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Mermaid DIY Idea: Valentine Card Box or Birthday Party Decor
When I was a kid in school, we used brown paper bags to hold Valentine’s Day cards we exchanged at school. There were no fancy Valentine boxes of any kind. But times change and so do I. 😉
In today’s post, I use an old laundry detergent container to make a Valentine’s Day card box for my granddaughter. The great thing about this project is the box can be used for a mermaid-themed birthday party to hold goodie bags or treats.
And the desire for your kids (or grandkids) to have fun.
Who would’ve ever thought I’d be making a Vampirina-inspired pumpkin?
Here’s a list of the materials you’ll need:
- empty laundry detergent container (with labels removed)
- pink acrylic paint (I used this one)
- blue acrylic paint (I used this one)
- sponge or paintbrush
- 12 inches of nautical rope
- mermaid tail template (download for free at the bottom of this post)
- two sheets of mermaid-themed scrapbook paper
- piece of cardboard
- tacky glue or hot glue gun/glue sticks
- super glue
- two sea shells for mermaid top
- sequin ribbon (for initial; optional)
- blue and green gemstones (for bottom of the container; optional)
- gimp braid or ribbon or ricrac (to line inside of the container; optional)
- clear acrylic sealer (this one is my fave; optional)
Let’s take a peek at the quick video tutorial to show you how the Mermaid Valentine (or birthday) box is made.
A few DIY notes and tips:
- The mermaid tail template is approximately 6 inches wide and 9 inches in height. The scrapbook paper pieces are 12 x 12 inches. If you want to cover both sides of the tail, you’ll need two pieces.
- Before you start painting the laundry container, spray it with hair spray and let it dry or take a piece of sandpaper and rough up the surface. Both of these tips will help the paint adhere.
- Why did I start with pink pink acrylic paint instead of going straight for the blue? To tone down the yellow of the container.
- To protect the box from scratches, I coated it in a layer of clear acrylic sealer (once the paint was totally dry).
- You can find nautical rope and seashells at the dollar store. I used superglue to attach the shells to the container.
- The nautical rope helps hide the lid grooves and gives the container a nautical flair.
The blue and green gemstones at the bottom are purely decorative (and optional).
Although I lined the inside of the container with gimp braid, you can use ricrac, ribbon, scrapbook paper, or more paint. You can also leave it plain. =)
The cute Ariel Valentine’s Day card? It’s a free download on the Disney website.
If you’re not ready to make this yet, feel free to pin to your favorite mermaid or kids board on Pinterest. We appreciate your shares!
Download the free mermaid tail shape template:
If you had to choose a theme for your next party, what would it be, mermaids or unicorns (or <gasp>, something else)?
Let me know in the comments!