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Coolest Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea 23

by Zuny
(Moraga, CA)

Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea

Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea
Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea

This year for Halloween, my daughter wanted to be a mermaid on a rock. I have been making costumes for my kids for a few years now, but this was by far the most challenging and detailed. She wanted the mermaid to be glittery and magical with blue and green hair and a huge fin.

The first step was to design the mermaid dress. I drew a diagram of what I wanted the top, tail and fin to look like and drew a pattern on a large piece of brown packing paper. After drawing the fin and tail shapes that I wanted, I cut them out in blue satin fabric. I lined the fin with double sheets of craft foam and inserted 1/2" plastic irrigation flexible drip line on both sides of the fin to give it more body. I then hot glued some glittery embellishments on the fin which I purchased in the holiday decoration section at Michael's craft store.

I also cut out the curved tail section from the same blue satin fabric. I purchased sheer iridescent fabric in blue and silver and cut out hundreds of individual circles for the "scales". The variation in the 2 colors of the sheer fabric made the tail look more authentically "fishy". After cutting out the scales, I painted each one with silver fabric paint around the perimeter to prevent fraying and to give them more shine. I then sewed all of the scales to the front of the tail. Because I wanted the tail to ultimately lie on top of the rock, I did not pad it heavily so that it would not be too bulky. I then attached the fin to the end of the tail.

Next came the top. I measured my daughter and cut out a simple bodice which I embellished heavily with tons of sea-themed items including: pieces of fishing-net, shells, pearls, dangling beads and even a few miniature starfish. I pleated and ruffled green and blue scraps of fabric to simulate seaweed and ocean grasses and embellished everything with blue and green rhinestones. I was very pleased with how the top came out. I attached the tail to the top so that it could be worn without the rock(like a dress).

For the rock, I purchased 3 yards of felt fabric in various shades of tan and brown that looked like the colors of a rock. I cut a large circle of the felt fabric and appliqu├ęd seaweed, fish and shells all around with ruffled ribbons and glittery fabric. To make the rock "stand-up", I inserted a hula-hoop inside which I attached with fabric tabs after removing the beads inside it which make noise. I cut out a circle in the center for the waistband and attached an elastic to it. This way the rock was removable.I also draped some fishing net and starfish to the rock.

Finally, I decorated a headband with the same type of embellishments that I had used on the top and attached synthetic blue and green hair directly to the headband. I did an Internet search on face painting styles to find one that I liked and purchased some face paint on Ebay. The face painting really completed the mermaid look beautifully and was not as difficult as I would have expected.

My daughter was thrilled with my Homemade Mermaid on a Rock Unique Halloween Costume Idea and received many compliments on it! It was a lot of work but seeing the finished costume made it all worth it.

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She looks completely amazing!
by: Terri

I love the details and her makeup looks awesome. Brilliant job!

Wow!!!
by: Anonymous

This costume is GORGEOUS. You are such a talented mom, and you daughter is very lucky. I'd really like to see this entry win something, because its stunning.

So cool
by: Sara

I was looking at all the mermaid costumes, and I'd have to say this is my favorite. It's beautiful, creative, detailed, and so different form the others.

mermaid Costume Idea 23
by: Anonymous

This is gorgeous! and the best one I have seen on the web. I hope mine can compare. Thanks for sharing the details.

Fantastic!
by: Marion

This is a work of art! You have one lucky daughter!

Pattern
by: SusieQ

Wish you would make up a pattern for the basic costume. , for one, would love to buy it!

MOVE OVER, Disney!
by: Paige

I am very impressed with your imagination and the engineering skill you have. NICE JOB!

Homemade Mermaid Costume
by: Sophie

This is amazing.. How can I get you to make me one? I will pay you to make it. I am a junior 9/10. Please!?!

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