Mermaid Party DIY Project

DIY Project For A Mermaid Party

Today I am sharing an easy way to brighten up your Mermaid party and add some inexpensive colorful seashells!  While you could go with regular seashells straight out of the ocean- why not give your shells a color make over?  This project is super easy too!

Before we get to the how to tutorial on how to dye your seashells, feel free to stop by any of my Etsy Shops for all your mermaid decorations.

Browse my shops by clicking on the links below for all your party decor –

The Party Fetti Shop

Ready Set Craft Kits

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

Pinwheel Pretties

How to Color Seashells
If you live near a beach or are vacationing at the beach this summer, fill up a bucket of shells and bring them home.  These would look great in a bucket at your mermaid party- or make something with them- add them to craft projects, wreaths, or a table centerpiece.  If you have no plans to go to the beach this year, no worries, you can purchase shells from most arts and crafts stores too.

Here’s What You’ll Need:
White Vinegar
White or Light-Colored Seashells
Food Coloring
Small Bowls
Spoon
Paper Towels
Easy Step-by-Step Directions:

1. Gather your shells and supplies.


2. Fill small bowls with a 5-6 drops of food coloring, one color per bowl.
Add about ⅓ cup of vinegar to each bowl.
Use a spoon to stir the vinegar and food coloring until combined.
Submerge your shells in your desired color and allow them to soak in the mixture for 1-3 hours.  This process is much like dying Easter eggs!


If you want lighter colors, shorten the soak time. If you want darker, more saturated color, leave the shells in longer.

3. Remove them from the dye and allow them to air dry on a paper towels, no blotting or rubbing is necessary.


Once completely air-dried, arrange your shells  anywhere at your mermaid party!

They look great in a clear glass vase, a bowl, glued to a wreath or party sign, or anywhere at the celebration!

You may notice that The Party Fetti Blog is not updated as often over the summer as I’ll be busy making many party decorations for summer birthdays, weddings, and other celebrations for my five Etsy shops.

This is my busiest time of year and so new blog posts and party inspiration only happens about once a month or so or when I have time in between my full-time graphic design work schedule and my weekly custom orders in my Etsy shops.

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Confetti Party Ideas & Background DIY

MAKE YOUR OWN PARTY BACKGROUND WITH CONFETTI

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This is a colorful, easy and inexpensive way to add a large background at your next party.  Scroll down for the three easy steps for this diy tutorial and easy how-to instructions.

The background design here is HOORAY in bright colorful rainbow confetti but I could see this with the birthday guest of honor’s name or maybe BABY, BOY, or GIRL for a baby shower.  I would so make this with a number spelled out, such as for a first birthday, with O-N-E or the actual number “1” as big as you can make it.  I love this diy because it can be personalized to your party!

And create your own color scheme with CONFETTI

Confetti Designs Collage

from The Party Fetti Shop!

Basically all you need is a pencil, poster board sheets, glue, disposable sponge brush . . . and of course CONFETTI!

1.) Start by freehand drawing the letters or number you plan to use for your background with your pencil on the poster board.  Depending on how big you want your background, you can make one letter, giant size, per each sheet of poster board or smaller by just drawing out your whole word on one sheet of  a single poster board, as shown below.

hooray-outline

I like that these letters are kind of wonky and not so perfect, but if straight and perfectly even letters are your thing, you could use large letter stencils to trace your letters.  You could even skip the whole drawing freehand process and just use your home printer to print one large letter out per 8 1/2″ x 11″ letterhead size on heavier card stock.  If you decide to print and cut, your letters, I definitely recommend using at least a 65 lb card stock or heavier so your letters will stand up and be stiff once you cut them out.  Printer paper will be too floppy.  Another option is to print your letters on print paper, cut them out and then glue them on top of your poster board.

If you own a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine you can actually go ahead and cut your letters before adding your confetti too.  This would be the easiest way and will give you perfectly straight letters.  If you are using this at a wedding or other event, you could even get fancy with your cutting machine and create a fancy scroll three letter monogram, like this-

Three Letter Monogram

2.) Once you have your letters worked out, if you are hand drawing them, gather your confetti, glue, and sponge brush.  You may either cut your letters first and then add the confetti, if you don’t mind that your confetti may hang off your letters, or you can glue the confetti on and then cut your letters to get perfect edges, as shown here-

Confetti Letters

Apply a thin layer of glue to the inside of your first letter and then quickly apply your circle tissue confetti in a random pattern of mixed colors.  Do this for all your letters.

Confetti

 If you cut your letters first, either by hand or with your silhouette, you can also use other styles of smaller and more dense confetti and simply sprinkle it on top of your glue coated letter and shake off any excess.

Confetti Letter

I recommend doing this process outside or on a large cookie sheet to keep your confetti clean up to a minimum.

3.) Once you have coated your entire letters, let them dry, and cut them out, in whichever order you choose to do so, you are ready to hang them up on your wall or you can even tie them with clear fishing string and dangle them from the ceiling too!  If you add them to a wall,  the best way to get them up is with Command or Scott’s brand sticky tabs.

Confetti Party Background

Since it will most likely be a temporary display that you will take down right after the party, you can easily just pull off the letters and wall tabs without damaging your walls.

Photo Backdrop

Whatever phrase or word you add to your party background- this easy diy will look stunning at your next celebration.

Get creative and make a design that fits your party or even as a photo backdrop!  Great idea for photographers for a photo shoot too!  Perfect table backdrop at a baby shower or wedding or perfect for a fiesta!

Remember to stop by any of my Etsy shops for some stunning party and wedding decor for your next celebration. Click on the links below to browse –

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

READY SET CRAFT KITS

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

Jill Signature

 

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FALL DIY FARMHOUSE MASON LIGHTS

FALL DIY FARMHOUSE MASON LIGHTS TUTORIAL 
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Just in time for the cooler weather and the earlier sun down of fall evenings.  These glittery, twinkling lighted jars are perfect on the front porch during this time of year. . . and leave them out until after Christmas. They transition perfectly from fall decor to winter Christmas decor as well.  They are also an easy diy project which makes them so affordable!
Mason Jar Craft Tutorial
MATERIALS NEEDED: 
Mason Jars or any small glass vessels or candle holders
Loose glitter (gold, silver, or white-optional)
liquid glue/spray adhesive/spray enamel (I used Mod Podge, but you can use any glue that dries clear)
Ribbon or 18 gauge wire (optional)
Battery powered string lights
HOW TO MAKE YOUR GLITTER LIGHTED JARS:
Start with one mason jar.

Shown here are two different versions in silver glitter and white glitter. You can use gold glitter as well.  The gold would look great for fall and would carry over well for Christmas.

Next, make a special mix of your glue and glitter in a disposable cup.  Add enough glitter so that it is chunky.  Mix well.  Using an old brush, coat the inside of your glass jar with your glitter mix.  Let that coat dry completely (a few hours) and then apply a second coat.

Here are the jars after one thick coat of the glitter mix.  They are still slightly damp, so they have not become completely translucent yet.

The jars should look like this after two coats and when they are completely  dry.

Once the jars are completely dry, you are ready to add the battery powered lights.  Open your package of lights and unravel the strand and then carefully insert them into the jar.  Try not to scrap the edges of your jar, or you will remove the glitter coating.  Its best to start with the end of your strand of lights at the bottom of the jar and add the lights in a circular spiral around the edges and up to the top with your battery pack at the top- this way you can easily add new batteries when needed.  You can also use LED lights, if you can find strands small enough or you can even add in fancy twinkling mini lights that can be found a local craft stores.

Here are the jars, both with white and silver glitter, with the lights turned on and lit up!

They even glow in the daylight!

You can add a finish to the top with either a tied ribbon bow, fall or Christmas style ribbon or even burlap would be great or if you want to create a farmhouse style lantern, add wire handles to the top.  Simply cut a long strand of wire and make a circular ring with it around the top of your jar. Cut another long piece of wire, about 8 to 10 inches long, depending on how long you want your handle, and bend it in the middle to make a loop at the top for the handle (as shown), then, take each end, about an inch and loop it under the ring and up around the handle.

There you have it, your very own fall farmhouse style mason lights.

By the way, I survived the move to the new house and all my shops are now back open for business.
I will be busy adding new fall and Christmas decor over the next few months.
Be sure to visit any of my shops below-

Pinwheel Pretties

The Party Fetti Shop

I DO Wedding & Bridal Designs

Once Upon A Home Designs

Ready Set Craft Kits

 Jill Signature

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