Create a whimsical and coastal Christmas tree with this DIY mermaid ornament. Mermaids are magical and just so fun for kids (and grownups)!
I’ve finally fully embraced my daughters’ love of mermaids. I was holding back a little bit, but now I get excited about sewing mermaid inspired items.
I really love how this DIY mermaid ornament turned out, how quick it is to make, and that my daughters are so excited to hang it on a tree!
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I used images from Cricut Access that you can also use. I decided to skip a lot of the mermaid details and to just add scales all over the skirt.
To stick with the Christmas theme I did a mint green felt tail and red foil iron-on vinyl. The red foil is hard to photograph, but I love how it catches the light when hanging on a Christmas tree.
I’ve sewn lots of mermaid items for my daughters, and they use them all the time. They wear their mermaid tail skirts, DIY mermaid dress, or mermaid costumes (depending on the day) while carrying their mermaid tote bags.
I love inspiring their imaginations! They even use their mermaid stocking as a bag instead of a stocking! Or they put it on their dolls to make the doll a mermaid.
DIY Mermaid Ornament
- Mint green felt*
- Red foil iron-on vinyl*
- Cricut Maker*
- Easypress 2
- Cricut Access* and Mermaid Tail Cut File
- Cricut tools* and mats*
- Twine, yarn, or string
- Sewing machine
- Sewing tools
Use the Cricut Maker to cut out the felt. Make sure you have two pieces of felt per one piece of iron-on vinyl. I cut four because I made two ornaments.
Cut out the iron-on vinyl. Cut the excess of the sides and weed the unwanted part of the design.
Cut a piece of twine 6 inches to 8 inches long. I love baker’s twince because of the stripes.
Make a loop and tie the two cut edges in a knot.
Place the knot at the top of the ornament design in between two layers of felt. Match up the two layers of felt and clip in place.
Sew a straight stitch around the edge of the felt about 1/8 inch from the edge. Make sure you sew over the twine with the knot down inside to secure it.
Place the iron-on vinyl on the felt ornament. Use an Easypress 2 to apply the iron-on vinyl. Make sure you check the heat and time setting for foil and felt.
Peel the plastic backing off, and you’ve finished your mermaid ornament!
If you make a DIY mermaid ornament using this tutorial, I’d love to see! Please share it on social media with the hashtag #heatherhandmade and tag me!