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"Over the years I have made several of these. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you that these boxes -when used in the pictured position- are not strong enough on their own to hold very many books or magazines for very long. Eventually they will sag and become an eyesore. Preventing the eyesore from happening is simple - turn the boxes on their side once they are completed, and Voila! They are an EXCELLENT way to wrangle in all that clutter and chaos we often find throughout our home and office. There is also another way to make them strong and that is to REINFORCE THEM. Personally, I like to do this when I need to use the boxes for flimsier items like loose papers that have a tendency to curl on their edges if stored on their sides or when not packed tightly. Reinforcing the boxes means you can put a lot more weight into them even while they are laying flat like they are in the picture. I reinforce my boxes with a very thin wood that can be purchased at almost any hardware store - it is called Louon (my spelling is probably off but it is pronounced LEW-ON). It is very cost-effective and extremely easy to work with. Add to this that it is VERY VERSATILE and you have a great solution to making even very flimsy projects much more stable. I hope this helps! BTW USPS boxes are legal to use BUT ONLY if you PURCHASED them OR they are USED. IF you are thinking about using new boxes that were FREE from the USPS Priority Mail Services - then you would be breaking the law. New FREE Boxes MUST be used only for Mail. Boxes that are Purchased or Used should be OK."

Crochet Mermaid Ornament

This yellow-haired crochet mermaid makes a fun embellishment for bags or just hanging from a door. Enjoy or give as a gift in the summer.  Great for little girls of all ages, the cute crocheted ornament makes for a sweet addition to your holiday tree.  If you're making this ornament for a little girl, make the hair match her hair so she has an ornament that looks just like her!  Great for all levels of crochet fans, this cute ornament can be worked up in a few hours and makes a great last-minute gift idea.

Crochet Mermaid Ornament


  • 2 spools Kreinik Medium Braid in Pearl
  • 2 spools Kreinik Medium Braid in Green
  • 1 spool Kreinik Medium Braid in Star Yellow
  • 1 spool Kreinik Medium Braid in Star Blue
  • Stuffing
  • Small amounts of dark pink and blue embroidery floss for embroidery accents
  • Size C crochet hook



Head and Body

  1. beg at top of head with 032 pearl braid ch 2
  2. Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
  3. Rnd 2: inc in every sc (12)
  4. Rnd 3: inc in every 2nd sc (18)
  5. Rnds 4-8: sc in each sc around
  6. Rnd 9: dec 9 times (9)
  7. Rnd 10: sc in each sc around
  8. Rnd 11: 9 incís (18), stuff head
  9. Rnds 12-16: sc in each sc around, changing to 008 green braid at end of rnd 16
  10. Rnds 17-21: sc in each sc around
  11. Rnd 22: (4sc, dec) around (15) start stuffing body
  12. Rnd 23: (3sc, dec) around 912)
  13. Rnd 24: (2sc, dec) around (9)
  14. Rnds 25-36: sc in each sc around, complete stuffing, do not end


  1. Row 1: hold rnd 26 flat and sc across through both thicknesses ñ 5 sc, ch 1 turn
  2. Row 2: inc in every sc (10) ch 1, turn
  3. Row 3: inc in every sc (20) ch 3, turn
  4. Row 4: dc in first sc, 2 dc in next sc, (2hdc) in each of next 3 sc, sc in next 3 sc, sl st in next 2sc, sc in next 3sc, (2hdc) in each of next 3sc, (2hdc) in each of next 2 sc, end, leaving 10 inches of braid.
  5. Tack this end to side of body in order to hold tail up (see photo)

Bikini Top

  1. With 094 star blue braid, ch 2 (make 2)
  2. Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
  3. Rnd 2: sc in each sc around, join with sl st to first sc, end. Sew in place.

Neck Strap

  1. With 094 star blue braid, ch 13, end. Sew around neck to each side of bikini. Embroider a straight stitch between bikini top.

Back Strap

  1. With 094 star blue, ch 10, end. Sew around back of bikini.

Waist Band

  1. With 008 green, ch 13, sc in 2nd and each rem ch, end. Sew around waist; it will be tight to pull waist smaller.

Arm (Make 2)

  1. With 032 pearl, ch 2
  2. Rnd 1: 6 sc in 2nd ch from hook
  3. Rnds 2-10: sc in each sc around, end. Do not stuff.
  4. Sew rnd 10 flat and sew in place. Tack hands together.


  1. Wrap 091 star yellow braid around a 6.5î piece of cardboard 20 times. Slip off cardboard, and sew to head in center, spreading to cover head using a backstitch or straight stitch. Cut the loops on each end. Then attach each side to side of head and tie tightly. Braid each side. Secure and trim ends. Embroider or tie a few small loops to center top front of head for bangs.
  2. Use floss to embroider a French Knot eye, and pink couched or straight stitch for a mouth. Rub crayon on face for rosy cheeks. Make a loop with 032 pearl braid on the top of the head for hanging as an ornament.
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This is just what I needed. My ten year old grand daughter loves mermaids. I not only see this as a ornament for the tree but also as a present topper for her gift. she will be so excited. And it's a very easy pattern so it will work up in a hurry.


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