How to Make Shell Tiaras for a Mermaid

Every mermaid deserves a crown. Learn how to craft this inexpensive headpiece for an underwater-themed party or for an accompaniment to a Halloween costume.

Every little girl dreams of being a mermaid. The glittery fin, swimming with dolphins, and of course the crown, what is not to love?  Next trip to the beach gather up some shells and help a little (or big) girl's dream come true.

Make sure shells are clean. If you're using store-bought shells you can skip this step. If the tiara is being constructed from found shells, clean them well with soap and water first.

Use a ready-made party crown or tiara as the base. Shells can be heavy and this will add support.

Use hot glue to attach the shells to the tiara. Start with a large shell for the center piece and work out with smaller shells.  Shells with flat sides tend to work better.

Once you have base of shells in place, use craft glue to fill in the gaps with glitter, crushed shells and loose faux pearls. Apply craft glue and sprinkle glitter and beads into wet glue.

Allow the glue to dry completely. Avoid making the tiaras too heavy as they will tip.

Not just for children, these tiaras are great for festival season or Halloween, and can be customized in so many different ways. Add inpieces of costume jewelry like vintage pearl collars on your crown.

Make several as party favors for a mermaid-themed party or let kids have fun making their own.

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