After sanding the little mermaids I set out to paint them....
For the mermaid hair I tied little bundles of tinsel together and simply glued the hair in place on top of each head.
I think they turned out kinda cute~ The little faces look very garish in these photos, but hanging on the tree they look fine.
I also glittered up some seashells to add to the tree as well.
I had no rhyme or reason for the way I posed each mermaid.... When each one was finished I had to figure out what to do with the arms/hands--- so I added some small shells or some glittered seaweed and some small pearls.
Of course, I added some rhinestone necklaces too.
I was going to create a spectacular tree topper but figured I had better keep plugging away on the doll clothing I am creating for a Christmas gift....
So I just added a mermaid at the top of the tree for now.
I'm glad they are finished! Although-- at a later date, I may cut each mermaids hair a little shorter as you can't really see the mermaids tails very well.
Remember the old green trunk I bought a few weeks ago? I painted it black and highlighted the embossing on the old trunk with some metallic silver paint.
I have never had a tree with a tall tree trunk before, when it was fully decorated I thought it looked a little "wonky"-- so I stuck it in the old steamer trunk and added a few presents in the trunk as well. A mermaid tree in a pirate chest. Perfect. I see our 30 year old magic elf has found his way to the pirate chest.....
It is hard to believe Christmas is a week away!