Let’s talk mermaids shall we? Yes, mermaids. I’m talking Ariel, Peter Pan’s friends that live in the lagoon, Daryl Hannah in Splash, MERMAIDS. (I’m choosing to ignore the Cabin in the Woods Merman (Not Safe For Kids) because…. reasons). Like any baby of the 80s/child of the 90’s I grew up during the Disney Renaissance. Meaning that Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Lion King (to name a few) were on heavy rotation at my house. We’re talking constantly. And now, as I take care of little girls, I get to experience that all over again…. and it’s AWESOME! Seriously, dress up and princess pretend with 5 year olds is amazing.
Okay, so recently I got to see the Little Mermaid performed live to screen at the Hollywood Bowl. For those of you that don’t know what that is, its basically the movie playing with stars or original cast coming out and singing the songs while the movie is playing. I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty awesome. I’m gonna make you a little jealous here and say that it was Sara Bareilles (Ariel), Titus Burgess (Sebastian), and Rebel Wilson (Ursula)….oh, and Uncle Jesse as the Chef. Yep. You missed it. Get jealous. So, as I was saying before I got super excited about this experience, I saw the production and was inspired to make this super simple Mermaid Trinket Tray. Well, that an the original little mermaid in Denmark (which is suuuuuper tiny, just sayin). Now you can collect all of your own gadgets and gizmos a plenty, thingamabobs and more in your own Mermaid Trinket Tray!
Mermaid Trinket Tray
Time: 30 min
Cost: $15 or less
Kid friendly: yes?
Blue and Green Sharpies
Diamond Trinket Tray from Target
Mermaid Cake Toppers – You can get a set of mermaids, princesses, and ponies from Amazon, or just check out the dollar store or target.
Spraypaint your mermaid and let her dry. I chose gold because well, I like it.
Color the inside of the tray with your sharpies.
Using a paint brush or a Qtip and rubbing alcohol, smear the sharpie. It’ll give you a really cool ocean looking texture. You can also load your brush up with the alcohol and artfully drop or splash it onto the sharpie.
Let that sucker dry. It shouldn’t take more than 10 minutes. Less if you’re using 100% rubbing alcohol. Use a Q-Tip to clean around the edges of your tray.
The cool thing is, if you don’t like it when it’s dry, you can use your rubbing alcohol to erase everything and start again!
Once everything is dry, glue your mermaid to the middle of the tray using your E6000 glue. Let it dry overnight and it’s ready to use or give!