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It’s still cold, there’s still snow on the ground, and you can’t really do much of anything outside for any length of time.  I’ve been spending a part of every afternoon this week sitting in a patch of sun in the living room, working on a mermaid paper doll with my kiddos.  Here’s what we’ve come up with:


And the files you need:    mermaid_jada

Please note:  She’s a long, tall drink of water.  If you make her out of lightweight paper, you’ll want to reinforce her back with another strip of paper. 

I like the notion of using her base as a stand, but I haven’t fiddled around with it enough to give good instructions.  Input is welcome.

Also, and this is very important, you’ll need to cut two small slats in her hair for her combs and crowns because, as we all know, mermaids like their bling.  Two small slats cut just on her shoulder line should be enough to hold her tops in place.



    • Grandma Sara
    • Posted February 10, 2009 at 7:13 pm
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    Nellie – I really like the mer-cat. You sure can draw!

    Love and hugs.

    • Jane
    • Posted February 11, 2009 at 3:18 pm
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    Oh-la-la! I especially love the strategically placed kiwi slices!!

    • Barbara Wood
    • Posted February 15, 2009 at 5:28 pm
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    How about a coral house where she can keep her pearls and jewels from the sunken ships. It would have to be very very secret so the entry ways would have to be almost invisible and possibly guarded by mermaid friends, such as an octupus and/or some sort of fish that looks like seaweed or a piece of coral. I wonder if an underground volcano might produce enough bubbles to obscure the coral house? It would contribute interesting lighting so that we might better appreciate the jewels, right?

    • Nellie
    • Posted February 16, 2009 at 12:33 pm
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    Nellie says to tell you all the following (loosely summarized): Thank you for looking at my paperdolls! It was really, really nice of you to write notes. They are a fun thing to do. Keep coming back because I’m getting a lot better at them, although I don’t think I can get better at the cat.
    Anyway, thanks so much you all! We’ve really got a kick out of reading your comments. -LSW

    • AdrianK
    • Posted March 8, 2009 at 7:41 pm
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    Jada is so bright and colorful, I’m sure we could see her here in the waters of sunny south Florida. Thanks for sending her our way. She is just so pretty!

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