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DIY Mermaid Bedroom Decor Ideas

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Creating an Inspiring Mermaid Room

Can you give your little mermaid her dream bedroom without breaking the bank? Absolutely! You can transform her room with a little inspiration and some inexpensive craft items. With a little paint, some scissor work and imagination you can create a mystical mermaid bedroom that is cozy and welcoming.

Wall art is easy to make and can really dress up a room. Scroll down the page to find some ideas to help set the stage for your room.

Scrapbook Mermaid Framed Art

Easy scrapbook art with hand painted scale background.

Easy scrapbook art with hand painted scale background.

Nautical Wall Art - Mermaid Quotes and Sayings

A simple wall decoration can help jazz up your room. You could add your favorite quote on a sign like "mermaid on duty" or "I'd rather be a mermaid".

I purchased a 12x12 frame from the dollar store and just added in a piece of scrapbook paper from my paper stash. Which made a cute piece of wall art for the Mermaid room. This was a very easy and simple project. It looks great against the feature wall we created of mermaid scales in hues of blue-green, pink and purple. The overall color scheme to your room.

I used a pot lid to draw out the scales on the wall in pencil and painted each individual scale. If I was going to do this again. I think I would of painted the wall an ombre then drawn out the scales with gold marker, It would have been a much easier process and less time consuming.

I have not see many 12x12 frames at the dollar store. If you cannot find one you could use a regular 8x10 frame and print out a cute saying or mermaid picture and hang that up as well. Adding a seashell to the outside of the frame will jazz up the frame a little more and give it a beach vibe.

Painted Mermaid Canvas

My Mermaid Paint Canvas

My Mermaid Paint Canvas

Quick and Easy Mermaid Canvas

I did this canvas easily. I painted the color I wanted for the mermaid first and then I did a search for a mermaid silhouette. I found one I liked, cut it out and painted the background color over top. I removed the template and this was the result.

I used a silhouette I found online to make the template. For a time this hung in my niece's room but the artwork has been changed out since.

Painting Tip: After you paint the first color lay the mermaid template out down. Do another coat of the first color around the template edges. Wait for the first color to dry than paint your second color. Doing this will help make you outline sharper with little to know bleeding from the second color.

I wish I had know that painting trick when I did the canvas. As you can see I have a considerable amount of bleeding around the edges of my silhouette.


DIY Wood Sign

An easy way to create a little fun in your mermaid room in with a little word art. You could dress up an old piece of wood with a cute saying or you could even stitch it on a pillow.

I like working with paint more than thread so I like the sign idea. I am currently working on a turning the top of an old shelf into a wall sign that says, "A Mermaid Sleeps Here." I will update with a picture as soon as its completed.

Steps for Creating Your Own Sign

  1. Paint or Stain the board the color of your choice and allow to dry if you plan to stencil on the letters or paint the board the color your want your letters to be if your plan on using vinyl letters or stickers to peel off after you apply your other color of paint.
  2. Stencil on your words or create your own stencil. Make sure you have the letters where you want before you begin to paint or outline the letters. Let dry.
  3. Hang by adding wall hooks or use rope for hanging.
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Mermaid Canvas

Mermaid Heads Up

I thought these mermaid canvas art in the above video was worth sharing; though, you do not need a machine to cut out your mermaid silhouette. Just do an image search and you can find an image you can cut out and paste.

If your more adventurous you could even try painting the silhouette and just use the cutout as a stencil.

Mermaids Above Land

Stylize a Bookcase with Mermaid Decor

Mermaid statue sitting on books.

Mermaid statue sitting on books.

Turn Your Old Stuff into Room Art - Use Your Mermaid Toys and Treasures for Decor

My niece had collected a lot of ocean themed stuffed animals and mermaid statues. We used the stuffed animals to decorate the bed area and her chair.

For her book shelf we added a mermaid statue to a collection of her books. Doing this was a great way to style her bookcase with things we already hand on hand. This helped keep the room renovations down.

Letters with Scales


Just a Touch of Under the Sea

I painted the back and sides of the letter with a dark teal paint and decoupaged the patterned scale paper onto this letter. I trimmed it with braided burlap fibers, a faux flower, and some teal ombre beads I had from making a mermaid crown,

Creating Your Own Initial Wall Art

Mandatory SuppliesBasic SuppliesOptional Supplies


Glue or Mod Podge


Wall Hook



Glue Gun

Patterned Paper


Starfish - Isn't it Neat?


Under the Sea Room Inspiration

Seashells and Star Fishes are a Mermaids treasures. Why not include them in your design. You can use display or beach treasures in a shadow box, in a bottle with a cork, or a mirror decoration. If you are more creative you can even turn your seashells into holders for candles.

Sea Treasure Jewelry Box


DIY Mermaid Treasure Box

You can make this jewelry box easily and with low cost to keep your own treasures in. Your local dollar store will have a little box that you can decorate and they will likely have the shells that you can decorate the box with as well. You will need craft glue that will be able to hold the shells in place.

Alternatively you could paint the box and just add one or two shells to the top for decoration.

Decorate with Pearls


Dress Up Your Display Shelf or Curtains

Pearls add a bit of magic and sophistication to your mermaid room. Costume jewelry is great to drape out of a treasure box, give a mirror a makeover or to tie back a set of sparkly curtains.


Susan Britton from Ontario, Canada on April 14, 2017:

This is true and well done. I use this idea also. I add blue glass and only painted one wall in the room blue and everyone thinks my bedroom is blue. It is a very easy way to trick your eye. I like that you recycled pallets to make your sign :)

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