Learn how to make a mermaid monofin. Inspired by The Little Mermaid, a simple DIY craft tutorial idea for pretend play and dress up. Post compensated as part of a social shopper insights study for Collective Bias. All opinions are 100% my own.
The Little Mermaid is one of my very favorite Disney movies. The movie came out in 1989 and that sure does that make me feel old. I love that it is a movie that my kids love too so we can watch it all together.
My oldest daughter had the idea for a girl’s craft Saturday. We watched the movie and each made a monofin. The day turned out to be a lot of fun.
To celebrate our fun craft day I went to Walmart and purchased this Mermaid to Princess Ariel Doll from The Little Mermaid. The doll is really cool and interactive. She sings and transforms from Mermaid to Princess.
For our craft, all of the girls got to make their own monofin mermaid tail. They are really pretty easy to make but they do take a little bit of time.
How to Make a Mermaid Monofin
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- a large piece of cardboard
- Flip Flops
- Gorilla Tape
- White Spray Paint for plastic
- Acrylic Paint
Begin by placing the flip-flops on the cardboard and drawing the shape of the monofin around the base of the shoe.
Next, take a sharp utility knife or razor blade and cut the shape out of the cardboard. I would recommend an adult doing this step.
To secure the flip-flops to the cardboard, use different length strips of gorilla tape. I started in the middle of the sandle and made sure there was enough tape to wrap around to the back side of the monofin.
Using smaller strips Secure the heels of the flip-flops to the cardboard.
Cover the rest of the flips flops by adding more strips of gorilla tape.
Paint the monofin with a coat of white spray paint. This makes it easier to paint and decorate the monofin later.
While the spray paint was drying we started watching The Little Mermaid.
We took a break about halfway through the movie and started the really fun part of the painting and decorating the fins.
To really bling up the monofin, add some sparkle by gluing on some rhinestones.
While we waited for everything to dry we went back to our movie and finished watching it.
When The Little Mermaid was over it was time to play with the monofins, and of course, take lots of pictures.
They all turned out so cute and they each did a fabulous job!
Hopefully today we created some fun memories. Maybe someday my kids will look forward to watching their favorite childhood movies with their kids.
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