Requires a bit of skill with scissors or if your child hasn’t mastered this yet, you can assist. My 5 year old did most of this project independently but needed a bit of help sticking down parts of the hair and cutting out the tail.


  • 1 toilet roll
  • 4 pieces of different coloured paper (red, green, purple, orange)
  • 1 scissors
  • 1 glue stick or sticky tape
  • 1 black, pink and purple texta


  1. Clean any remnants off the empty toilet roll.
  2. Cut strips of orange and green paper and wrap them around the roll and secure at the back with glue/sticky tape.
  3. Cut out a mermaid tail and stick to the back of the roll.
  4. Cut a thin strip or purple paper and stick it around the middle of the roll.
    Cut out 2 shell shapes and place on this strip for the shell bra.
  5. Draw fish scales on the green paper and added tail.
  6. Cut out a strip of red paper and wrap around the top of the roll for her hair. Then cut long sheets and secure to the top of the roll lengthwise. Cut strips up the sheet to form strands of her hair. Curl if you wish.
  7. Draw on eyes, mouth, pink cheeks and a bellybutton.

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    • 07 Jan 2016
      11:09 am

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  • Such a good idea kids will love this project thanks for sharing


  • You could stick your child’s name on it and voila! A personalised decor item for their room


  • Super easy and looks beautiful


  • The humble toilet roll holder insert. Many a fab creative use for these gems


  • Great idea for kids to do. So bright and cheery. One could also do dragons. How cool would that be.


  • Oh my gosh, SOOOO cute!! love it


  • my little one is maybe a little too small for this, but i bed she would help me make one haha great way to have her pick out colours


  • This is a bit too advanced for us but the picture made me smile. :)


  • They won’t last long though in the water hah ah


  • I’m finding so many things to do with toilet roll holders. Who would’ve thought they could be so much fun

    • Yeah there is stacks of things you can do with toilet rolls


  • My daughter has asked to make this again! Perfect to make and endless variations.


  • Must try to make your mermaid,it is so lovely!


  • Nice ! My kids used to do a lot of toilet roll crafts. I printed them out from DLTK kids.com , They have a list with over 360 toilet roll crafts !! http://www.dltk-kids.com/type/tp_roll.htm


  • love recycling ideas that keep the kids busy. Great idea. Thanks


  • Thank you the photo looks so cute. I’m sure we could make some friends to go with the mermaid.


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