Crafts for Kids: The Recycled Mermaid - Darn Good Yarn

Crafts for Kids: The Recycled Mermaid

Who doesn't love mermaids?

Who doesn't love crafting their very own magical yarn mermaid?! Join us while we make our new favorite craft for kids! This is the perfect craft for when your kids are home this year and are looking for something to create! Completing this craft will be great practice for fine motor skills and hand eye coordination as the children thread, tie and wrap the yarn!

Designed by: Eliza Spingos from @learncraftgrow


  • Cardboard
  • Brown and green acrylic paint
  • Darn Good Yarn of your choice! We used the Yarn & Ribbon 5 Color Sample Cards in Rainbow Lux
  • 2 Shells
  • Permanent markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun
  • Hole-puncher


Step 1:

Draw the outline of a mermaid onto a piece of cardboard and cut it out.

Scissors next to cardboard cut-out shaped like mermaid

Step 2:

Paint the mermaid using acrylic paint. Paint the top half using a color skin tone of your choice. Paint the bottom half green.

Cardboard cut-out shaped like mermaid with tail painted green

Step 3:

Once all of your paint has dried, use permanent markers to draw the mermaid’s face.

Close-up of marker drawings eyes and pretty eyelashes on mermaid cardboard cut-out

Step 4:

Add holes along the mermaid’s hairline using a hole puncher.

Mermaid cardboard cut-out with holes punched for yarn hair (using single hole punch)

Step 5:

Create the mermaid’s hair by cutting yarn into equal length pieces. Thread each yarn through a hole and knot it.

Tying on blue and teal yarn hair to cardboard cut-out of mermaid shape

Step 6:

Wrap yarn around the mermaid’s tail. Create a knot near the mermaid’s waistband near the end when finished to secure the yarn into place.

Wrapping green cardboard tail with blue and sea green yarn

Step 7:

Glue on two shells for the mermaid’s bikini using a hot glue gun.

Gluing on seashells for cute cardboard mermaid bikini top

Your magical mermaid is all set!! :) 

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