Hey party peeps! Today I’m going to show you How to make a Mermaid Tail Centerpiece! like the one seen in my recent Sparkle Mermaid Party. Click here to see the full party post. I love creating custom centerpieces with laser wood cut pieces. Ten23 Designs is my go-to company for all of my laser wood cut needs. I simply send them the graphic I would like cut and they cut it out of wood, acrylic and even vinyl decals! For this centerpiece I requested wood and also asked for a base that the tail could sit into so that it would sit upright on the table. See below for the step-by-step tutorial on how I created it.
HOW DID SHE DO THAT?
HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:
• 22″ tall wood cutout of the mermaid tail & wood base
• Silver spray paint (Krylon Shimmer Metallic)
• Glitter spray paint (Krylon Glitter Blast™ Glitter Spray in Sparkling Water & Sapphire Shimmer colors)
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Be sure when you order your Mermaid Tail from Ten23 Designs that you request the base also so it will stand upright on your table.
HERE’S HOW YOU DO IT!
Step 1: SPRAYPAINT THE TAILS WITH A BASE COLOR
Spraypaint the tails with a base color. I used a silver shimmer metallic spray paint.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: When choosing a base color, be sure to use one that will contrast nicely with your glitter spray paint color so you can see the scales easily when you’re done.
Step 2: WRAP THE TAIL WITH NETTING
Wrap the tail with a netting material. You can use rope netting or even fishnet stockings would work. Be sure to secure it tightly with tape on the backside. How cute is that rainbow duct tape!
GIRLFRIEND TIP: I actually used the netting that my apples come wrapped in from the grocery store! What??!! I know! It was super elastic and allowed me to wrap it around the curves of the mermaid tail perfectly!
Step 3: SPRAYPAINT THE TAIL WITH A GLITTER SPRAYPAINT
Once you have the netting secured on the tail, flip it over so that taped side is down and paint the entire tail with the glitter spraypaint. Then let it fully dry.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: I actually used two different colors. I started with the darker blue and then went over with the lighter blue leaving some spots darker blue to add some cool visual color shifts.
Step 4: REMOVE THE NETTING
Once it’s fully dry, carefully peel back and remove the netting. You will see that the glitter paint adhered to the tail only on the areas that were exposed through the holes in the netting while the actual netting material allows the base coat to show through creating a scale effect. How cool is that! Now you see why it’s important for the base color to be a contrast color to the scales. I wanted a more muted look so I used silver as my base coat.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: When removing the netting, be sure to hold it upright and loosen the tape on the back first then lay it back down and carefully peel back the netting from the tail starting from the bottom to the top.
Step 5: ADD SPARKLY RHINESTONES
Now for the fun part! Decorate your tail with rhinestones in any pattern you wish. I used a simple wave pattern using rhinestone stickers.
GIRLFRIEND TIP: Rhinestone stickers are the best thing EVER! They stick great and you don’t need a glue gun! No mess and much faster than individually having to hot glue each rhinestone to the tail. Trust me…this is a great timesaver and definitely worth the extra money to buy the rhinestone stickers.
Step 6: PLACE TAIL INTO THE BASE & STYLE ON YOUR TABLE
Once you’re done embellishing the tail, place it into the wood base. This is easy to do as the bottom of the tail has 2 notches that just click into the two openings on the base. All that’s left to do now is style your mermaid tail on the table. Here I place it on top of a white frame that I filled with glue gems that completely covered the base so that the tail looks like it’s coming out of sparkly blue water!
I hope this idea has inspired you to create you own Mermaid Tail Centerpiece! Be sure to check out the full Sparkle Mermaid Party on the links below:
Sparkle Mermaid Party – Part 1 Sweets Table & Photo Booth
Sparkle Mermaid Party – Part 2 Dining Table & Activities
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