This mermaid tail suncatcher is perfect for summer!

One of our favorite summer crafts is homemade suncatchers. They are so easy to make and the colors are so pretty with summer sunlight shining through.

This year, we decided to make a summer-themed suncatcher -- the Mermaid Tail Suncatcher! We used a homemade sugar glue recipe from our partner, Imperial Sugar, to make this craft one-of-a-kind. I love using ingredients from our kitchen in crafts to teach kids that they can truly utilize anything to get creative!

Mermaid Tail Suncatcher

Here’s what you need to make our Mermaid Tail Suncatcher:

Start by printing the Mermaid Tail Suncatcher printable onto the white cardstock. Use the scissors to cut out the tail and seashell from the white paper, so only the black outline remains.

Cut the tissue paper into pieces just bigger than the different sections of the mermaid tail scales.

Use a paint brush to apply homemade sugar glue to the back of the mermaid tail cut out and press a piece of tissue paper onto it. Gently tear the excess tissue paper from around each scale so no colors overlap.

Repeat with remaining scales until your mermaid tail is completely covered. Repeat the process with the seashell.

Use clear tape to affix your Mermaid Tail Suncatcher to a window, and enjoy the beautiful colors!

Homemade Sugar Glue Recipe

  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup Imperial Sugar Extra Fine Granulated Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 cups water

Mix flour, sugar, water and oil in a pot and stir over low heat until well combined and smooth in texture to make decoupage.


This summer, keep kids from going stir crazy with simple crafting ideas from Imperial Sugar Kids in The Kitchen, where you can find fun recipe and craft ideas for kids using sugar!

And you can check out these fun activities we’ve made using sugar:

So what are you waiting for? Grab a bag of sugar and get to making memories!