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Plan a Day of Under the Sea Fun Inspired by The Little Mermaid

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Take your kids for an under-the-sea adventure! Set the scene with these crafts and recipes inspired by The Little Mermaid, now streaming on Disney+!

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The Little Mermaid Coloring Page

What You’ll Need:

  • Printable PDF
  • Regular paper
  • Markers, crayons, or colored pencils

How to Make It:

  • Download the PDF above, print, and get coloring!
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Mermaid Tail Cupcakes

What You’ll Need:

  • Your favorite cupcake recipe
  • White frosting
  • Teal or white candy melts
  • Teal and purple food coloring (Alternatively, mix green and blue for teal, and red and blue for purple)
  • Sprinkles
  • Cupcake collar in scale print, iridescent, or other mermaid designs!
  • Mermaid tail silicone mold
  • Cupcake liners
  • Large zip closure plastic bag
  • Scissors

How to Make It:

  • Prepare the cake batter according to your favorite recipe.
  • Place cupcake liners into a cupcake tray, and fill each one with cupcake batter about 2/3 of the way. Bake according to the recipe instructions. Set aside to cool.
  • To make 4 mermaid tails, place about 2/3 cup of candy melts in a microwave safe bowl. (Note: Amount varies depending on the size of the molds and how many you want to make. Increase as needed to make more mermaid tails.)
  • Microwave for 30 seconds at a time, stirring frequently.
  • If you only have white candy melts, add food coloring to the melts to create a teal color.
  • Using a small spoon, fill the molds. If you overfill, it’s okay – you can trim any excess off once set.

  • Place the mold in the freezer for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the mold from the freezer and carefully pop out the mermaid tails. If you need to cut off the excess, place on a cutting board and use a small paring knife to clean them up. Store in the refrigerator until you’re ready to add them to the cupcakes.
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  • Place frosting in a bowl. Add food coloring to make it purple. Mix until the color is smooth and evenly distributed.
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  • Scoop the frosting into a large zip-closure plastic bag. Twist the bag to move the frosting into one corner of the bag, then cut a small corner off. Tada! Piping bag!
  • Pipe frosting onto each cupcake.
  • Remove the mermaid tails from the refrigerator and place one into the center of each cupcake.
  • Top it off with sprinkles and a mermaid-inspired cupcake collar.
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Ariel’s Starfish Treats

What You’ll Need:

  • Tortillas
  • Sugar
  • Food coloring
  • Cooking oil (vegetable or canola)
  • Cinnamon (Optional)
  • Candy eyes
  • Frosting

How to Make It:

  • Prepare the colored sugar. Put about ½ to 1 cup of sugar in each of three bowls. You can optionally add cinnamon for taste, but note that this may fade the vibrancy of the color just a bit.
  • Add 3-4 drops of food coloring into the sugar bowls and use a fork to break it up and stir it around. It may take a couple minutes to mix it together well. Use the fork to break up any dark clumps. Repeat with the other colors.
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  • Next, use a small knife or kitchen shears to cut out as many star shapes from tortillas.

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  • Pour about ½ inch of cooking oil in a pan and heat it to medium-high.
  • Place one star in the oil to test the heat. It should start to bubble and sizzle once it touches the oil. If it doesn’t, turn up the heat a little bit and try again.
  • Once the oil is heated well, use tongs to place a few stars in the oil and let them fry.
  • Turn them over once the edges look light brown, and remove them once the underside is also light brown.
  • Place them on a plate with a paper towel (to help soak up excess oil and cool for a couple seconds).
  • Use the tongs and/or a fork to place the stars in the sugar and coat them completely. Turn them over a couple times, scoop the sugar on top, and roll it all around in there to get it nicely covered. Lightly tap off any extra sugar.
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  • Place candy eyes on the stars! You can use frosting or gel frosting to help keep the eyes on, or serve them flat and let the eyes rest on top.
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Ariel’s Grotto Candelabra

What You’ll Need:

  • A small candelabra
  • White, teal, green, and purple acrylic paint
  • Paintbrush
  • Decoupage glue
  • Hot glue
  • Small sea shells
  • Metal or plastic fork, spoon, and knife

How to Make It:

  • If the candelabra is a darker color, start by painting a primer coat of white paint. Let dry completely.
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  • Paint the candelabra with a coat of teal paint. Let dry completely, then lightly brush green and purple in random spots to add accents of color.
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  • Repeat the same steps to paint the silverware. Let dry completely.
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  • Seal the candelabra and the silverware with a coat of decoupage glue. This creates a more finished look!
  • To attach the silverware, apply a generous amount of hot glue inside each of the candle holders, and place and hold the silverware upright inside the candle holders until the glue sets.
  • Attach a few shells around the candelabra with hot glue.
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  • Enjoy!
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