Take foil baking cups, fold them in half, glue them together in staggered rows, and you get…

…fish scales! Or, since these are pink, aqua, and gold, mermaid scales! Isn’t that the cutest (and easiest) idea for mermaid party backdrop?

For an under the sea party, you could just switch out the girlie colors for blues and greens; for a goldfish party, you could use blue and orange or gold. And of course if you just like this look you could use it with any theme – the idea is so versatile!

This foil cup backdrop idea is courtesy of Hey Look, a super-stylish design group based in Finland. You can check out their original blog post (and also ideas for a matching foil cup garland and how to use foil cups for gift wrapping) right here.

Reposted with permission from Michaela and Lotta of Hey Look (website, blog). Thank you, ladies!


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  1. 1
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 9:55 am
    Mary Krusch says:
    This is so cute, thanks for sharing Heather! I was just asked to do a party around the Barbie Mermaid Tale movies so this will be perfect!
  2. 2
    Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 3:18 pm
    Kadee says:
    Did you use a backboard to glue this onto at all or only glue them on top of one another? Seems like it'd be a bit sturdier on a backboard but wasn't sure if it was absolutely needed or not :)
    • 2.1
      Wednesday, July 18th, 2012 at 9:01 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Kadee! I'd definitely use a backerboard - the original post at blog.heylook.fi says they used "large paper sheets as the backdrop base."
  3. 3
    Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 5:25 pm
    Victoria says:
    I love this idea! Makes me want to throw a mermaid party just to use this. Ha! I shared this on my blog too: http://www.vixenmade.com/2012/09/10-clever-party-ideas.html
    • 3.1
      Tuesday, September 25th, 2012 at 7:41 pm
      Heather says:
      Thanks Victoria! ♥
  4. 4
    Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 12:35 pm
    martrina says:
    Love this ! Where can we find these foils?
    • 4.1
      Tuesday, October 14th, 2014 at 5:45 pm
      Heather says:
      Hi Martrina! You can find foils like these at many craft stores or online at stores like The Baker's Kitchen. I hope that helps! : )