DIY Mermaid Crown
There’s something about mermaids that is mesmerizing. Perhaps it’s their long hair, or their ability to breathe both in water and above it. Either way, mermaids live a lot of people’s ideal lives. For this reason, mermaid related items such as shirts, tails, and Instagram trends such as mermaid toast and mermaid ice cream have emerged. So many people are obsessed with these mysterious creatures, including me!

When The Little Mermaid came out in 1989, we were introduced to Ariel and her land of Atlantica. This land included mermen and mermaids, all who sported their own style. Seeing as Ariel’s family is royalty, some of her sisters wore delicate crowns made out of shells such as Attina (orange tail) and Andrina (purple tail with black hair)

Ariel's Sisters

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Today, I’m going to teach you how to make your own version of these crowns so that all of your mermaid dreams can come true!

What you will need:

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  • Shells – many colours, shapes and sizes
  • A headband or a crown/tiara
  • Hot glue gun or E6000 glue
  • Heavy cardstock paper (not pictured)
  • Any other decorations (pearls, charms etc.)
  • Scissors (not pictured)

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Step 1: 

If you’re using a tiara like the one pictured, it may have gaps and decorative holes in it. To ensure that all the shells stay secure, it’s best to fill these gaps in.

To do this, measure the part of the tiara you would like to have shells on (usually from the middle of the crown to the top) and mark the measurement on your cardstock paper. Next, cut a strip of paper according to those measurements. The crown I am wearing in the image at the bottom of the page was made using this method.

If you’re using a flat headband of any size and want to use big shells, or build height with your crown, cut your cardstock into a large triangle (almost like the centre of Sleeping Beauty’s crown). This can be used as a back support for the shells. The crown I am wearing in the big image at the top was made using this method.

Sleeping Beauty Crown

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Step 2:

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Glue your paper down to the crown/headband with hot glue or E6000 glue. To do this, glue the middle first, then inch by inch, glue down the sides. Make sure this is sturdy. If needed, add another layer of paper.

Step 3:


Get creative! This is the fun part! Arrange your shells however you like. They can be similar colours, symmetrical, or random. Add pearls, or pendants from other jewelry pieces, you could even add a chain or fish net.

Step 4:


Once you’re happy with how your shells look, glue them on carefully. Make sure to check whether or not a shell will fit in the spot you want to glue it before putting the glue on.

You may need to alter your original arrangement a little bit in order for things to fit together nicely.

Step 5:


After gluing down all your pre-arranged shells, fill in any gaps with whatever you’d like. I used pearls and smaller shells to cover the holes.

Finally, snip away any of the cardstock that is visible from the front for a seamless look.


There you have it! Your very own mermaid crown! Now you can officially rule the sea.

I would love to see how your crowns turn out! Post it on Instagram with the tags @tsumthing_sydney and @tsumtsummarie or with the hashtag #tsumthingmermaid