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.)


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.


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


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.


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.)


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.


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.


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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