We recently celebrated my daughter’s 5th birthday and the birthday girl requested a Moana themed party. Even though we planned a very small family celebration, I love a good theme and can’t help myself from coming up with a few DIY projects to set the scene and make her day extra special.
If you have seen the movie Moana, you will recognize the dangerous, but adorable Kakamora. In looking for Moana party inspiration, I saw several decorative versions of them made from real coconuts. Since I would have no clue what to do with a fresh coconut afterwards, it got me thinking it got me thinking of more useful ways to recreate these adorable “murdering little pirates”.
To make my Kakamora cups, I started with these inexpensive plastic coconut sippy cups from Party City. These sell for $2.49 each. I also saw similar versions recently at Dollar Tree that were slightly cheaper.
To paint on the faces, I used acrylic paint in white, tan, brown and red. There is a wide range of facial expressions on the Kakamora so I was able use images from the movie as inspiration to handpaint the faces on and make each cup unique. There’s even a Baymax face version in the movie if you keep your eyes peeled!
Once my cups were finished, I decided to give them a coat of Modge Podge to seal the paint. If you are doing this for a larger party, you may want to consider printing off paper versions of the faces and glue or tape them to the front of the coconut cups to save on time. You could even do this to brown paper cups to make for a more cost effective version.
I love the way the cups turned out! The kids had fun picking out their favourite face and were excited to enjoy their drinks from these quirky cups.