DIY Science Party Decorations

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If you’re planning a science party or event and need some help with some easy low-budget decorations you are in the right spot! These ideas are perfect for birthday parties, school science nights, science fairs and more! Let me show you what I put together for my son’s birthday party so you can craft an unforgettable science-themed celebration right in your own home (or classroom!) If you’re looking for just an invitation for a science party head over here!

Ideas, tips and hacks to DIY decorations for a science themed party
Ideas, tips and hacks to DIY decorations for a science themed party

DIY Periodic Table Science Party Decoration

When I lie in bed at night trying to fall asleep, it’s things like “how could I make an entire wall sized periodic table for my son’s party?” that keep my brain racing. I wanted it to take up the entire wall but also, I didn’t want to spend very much money. In the end I made each element card on my computer and just printed them out on normal sized paper (so I wouldn’t have to use a print shop) and then mounted them on some black construction paper as a backer. I took some creative license and didn’t do all the elements or even in the right order. But I did try to get the overall feel of the periodic table with at least the first row right ;).

wall sized periodic table science party backdrop DIY
Make a wall sized periodic table with printables from my science party pack.

I’ve included a banner that says “happy birthday” with the element names in my science party pack as well as many additional elements so that you could make a similar wall. See how I shaped it in the same way as the periodic table with hydrogen and helium at the top and then the balloons in the middle? I put the birthday boy’s name right in the middle of the periodic table, but you could also use the happy birthday banner. The elements themselves are sized at 8X8 and then I mounted them on 10X10 squares of black construction paper.

DIY science party periodic table backdrop
Here’s a closer look at how the elements looked and my son’s name in the middle.

The digital party pack includes all the elements from Hydrogen through Krypton in an 8X8 format shown below. That’s 36 element cards! Plus a happy birthday banner. That should be plenty to make one BIG periodic table display wall.

periodic table element printable cards for science party sized at 8X8
Get 36 printable elements in the digital party pack
Science Party Bundle
This science party printable bundle will help you bring your party to life! Includes periodic table happy birthday banner, cupcake toppers, blank invitation (you can add text in canva), and generic lab coat badges. H2O water bottle labels, and 36 element printables to make a wall sized periodic table. 56 pages total

DIY Science Beakers

All you need to make these show-stopper science beakers is: a roll of black paper, tissue paper and clear balloons! You can make them as big as you want and you can make as many as you want! They make a really big impact at a very low price point. I think these would be so fun for a school science night or science fair.

make your own beakers for a science party decor with paper, tissue paper and balloons!
Make your own wall sized beakers with some paper, tissue paper and balloons!

I cut them free hand out of some black craft paper. Then I just used regular elmers glue to glue on some green scrunched up tissue paper. Finally I added the clear balloons to make it look like it was bubbling over. The key here is to use balloon garland strips and clear balloons, that will really give it the bubbling over effect you’re going for.

Science Party Tablescape

The tablescape for this party, particularly the centerpiece, is something I was very proud of. My son said he wanted cake pops instead of a cake and the idea to make them into molecules just came to me in a stroke of genius (just over here tooting my own horn). But really, it’s perfect! Don’t you think?

science party tablescape ideas
Science party tablescape ideas

I made the cake pops from scratch and then found candy melts that I felt fit our color scheme and did half of them blue and half of them green. I then used some floral foam that I wrapped in orange tissue paper as a base to stick the pops into. I alternated the height of the cake pops and then used toothpicks to connect them together. I was pretty jazzed with how it all turned out.

turn cake pops into molecules with thsi fun hack
Turn cake pops into molecules for the perfect science party centerpiece

At each place setting we had these fun science plates and napkins (similar here), a beaker with blue Powerade (the sugar free ones are a better color!), a petri dish, and a favor box with badge tag attached. The petri dish I filled with green jello and a gummy worm and inside the favor boxes were some fun science trinkets and stickers.

science party table setting and paper products
Science party table setting

There are generic lab badges as part of the science party pack, but if you would like them personalized as shown above, just shoot me an email and I can do that for you for $10 (partylikeacherry@gmail.com)

science party table setting ideas
science party table setting ideas

Each chair also had a personalized lab coat and lab goggles for each guest. I found the white shirts that I turned into lab coats at the thrift store and used my cricut to add a logo. Check for mens button down shirts- those work great as lab coats!

make your own lab coats out of thrifted mens button down shirts
This little scientist is ready to go!

To make the jello petri dishes you’ll want to put two gummy worms inside the petri dishes first, and then slowly (very slowly) pour the jello in. Don’t overfill them! These were a huge hit with the kids- they devoured them! I used a blue sugar free jello- for some reason the sugar free products just have a better color.

here's a science party snack hack for you! Pour jello and gummy worms into petri dishes for a delicious party treat.

Science Party Dessert Table

Our dessert table features some colorful cupcakes with element cupcake toppers (C for cupcake of course and J for Jackson), beakers filled with mike & ikes (don’t they just look science-y?) and I used an emergency blanket as a tablecover.

science party dessert table ideas
Sprinkle Mike & Ikes around like confetti for a fun science dessert table

I cannot find the cupcake stand I used to link to it but here’s a fun idea to fill these with mike & ikes for your dessert table. The cupcake toppers are available in my science party pack, but if you’d like some personalized (like I have J for Jackson) just shoot me an email partylikeacherry@gmail.com ($7).

Science Party Bundle
This science party printable bundle will help you bring your party to life! Includes periodic table happy birthday banner, cupcake toppers, blank invitation (you can add text in canva), and generic lab coat badges. H2O water bottle labels, and 36 element printables to make a wall sized periodic table. 56 pages total
science party cupcake toppers
Get these element cupcake toppers in my digital party pack!

My kids also have a microscope, so of course we had to pull that out and put one of our jello petri dishes under it to add to our dessert table as well. We were going to use it as an activity to inspect different organisms under it, but we ran out of time!

science party decor ideas
A microscope makes a great addition to science party decor

The leftover jello I poured into beakers and added a stirring stick to add to our dessert table. It was mainly for decoration but my son asked if he could eat it! Hah- sure go for it kid! It was sugar free after all…

science party dessert table
Fill beakers with sugar free jello for a fun science themed dessert!

If you want to see the full science party post with all the details head over here. And to purchase the digital science party pack, you can do that by just adding it to your cart with the button below. Thank you for your support!

Science Party Bundle
This science party printable bundle will help you bring your party to life! Includes periodic table happy birthday banner, cupcake toppers, blank invitation (you can add text in canva), and generic lab coat badges. H2O water bottle labels, and 36 element printables to make a wall sized periodic table. 56 pages total
The bundle actually now has over 50 pages of printables!
science party dessert table
Science party dessert table ideas

Hosting a DIY science party can be an exciting and educational experience for both children and adults alike. By incorporating these creative decoration ideas, you can transform your space into a fun and engaging laboratory that sparks curiosity and imagination. Whether you make a wall sized periodic table or larger than life beakers with balloon bubbles, these DIY decorations are sure to impress your guests and make your science-themed party a memorable success. So, gather your materials, put on your lab coats, and get ready to experiment with these fantastic DIY science party decoration ideas!

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