How stoked was I when my daughter asked for a Mermaid Birthday Party? Let’s just say I answered her by singing the entire soundtrack of “Little Mermaid”.
This is the simplest DIY, but it adds SO MUCH to the adorable mermaid lanterns that Just Artifacts already offers.
– 8″ Paper Lanterns (You can use bigger or smaller ones!)
– Crepe Paper in colors of your choice
– Hot glue gun
– Googly eyes (you really only need one per fish, unless you are hanging it in a spot where both sides of the fish are seen)
- Cut a small strip of crepe paper and fold it in half (You need two of everything, so this is a good way to save time.)
- Cut the tail on the side of the fold. Cut out the dorsal fin, pectoral fin, and the pelvic fin out like so:
- Unfold the tail and loop it through the top of the lantern. Fold it over the hook and glue it, so the fin covers the hook.
- Create a small fold along the base of the dorsal and pelvic fin so that you have a spot to put the glue. Glue them on the sides of the lantern (or the top and bottom of your fish)
- Glue the pectoral fin and googly eye to the other side of the lantern. And now you have a paper lantern fish!
I strung different paper lanterns on a ribbon and hung it in place. I added tissue pom poms and round accordian paper lanterns for texture. I then hot glued the fish to the lanterns adjacent to them to keep them in place.