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Kids Crafts – Paper Roll Mermaids

| August 29, 2012 | 26 Comments

mermaid craftsWell… I know we made a TP Roll Desk Tidy last week, but I still somehow felt that I had been neglecting our love for TP Rolls. Afterall, TP Rolls are one of Red Ted Art’s “signature” crafts!!! So, Red Ted and I thought we would have another go at “something”.

I saw some pretty sequins smiling at me.. and I thought… MERMAIDS!

You must excuse the photos, I had to use my iphone, as my normal camera was “having issues” (tut tut). And the lighting were we craft is a bit pour. So. Here we go.

Materials: a Kitchen Towel Roll, paint, sequins (optional, you could just paint it or use glitter instead), googly eyes, tissue paper, shells, glue

Recycled mermaid craft

1) To make our basic mermaid, we made little 1cm cuts all around the paper roll about 1/4 of the way from one end. Then we squashed the roll.

 mermaid crafts

2) We painted pink for face and body. And a shiny blue for the body.


3) We let dry. Add googly eyes, face and some shells for the bikini… you could paint shells on too or stick buttons or lids on.


4) Then we got roughly an A4 sheet of black tissue paper (I asked Red Ted what colour he wanted and what material – wool or tissue paper or paper – he chose the black tissue paper). Scrunch it length wise, place across your mermaids head and glue in place, by adding glue down the sides and back. Use some ribbons to bring it all together. Then get those sequins out… and ta da:

mermaid craft

Like TP Crafts? Check out more here:

cardboard tube crafts

Or.. take a peak at our Clothes Pins Mermaids:

clothes pins mermaid


mermaid tp craft

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Category: Kids Craft, Loo Rolls, Recycling

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  1. Jennifer says:

    She’s lovely, what wonderful colours! We like crafting with toilet rolls too (we seem to get through so many!)

  2. Yummy Mummy? Really? says:

    This is great!!! We are so making these this am… It’s our last day of the holidays with just me and the girls before they visit Nana, so I was looking for something to make today.


    Off to charge up iPad so instructions are to hand! Note to self: keep iPad away from paints in the process! 😉

  3. Yummy Mummy? Really? says:

    Just discovered the tractor that Jennifer has added to the linky too! My day is sorted! 😉

  4. Red Ted Art says:

    Jennifer – that is ONE CUTE traftor!!! LOVE IT!!!

  5. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you Emma!

  6. That is really cute. You are amazingly creative!

  7. Cute, cute, cute! I love the way you made these mermaids.

  8. Red Ted Art says:

    Thank you ladies!! It was an “experiment” too!!

  9. Gorgeous! I have a bit of a thing about mermaids at the moment, so may have to give these a go.

  10. Jen Fischer says:

    I love that you made a mermaid with your son – I think some parents wouldn’t think of making something that seems like a “girl” item with a boy, but the truth is that boys love mermaids too!

  11. amber says:

    Miss E would enjoy making a mermaid , very cute.

  12. Red Ted Art says:

    Jen – :-) yes, he loved making it!!!

    Sunnymama & Amber – thank you!

  13. Judy says:

    Your little mermaid turned out so cute…I especially love the shells :)

  14. Red Ted Art says:

    Was rather pleased to get to use a couple of shells!

  15. That mermaid has a lot of personality!

  16. Allison says:

    Oh my goodness I love love love the seashells! Too cute.

  17. Allison says:

    (And thanks for linking up to The Sunday Showcase.)

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