Little Mermaid costumes

A few weeks ago I helped my cousins put on a short Little Mermaid musical. We didn’t have much time so instead of making costumes from scratch we decided to go with a more modern take and used clothing everyone already had plus a few special accessories.

After many evening rehearsals the big night finally arrived! My nervous crew bravely performed for a packed house living room but they had nothing to fear. The crowd (2 parents, 2 grandparents, and 1 cousin) adored them and even asked for autographs afterwards. Great job, ladies!

cheap ariel costume

Ariel: We tried to follow the Little Mermaid’s color scheme by using purple leggings, bright red nails, and a pretty blue/green dress.

I crafted her seashell bow head band from scrap book paper, sea glass, and shells. Tutorial and more pictures of it here!

Favorite quote: “Okay, wait, why is Ariel mad at her Dad?” (The moment I realized not one of my cast members had actually seen the Little Mermaid before. Talk about feeling OLD.)

DIY prince eric costume

cheap prince eric costume

Prince Eric: There was a gender gap but a baggy white shirt, brown leggings, buckled boots, and lots black eyeliner helped to bridge it. Too funny. :D

Favorite quote:
“Hey, girl….” (To Ariel during Kiss the Girl)

Sebastian costume homemade

seabstian costume homemade

Sebastian: A pretty red top, red nails, and a coral bracelet helped to channel our composer crab. Personally, I thought the oven mitts were hysterical and tried to get “Sebastian” to wear them during the play but she would only wear them for the pictures. Fine, I know how to pick my battles.

Favorite quote: “I’m not Sebastian, I’m a Sebastian-ista!” (While picking out her costume.)

Ursual little mermaid costume

homemade ursula little mermaid costume

octupus hair piece

Ursula: We decided to go with a more elegant take on the old sea witch by pairing a sleek black dress with a classy pair of pumps. Then we added a pretty purple scarf and matching purple nails. As a final touch, I quilled an octopus hair piece to highlight that beehive/giant bun.

Favorite quote: “Magic comes with a price!” (A little ad lib during Poor Unfortunate Souls)

Flounder easy costume

Flounder DIY cheap costume

Flounder:  A too-big yellow shirt turned inside out made the perfect dress. We topped off the outfit by adding a bright blue bow.

Favorite quote: “Oh, that’s Flounder’s purse.” (When questioned about the bag of hair accessories she was posing with.)

*The play was put on in honor of “Prince Eric”‘s birthday and already my crew has begun to debate about what musical they want to do for the next birthday. Looks like we might have started a tradition!


  1. Nurrieum, October 3, 2013 at 2:51 am:

    This is completely adoreable! I love the costumes!! You really captured the modern take! I’ve seen a lot of “Disney inspired” outfits and these would fit perfectly! Your models are just adorable! What a fun idea!!

  2. Nurrieum, October 3, 2013 at 2:52 am:

    Ps: Is that chest hair on “Prince Eric”? Priceless!

    • Mollie, October 3, 2013 at 10:19 am:

      It was a lot of fun, the kids really enjoyed it. Maybe you could do a version of Ice Age or something with your little guys…Josh could be the little Eskimo baby!

      And yes…that’s chest hair. :D

  3. Emily, October 23, 2013 at 11:18 pm:

    They all came out so great Mollie! You are just to awesome :)

    • Mollie, October 24, 2013 at 10:43 am:

      Ha, we should put on a play together. I’ll design the costumes and you can paint the backdrops-perfect!

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