How to Make Mermaid Tail Cookies in Four Easy Steps

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How to make mermaid tail cookies with a whale cutter via Sweetsugarbelle.comThere are very few mythical creatures as beloved as the mermaid. From lonely, sea weary sailors, to carefree little girls, mermaids have captured the imagination of people worldwide.

In my experience, decorated mermaid cookies can range from difficult to downright stressful, so if you’re on the lookout for an easy mermaid cookie idea that even a beginner can manage, this project is for you.

Mermaid tail cookies are perfect for new and experienced decorators alike!

How to make easy mermaid tail cookies in four easy steps via Sweetsugarbelle.comI don’t own an actual mermaid tail cookie cutter, so I had to get creative. A whale cutter trimmed with a heart was perfect for the job.

If you don’t have this cutter, use a similar cutter (almost any whale or fish cutter will do), or pick one up here.

How to make mermaid tail cookies with a whale cutter via Sweetsugarbelle.comTo make these cookies you will need:

  • Mermaid green piping and flood icing (teal+electric green+sky blue)
  • Light mermaid green piping and flood icing

Begin by outlining and flooding cookie with a #2 tip as pictured below.

How to make easy mermaid tail cookies via Sweetsugarbelle.comFill the outline and use an offset spatula to gently smooth the icing over the lines.

How to make mermaid tail cookies, GREAT for beginners via Sweetsugarbelle.comImmediately drop a few dots of lighter icing into the darker green to represent scales.

You can also use the wet on wet technique to create “scales”.  To learn more, check out this post.

Easy decorated mermaid tail cookies tutorial via Sweetsugarbelle.comFinish up by using a #67 tip to add fins.

The EASIEST decorated mermaid tail cookies ever!  Great for beginners via Sweetsugarbelle.comIf you’re not comfortable with leaf tips (or prefer a different look), don’t be afraid to take another approach. For this example, I used 20-second icing to cover the base of the fin, then piped a simple swirl detail with a #2 tip.

Mermaid tail cookie tutorial via Sweetsugarbelle.comOne of my favorite things about cookie decorating is that you can take almost any idea and change it up to make it completely yours.

I mixed my mermaid tails with other fun, colorful cookie designs, but you could also use them as adorable mermaid tail cookie cupcake toppers.  The possibilities are endless!

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Twenty Shark Cookie Ideas for Shark Week

Twenty fun and frightening (not really) shark cookie ideas for Shark Week via

In my house, after Christmas, Halloween, and birthdays, Shark Week is probably the most anticipated non-holiday event of the year. If you're looking at a busy week of shark watching like me, what better way to celebrate than with a few fun and frightening (only a little) decorated cookies? Here are twenty of my very favorite shark cookies, you know, because it's impossible to pick just one.  Enjoy! 1. Simple Shark Mouth Cookies 2. … continue reading

How to Make Mermaid Cookies with a Snowman Cutter

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A few weeks ago I did something I thought I'd never do. I went through my cookie cutter collection and got rid of the ones that I rarely use. Okay, before anyone faints, it wasn't quite that dramatic. I didn't actually get rid of them, I just put them into storage for awhile. We're preparing to move, and for some reason my realtor thought that a dining room was a better selling feature than a cookie cave. I know, I know...who wouldn't want … continue reading

How to Make Easy Hole in One Golf Cookies

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It's no secret that when it comes to golf, my knowledge is pretty limited.  In fact, I spent twenty minutes on Google before naming this post just to be sure I didn't embarrass myself. Anywho, I may stink at golf, but I try to make up for my complete and utter lack of knowledge with cute cookie ideas.  I hope it's working. Like many of my cookie designs, this one began life as a completely different cutter, in this case, a flip flop.  You … continue reading

20 Fun and Simple Decorated Cookies for Father’s Day

20 Fun and Simple Decorated Cookies for Father's Day via

  Over the years, Father's Day gifts have gotten a bad rap. It's time to change that. Dreaded old faithfuls like socks and ties go from "blah" to "ahhh" when they're delivered in cookie form. If you're on the lookout for a unique, handmade gift, Father's Day cookies are the perfect solution. Here are twenty fun and easy Father's Day cookie ideas for the special dad in your life! 1. Simple Golf Cookies 2. Cigar Cookies … continue reading

Decorated Hydrangea Cookies

How to make beautiful hydrangea cookies.

I had never seen hydrangeas before moving to Virginia at age seventeen, but the instant I laid eyes on those beautiful, colorful blooms, I fell forever in love. Now that I'm back home in Texas, "real" hydrangeas aren't a possibility, but for years I have dreamed of enjoying them again. So, I made my own hydrangeas, cookie-style. Many people believe that you need to own an airbrush system to create cookies like these, but that simply isn't … continue reading

Decorated Golf Cookies

Easy Golf Cookies via

Father's Day is coming soon, and in my world that means lots of cookies in the traditional themes. At the top of the list, golf cookies. To be honest, I don't know much about golf. I went to the driving range (I think that's what it's called) with a couple of friends in high school and after about three swings, one of them forbade me to touch her clubs. What a grouch, right? Most recently, my husband forced me to watch the Masters. After … continue reading

Twenty Decorated Flower Cookie Tutorials for Mother’s Day

Twenty beautiful decorated flower cookie tutorials for Mother's Day!

Being a mom is the hardest, most rewarding job I've ever had. The moment I looked into my son's eyes for the very first time, my life forever changed. Over the years, I've added a few more kiddos and a lot more hustle and bustle to every day life. As I go through each day, surrounded by almost non-stop noise and action, I've started to appreciate my own mother more. I have a much greater understanding of how much energy it took to raise three … continue reading

Easy Decorated Rose Cookies

Whimsical Pink Rose Cookies

Would you believe me if I told you that once upon a time I was terrified of rose cookies?  True story. I was a few years into my cookie adventure before I even attempted to decorate a rose. The reason?  They intimidated me. As a cookie rookie (I made that up, but it IS a thing) I was very literal. If my cookies didn't look exactly like the real deal, they were a flop. Over time, as I gained experienced and confidence, I realized that … continue reading

Decorated Strawberry Cookies

Decorated Strawberry Cookies

Since the very first day decorating cookies has been an adventure. I've outlined, flooded, glittered, gilded, airbrushed, painted, and stacked cookies to bring life to all of the crazy ideas in my head. While all of that's fun, there's a lot to be said for simple cookie designs. You know, timeless classics. The shapes I come back to over and over again. Decorated strawberry cookies are one of my all-time faves. At this point, I must've made … continue reading