While many people think of Disney's animated movie when they hear the words "The Little Mermaid," this tale actually debuted first as a short story by the Danish writer Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. If you know a child who is a fan of either the story or the film, throwing a "Little Mermaid"-themed party is a wise idea. While games are always a good activity at a party, creating "Little Mermaid"-themed crafts allows guests to have something to take home with them. Decorating such crafts makes them extra special.
Items you will need
- 1 cup flour
- 1/2 cup salt
- 1/2 cup water
- Rolling pin
- Cookie sheet
- Cooking spray
- Starfish cookie cutter
- 1/16-inch paintbrushes
- 1/8-inch paintbrushes
- 1-inch paintbrushes
- Paper plates
- Acrylic paint
- String or yarn
- Seashell beads
- Straight clothespins
- Aqua or green foam paper
- Yarn in different colors
"Little Mermaid" NecklacesStep 1
Preheat your oven to 250 degrees. Combine 1 cup flour, 1/2 cup salt and 1/2 cup water in one bowl with a spoon. Knead the ball into a ball. Sprinkle flour on your work surface or table top. Coat your rolling pin in flour and roll out your dough into a smooth sheet until it is approximately 1/4 inch thick.
Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray. Use cookie cutters in the shape of starfish to fashion star shapes out of dough. Press a hole in the top of each star for stringing around the neck and bake them for two hours. Allow them to cool after baking.
Let guests paint the starfish any colors they choose. Have a wide range of acrylic paints available, from cheerful pastels to bold dark colors. Give each guest a 1-inch-wide paintbrush and a paper plate to use as a palette.
Sprinkle generous amounts of glitter onto each starfish while the paint is still drying. Allow the starfish to dry for an hour.
Cut pieces of string or yarn 8 to 10 inches long. Knot one end of each. Have guests string seashell beads halfway onto the string, add their starfish and string the remaining piece of yarn with seashell beads. Knot the end of the string to keep the beads from sliding off.
Mermaid Clothespin DollsStep 1
Create the structure for the clothespin dolls yourself: cut mermaid fin shapes out of aqua or green craft foam and slide two fins into the bottom of a straight clothespin. The round head of the clothespin will be the head of the clothespin doll. Repeat this with a clothespin for each guest.
Give each child a 1/4 inch or narrower paintbrush and allow children to paint the mermaid tails of their dolls in any color they like, as well as the mermaid's flesh and the seashells that cover her body. Have them use a 1-16-inch brush for painting in the mermaid's face. Show kids how to make dabs with the corners of their brushes onto the clothespin heads to create eyes, a nose and a mouth.
Cut different colors of yarn, such as red, yellow, brown and black, into 6- or 8-inch sections and show kids how to glue the bits of yarn in the middle of the doll's head to create long, thick hair.
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