7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips - Day 2

Today is day 2 of 7 Days of Thrift Shop Flips in honor of National Thrift Shop Day and I used some vintage dolls and make little mermaids!

Upcycled Vintage Mermaid Dolls

Thrift Shop Flips in Honor of National Thrift Shop Day

It started with these little dolls, a bag of paper mache mix, and some sculpting tools.

I also used some aluminum foil and old newspaper to make the base for the tails.

I folded over the top of my piece of aluminum foil several times to make it a little sturdier then started rolling up my doll in it to begin the base of her tail.

Then I added some crumpled paper to fill it out a little as I rolled.

Rolling, rolling, rolling... get that dolly rolling... 😁

And scrunching and shaping as I went.

Then I taped the tail in place.

Then I mixed up the paper mache following the directions on the bag and started covering the aluminum foil armature.

I'm sorry, I didn't take any pictures as I was doing this because my hands were covered in wet paper mache!!

This is after they dried for about a week. I thought it took an awfully long time for it to dry. I've never used this stuff before but if I try this again I would try mixing it a little drier I think.

I then painted their tails and started playing around with different trims to dress them up.

They got tiny little shell bras. My mermaids are modest 😉

And they got belly button rhinestones.

I made their crowns from an empty toilet paper tube. The collage below shows the steps. Once they were formed and glued I painted them and then added glitter.

I also added little pearl earrings.


Tomorrow's project involves these cool baking pans!