Top Three Tutorials for Making a Mermaid Crown


Every mermaid needs a crown

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.

Easy:  Mermaid Crown by Irene Rudnyk.

All you really need are Styrofoam balls, a glue gun, a wide headband and some sea shells for this one. It’s very uncomplicated.

Medium:  DIY Mermaid Crown by Jacobee Rose Buchanan

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!




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About The Paper Pinup

Hello, I'm Laurel! I live in upstate Manhattan with my boyfriend Charles. I'm passionate about papercrafts, art journaling and sewing as "craft therapy" and bring a fresh and irreverent approach to my projects. I'm also a swing dancer and love vintage style from the 1920s through the 1950s.