I saw this craft in my recent Family Fun magazine. We decided to make some, and with our recent trip to Newport, we had all the supplies. We didn't call them mermaid wands though, we called them sea stars (did you know that was the proper name for starfish?) and we used them as decorations in our vases of hydrangeas. Here are a few pictures.
Apparently not... I've reached my quota for pictures...stayed tuned, I'll post the pictures tomorrow after my IT guy (aka: husband) figures out what the problem is.