poms
white school glue
How to make the mermaid craft:
After gathering your supplies, glue two pom poms onto the “chest” of your clothespin. This would also be really cute if you could find really small shells.
Next, color the “tail” portion of your clothespin with markers. Color this area the same color of the glitter you will use on the tail fin.
Cut a small square of felt that matches the glitter you will use and fold it in half. Cut out a fin shape on the fold. Squeeze open your clothespin and put a few drops of hot glue on the inside of the clothespin and place your felt fin inside. Close your clothespin and give it a second to dry.
Using white school glue coat your fin and “tail” portion of your clothespin in glue. Cover the wet glue with your favorite glitter. I found that the chunky glitter looked great for this project. It looked more like scales. Shake off your excess glitter and allow it to dry.
Cut felt hair for your mermaid and hot glue on the back of the front of your clothespin. Cut a smaller piece of felt and hot glue on the front to give your mermaid bangs. You could also use yarn for the hair, it’d be super cute!
Using a fine tip sharpie draw eyes onto your mermaid. Give your mermaid a mouth and a nose using markers. Your mermaid is done! You could add your own special touches. Try giving your mermaid craft a pipe cleaner crown or adding sequins to her tail.