Ways to Use DIY Projects to Save on Birthday Parties

Ways to Use DIY Projects to Save on Birthday Parties


My oldest daughter wanted to Have a Mermaid themed Birthday Party one ye4ar. I started looking at party decorations and items to purchase for the event, when I came to this conclusion.

How to Use DIY Projects to Cut cost at your Child's Birthday party 

One, chain retail stores are killing it on revenue from party supplies and probably quadrupling the actual item cost. Two, I am not an artist but I can follow directions well enough to save a TON of money on party decorations!

Some items we made ourselves for my daughters Mermaid Themed Birthday Party:

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  • the “mermaids enter here” sign

This was so simple, my husband literally cut four pieces of wood and made one a ‘sign holder’ the other three were cut the same size. We nailed the three onto the sign holder piece with the middle piece a slight bit further out then the outer two. I painted the background a mix of blue and pink with silver glitter. When that dried I stenciled in the letters, and I hot glued some shells onto it.

– party favors

I went to my local craft store and purchased pink, purple, and blue necklace cord for really cheap like this:

I had plenty of shells around the house from trips to the beach. I took a bunch of the shells and basically made a mess with paint, but I just rubbed them all around in pink and blue paint. It made a really pretty mermaid looking color. Then I sprayed them with glitter glaze which leaves a hard cover over them. After that I took my husband’s drill and a very small drill bit and made a small hole in the top of the shells. The shells I didn’t paint pink and blue, I just sprayed with the glitter glaze so it was a pretty off white color. I took the cord and made some necklaces and some bracelets for the party bags.

If you don’t have any shells they have plenty at Wal-Mart for really good prices


I took another batch of shells and hot glued small pearl beads into the middle of them so they looked like pearl clams and sprayed them with the glaze as well.


– table centerpieces


I don’t know about anyone else, but I always seem to have alot of unused vases. Like flower vases, so I took those and sprayed the outside with spray glue and then sprinkled different glitter colors on each of them. I filled them up with small round “rocks” that I found on sale at my local Michael’s which only cost me about $2. They were adorable!

– party activities

For one of the party activities my daughter wanted a treasure hunt, so we found a cheap chest that we decorated with, yep you guessed it glitter again. We filled it with sand and put some change from our spare change drawer, some of the shells with pearls on them and a few other items we purchased at the dollar tree. It was a hit!

– my daughters outfit

Now this wasn’t DIY but it was so, so cheap! I purchased it off of Ebay, just typed in kid mermaid costume and I found it so quick. It cost me less than $10

– themed tableware

We used a $1 white tablecloth with all the table decorations we hand made we didn’t need a custom tablecloth.


I printed off mermaids pictures from Pinterest and put some in frames to hang around the room. I also printed off cupcake toppers and  glued them onto cardstock to make it thicker. I printed off the small mermaid designs to place onto the cups as well. For the napkins and plates we bought plain baby blue and a light purple color.

Find everything you could ever need at ANY mermaid birthday party

( An alternative that’s only a little more costly are the pre made mermaid themed party items from Wal-Mart)


With all the colors and glitter thrown in, the party looked awesome! My daughter loved it and it was a very stressfree event overall!!

Birthday Parties for kids don’t need alot of money thrown into them! Make the day special by making them feel special and loved!!

Before starting any projects always double check at your local  Walmart.com – Homepage and make sure there are no sales going on related to the party supplies. I find ALOT of party supplies on clearence or highly marked down nearly everytime I shop at Walmart!


 What DIY projects have you created to cut cOSt at any party? I would LOve to hear your thOughts! Leave them in the commenTS below! 

 Of course if you have your own Cricut Machine you could make Freaking ADORABLE custom invites, placecards, paper decor, all using your own machine! 

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