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Monday, January 6, 2014

DIY Bubble Guppies Birthday!

As you might have already guessed, Noah's first birthday theme is going to be Nick Jr.'s Bubble Guppies Theme. He just loves this show and whenever we see anything Bubble Guppies at the store, he goes bananas!  So we HAD to do this for his birthday! I started working on this a month ago and we finished it just before Christmas! I wanted to get it out of the way since we had so much going on with Christmas, New Years, me starting school today and his Birthday in just a few days!
I know that for a baby's first birthday, there really isn't much to the party since they can't do too much yet, so I thought "what can I do that will make this party fun and entertaining to the little ones?" and this is what I came up with.

My college art classes finally paid off eh? lol

What I used for this Project:
  • Big Cardboard Box (opened and flattened)
  • Box Cutter
  • Ruler
  • Pencils and Sharpies
  • Acrylic paints from Michaels and Paint brushes
  • Long thin wood from Lowe's
  • Drill
  • Screws
  • and Cork screws to cover the screws that poked out.
I started out by drawing the characters, pretty life like size ( about 2-3ft tall)
Drew in pencil first and once I got it looking like the Bubble Guppy I went over it in Sharpie.

Of course doing this with a 10 month old can be challenging, but I had to just go with it.

Silly.
Once I finished with drawing and painting the characters, I painted the background blue and let it all dry. Than I did details over the paint with pencils, and than painted those details. I used the lids of candles to get the "perfect bubbles". For the two guppies , I didn't draw their faces, I made their face shape first, drew a circle in the middle (big enough to fit a child's face through) and drew around it. Once I finished painting and let it dry, I than cut out the circles with a box cutter.



For the stand,
David just used two tall thin pieces of wood from Lowe's. He cut and made a square that measured the length and height as the cardboard. This was made so that the Cardboard would stand up supported by the wood.
He than used the remaining wood to hold up the square. (See picture above) ^

Noah helped daddy.
David than attached the Cardboard to the wooden square by drilling into the cardboard against the wooden square. And Tada!

There were a few screws that were poking out from the wood so we used corks from wine bottles to cover them with.




We are ready to party with the Bubble Guppies!

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