Put yourself into a summer state of mind with DIY tropical party décor! Tropical décor is a fun way to add lush designs and vibrant color to summer pool parties, backyard barbecues, birthday celebrations, and more. Learn how to use COLORSHOT to transform your next party into a colorful luau with this tutorial from Oh Yay Studio!
Scissors or box cutter
Faux tropical leaves
Start this tropical party décor DIY by creating a palm tree trunk from cardboard.
Finally, cut out your cardboard tree trunk. Once cut, trace this trunk onto another piece of cardboard so that you are left with 2 identical cardboard tree trunks. Notch your tree trunks halfway by cutting out 2 strips down the center of the tree trunks from top to bottom. This is so that your tree trunks can slide in and fit together.
Next, cut out the palm tree leaves for your tropical party décor. Cut out oblong shapes with a pointed tip at one end and a straight edge on the other. You’ll need to create at least 5 of these leaf shapes, or more for a fuller tree. Cut 5-7 notches in your leaves to make them look more like palm branch leaves.
Place your cardboard palm leaves and tree trunk onto a drop cloth or other protective surface cover in a well-ventilated area and get ready to paint! Prime both sides of the cardboard pieces with COLORSHOT White Primer and allow to dry completely. Create a two-toned look for your tropical party décor by spray painting half of each leaf with Cash and the other With a Twist. Spray paint the tree trunk with Lucky Penny for a lovely rose gold metallic base!
Oh Yay Studio also created a colorful balloon arch with matching leaves for her tropical party décor! Place faux tropical leaves onto your drop cloth, then prime and paint with your desired colors. For this project, we used Cosmo, Summer Pedicure, Orange Slice, Treasure Chest, Island Girl, Mermaid, and Scuba to make super colorful leaves!
It’s time to assemble your tropical party décor! Cut a circle about 7” in diameter glue a 3” strip of cardboard around the outer edge. You can spray paint this piece as well, but it will mostly be hidden by the cardboard leaves. Glue the circle to the top of the tree trunk and cut slits into the leaves so that they can slide into the side walls. Continue assembling the leaves to fill your cardboard palm tree.
Carefully place the spray-painted leaves into your balloon arch and display your DIY tropical party décor! These lush decorations look perfect next to a dessert table full of summer sweets!
Get ready for summer with COLORSHOT! Will you be making your own tropical party décor with spray paint? Show us your colorful projects and tag us on social media @mycolorshot!