Sweet Mermaid Clothespin Craft (Clothespin Dolls) with Free Template

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Be sure to bag yourself the free printable templates to create this gorgeous Mermaid Clothespin Craft. The 30-minute activity is perfect for sleepover parties or to give as favors at mermaid-themed parties!

Row of three mermaid dolls made with clothespins. Text overlay says"Mermaid Clothespin Craft". Same craft images featured throughout from various angles, and with different text overlays, unless otherwise described.

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Mermaid Clothespin Craft

The full list of materials, tools, and instructions is found in the printable tutorial card at the end of this post. I highly recommend reading the blog post all the way through before starting this project to ensure that you have everything required and understand the steps and timings involved.

Looking for some fun and easy summer craft ideas? Well, look no further than this mermaid clothespin craft!

Using a few simple (and cheap) supplies – wooden clothespins (pegs), paint, paper, and glitter glue, you can create beautiful and colorful mermaid dolls in around 30 minutes.

This sweet craft is one that older kids could manage on their own, but younger kiddos will need a helping hand.

You can mix and match all sorts of colors when making your mermaid clothespin dolls, and go wild with glitter and rhinestones!

The mermaid clothespins (or clothes pegs as we call them in the UK) are super cute to clip to a banner or gift bag for a Mermaid Birthday Party!


Materials & Tools Used in This Craft

The complete list of supplies, which may include basic crafting items that you already have can be found in the tutorial card at the end of this post. For your convenience, I’ve linked any notable materials and tools needed for this project to Amazon below.

Cheap Craft Supplies

A great thing about this craft idea is that it’s very budget-friendly using supplies you may already have or can be purchased cheaply in stores:

If you’re in the USA, check out your local Dollar Store or Dollar Tree; and if you’re in the UK, the PoundshopThe RangeWilko, and Baker Ross are great places to shop for cheap and inexpensive craft supplies. The rest of the world reading this – I don’t know every cheap store – sorry! But hunt the ones out in your location for crafting bargains!

Little Mermaid Clothespin Craft

More Sleepover Crafts

Looking for more crafts for the kiddo’s sleepover? Here are some more for you – right-click to open a new tab to red next:

I’ve shared lots of great craft ideas on The Purple Pumpkin Blog over the years, in fact, there are 100+ crafts to make and do at home for you to try!

Fun Mermaid Craft with Clothespins

How Do I Make Mermaid Clothespins?

Just check out the how-to card below with full materials, tools, and instructions. Any demonstration photos do not print out to save your ink.

Sweet Mermaid Clothespin Craft Tutorial

Mermaid Clothespins

Yield: 3
Active Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Difficulty: Beginner

The 30-minute Mermaid Clothespin Craft is perfect for sleepover parties or to give as favors at mermaid-themed parties!


  • Wooden Clothespins (spring-style)
  • Acrylic Paint - Various shades of flesh tones, Green, Pink, Purple, Blue, Red, Yellow, Lime, Aqua
  • Free Printable Mermaid Template
  • Craft Paper; Various shades of flesh tones, Green, Pink, Purple, Blue, Red, Yellow, Lime, Aqua
  • Glitter Glue; Shades to coordinate
  • Rhinestones/Pearls


  • Paintbrush
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Glue Stick
  • Low-Temp Glue Gun and Glue Sticks


  1. Paint the top one-third of the clothespin with a variety of flesh-tone paints of your choice. Set aside to dry.

    Painting Clothespin in Flesh Tones
  2. Paint the bottom two-thirds of the clothespin with a variety of rainbow-colored paints of your choice. Set aside to dry.

    Painting Clothespins in Tail Colors
  3. Download, print and cut out the mermaid patterns with scissors.
  4. Trace the Mermaid head pattern onto a variety of flesh tone craft papers with a pencil. Trace the Mermaid hair patterns, and the Mermaid tail patterns onto a variety of colored craft papers. Cut out all patterns with scissors. Attach the hair to the head with a glue stick. Attach the tails to the base of the clothespins with a glue gun.

    Adding Heads to Clothespins

    Attaching Hair to Mermaid Clothespins

    Attaching Mermaid Tails to Clothespins
  5. Clip the Mermaid heads with hair into the top of the clothespin. No need to attach with glue then you can mix and match the Mermaids!


  6. Attach two self-adhesive half rhinestones or pearls to the Mermaid as the bathing suit top.

    Adding Beads to Mermaid Clothespins
  7. Accent each Mermaid tail with glitter glue in a coordinating color, and then set aside to dry.

    Completed Clothespin Mermaids

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