Mermaid Kisses and Starfish Wishes DIY Bookmarks

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If you love reading, your kids love reading, or you are just a fan of the sea – this DIY of Mermaid and Starfish bookmarks is a fun craft for all ages! Mermaids are so popular right now and I love doing crafts with them because you get to be so creative with making this colorful, mythical creature. I love how the sequins are perfect for the tails to add shine, color and make them appear like scales!This craft is not only fun but it is super easy and allows your kiddos to use their imagination when constructing their own bookmark for their favorite book! You can find all your supplies at your local Wal-Mart which is not only convenient but it helps to make this craft easy to make when you can gather all your supplies in one spot.Items you will need:

  • Clothespins
  • Hot glue gun
  • Elmer’s clear glue (not pictured)
  • Sequins
  • Colorful foam
  • Scissors
  • Starfish and mermaid tail cookie cutters
  • White chalk marker


First, you will use your cookie cutters to trace your shape onto the foam and then cut out. If you do not own mermaid and starfish shaped cookie cutters you can always free hand on the foam or find a print out online that you like and want to mimic the same. Have your mermaid tail fin pointing upwards as shown in the picture so you can see how to lay your sequins. Using your clear glue start at the bottom of the tail fin spread it thinly and add your sequins. I placed newspaper underneath so that the clear glue and hot glue didn’t get anywhere to make a sticky mess. I used three colors on each tail to just make it colorful and appear more scale-like.

Let it dry completely before hot gluing to your clothespin. This will ensure no sequins fall off while trying to dry. Next, for your starfish cut out – use your chalk marker to add details to the starfish. Using your clear glue you can add sequins to the middle of the starfish so that it flows with the sequin theme of your mermaid tails! Once the chalk markings and sequins have completely dried you can hot glue the starfish to your clothespin.Super cute, and super easy. With back-to-school coming up quicker than we’d like to think – this is a perfect DIY the kids can do on a boring afternoon and will get great use out of them! If your kids are like mine and enjoy reading, they can make as many as they want and use them for school too – My girls love using bookmarks in their binders and even school workbooks!

They also make a great little welcome back to school gifts for their friends! Make a day of it, create a bunch and have the kids hand them out to their friends when they head back to school!

What do you think? Super cute, right?


  • Reply robin rue July 30, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I am having my nieces stay over in a few weeks, so this would be a fun craft to do with them. The older one is super into mermaids :)

  • Reply Glenda Cates July 30, 2018 at 8:55 am

    These are adorable and I can’t wait to share them with my Stepdaughter to see if she would make them for my nieces for there Christmas Stockings as reading is so important to children and the bookmarks would get them to want to read. Also, my son says they would be a great gift for his Teacher and the girls in his classroom.

  • Reply Alli Smith July 30, 2018 at 9:10 am

    I love these bookmarks, especially the mermaid! This will be a fun craft to do with my grandkids. They will love making these bookmarks.

  • Reply Jeanette July 30, 2018 at 10:57 am

    That is such a cute idea. My kiddos would love to do something like this! I definitely think I will be doing this with my kiddos and my nephew and my niece.

  • Reply Terri Steffes July 30, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    What a fun craft and versatile, too! I would use the starfish ones as potato chip bag clips!

  • Reply Amber Myers July 30, 2018 at 3:41 pm

    I just love how they turned out. I LOVE to read, so I always need bookmarks. I’ll have to make these with my daughter.

  • Reply Sara Welch July 30, 2018 at 6:07 pm

    I remember making bookmarks when I was a kid. This is a really fun project!

  • Reply Wendy July 30, 2018 at 7:55 pm

    These are so cute and colorful! I need to make some book marks before school starts back up.

  • Reply Carol Cassara July 30, 2018 at 9:20 pm

    Talk about a cute bookmark for the kids to keep or to give to their best friends! I think it’s a fun activity especially this summer. They’re really going to enjoy making this!

  • Reply Lisa Martin July 30, 2018 at 11:39 pm

    What a neat idea. My little girl would absolutely love to do this craft she loves anything mermaid.

  • Reply Ricci July 31, 2018 at 12:15 am

    First of all I love that The Boxcar Children books are still around, I used to LOVE those books when I was a kid!! I also love your crafts, so cute!!

  • Reply Heather July 31, 2018 at 12:43 am

    Oh my gosh, that’s a very cute idea. I love that bookmark. I have to show my kids this so they can do something like this in our craft/game room.

  • Reply Lisa Favre July 31, 2018 at 6:47 am

    Oh my goodness… cutest bookmarks ever! Is it wrong that I want this for my own book and not to share with the kiddos!?

  • Reply Chubskulit Rose July 31, 2018 at 7:19 am

    I miss the times when I could do these type of projects with my kids. Now that they are older, the fun stuff are getting less and less lol.

  • Reply Vyjay Rao July 31, 2018 at 12:36 pm

    We all are passionate about reading in our home. Our house is always overflowing with books and yes we love innovative and creative bookmarks. The mermaid and starfish bookmarks look so cute and are so innovative.

  • Reply Jenn @ EngineerMommy July 31, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    I love these bookmarks. I bet my girls would love to make some of these. I will add this to my To-Make list for this weekend!!

  • Reply Cassie Tucker July 31, 2018 at 3:48 pm

    Can I just say that I love that you used The Boxcar Children as your model book, I loved that series when I was a kid. I’m going to have to get the materials together to make these with my niece the next time she comes to visit.

  • Reply Angela Ricardo Bethea August 1, 2018 at 3:03 am

    That sounds like a fun project to do with the kids. Those look absolutely adorable, I’m sure they would enjoy making this.

  • Reply Terri Beavers August 1, 2018 at 6:23 pm

    This is such a cute idea, my kids would enjoy making these!

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