Paper Plate Mermaid Craft with Free Mermaid Tail Printable

May 10, 2022

This paper plate mermaid craft for kids is the perfect craft for those who have mermaid lovers in their life. It includes a free mermaid tail printable template and is great for preschoolers on up.

For this craft, you will need the free mermaid template (found at the bottom of this page), a paper plate, paint/paintbrushes, crayons/markers, scissors, a hole punch, and yarn in desired colors.

If you are looking for other under the sea activities and crafts to do with your little ones be sure to also check out this beach-themed sensory bin or this shark craft for kids.


Paper Plate Mermaid Craft for Kids

Paper Plate Mermaid Craft Tips

*Be sure to color the template in before cutting out the pictures as this way you can ensure little ones can get color to the edges of the pictures easier.

*You can choose the desired color of paint for the paper plates. We’ve found that browns, oranges, yellows, or tans will look best but any color works.

*When putting the hair on you can choose to cut out strips of colored paper and glue them on the top. You can also use a hole punch and yarn to add the hair. You can choose to do individual pieces of yarn and tie each one into each hole or you can lace the yarn through the holes to create the mermaid’s hair.

This craft is an awesome craft to practice lacing and braiding skills. Little ones who are learning how to braid will love braiding their mermaid’s hair over and over. 

This mermaid craft also teachers fine motor skills, coloring skills, and more.

Free Mermaid Tail Printable Template PDF

Paper Plate Mermaid Craft and Free Mermaid Tail Printable Template

1. Print and color in the images on the free mermaid craft template shown on the bottom. Use crayons or markers and color the colors of choice. Cut out each image once colored.

2. Paint the back side of the paper plate the color of your choice (we like to use tan, brown, yellow, or orange). Let dry.

3. Glue the mermaid tail onto the bottom of the plate so the bottom part is hanging off.

4. Glue the seashell swim top pieces above the tail. 

5. Draw on a face with a marker or crayon that shows up on your chosen paint color.

6. Either cut out small rectangular pieces for hair and glue them to the top of the mermaid for their hair OR use a hole punch to punch around 10 holes about a half-inch apart on the top of the plate. Then string yarn through the holes to create the mermaid’s hair. 

Under the Sea Mermaid Craft for Kids

Additional Summer Water Creature Crafts

This mermaid craft is the perfect summertime craft for kids. They will love making their own mermaid and the free mermaid tail printable template helps them do it with ease. For other fun water creature crafts see some of our favorites below:

  • These ocean animal creatures include directions to make 4 super fun ocean animals. Includes directions for a turtle, crab, shark, and octopus crafts.
  • This super cool shark craft uses a cereal box and the directions to make a fun shark craft that opens and shuts it’s mouth.
  • This fun jellyfish craft for kids includes a free jellyfish template and directions to make a fun jellyfish lacing craft that is perfect for fine motor skills.



Hi, I'm Rachael. I am a kindergarten teacher turned stay-at-home mom of two sweet girls.

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