First, I have to say that creating a mermaid themed birthday party for a little girl is so much fun! This item wasn't even on the Mom's wish list but when I saw it and explained my idea she was on board immediately- because it's her daugher's birthday and she wants to be a mermaid princess (don't we all?) and both she and I are on board with making that happen for this little girl, and who doesn't want a mermaid trident wand to go with their birthday mermaid outfit and crown? I mean COME ON right?!
For this craft, you will need:
- A Trident/devil's pitch-fork (mine is on the smaller end, but any size would work)
- Sea Shells
- Lots of Ribbon/Strips of Fabric
- Glue (I used hot glue, but other types of glue would work also)
1. Paint Trident (If needed)
I was able to find a trident in a color that matched my chosen color scheme, but you may not be so lucky. If you need to paint your trident/pitchfork, I recommend using spray paint that is meant for plastic so it does not flake off.
2. Choose/Arrange Sea Shells & Paint As Needed
For this craft, I wanted something reminiscent of the Mermaid Crown I made for the party so they would "match" but on a smaller scale, so I chose similar types of shells and arranged them in a similar way I did on the crown. Once I had my choices and arrangement of shells, I chose what colors I wanted to paint them, and painted them and covered them in glitter, the same way I did on the mermaid crown (Paint base color, top with glitter paint and real glitter for maximum shine).
3. Tie Ribbon to Trident
I arranged the ribbon and strips of fabric I chose to match the color scheme in an order I liked and a length that worked, and I tied that around the handle of the trident right below the base of the trident prongs and then tied a bright pink ribbon on top of the ribbon knot, topped it with a bow to hide the knot underneath, then glued the tied ribbon down to ensure it stayed in place.
4. Glue Sea Shells Into Place
Now all that's left is to glue your painted sea shells into place in the arrangement you chose over the bow to give it a last bit of mermaid flair!
Now it's ready for the birthday girl!