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Cindy Crushes Programming: Mermaid Hair Clips

Background: I have been observing how popular mermaids, unicorns and fantasy creatures are at my library. I did a fairy tale hair bow program last year and had a great crowd and  so I thought I would do a mermaid hair clip. This is a cheap and simple craft. It only takes about half an hour.


  • Sharpies
  • Hot Glue Guns and Glue
  • Seashells
  • Alligator Curl Clips
  • Optional Ribbons
  • Fake Pearls


  1. Pick out a seashell. There are many shapes and sizes of seashells to choose from. You can buy bulk orders of sea shells online from places like Amazon and other online vendors.
  2. Color with sharpie. I chose mermaid colors–blues, pinks and purples.
  3. Let the sharpie dry thoroughly before moving on to the next steps.
  4. Once dried, you can add embellishments. I used a leftover mermaid scale ribbon to attach to my seashell. I also added a plastic pearl as a focal piece.
  5. Hot glue the seashell to the hair clip. Make sure patrons know which side of the seashell they want to be viewable before they hot glue.
  6. Wait for it to dry and place in hair to make sure it works.

Pinterest Board of DIY Hair Clips

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Mermaid Makeup Tutorial

Final Thoughts: This was such a simple craft. If your teens love mermaids this is a must do. Let your teens take control of their creations. They will often make much better looking crafts than you make.

This would be a great program to do with the 2020 Summer Reading theme Imagine Your Story.

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