DIY • Scrub a Dub Tub

For Q’s Spa Inspired Birthday Party I wanted to incorporate a fun decoration that would be the focal point for our spa theme. I saw this adorable bathtub standup from Birthday Express and considered just buying it, but it was $40 before tax and wouldn’t ship to Canada.

So on to plan b… do it yourself. It seemed simple enough. I had a large cardboard box (from an IKEA purchase) lying around so we used that to create the shape. (Brace yourself for this completely uninspired photo. It gets better I promise.)

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I hand-drew the tub using the original image as reference, then cut it out. The birthday girl wanted to help so I enlisted her to paint it.

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We used water-based kids paints. She insisted on pink for the feet.

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Then she painted the body of the tub turquoise. These were the inspiration colours for her party so would work nicely with our overall theme.

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She was having so much fun and was really proud of her efforts which was so cute to watch. (I will admit when it comes to crafting I tend to be a wee bit of a control freak. But when the kids are involved I have to remind myself it’s not about me, it’s about them. So I bite my lip and resist the urge to grab the brush and take over and just enjoy watching her do her thing.)

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CONFESSION TIME: Then after she’s gone to bed, Mommy can go in and do a second coat and add some finishing touches. What? Like you wouldn’t!

I used the same blue mixed with white to highlight the edges of each bubble and the tub rim to give it a 3-D effect.

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When it was dry we stuck it up on the wall and strung a sweet little banner above.

Then we added some small white balloons to give the overall effect of a bubbly bathtub. What a fun little DIY and addition to our Spa Party.

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And for the record, Q was totally fine with my Mommy doing the second coat. She loved how it turned out and I did too.

How about you? Ever find yourself wanting to take over when your kid’s create?

 

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