Underwater party decorations
Make underwater party decorations that are fun and colorful. You can turn a blank wall into an underwater party with a few decorations like colorful pompom fish, seagrass and jellyfish. To create the underwater party decorations I covered a wall with fabric from a bolt of spa blue and sandy tan fabric. These were bolts purchased for a project that I had not started. If you wanted to you could use Olyfun on the bolt, sheets, colored paper on the roll from the teachers supply store, plastic table clothes or really anything you want. The wall of underwater decorations set the tone for the party room.
Materials for underwater party decorations:
Instruction for Underwater party decorations:
- To make the fish I used Olyfun 12×12 sheets. The 12×12 sheets of Olyfun a 6-8 are layered together and the sheets were folded in accordion fashion.
- Zip ties are added to the center and the edges were scalloped with scissors. Once the edges are cut the layers are separated and fluffed up to make a half of a ball a semicircle a dome or what ever you want to call it… LOL.
- Place two halves together and add a dollop of glue to adhere them together.
- Add google eyes in the largest size you can find.
- The fins were freehanded with utility scissors.
- The seagrass is Olyfun cut into strips ad twisted with glue dots placed at the top and the bottom of each strip.
You are at complete liberty to make the fish any shaper color or size you would like and we had a few fish that did not make it to the party. I should have thought to share a picture of them because they are a definite craft fail. Your kids will love them no matter what so dont really worry about it.
These decorations are a part of the Mermaid Party click the links below the pictures to find more ideas on your underwter party and beach bash for your mermaid.
If you would like to see other parts of the Mermaid party :
Flamingo party favors and a flamingo party invitation DIY. I’m getting ready for my daughter’s birthday pool party and we decided to go with a pink flamingo party theme. Yes, I am one of those moms, not really I am not one of those moms. I just happen to be a mom who gives not quite lavish and not quite over the top birthday parties but they are still more than a basic party. We don’t give big gifts for any holiday or birthdays but we do throw parties. Because parties are all about friends and fun and not the gifts. Our kids know that the party really is their gift and they are cool with it. So this year when I was talking to my friend Jen about the party she let me know she had just finished a fun flamingo printable.
The printable will be used throughout the party in various ways and I am really excited to share my creative process with you and show you how a few simple printables can make the party look much more lavish and expensive than it really is. In my head, I am planning to make cupcake topper, food labels, invitations, a banner, a directional sign and if I have time flamingo bingo.
Supplies for the Flamingo party favors:
Instructions for the flamingo party favors:
- Assemble the clear boxes. We are going to have 6-8 girls attend so I will make 10 just incase there are extras who show up.
- Print the free printable. Cut a pink strip off the bottom of one of the printables. Wrap the paper strip around the clear box and adhere with a dot of glue.
- Use a scallop paper punch to punch out a flamingo. Add a dot of glue to the back and hold in place for a moment.
- Fill the box with candy. I used colored Sixlets.
- Add Stickles to the flamingo, around the edges and let dry.
To make the flamingo card:
- Fold the precut card in half using the score mark as your guide.
- Cut a piece of pink cardstock to create card front and adhere to the card front.
- Cut a teal strip off of the printable and adhere to the card front.
- Use a paper punch to punch a scallop piece of cardstock and adhere to the card front.
- Punch out a pink flamingo with a smaller scallop punch and adhere to the card stock scallop.
- Add Stickles to the flamingo and let dry.
Stay tuned for the other pink flamingo party ideas.
Make a popsicle stick craft that is suitable for tweens and teens. This type of craft is perfect for summer gatherings, day camps and VBS. You can also use scraps of pattern paper and random buttons making the craft very affordable too. If you are doing it as a short activity you will need to boil the popsicle sticks and allow them to dry ahead of time. It does take the wood craft sticks some time to dry out, especially if it is humid. If you are in a rush you can place the glasses on a tray and dry in an oven on a low temperature. If you have plenty of time you can set them out in the sun to dry.
I am loving all the adorable versions of this throw back popsicle craft from my childhood I am seeing all the web these days. When I found my stash of buttons last week, I knew I had to give this old craft a new try to incorporate these adorable buttons. The concept is rather simple. Wood can be manipulated when soaked in water since it tears down the wood fibers. So, grab some jumbo craft sticks and let’s get started.
Supplies needed for a popsicle stick bracelet:
Instructions for a popsicle stick bracelet:
- Bring a pot of water to a boil. Turn off the burner, Insert the craft sticks and let them soak for about 10-15 minutes. Put a few more in the water than you will think you need. I broke a few not being patient while trying to bend them.
- Once the sticks are soaked. Grab some proper sized glasses or plastic cups and patiently work them into the glass. Work slowly if you don’t want to end up with a lot of broken sticks like I did. It takes a little patience to get the hang of it.
- These have to set up for 24 hours to completely dry. While they are drying, go ahead and grab some acrylic paints and pattern papers to coordinate with the buttons. I used acrylic paint and some older random simple printed patterned papers.
- Here is another step you can do while waiting for the sticks to set up, On the wrong side of the patterned paper, use a pencil and a jumbo craft stick to trace it. Use a pair of scissors to cut out the paper.
- Once the bracelets have dried, gently remove them from the glasses.
- Paint the bracelets in the colors of your choice.
- Use a decoupage medium like Mod Podge and a foam brush to apply the papers to the front of the bracelets. Allow the medium to dry and gently sand the edges of the papers even with the wood. Now comes the fun part! Glue some rhinestones in the center of the stitched buttons using a tacky glue like or hot glue gun.
- Glue the buttons to the front of the bracelet and let dry.
- My bracelet’s didn’t turn out as snug as I wanted them to be, so I used some chain and jump rings to pull them a little closer in. I can still fit them over my hand without using a closure such as a lobster clasp but that still be another option. Learning from this, make sure you use a glass or cup that is slim enough if you want to skip this step!
Before you go check out all the other summer fun posts that are joining the series today. As always you can find lots of summer fun inspiration and ideas on Life Sew Savory.
365 Days of Crafts – Shared a cute Button Bracelet Project.
Cutesy Crafts – Shared fun DIY bookmark project for kids
Simple Practical Beautiful – Has a post about making friendship bracelets… FUN!
Niki’s Homemade Crafts – Fun tic tac toe game, even good for travel!
Jen Gallacher – Made gorgeous flowers. How fun to try this!