Our siren has come a long way from the scary swamp creatures of old, with stenciled scales, a webbed frill (made from rubber gloves), and artfully scalloped gills.

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Stencils make it easy to paint a pattern of scales onto both face and clothing; use a pair of fishnet stockings to stencil the face and a paint-can grid (available at hardware stores) for the clothes.

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How to do it

Part 1

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Step 1

Use a makeup brush to apply iridescent green cream makeup (we used a creamy eye shadow) to face, lips, and neck.

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Step 2

Cut a section from a pair of fishnets and pull tautly over face; secure with a hair clip.

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Step 3

Using fishnet as a stencil, blot dark-green cream makeup (or creamy eye shadow) onto face with a makeup sponge to create "scales." Line top and bottom lids with black eyeliner, emphasizing the outer corners of eyes. Apply green false eyelashes.

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Step 4

Apply yellow contact lenses, if desired. Spray hair with green hairspray.

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Step 5

For the clothes, make a murky green mixture of fabric dye (here, 2 parts taupe, 2 parts kelly green, and 1 part lemon yellow). Dye a plain white tank dress, leggings, and a pair of green fishnets; let dry. Using a stencil brush and a paint-can grid as a stencil, paint scales onto tank dress and leggings with fabric paint. Cut a hole between fishnet legs (for your head) and cut toes off feet (for your arms). Slip head and arms through holes so that you are wearing fishnets like a shirt. Cut thumbholes and insert thumbs. Wear leggings and tank dress over fishnets.

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Step 6

For the collar, fold 8 rubber gloves lengthwise in half and then in half again. Trim wrist edges to a point to make jagged edges; unfold. Using a doubled length of thread and large running stitches, sew gloves together side by side about 2 1/2 inches from top; gather gloves. At each end, knot thread to a 10-inch length of ribbon. Tie collar around neck.

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Step 7

For the gills, cut a 6-inch paper plate in half, then cut one half into quarters and the other into a large wedge; round corners. Repeat with a second plate. Spray-paint light green; let dry. Hot-glue 2 smaller pieces of each plate to larger piece, overlapping and staggering slightly to resemble gills. Punch hole in each larger piece, insert bobby pins, and pin into hair, covering ears.

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Step 8

For the gloves, paint a set of press-on nails with green polish; let dry. Cut edges of light-green rubber gloves into jagged edges. With a hot-glue gun on the low-heat setting, glue nails to fingertips of gloves.

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Step 9

Spray a pair of flippers with dark-green paint; let dry.

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