My baby girl really, really likes mermaids. And she wanted a mermaid costume. A pink mermaid costume. She has another (warmer) costume for Halloween so this was just going to be for dress up. I don't sew, but figuring out how to make it myself still seemed like the best option. And the whole thing only cost about 10 bucks.
I started googling and found a tutorial for a no sew mermaid tail at Living Locurto though I didn't follow the instructions exactly.
But I still needed a top. I found a peach colored t-shirt and this fabric at Joann's:
and used Heat n' Bond to make this:
She also needed a mermaid crown. I painted a starfish I found at Michael's and hot glued it to a tiara.
Here's my little mermaid about to dive into the ocean:
She loves books featuring her favorite mermaids, Ariel and Barbie. (I know, I know.) But a mermaid book that she likes and I also like is Three Little Mermaids, a story about three little mermaids who have a tea party with different sea creatures and get lots of counting practice. It has some really cute interactive features like crabs that pinch and a turtle that dances.