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Clothespin Mermaid

These adorable clothespin mermaids are a simple and easy (and inexpensive) craft for kids to make.

Clothespin Mermaid craft for kids

Clothespin Mermaid

Supplies needed to make clothespin mermaids:

  1. Old-fashioned wooden clothespins (They are the rounded ones with no metal in them. You can now find these in craft stores or dollar stores.)
  2. Markers
  3. Yarn
  4. White glue
  5. A small sheet of craft foam
  6. Scissors
  7. Sequins or glitter (If you want to add a bit of pizazz!)

How to make a clothespin mermaid:

Cut the yarn at the length needed for hair. Long hair, short hair–it’s up to the kids. Cut the foam into a tail shape and slide it up the opening of the clothespin. If you are using thick foam, you can wedge it in there without glue. If you are using thinner foam or cardboard, add a dab of glue to help the tail stay in place.

Draw a top on the mermaid (or even cut a top out of scrap material), add a face and other details. If you want to add a bit of sparkle to your mermaid, glue sequins or glitter on her as well!

Put it all together!

Hand the supplies to your kiddos and see what they come up with! I can guarantee every mermaid will be as unique as your children.

Is your clothespin mermaid made? She’s gorgeous! Now it’s time for a mermaid adventure! What shall they do today? Save the world? Ride with dolphins? Have a tea party? It’s up to your kids.


How about you? Have you made these clothespin mermaids before? How about other creatures made from clothespins? Share your modifications or links to your own clothespin critters and creatures in the comment section below.

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