DIY: Moonlit Mermaid Crown
It’s the time of the year, where the fading summer gently makes way for cooler moonlit nights. The temperatures shift, the touch of chill is ever-present and the shadows of blue creep in overhead. While the sun is gone, the sky is still on our side, begging for nights to be met with long dresses, cozy cropped jackets, and a little romancing in the moonlight.
And while your bikinis might have taken one last sun lit dip, the mermaid spirit lives on. Here’s our Moonlit Mermaid Crown DIY to keep the siren in you alive all night…See below for what you'll need to bring this to life yourself!
Crown how-to by Carly Bennet/Cinamon Girl Etsy
What you’ll need: - Seashells about 9 or so depending on size - Glue gun and glue sticks - Scissors - Chicken wire to frame the crown - Wire and wire cutters - Ribbon to tie the crown - Ribbon to weave through the crown - Burlap to fasten the shells - Miscellaneous embellishments - Crystals, because they’re good luck in our eyes
Arrange your shells for selection. For this crown we’re using 9 moonlight blue shells and have arranged them with one larger one for the top middle. Set them aside.
Cut the chicken wire. We’ve left 17 holes across the bottom, and gently bent the pointed ends lengthwise across so it’s flattened and easy to loop the silver ribbon around. Using the silver ribbon, wrap tightly through each of the bottom holes to cover the flattened wire until you have loose ends on either side – You’ll use this to tie a bow once the crown is finished.
Using the other 1inch thick green ribbon, alternate going up and over the first row of holes, just above the ribbon on the bottom, and secure on both ends using the glue gun. You can also add a touch of glue to the backside of the ribbon where there is wire for extra security.
Using the burlap, glue the 3 middle shells together, and then individually glue the side shells on their own piece of burlap, and cut them out. It’s helpful to leave a little burlap between then 3 shells as you’ll see in the picture.
Using the glue gun, secure the 3 shells to the middle/center of the crown by putting glue on the back of the burlap, on the chicken wire, and on the green ribbon. Repeat the above with the exterior blue shells, ensuring they fit slightly underneath the one in front creating some curve.
Now, the fun part! Adding the embellishments. We used some crystals and wrapped the top points using wire. Afterwards, we added a row of crystals to the top shell and then picked a limpet shells for our centerpiece and glue on two additional blue shells directly under.
Now for the finishing touch, we used about 6 inches of the green ribbon to secure the back together with a touch of glue after looping through the wire on both sides. This allows the crown to stay in one piece and easily hold shape when tying the ribbon.
And now your ready for all those fancy moonlit nights.