Mermaid Letter Name Decor

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A fun DIY Mermaid Decor Idea to add some personality to your child’s room, these DIY Mermaid Letters are a fun way to display your child’s name or make a fun gift idea for someone you want to celebrate!

A super simple method for making professional-looking Mermaid Decor Letters for a fun, mermaid-inspired gift or a whimsical room decor piece.

Mermaid Name Craft

This cute Mermaid Letter Name Craft was a homemade gift that my 7 year old Ella made for her Nana’s birthday.

It was super easy for her to make mostly independently and I think it turned out looking really gorgeous with that shimmery color blending and the cute addition of the flowers and seashells. You could even add in fake pearls or pearl beading, glitter designs, small pictures, or even add some broken/mismatched pieces of jewelry, just like a mermaid would collect.

There are similar 3D mermaid letters for sale on Etsy for $20-44 PER LETTER! So, even though we splurged on the holographic paint and pricey Michael’s flower bouquets, I think this craft ended up being a bargain. You could make your version less expensive by making your own cardboard letters and/or using dollar store flowers for the embellishments.

These mermaid letters would be a cute addition to a Mermaid Birthday Party decor scheme, or just a whimsical addition to your child’s room. My mom put hers in her sunroom overlooking her pool, which fit the mermaid theme perfectly.

To display the letters, you can place them on a decorative shelf, use picture hangers to place them on a wall or even mount them onto a canvas or piece of driftwood. (I think the driftwood idea would look super cool with the mermaid theme.) 

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Materials Needed for Mermaid Vases

Tip: I highly recommend grabbing a couple of these sturdy plastic lunch trays (we have one in the pictures in this post). I use these for almost all of our craft or kitchen activities, as well as in our Montessori practical life activities. Ours have lasted for over 6 years and are still going strong, plus they are so great for containing messes and allowing the kids to set a project to the side while it dries (or if you have to clear off the table for supper).

How to Make Mermaid Letters

Place one letter on your clean, protected surface and use a paintbrush to apply one color of paint to the top half of the letter. Use consistent strokes moving in the same direction.

(Alternatively, you can use a sponge to apply the paint.)

Clean your brush and then apply the other color of paint to the bottom half of the letter. Where the two colors meet, try to blend the colors using your paintbrush, adding more paint of either color as needed to get a look that you like.

Allow the painted side of the letter to dry as you repeat this process with the other letters. Pay attention to ensure that you paint the top half of each letter in the same color, so that your final display has consistency. We experimented with painting the first color in the opposite scheme, but eventually changed it because we liked the consistency better (you can see pictures in the post that show both options).

Repeat the painting process on all sides of the letters, swapping them out as you wait for sides to dry.

When the paint is fully applied and dry, you can seal your paint using a paint sealant, but it’s not necessary. (Follow the instructions on the bottle, if using.)

Add decorative elements to your letters, as desired. We poked holes in the tops of our letters and then poked our fake flower stems through them, and then hot glued seashells just under the flowers for an added mermaid touch.

 

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How to make your own DIY Mermaid Decor Letters, a fun way to add some whimsy to your child's room or a Mermaid Birthday Party for a fraction of the price of ordering custom made mermaid letters!

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Mermaid Letter Name Decor

Mermaid Letter Name Decor

A super simple method for making professional-looking Mermaid Decor Letters for a fun, mermaid-inspired gift or a whimsical room decor piece.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $20

Materials

  • Cardboard Letters
  • Metallic or Holographic Paint
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Seashells, optional

Tools

  • 2 Paintbrushes
  • Water
  • Rag or Paper Towels
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun

Instructions

  1. Place one letter on your clean, protected surface and use a paintbrush to apply one color of paint to the top half of the letter. Use consistent strokes moving in the same direction.
  2. (Alternatively, you can use a sponge to apply the paint.)
  3. Clean your brush and then apply the other color of paint to the bottom half of the letter. Where the two colors meet, try to blend the colors using your paintbrush, adding more paint of either color as needed to get a look that you like.
  4. Allow the painted side of the letter to dry as you repeat this process with the other letters. Pay attention to ensure that you paint the top half of each letter in the same color, so that your final display has consistency. We experimented with painting the first color in the opposite scheme, but eventually changed it because we liked the consistency better (you can see pictures in the post that show both options).
  5. Repeat the painting process on all sides of the letters, swapping them out as you wait for sides to dry.
  6. When the paint is fully applied and dry, you can seal your paint using a paint sealant, but it's not necessary. (Follow the instructions on the bottle, if using.)
  7. Add decorative elements to your letters, as desired. We poked holes in the tops of our letters and then poked our fake flower stems through them, and then hot glued seashells just under the flowers for an added mermaid touch.

Notes

I suggest using two contrasting paint colors on the same half of the color wheel that share similar pigment hues.

We opted for flowers that matched the paint colors we used, but a third color or neutral colors would be pretty, too.

You could even add in fake pearls or pearl beading, glitter designs, small pictures, or even add some broken/mismatched pieces of jewelry, just like a mermaid would collect.

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