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Making a Mermaid Costume

A homemade mermaid costume can be a little work, but can save you money and look very cute. This guide is about making a mermaid costume.

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Making a Mermaid Costume

October 28, 2009 Flag
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little mermaid in bathtub

Supplies

  • blue/green dress
  • seashell(s) glued for bra
  • 1 yard iridescent fabric
  • 1 copy paper box lid for tail
  • 3 yards sequined trim
  • pillowcase to cover cardboard tail
  • 300 large sequins
  • safety pins
  • tiara

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Instructions

Arrange seashells to bust of dress and glue accordingly. Outline with sequined trim.

Sketch tail outline on cardboard and cut. Cover with old pillowcase. Outline with sequined trim.

Attach large sequins to outside of pillowcase by pinning on inside. Attach tail to inside of dress; slightly above child's feet. closeup of tail

Cover lower body with iridescent fabric and pin to form mermaid body. Outline waist with sequined trim.

Top off with your choice of head decoration. (Olivia chose a tiara since she always wants to be a princess.)

By Gabrielle from Springfield, IL

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