The Christmas Mermaid
This little project got it's start almost a year ago. I was walking through TJMaxx last January, perusing the leftover Christmas merchandise, when I spotted her: The Christmas Mermaid.
It just so happens I know someone who loves mermaids, and a Christmas Mermaid? Bonus points!
Welcome back to the 'Do It Over' Designers blog hop. We are a group of bloggers who love to recycle/upcycle/DIY. I'm so happy to host this blog hop and hope you'll visit everyone to see what they have to share with you. Their links will be listed at the end of this post.
This mermaid was originally a large gift sack.
It came with two red rope ties that I pulled out before I took the picture.
I thought it was a shame to use it for gift-wrapping - never to be seen again, and it already had this wonderful channel sewn-in at the top:
So, out came the seam ripper and the side seams were gone in no time at all. I cut the sack across the bottom and I now had two large pieces. Here's the other one:
Each piece was approximately 29-30 inches long.
That measurement combined with that channel already sewn at the top meant this mermaid was about to become a banner. All I had to do was hem the bottom and re-stitch the sides. No pics, just trust me, I did sew them!
The next step was a getting a dowel and two wooden balls for the ends.
The dowel needed to be cut down, so I 'eyeballed' the length I wanted and cut it with my trusty hack saw.
Everything was painted with gold craft paint and it was time to put the banner together...dowel through the channel, wooden balls added - use a little glue, tie on the rope, and it was done.
So much better than a large gift sack!
I think she's adorable and she's on her way to my daughter for her Christmas decorating this year. Yes, she's the mermaid-lover, has been since she was a little girl.
The moral of this story is make sure you dig through the leftover Christmas merchandise in January. You never know what you'll find at a bargain price!
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Now it's time to visit the rest of the team. We have ideas, a Baker's Dozen actually, to share with you. Be sure to stop by each blog for some amazing Upcycling/Recycling/DIY projects. The links are listed below: