DIY: Fun Summer Turtle and Whale Centerpiece

Decorate your next children’s party or summer barbeque with these easy and fun turtle and whale centerpiece! Inspired by Anna Griffin die cuts, this project is simple enough that even kids can help with a bit of adult supervision.

For this project, you will need:

– Small terra cotta pots

– Fine sand

– Bright pink spray paint

– Sage green spray paint

– Acrylic paint (optional, for additional decoration)

– Anna Griffin Die Cut Pack, “Turtle and Whale” (available at scrapbook stores or online at Paper Addict)

– 1/4″ wooden dowel, cut 8″ long

– Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Start by first deciding how many centerpieces you would like to make. Choose even numbers to alternate the pot and dowel colors and turtle and whale motifs.

Spray the first pot entirely with bright pink spray paint. Allow the paint to dry before adding a second coat. If you are decorating your centerpiece base further, do so now with acrylic paint. Spray the dowel entirely with two coats of sage spray paint. Set aside.

Spray a second pot entirely with sage spray paint. Allow the paint to dry before adding a second coat. Decorate with acrylic paint as desired. Spray a dowel with two coats of bright pink spray paint and allow to dry.

Heat up your hot glue gun. With the sage dowel, affix one turtle die cut to the dowel using hot glue. Repeat the process with the whale die cut and bright pink dowel. Allow the glue to dry.

Pour enough sand in the pot to fill it halfway. Insert the bright pink whale rod into the sage pot, and the sage turtle rod into the bright pink pot. Enjoy!

TIP: Turn this centerpiece project into a table marker project! Simply print guest names onto shrink paper with ink. Shrink the paper according to manufacturer directions, and cool. Cut the names out, and hot glue to the pot base or directly onto the die cut itself. Or, instead of using shrink paper, print out each name onto pink or sage cardstock. Cut each word out and adhere to the die cut directly by adding a dab of dimensional glue to the text. Using a small paperclip or dimensional tool, spread to the edges of the paper so it adheres to the die cut. Your imagination is the only limit in this project, so be creative!

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