DIY Mermaid of the Sea Candle Holders

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Moms and dads gather your little mermaids and little mermen… this adorable craft is so much fun to make and SUPER easy. We all love an easy DIY right?

There is just something so magical and amazing with mermaids even though they are a very popular mythical creature still today! Mermaids have been in the stories told by many cultures all over the world. The colorful scales of their tails reflecting in the water and flickering in the candlelight of this candle holder will have the receiver in awe. You can definitely make this for yourself or as the perfect gift for the mermaid, sea, or candle lover.This Mermaid of the Sea candle holder can be made in any color you choose. I chose three colors to mix and give it a beautiful scale effect using pastel colors of purple, blue, and pink. Mixing them in a pattern made them not only cute but more realistic for the scales on the glass.

So let’s get started so you can get these beautiful candle holders created and light those candles!

Pictured below is what you will need. I was able to buy all my supplies from my local Wal-Mart which made it super inexpensive and very convenient! I made three candle holders but feel free to make as many as you would like for your home or gift giving!

  • Stone granules or sand
  • Three small mason jars
  • About 5-7 small seashells
  • Three tea light candles
  • Colored tissue paper
  • “gloss” Mod Podge glue
  • Small paint brushes

First thing I did was cut my tissue paper into half circles to show the shape of a scale. I layered the tissue paper up so I could cut many all at once.

Next, I brushed a small area at a time on my mason jar and layered my scale-shaped tissue in a pattern three in a row going vertical however going side by side switch the colors up so the same colors aren’t touching each other.Make sure you are going light on the Mod Podge because a little does go a long way. Apply a thin layer over your tissue scales so that when it dries it gives off a good shine of the gloss and will look perfect with the flickering of the candle.

Once it is dry – add your sand, tea light candle and a few shells and viola – you are done and have created something just as magical as the mermaid itself.Are you or any of your kids into the popularity of the mermaid?


  • Reply Bill Sweeney July 13, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    Now this looks like a fun craft to do with the family. I can just imagine what creations our kids would come up with. These look amazing.

  • Reply Melissa Chapman July 13, 2018 at 1:14 pm

    I have always been in love with shell collecting on the beach. These candle holders are a great way to display those shells and have a craft for the kids to make.

  • Reply Carol Cassara July 13, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    What a fun project that you can make with the kids and I love that the theme’s all about mermaids. It’s such a hit with the kids these days especially the little girls. Perfect design for the summer too!

  • Reply Rosey July 13, 2018 at 11:47 pm

    Mermaids are magical. These are lovely. Cuter than anything I’ve seen in the stores!

  • Reply Annemarie LeBlanc July 14, 2018 at 4:26 am

    Those candle holders would be really pretty on the patio while I indulge in some quiet time. I am going to grab your idea and make some for myself. Thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Dogvills July 14, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    This would be a perfect project after a trip to the beach. It is not only a useful DIY craft, it is also a pretty way to keep memories of the trip alive. It would be nice if you could use the sea shells you’ve picked from the trip too.

  • Reply Jocelyn @ Hip Mama's Place July 15, 2018 at 10:32 pm

    What cute, summer-themed candle holders! This would be a great afternoon project with the kiddos too!

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