Cardboard Tube Mermaid

Simply mer-mazing! Seas the day with an upcycled mermaid craft for kids.

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Supplies:

  • Crayola Scissors
  • Crayola Construction Paper
  • Crayola No. 2 Pencil
  • Crayola Metallic Markers
  • Crayola Glue Stick
  • Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • Paper Towel Roll

CIY Staff Tips:

Steps:

1
Step 1

Cut paper towel roll into thirds.

2
Step 2

To create scales, sketch scalloped pattern across construction paper approximately 2” from bottom of paper.

3
Step 3

Sketch mermaid tail on construction paper.

4
Step 4

Outline and add details to scales and tail with metallic marker. Cut out.

5
Step 5

Glue scales around bottom of paper towel roll.

6
Step 6

Glue tail to back of paper towel roll.

7
Step 7

Sketch 2 small seashells and thin strip on construction paper. Cut out.

8
Step 8

Glue thin strip around paper towel roll approximately 1/2" above scales.

9
Step 9

Glue seashells next to each other on top of thin strip.

10
Step 10

Trace bottom circle of paper towel roll on construction paper. Cut out.

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Step 11

Sketch and cut out construction paper strip with scalloped edge approximately 1/2"H x 5”W.

12
Step 12

Sketch and cut out 8 construction paper strips approximately 2.5”H x 1/4"W.

13
Step 13

Glue scalloped paper strip around top of paper towel roll. Position with scalloped edge-down to create bangs.

14
Step 14

Wrap thin paper strips around pencil to curl.

15
Step 15

Fold 6 thin paper strips over top rim of paper towel roll to create hair. Glue to secure.

16
Step 16

Glue 2 thin paper strips to circle. Glue circle to top of paper towel to complete hair. Let all glue steps dry 1–2 hours.

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Step 17

Add face and seashell details with fine line markers.

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Step 18

Make a splash with one mermaid or create a school of mermaids!

  • Occasion:

    • Rainy Day Crafts,

    • Mythical

  • Age:

    • 6+,

    • 8+,

    • Tween+


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