My girls will be turning NINE in a few weeks (insert sobs here) and they’re having their birthday party at the pool. Today I’m showing you a preview of their Under The Sea Party Centerpiece!
My project is part of a fun blog hop – A Dose of DIY – that will be happening on the 2nd Monday of each month. There will be a theme each month, and this month is to make something with bottles, vases, or jars. Yesterday I made something with jars already, so I’m using the remaining jars in the set (plus more from my stash) to create the Under the Sea party centerpiece for my girls’ birthday. Here’s how I did it, plus scroll down for links to my fellow bloggers’ creative ideas using bottles and jars!
Under The Sea Party Centepiece
Supplies (contains affiliate links)
- Mason Jars – I used:
- Colored tissue paper – I used the bright pack and pastel pack from Dollar Tree
- Round paper lantern – thrifted, but available at Dollar Tree
- Sea glass pebbles, white rocks, and sea shells – yep got these at Dollar Tree too!
- 5/8 inch Wood dowel
- Paint and paint brush
- Hot glue
- Colored cardstock
- Craft stick
- Fish stamp and ink
I had to come up with a way to display the jellyfish without hanging it from the ceiling, as this is not allowed at the venue. So instead, I opted to make my Under the Sea party centerpiece using a wood dowel to support it. I filled my quart-sized jar with rocks and pebbles with my dowel inserted in the center (I painted it light blue first).
To make the tentacles, I cut some tissue paper in a circular swirl pattern. First, lay out four pieces of tissue. Cat tail (or should I say Cat Fish tail, since we’re under the sea) is optional.
Stack them evenly and fold into quarters.
Beginning along the outside edge of your folded square, begin cutting in a circle. Cut a continuous swirl towards the middle, so the swirl is one inch wide.
Keep going, making sure the circle is still stacked evenly and you’re still cutting through all of the layers.
You’ll wind up with about a yard of tentacles. Now repeat the process with four more pieces of tissue to make two sets.
For each set of tentacles, grab them in the center, and pinch the tissue together. Then tape them together in the center.
Add a dab of glue to the top of the dowel and press the taped center onto the glue. Then add glue to the top of the tape, and add the other set of tentacles, except you’ll “cross” the taped sections so the tentacles fall all around the dowel.
Wind a piece of tape along the sides of the dowel to add some extra security and to help the tentacles fall downward.
Now for the head of the jellyfish. How you’ll prep the lantern to attach to the dowel really depends on the lantern you have as they’re all made differently. Mine just had these two loops up top, and I need to close up the top hole. My blue mason jars are wide mouthed and fit perfectly on the top. So I cut a piece of matching cardstock about half an inch larger all around than my lid. Then I cut slits all around and glued the paper to the lid to cover it. Then I inserted it inside the lantern and glued it to the inside edge of the lantern.
I also added a “collar” to the bottom of the lantern. I just took a strip of tissue paper, folded it in half lengthwise, and cut with scissors to form the fringe. Then I hot glued it to the bottom of the lantern.
To attach the lantern to the dowel. I put a dab of glue to the top of the dowel, then I carefully slid the lantern over it. I centered the mason jar lid and pressed down onto the glue.
Now all that’s left to do is clean it up a bit. If you see any rough ends, just round them out like so, and fluff up the tentacles. Try not to play with them too much, otherwise you might permanently crinkle the tentacles before your party.
Now to make the sea anemones in the smaller jar. It’s simply a fringy flower made of cardstock. Kids can definitely help make this. Fold a piece of 3×12 (or 3×11.5) – inch paper in half lengthwise. Cut fringe along the folded edge. Then, tape or glue a craft stick to one end, and roll the paper up around the stick. Tape the paper in place. Finally, use your fingers to fold back and fan out the fringe so it looks like a flower.
Add a fish so kids know it’s actually a sea anemone and not a flower. I’ll be doing another craft with this stamp soon!
I added one more clear mason jar filled with shells.
I’ll be making at least one more set as the party table will be long and rectangular. So here’s a preview of my Under The Sea party centerpiece now, and I’ll update this post with pictures from the actual party in a few weeks!
Click the links below to see everyone’s Bottle, Vase, and Jar DIY ideas from the A Dose of DIY Blog Hop! Be sure to visit each post, otherwise you’ll be missing out on all the inspiration and seeing how everyone decided to use their bottles, vases, and jars.
As mentioned, here’s my post from yesterday using the same blue mason jar to create a Mother’s Day gift. In that same post, find more Mother’s Day Mason Jar gift ideas, plus you can enter to win a set of jars for yourself so head on over there as well!
More of my favorite Mason Jar crafts for the upcoming holidays (and for all seasons):
Nuts About You Father’s Day Mason Jar Gift and Printable