Running With Scissors: Mermaid Headband Tutorial

DIY Mermaid Headbands

Let’s be real. Mermaids have the life. They get to hang out at the beach all day, they never have to shave their legs, and they are born with glittery tails. But since I’m not completely on board with wearing shells for a bra yet, we gotta fake it till we make it. Besides, summer vacation just isn’t complete without a day of glitter, beads, and hot glue, no matter how old you are.  I grabbed my craft supplies and my favorite girlies (my nieces, obvs) and we got right to work on these fab mermaid headbands.

Thanks to this super easy headband tutorial, my nieces proclaimed me their favorite aunt! (By the way, when I say easy I mean “You can have some wine and it still looks like a headband” easy.) Also if headbands aren’t your thing, this craft is easily customizable. Bring out the hair clips, hair ties and whatever else your heart and hot glue gun desire!


  • Headbands
  • Sea shape print outs
  • Cardstock (for stencil cutout)
  • Felt
  • Beads
  • Embroidery floss (optional)
  • Embroidery needle (optional)
  • Toothpicks
  • Permanent marker
  • Scissors
  • Glue gun and sticks

Mermaid headband supplies


  1. Draw and cut out starfish, seashell, and coral shapes from the cardstock. Use these cutouts as stencils and trace the shapes onto the felt with the permanent marker. Cut the shapes out from the felt. Cut two of each shape.
  1. If you want to keep it simple, you can skip onto the next step but if your kids are feeling bold bring out some embroidery floss and needles. Add a back stitch to add some detail to the shapes. (This is where YouTube comes to the rescue!)
  1. For the glitter add glue to the areas you’d like for it to stick to. Then pour the glitter onto the felt shape over a plate or anything that will catch the extra glitter for reuse.
DIY Mermaid Headbands

  1. For the beads add a drop of glue where you’d like to it and then use a toothpick to place the bead.
  1. Once you’re done embellishing glue the extra cutouts to the back of each shape.
DIY Mermaid Headband
  1. Put the headband on to mark where you’d like the shapes to start and then hot glue away!

And you’re done! Enjoy your new life as a mermaid (seashell bra not included)!

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