If you saw my post from yesterday, then you know my daughter wants to be Ariel from “The Little Mermaid” for Halloween this year.  And of course, she wants to be Ariel in her mermaid form – the kid always makes it extremely easy on me…

So since we’ve done the tail, and the Flounder Trick-or-Treat Bucket, it’s time for the top.

At first I purchased a small purple bikini top and called it a day.  But of course, I couldn’t just keep it simple and make it easy on myself.  It runs in the family, can you tell?

Anyway, I convinced myself that it was worth it to stay up past 1:00 am on a work night because Ariel doesn’t wear a bikini top – she wears seashells!  Don’t you want to stay up until the wee hours of the morning making an item of clothing your little mermaid will wear only once?  Course you do!  So let’s get crack-a-lackin!

You will also need both a large and a small paintbrush, which of course was too complicated for me to remember.  (Eye roll.)

I think the hardest part in this entire process was finding the purple bra/bikini top.  Although even that only took two stores (I found mine at Walmart by the way, in the Junior’s section).

step 1: Lay your bikini top on the foam and use a permanent marker to trace around the edges.

step 2: Remove your bikini top and connect the edges as seen on the left.

step 3: Draw the different parts of each seashell.

step 4: Cut out each individual section of your seashells.

step 5:  Cut the edges of the top to give the sections of the seashells a more natural, rounded look.  Like so:

I know it’s a little confusing, so feel free to ask if you have any questions!

step 6: Continue cutting until all sections of the seashells are rounded off.

step 7: Glue the sections of each seashell together using your hot glue gun, but don’t actually glue the two seashells together.

step 8: Your two seashells should not be connected at this point.  Lay them on the felt and trace around them.  Its alright if its messy, as the felt will be on the back where no one will see it.

step 9: Cut out your felt.

step 10: Attach the felt onto the back of the seashells using your hot glue gun.

step 11: Glue the seashells onto the bikini top using your hot glue gun.

**NOTE: If you are making this seashell bra for a young woman, be sure to mold the seashells onto the cups in order to keep their round shape.  I glued my seashells down very haphazardly, which ended up flattening out the bra.  It doesn’t matter so much in our case, but anyone over the age of 12 that decides to wear these seashells will definitely want a bit more… erm… support.

step 12: Paint your seashells purple using the bigger paintbrush.

step 13: Use the small paintbrush to add some “shadow” between the sections of the seashells, as well as along the edges.

And that’s it!!  Quick and painless, and pretty darn cute.

Now your little mermaid is truly starting to look like Ariel!!  You could even add a Starfish Hairpin to her hair (I told you mermaid hair was in fashion).  ^_-

I would love to see you tomorrow for the last of my Halloween trifecta.  I will be showing you how to make a Flounder trick-or-treat bucket to really put the finishing touches on your Little Mermaid Ariel costume!  See you then!!