It’s my favorite time of the year – mermaid season in New York City! The Coney Island Mermaid Parade is my favorite day of the year; it’s an art parade where people go all out to showcase their artistic costume talents. I’ve been in this Parade for the past several years as part of the Brooklyn Bombshell Revue – a swing dancing and marching group that has won several awards. Last year, I didn’t end up making my own crown – the tiara on my head was about $3 from a 99 cent store. This year, I’ve decided to make my own art deco inspired headpiece for the parade. It’s June 18, 2016; less than two weeks away!
Eventually, I’m hoping to make a video for you with some of my tips and tricks for making a headpiece. For now, I thought I would share some tutorials for making a mermaid crown that I found. I spent hours searching for good tutorials; I wanted to find some that did not involve making a headdress out of wire, which is a complex project in and of itself requiring additional equipment. These tutorials below are ones you could do with household items and a quick trip to Michaels or a similar store. Who knew that duct tape could come in handy for so many things?
These tutorials are listed in order from easy, medium, to expert.
All you really need are Styrofoam balls, a glue gun, a wide headband and some sea shells for this one. It’s very uncomplicated.
This one involves a tiny bit of wire, paint, and pretty lace netting. The end result is so delicate and beautiful!
Expert: Headdress by Sharon ShareAlike
This one is great inspiration if you have the time and desire to make a larger headdress. Although it is not Mermaid-specific, this tutorial could easily be adapted for your own creation. Her idea of making a cap of duct tape and foil on which a larger, foamcore piece sits is absolutely genius and lends itself to all sorts of possibilities.
Let me know if you tried any of these in the comments below!