mermaid crown

Make a mermaid crown with a painted paper bag and an assortment of seashells.

If you saw our enchanting Woodland Fairy Tiara , you may recall that I’m embarking on a little adventure in Paper Hats.  The inspiration behind this series came from the Paper Bag Nests that we made at Easter.  I loved how easy that process was, and thought we could likely use it to make a variety of paper bag hats.  The first in our paper hat series was the Fairy Tiara, and today, I bring to you our simple but beautiful Mermaid Crown. mermaid crown sitting on a bed of shells

Gather your supplies:supplies for paper bag mermaid crown

  • Paper grocery bag
  • assorted seashells,
  • raffia or ribbon
  • paint
  • glue gun (low temp if a child will be doing the work)

(Links to some of these products are available a the bottom of this post)

How we made our Mermaid Crown:

Cut the bottom off your paper bag, flatten the bag out, and give it a coat of paint (we used acrylic craft paints).  You can see that we weren’t being perfectionists about the process. The hooligans just brushed a quick coat onto one side of the bag, I dried it quickly with a hairdryer, and they flipped it over and painted the other side.painting paper bags for mermaid crown

Wondering what the green bag is for?  I’ll show you what we did with that in a future post. 😉

When the bag is completely dry, roll the top edge down toward the inside of the bag until the entire bag has been rolled up.  You’ll need to use your glue gun to stick down any loose edges.  You’ll now have something that looks like this:paper bag mermaid crown beside shells and raffia

Now, hand it all over to your little one, and let her attach the shells with the glue gun.

Low Heat Glue Guns are a wonderful tool to use when crafting with preschoolers.  The 3’s having been using ours for a few months now, and it has totally changed the way we craft. You can read this post, titled “toilet roll structures” if you’re interested in learning more about getting your little one started with a low heat glue gun.gluing shells to the paper bag mermaid crown

After gluing a handful of raffia loosely to her crown, this hooligan tried hers on, and was transformed into a princess of the sea!paper bag mermaid crown on girl's head

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  1. Heidi Palutke says

    My daughter and her mermaid posse would love this! What type of glue gun is it that you actually use, since the one in the pics is not the same as in the shopping link? Thanks!

    • happyhooligans says

      I actually don’t know, Heidi. I bought both of mine from a second hand shop, so I really couldn’t tell you where to find it. I just include a link to a similar product for those who prefer the convenience of online shopping. When I can list the exact product, I do, but I’m in Canada, and my Amazon Affiliate is American, so often times, I can only offer a similar product. Glad you liked the post!!

  2. says

    This is so very wonderful. I have agreed to babysit my almost-four-year-old nephew for a couple of weeks this summer and he will be excited about this project. I can’t wait to see what else you have for us to do!

    • happyhooligans says

      Oooo, I have a couple more coming up in the next week or so that will be perfect for a little boy, Trina! They’re also super easy paper bag crafts!

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