One of the first things I found on my search for sea-themed party decorations were paper plate jellyfish (aren’t they adorable?!?). And while that was the plan I was actually inspired to use what we apparently have a plethora of: little plastic fruit/applesauce containers.
My favorite to use are the various fruit cup containers that we seem to have hidden in every random cupboard because I happen to prefer the shape but we also used applesauce containers that are the same size just more squared (I am happy to report that, while in season, I do actually serve fresh fruit although I don’t know why I feel the need to defend the fruit cup.).
Initially I was thinking that I needed to paint all of the containers white as a base. Don’t even know where this concept came from but it did actually make a nice base for several of the jellies. I also should mention that for some reason (again the logic behind this currently escapes me) all of our jellyfish are two-tone. Which, in fact, I really like the look of.
So to sum up, first step, paint.
I sealed all of the fruit cups once they were painted to make them glossy (since “M” was helping we used her washable Crayola paint, if you used acrylic paint you may be able to skip the sealant step). You can see the unfinished one on the left (which also happens to be an applesauce container) and then the sealed one on the right. I made the eyes out of construction paper and we glued them on.
Next step. I drilled holes into the tops of the jellyfish. I decided to drill two holes so that I could string a piece of string through the cup.
Then add the jellyfish tentacles. My first thought was to use ribbon exclusively. I had planned to use some wired ribbon, some rick rack, and various other things I could find in the bargain bin. But then I had a brainstorm. How about using tissue paper cut into long spirals? And while I was being creative I actually decided to do half white tissue paper, half wax paper. Now here is my greatest tip when doing this. Ready? Stack the paper! You can do several jellyfish worth of tentacles in one minute. Do I do this?!? Not until the second to last jelly. Apparently I had used up all my brilliance coming up with the initial idea. Oh well, can’t win them all. In the end for each jellyfish I think I had 4 tissue paper tentacles, 4 wax paper tentacles, and a total of 4 ribbons (which to add variety I used two ribbon colors for each jellyfish to match their two-tone paint job and I tried to use different texture ribbons for each color) none of which were the same length (on purpose). All tentacles were then hot glued into place. I can’t wait to hang these up for “M’s” birthday party! Right now they are hanging in my room greeting me with a rainbow of aquatic color every morning (no, I am not hoarding them for myself I happen to have a ridiculous notion not to decorate until the night before the party), but I think soon they are going to be great decor for our Under the Sea-big girl is turning 4-birthday party.
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