A week ago Saturday I spent a wonderful morning at the library with a group of parents and children creating pirate and mermaid peg dolls, and that thing happened again. A child whispered to me, "Wouldn't it be fun to make a mermaid grotto?"
I said firmly to myself, "I don't have time to even think about it." But the suggestion was too irresistible...
-- A medium sized box (such as a large shoe box)
-- Some paper in greens and blues. I had this
scrapbook paper in my cupboard, but any
sort of colorful paper will be great.
-- Seashells of assorted shapes & sizes
-- A small cardboard jewelry/gift box. My box
measures 2 1/4 in x 3 1/4 in (5 1/2 cm x 8 cm).
-- Scraps of fabric
-- A glue stick and glue gun
(NOTE: instructions for making mermaids and octopus can be found here in my books.)
STEP 1 :: Cut the front off your box and cut away 1/2 to 2/3 of the top. (I also glued the top of my box so that it is tilted up, but this is completely optional.)
STEP 2 :: Cover the inside of your box with ocean-colored paper. Using glue stick to affix your paper to box will ensure that your paper will lie flat and not buckle.
STEP 3 :: I added waves, some seaweed, and a fish to decorate the walls of my grotto. Other things to add might be an octopus, seashells, coral, starfish, etc... You can find endless ideas and images by searching online for clip-art. Have fun making up your own sea grotto design!
I didn't cover the outside of my box, however, feel free to paint the outside of your box or cover it with paper.
MAKING A MERMAID BED
STEP 1 :: Cut a strip of fabric to fit around the edges of your box and affix in place with hot glue.
STEP 2 :: Use hot glue to stick seashells around the sides of the box (note: I am not usually a fan of hot glue, however, it is the best type of glue for holding seashells in place).
STEP 3 :: Cut some small pieces of fabric to serve as a mattress and blanket.
STEP 4 :: Tuck your mermaid in and sing her a lullaby.
It's a nice idea to set the table with your best dishes when you are expecting a friend for tea.
If you ask nicely, an octopus is always happy to help set the table.
Shhh... the baby is sleeping.