- letter stencils
- scrapbook paper or cardstock (some patterned and some plain)
- ribbon or string
- scrapbooking scissors (decorative edge scissors) and regular scissors
- hole punch
- fishing line (optional)
Cupcake ToppersThese cupcake toppers were the only decoration that actually had Barbie on them. I found the images online by Googling Barbie Mermaid Tale Stickers, or you can follow this link http://www.zazzle.com/barbie_mermaid_1_sticker-217812991770257530. I also made a few with a purpke 6 on them. I just printed them onto white paper and cut them into circles. Then I cut circles out of blue, pink and purple scrapbook paper using my decorative edge scissors and glued them together. The last step was hot gluing them onto wooden dowels that I purchased at Walmart, and can be found at most craft stores.
JellyfishThese jellyfish are my second favortie decoration for the undersea party. Which is good because they took the longest to make! I used blue styrofoam bowls that I found at the 99 cents only store. Now here is the easy, yet time-consuming step. I painted little circles of all different sizes all over them. I used acrylic paint, which unfortunately needed to be recoated 3 times to make it dark enough. I guess some round stickers would also work, but I’m not sure how well they would stick to the styrofoam. The next thing I did was cut strips of streamers and ribbon (the kind used for presents) in varying lengths and taped them to the inside. I chose streamers that matched the circles on the body, and used silver or white ribbon, which I curled slightly. The last step was to poke a hole in the top and push fishing line through, tying a knot on the inside so it stays. I used that fishing line and tape to hang them all over the house. I ended up making about 20 jellyfish, staying with the color scheme of purple, pink and blue.
SandcastleThe sandcastle that I made is definitely my favorite party decoration for the party! It actually wasn’t that hard to make either, and made a beautiful centerpiece! First I gathered my supplies: playground sand (can be found at Home Depot or other hardware stores), liquid glue, food coloring, and a paintbrush. To make the body, I used a few different kinds of objects to create the shape: toilet paper and paper towel rolls, coffee cans and yogurt tubs. Depending on the shape you want, you can also use cardboard boxes like cereal or cracker boxes. First, I stacked and taped 3 coffee cans together. The bottome coffee can was the kind with a built in handle, which created the indents on the front. Then I stacked and taped the yogurt container on top of the coffee cans. I cut the paper towel rolls so they would be different sizes, then taped those to the coffee cans. I did the same with the toilet paper rolls, and taped those to the top of the yogurt container. To make the wavy turrets that are at the tops of each section, I just cut some card board and taped it on to the coffee can and yogurt container. Now the fun part!!!! Get a bucket (or some kind of container with a lid) and dump a good amount (probably a few cups) of sand in it. Then pour a ton of glue into the sand and mix. The consistency needs to be like thick paint. You can either keep it natural looking or add some color to it. I wanted to make a pink (my daughter’s favorite color) sandcastle, so I added red food coloring, a few drops at a time, until I got the color I wanted. If you are using color, it’s best to make a bunch at one time, that way you won’t have to match the color when you make more. Once you get the right color and consistency, lay your sand castle on its side. This project can get kind of messy, so it’s a good idea to have some sort of tarp or old sheet to work on. Get a glob of the sand mixture on your paint brush and start painting your castle! At first, the mixture will be a little difficult to spread, but keep brushing it back and forth and it will start to stick. Do one whole side and let it dry. This usually takes a few hours, which is why you need a lid for your container, so the rest of the sand mixture doesn’t dry up. Once the first side is dry, carefully turn it over and do the other side. Let that side dry. You may need to go back and touch up some spots, I know I did! For the perfect finishing touches, I hot glued on shells that my mom had collected from the beach. You can also buy them if you don’t live near the ocean! There were a some other decorations I made that I didn’t take pictures of. I hung balloon fish, which were super easy to make. I just cut fins and eyes out of scrapbook paper and taped them on, then hung them with fishing line (kind of ironic). I hung the jellyfish and balloon fish from the ceiling, all over my house. I also hung some from my ceiling fan, and set it on low, so they were spinning (it was really cute!). A few other things I made were a huge pink dolphin, and two big surfboards that I had cut out of cardboard boxes and painted. I bought a roll of teal plastic table cloth from Party City and cut it into strips, and hung them all over my dining room to make teal walls. Then I made “seaweed” out of lime green, and dark blue streamers. I also made some fishes out of patterned scrapbook paper and hung them all over the wall. I made our dining room “under the sea” and my living room Hawaii, since the Barbie Mermaid Tale story takes place in Hawaii. I was EXTREMELY lucky when it came to the decorations for the Hawaiian room. My mom found a huge tub of lua theme decorations at a garage sale for only $5!!!!! My step-mom also had quite a few luau decorations which came in quite handy! For the entertainment, we played limbo, had a dolphin pinata and played a version of hot potato. Instead of a potato, we used a fish stuffed animal. I also had Hawaiian music playing in the background throughout the party. When it came to the food, I got a little lazy, but I was exhausted from hanging all the decorations!!! We bought pizza, and served goldfish, a hawaiian pasta salad, hummus with pita bread and tropical fruit. All in all, I think the party was a huge success! I know my daughter had a blast, and everyone was in awe of all the decorations. As much as I enjoyed making the decorations, it took a lot of time, and I believe I have set the bar way too high for all the future birthday parties!