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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Watermelon Utensil Holder Tutorial

WATERMELON UTENSIL HOLDER TUTORIAL

Easy DIY Tutorial Craft Project

  Today I am sharing a tutorial for a diy painted watermelon utensil holder made from a glass mason jar.  I love creative ideas for displaying my utensils and cutlery at a summer barbecue or party.  This easy to make watermelon utensil holder is perfect for a summer get together or if you are planning a watermelon themed party!  Be sure to check out all my previous posts here on the blog for  – WATERMELON PARTIES!

Feel free to stop by and browse my Etsy shop for all your summertime party decorations too – The Party Fetti Shop

Let’s get started with making these fun utensil holders.  Gather your supplies.  I’ve made it easy for you to order online- simply click on the supplies below.

SUPPLIES NEEDED:

[easyazon_link identifier=”B00CNHCDR6″ locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Mason jar[/easyazon_link]
[amazon_textlink asin=’B0018N6IPY’ text=’Red paint’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ymazonffiliac-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’da0446d6-8421-11e7-83f9-a528f843cdde’] (use multi-surface or glass paint)
[easyazon_link identifier=”B0018NBUPC” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Black paint[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B001145964″ locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Light green paint[/easyazon_link]
[amazon_textlink asin=’B000XZXPT0′ text=’Darker green paint’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’ymazonffiliac-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’275362d9-8422-11e7-8119-d7f0964284b9′]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B000XZVP24″ locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]White paint[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B017M01UFE” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Paint brushes[/easyazon_link]
[easyazon_link identifier=”B00WHXQIJA” locale=”US” tag=”ymazonffiliac-20″]Jute twine[/easyazon_link]

Once you have everything you need to get started, lay down some newspaper to protect your table or work area where you will be painting.

First, wipe down your jar or jars with rubbing alcohol to remove any oils from fingerprints and any dirt.  Allow to dry for about ten minutes.

Start by painting the lower part or the bottom of the jar with your lighter green paint and allow to dry. Add a second coat when dry.

Paint the top of the jar with red paint. Paint a second coat of red when dry.

After your initial two coats in each color are dry, paint snake-like curvy lines in a vertical direction on your lower green section to create the appearance of the watermelon rind.  Don’t be concerned with how even these two colors are at the middle because you are going to paint over the meetup point of the two colors on the jar which will therefore clean it up.

Next, divide your red and green painted sections on the jar by painting a nice even and straight line with your white paint.

Add a few watermelon seeds to the top red area in a random pattern.  TIP: Rather than painting the seeds by hand, I prefer to use the bottom handle of my paint brush to make the seeds. Just dip the pointed end of your brush into the black paint and simply add a round dot.  Then, immediately, before your dot dries, flip your brush and pull the dot out to a teardrop shape with the tip of your brush.  As a result, this is much easier than trying paint on a perfect seed shape.

Finally, allow your painted jar to dry for a few hours.  Add your jute twine bow at the neck of your jar. Next, fill it up with your forks, spoons and knives.  Now you are ready to serve your guests.

These are so adorable for any summertime gathering!

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HALLOWEEN DIY CREEPY EYE FLOWERS

DIY HALLOWEEN TABLE CENTERPIECE

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I have been crazy busy getting all the online shops ready for Halloween.  This year I will also be hosting a Halloween costume party and have been working on a few DIY spooky decorations.  Today I am sharing this super easy Halloween table centerpiece made with purchased paper or silk roses and fake eyeballs.  See below for the How to for putting these together to get your home ready for this Halloween.

SUPPLIES:

  • Silk or Paper Roses (a dark color is best in purple or black)
  • Other fall florals or tall grasses for your arrangement (dried in greens, browns, and black are best)
  • Fake Eyeballs
  •  Floral styrofoam, glass beads, moss, or other filler for your vase
  • Glue or Hot Glue Gun (a quick drying adhesive glue is best or hot glue and glue gun)
  • Black Glitter Glue (Stickles is my preferred brand)

INSTRUCTIONS:

1.) Gather your supplies. Start by pulling out all the center petals of your fake roses, careful not to remove any of the outer petals.  Spread your petals open and away from the center. Once you have a cleared open area in the center of your roses, work on one rose at a time and add your adhesive or glue to the bottom center of the cleared area of the rose.

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2.) Carefully place your eyeball in the center of the rose, positioning the pupils of the eye where you want them.  They look best with the pupils facing or looking downward, rather than straight up and perfectly centered.  Place in a vase and allow your glue to set for a few minutes and move on to making your next creepy eyeball flower.

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3.) Once all your eyeballs are set and dried in the roses, you can start adding the black glitter glue.  Start from the center of the rose and work outward, adding a generous line to the top of each petal where it bends.  Apply the black glitter glue all the way around each rose, careful not to touch any of the wet areas.  The wet glitter glue will look somewhat goopy at this point, before it dries.

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Set each rose aside in a vase, separate each one so they are not touching.  It is best to let them dry overnight or at least for a few hours.

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4.) After your creepy eyeball flowers have completely dried, select your vase for displaying and use floral foam in the bottom to add in your other floral elements behind your roses.  For a Halloween table centerpiece, the taller dried bamboo and other dry grass type florals look best with the creepy roses.   If using a clear vase, use some black moss or other glass beads or black sand for filler and to hide your floral foam and bottom of your stems.

All done! Now find the perfect place to display your spooky Halloween table centerpiece.

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Be sure to stop by any of my online shops in the next few weeks as I am adding many new Halloween favors, Halloween party decorations, and Halloween and fall home decor to the shops.  Come see for yourself by clicking any of the links below- PicMonkey Collage

THE PARTY FETTI SHOP

PINWHEEL PRETTIES

ONCE UPON A HOME DESIGNS

READY SET CRAFT KITS

I DO WEDDING & BRIDAL DESIGNS

Thanks for stopping by The Party Fetti Blog today.

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