Amazing Under the Sea Decorations

Some outstanding talented people put together this amazing display of the bottom of the ocean for our Vacation Bible School. Our theme was Ocean Commotion. I attempted to take pictures of all the wonderful decorations and bring them to you here so you can get inspired for your under the sea party, mermaid party, or even luau.

When you entered the sanctuary, the stage gave the immediate feeling of being under the sea. The water effect on the top picture is just plastic tablecloths cut in strips (leaving a couple inches at the top), and each strip stretched outward every couple inches. I used this fun technique in my DIY Jellyfish costume also.

Quick and easy, this dynamic school of colorful paper fish worked beautifully to cover a large walled area. We made a template to distribute to several ladies so each fish would be exactly the same. Download the fish template here:

Another large wall and a simple technique of hanging plastic tablecloths to make waves. The Dollar store fishes were a striking and inexpensive addition.

Pool noodles cut in all kinds of ways made interesting reefs. The sea urchins were little foam balls pocked with toothpicks and spray painted red.

Create a stunning coral reef out of tissue paper, floral mesh and other household items. See the tutorial on how to make a coral reef decoration.

Fish crafted from colorful paper plates are amazingly simple and a bright way to cover a big wall. Love the black ray!

These jellyfish made from paper lanterns create a lot of impact. The tails are strips of plastic tablecloths ripped and stretched.


Noah’s Ark on top of the waves.

I hope you feel inspired!

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20 thoughts on “Amazing Under the Sea Decorations

  1. Dan says:

    I love your ideas . You are super pro and original! I am gonna use some for my turning 2 year old baby girl
    Now in this time of cov19 let s see what can I find.

    And since I won t have a party. I do want some deco
    To make the day feel special for her.

  2. Bethany says:

    What material did you use to paint the background in the first set of 3 pictures? The one that’s blue with the cave on them.

  3. Brandi says:

    Hi. What a cute set up! Can you let me know what paper you used for the school of fish on the fish wall? I already downloaded the template but I like that specific color combination and was wondering if you got a packet of multi color paper any where specific?
    Thanks so much!

    • Press Print Party says:

      Thank you so much! I honestly don’t remember which color packs I bought but I’m pretty sure I bought them at Wal-mart. I used a bunch of colors I already had at home too. I can’t wait to see yours!

  4. Jelena says:

    Im in love with the fish wall! Can you let me know how to download the free template? The link below seens to be dead. Thanm you!

  5. Connie says:

    This is one of the most incredible set I’ve ever seen. Please tell me where you got the backdrop with lights behind the sheer curtains. And what kind of lights you usef. Appsolutly lovely!!

  6. Marguerite says:

    I am completely floored the bottom of the sea, by your creativity! What an amazing experience this must have been for the children if all this effort when into making the surroundings so awesome!

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  8. Edwina says:

    Absolutely LOVE so many of your ideas! Going to use many of your ideas for a Cub Scout Blue and Gold Banquet “Cubs Under the Sea”. I wish I had an idea how much it cost to make each piece, to know whether or not I can get various materials. Also, where do you get floral mesh?? Does it come in different widths? If so, how wide do I want to purchase? Someone gave me some to make I wreath, but I think it’s not wide enough for this project. The stuff I have is probably 3 or 4 inches wide.

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