Seashell and Burlap Bottles

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Have you been to Michael’s Craft Stores lately?  I feel like, every time I walk into one, they are selling items at a killer deal.  The 80% + 20% discount on items is making me purchase items that I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t have bought otherwise.   When I walked into Michael’s on this trip, I walked out with these fun bottles for $.49.  I was there looking for things to use for my daughters Under the Sea Party, I knew I could figure something out, Seashell & Burlap Bottles for the girls to drink out of, Perfect!

 

Here is what we created.

First, we wash and cleaned the bottles with dish soap and water.

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Then, I had my daughter help we cut burlap to go around the bottles.  We measures one, by wrapping the burlap around the bottle and cutting the burlap where is started to overlap. We then cut the burlap for the other bottles by using the first measured piece as a temple.

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Next, we used hot glue to glue the burlap to the bottles.  We used ribbon to give the burlap a finished look and as decoration.

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As we decorated the bottles with shells, pearls and gem stones, the girls thought each one should be different.  It was fun to watch them as they designed the bottles.

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If you look closely you can see that the girls created bows, bow-ties, and flowers on a few of them.  They difinitely let their creativity lose on these.  The bottle will be great for a summer party or a casual get together with friends, and of’Corse at the Under the Sea Party for my Daughter.

Here is the finished product!

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I thought you might enjoy a picture of how we used them at the Little Mermaid Under the Sea Party! Each girl had a bottle at their table setting and they truly loved them. Stop back by to see all the other fun party decorations we made!

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Fish Lanterns

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My husband walks in from work and asked me, “Is there anything that you can’t make out of a lantern?”  Yes, I have made a few other things from lanterns, Jellyfish Lanterns and Ice Cream Cone Lanterns. Now, I have these fun colorful fish lanterns that are so much fun to make.  You can create them in many different ways there are so many different species of fish out there. I changed the fins and tails on mine, but really the sky is the limit here.

 

What you will need:

  • Lanterns
  • Card Stock
  • Circle Punches
  • String
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue

The first thing I did was cut out the fins, tails and lips. Like I said before there are so many types of fish, that there is no right or wrong way when creating these fish parts.

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Then, use a circle punched to make two different size circles for the eyes.  I wanted them a little more animated looking so I added the white part to my eyes, but a normal fish would be fine with just black eyes too.  I glued the black circles to the white circles placing them slightly off center when creating the eyes.

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Now, began assembling the parts to the lanterns.  Removed the metal part that holds the lantern at extension and glues the lips to one side and the tail to the other. Next, glue the eye to the lantern. Then, glued fins to the top and side of the fish, making all the fish a little different.  Once, all the parts are glues to the lantern, replace the metal part back inside the lantern.

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Here you have it a few of the Fish Lanterns that I used to decorate my daughters Under the Sea Party.

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These fish lanterns were so easy to make and they helped to create a wonder under sea feel my daughter’s party.  Not to mention they are inexpensive and quick to make!

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Jellyfish Lantern

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Looking for that under the sea party idea? These Jellyfish Lanterns will add a huge impact on your party, create a underwater feel and are easy to do with minimal cost. I had so much fun making then and my children didn’t want to stop playing with them..even wearing them as Jellyfish costumes.  Once, we hung them we realized that they floated in the wind creating a real jellyfish like movement. The Jellyfish Lanterns helped bring the party to life.

 

 

What you will need:

  • Lanterns
  • Streamers
  • Scissors
  • Double sided tape or hot glue

The first thing you are going to do is cut the lanterns in half.

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Then, cut streamers at a varied of lengths. I cut a few of the streamer in half horizontally creating different widths to the streamers.

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Now, add double sided tape to the streamer and place them on the inner side of the lantern you cut in half. (When a few wear torn off by my children when playing with them, I hot glued them back on with an glue gun and this worked well.  Watch your finger though, the glue is hot and streamers are thin!)

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Next, add string to the top of your newly created Jellyfish Lanterns and hang the Jellyfish in small groupings from the rafters or ceiling of your party.

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These simple DIY Jellyfish Lanterns had such an impact, on the underwater feel of the party.  The girls even enjoyed running through them trying not to be touched, creating a game of their own.  The major plus to these Jellyfish Lanterns is, you can create a lot for a minimal cost!

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Back to School Pencil Card

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My God Son is going to be starting Kindergarten this year and I wanted to get him a little gift to start his elementary days off right.  I ran to the store a picked up a few school supplies and fun munchies for his lunch box.  I purchased a cute bag to place the items in and raced home a make a card to go with the gift!  I have to say this is definitely a 10 Minute DIY Project!   This card can be used all through the school year as well for different activities such as Teacher Appreciation Day, Valentine’s Cards, etc.

 

What you will need:

  • Card Stock
  • Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • Foil
  • Pen

The first thing I did was cut out shaped to create a pencil.  You will need two rectangle (different sizes), two triangles (different sizes), and a shape that looks like a pencil eraser. (Not sure what this shape is called.) I choose colors that represented the traditional number two pencil.  The color can be customized to your or your student’s preference.

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Once, you have your shapes you will need a glue stick to create your pencil. Start by gluing the eraser shape to the larger rectangle! Next, I glued the largest triangle to the opposite end that I glued the eraser shaped piece to.  Then, glue the smaller triangle on the large triangle to create a tip.

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Last, I added my rectangle piece of tin foil in between the eraser shape and the largest triangle.

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Just right a special message to your grade school student and you are finished, a fun little note card!

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This project was so simple and easy!  My God Son was super excited to receive his gift and Back to School Pencil Card or in his case 1st Day of Kindergarten note!

 

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DIY Under the Sea Mermaid Headbands !

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I can’t stress to you enough how much fun and how easy it is making Headbands! You can make them as complex or simple as you like and they all look amazing.  My daughter is about to turn 4 and she having a Little Mermaid Under the Sea Birthday Party.  She has this great vision of her dressed as Arial and all those attending dressed like Arial’s sister.  I explained to her that not everyone has a mermaid costume, but we can make headbands and they can dress in whatever and the Under the Sea Mermaid Headbands will make them look like mermaids, she agreed!

What you will need:

  • Ribbon that has Elastic in it
  • Scissors
  • Sea Shells
  • Pearls
  • Starfish
  • Artificial Flowers
  • Rhinestones
  • Glue Gun
  • Really you can use anything….let your creativity flow.

I started with making the band. When making the headband, I thought I was going to have to sew them together, but I tried hot glue and it worked, very, very simply! Simply cut the desired length of ribbon and hot glue the ribbon together.  The ribbon length will vary with the age and size of the child.

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Here is what my work stationed looked like.  I left everything out in front of me so I could create and change things as I went along.  I created the headband on my matt, then hot glue it to the band once, I was happy with the finished product. When hot gluing the embellishments to the band, I would place the major piece over where I had glued the band together so you would not see the seam.

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We decided that we would make each headband unique for the girls (Mermaids) that would be attending.  Here are a few my daughters, niece and I created!

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My daughters trying out their new Under the Sea Mermaid Headbands!

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Becca cannot wait to give them out at her Little Mermaid Under the Sea Party.  She had a blast picking out which headbands would go to which friend…I truly think she designed them to her friend’s personalities the best she could.   Stop back by…for pictures from her Little Mermaid Under the Sea Party in the weeks to come!