Make a splash! This costume pairs shimmery printed leggings and removable tulle-wrapped elastic bands for a showstopping tail that's comfortable enough that she can walk (er, swim) in with natural, fluid grace. Top off her look with the accouterments of an undersea princess: seashell accessories and a fishtail braid.
Note: This costume is appropriate for children ages 5 and older. Because our costumes were assembled from household materials, they do not conform to all of the safety requirements that store-bought costumes do. Therefore, children wearing them should be supervised by an adult at all times. Make sure that your seashell crown and necklace are glued together securely and not too heavy for safety. This mermaid pairs well with our octopus costume and lobster costume for an adorable undersea-inspired group ensemble. For this project, you will need to gather an assortment of 6- to 10-inch rolls of fabric like tulle, glittered tulle, and organza (available at craft stores) in aquatic colors. When it's time to dress up, learn how to braid hair with the fishtail technique, which is done by gathering the hair into a ponytail and dividing into two sections that are crossed over with thin clusters down the length of the hair. Watch our video tutorial (on this page) to see how it's done.
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