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 Bag 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.
To make our paper bag mermaid crown, you’ll need:
- Paper grocery bag
- assorted seashells,
- raffia or ribbon
- 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.
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:
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.
After gluing a handful of raffia loosely to her crown, this hooligan tried hers on, and was transformed into a princess of the sea!
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Jackie is a mom, wife, home daycare provider, and the creative spirit behind Happy Hooligans. She specializes in kids’ crafts and activities, easy recipes, and parenting. In 1997, Jackie stepped out of the corporate world to start a family and to open her own home daycare. She began blogging in 2011, and today, Happy Hooligans inspires more than 2 million parents, caregivers and Early Years Professionals all over the globe.