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Ahoy Matey!  If you are planning a mermaid or under the sea party, this DIY mermaid backdrop tutorial will sure come in handy!

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

This diy mermaid backdrop is part of my Under The Sea party series.  Make sure to also check out the fun Under the Sea banner made by my friend Anna, and also my lobster bruschetta recipe.  Coming up, I'll be sharing how to make mermaid cupcakes and a tutorial on how to make paper treasure chest treat boxes, finally leading up to the full Under the Sea party which you are getting a sneak peek of now with this back drop.

To make the backdrop, I started with 4 foam poster boards and taped them together with packing tape

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

Then I cut what seemed like a bazillion circles using my Cricut Explore One™ from different shades of blue and green cardstock, with a purple pieces mixed in.  After, laying out my circles, I realized that half circles would use less cardstock for the look I was going for, so I cut each of the circles in half.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

I arranged the half circles several different times on the poster boards until I found a look that I liked.  Then I started gluing.  Gluing all of these pieces down took 6 glues sticks! I started at the bottom of the board and worked my way up to that the half circles would lay like scales.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

It took about 45 minutes, and then I had the main part of my backdrop done.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

I pulled out my Cricut Explore One™ again to cut out the mermaid.  This mermaid is in the Mermaid Party cartridge and is included in the Cricut Access Standard.  I hid all of the layers except for the very last one and sized it to use the 24in x 12in mat.  If you don't feel like doing all of that, you can find my edited file here.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

Now to bling this mermaid out!  I used school glue and spread it out with a foam brush working a small section at a time.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

A sprinkle of gold glitter!  Then repeat the steps with glue and the glitter until the entire mermaid is covered.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

After the mermaid cutout was completely dry, I glued her to the backdrop.

Since my party was outside, I also attached some ribbon loops to the back with a hot glue gun so I could secure it to my wall with Command Hooks.

And that's it!  I love it!

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

This back drop was perfect for my party.

Make this DIY mermaid backdrop for your Under the Sea or Mermaid party with this easy to follow tutorial

I hope you enjoyed this diy mermaid backdrop tutorial and will come back for more of this party over the next few days.

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