We are in love with seashell mermaid crowns! We’ve seen all kinds of shimmery seashell tiaras this summer so we had to make our very own. We started with an inexpensive rhinestone tiara and used it as a canvas to arrange our shells on. Then finished the shell headband with tiny gems. So glam! Now you can make your own Seashell Mermaid Crown!
What would you do with a mermaid crown when you’re not wearing it? We think it will look great on a bookcase with some of our best shells around it. What do you think? Let us know in the comments!
Jennifer & Kitty
How To Make A Seashell Mermaid Crown
Rhinestone tiara, adult
Scallop shell, 2¼”
White finger starfish, 3”
2 turret shells, 1¾”
8 horse conch shells, ½” to 1¼”
3 to 5 tiny horse conch shells, ¼”
6 round cat’s eye shells ¼” to ½”
8 rock crystal quartz points, ½” to 1¼”
Martha Stewart Crafts Multi-Surface Pearl Craft Paint, Mother of Pearl #32127
Rhinestone cup chain, silver, 2mm (8” length)
28 Swarovski flatback rhinestones, Crystal, 3mm
4 Swarovski flatback rhinestones, Crystal, 4mm
E6000 Permanent Adhesive
1. Paint the shells and starfish Mother of Pearl and let dry.
2. Embellish the starfish with rhinestone cup chain. To do this, snip the cup chain into strips to fit. Apply the E6000 directly to the arms of the starfish with a toothpick and place the strips of cup chain on top.
3. Glue the scallop shell to the front center of the tiara using the E6000. Hold the shell in place for a minute or two while the glue sets up. Glue the starfish on top of the scallop so one of the arms points straight up.
4. Sort the horse conch shells from largest to smallest. Glue the two largest conchs on either side of the scallop shell so they are standing almost upright. Glue the two turrets on either side of the conchs followed by the next two largest conchs. Glue the next two conchs at a slight angle, then glue the last two conchs on either side so they rest horizontally along the tiara band.
5. Sort the quartz points from largest to smallest. Tuck and glue the four largest quartz points so they are standing up in the gaps between the scallop shell, the largest conchs, and the turrets. Glue the rest in between the rest of the shells along the tiara band.
Here’s a video showing how we handle and glue tiny rhinestone gems.
6. Tuck and glue the rest of the tiny shells in any gaps along the tiara band. Glue 3mm rhinestones around the outside edge of the scallop shell, using the toothpick to apply the glue. Glue two 4mm rhinestones to the bottom of the scallop shells and two on the outside edge of the tiara band. Finish by gluing a 3mm rhinestone to each quartz point, and round cat’s eye shell.