Octonauts Birthday Party Decorations, Ideas, DIY Party Favors & More

I never fully appreciated the scope of a child’s full-blown obsession until my daughter met the Octonauts. After an 18-month obsession, my daughter finally had the Octonauts birthday party of her dreams. Complete with a homemade Octonauts crew hat, a creature report and plenty of ocean-themed food, the party was a blast and Captain Barnacles would have been proud.

Octonauts Birthday Party Ideas

My daughter’s obsession with the Octonauts is so great that an episode of the Octonauts is a unit of time measurement. How long until we get there? Four Octonauts (which is approximately one hour). For the record, our party was approximately eight Octonauts, and it was perfect.

Of course, it all starts with an invitation (which I designed). 

Octonauts Birthday Invitation
Birthday party invitations now available in my Etsy shop.

Creature Report

When I started planning the party months ago, I decided that I wanted to turn the kitchen into the Octopod – I wanted partygoers to feel like they were onboard the Octopod.

Those who have seen the Octonauts know that the Creature Report is the coolest part of the show. So the first thing I needed to achieve that was the set of computer screens used to display the Creature Report each episode.  The screens made the perfect party background, and I loved the way they turned out. Plus K got a kick out of a Creature Report all about the birthday girl.

Creature Report screens now available in my Etsy shop.

Octonatus Creature Report

Under Water Balloon Canopy

The next most striking thing I did to emphasize the Octopod feel was to create a balloon canopy over the kitchen. The canopy of blue balloons gave the feeling of looking up at the ocean. 

It was simple to create, but my husband thought I was nuts when I told him I wanted to hang balloons from our 14-foot ceiling. In the end, even he admitted that it looked really cool.  And it really is a cool effect.

We used 29 balloons to create the canopy (one in the package was busted).

Octonatus Party Balloon Canopy Decoration

DIY Bling Candle

One of my favorite details was the candle for K’s cupcake. I looked everywhere for a pretty number candle for her cupcake, but was sad to find that all of the number candles are just plain ugly. Well, not ugly – but boring and with little options to match a theme. I ended up with one with red, yellow and blue stars all over it. 

Then I got an idea – decorate it! So I found self-adhesive blue crystals at JoAnn’s for $1 (and I had a 40% coupon!), and I made some magic. I already had the big clear crystal in my stash, so it was just a matter of a little craft glue and ugly candle be gone. Seriously, I am going to be doing this from now on. For less than $2, K had a beautiful blinged out candle for her cupcake.

Octonauts Bling Candle DIY

Octonauts Printables

Playing with the Octonauts colors of blue and orange and emphasizing the ocean feel, I used accents of blue and with white polka dots as the basis for all of the coordinating printables I created. I made coordinating table tents for food labels and several items for the goodie bags.

Free Octonauts Party Printables coming soon.

Ocotnauts Birthday Party Decorations


All of the party food was ocean themed. I served:

  • Captain’s Chow
  • Coral Reef Salad
  • Shark’s Teeth
  • Sandollars
  • Seaweed dip 
  • Pirate’s Booty
  • Buncha Muncha Crunchy Carrots
  • Fish Biscuits
  • Giant Clam Cookies
  • Octopus Puffs

Octonauts Ocean Food Ideas
Ocotnauts Giant Clam Cookies Ocean Food
Ocotnauts Octopus Ocean Food

Peso’s Medical Goodie Bags

When searching for ideas for an Octonauts birthday party, I fell in love with the idea of using Peso’s Medical Bag as the goodie bag / treat box. Careful thought went into these goodie bags which contained gifts from each of the eight crew members and an Official Octonauts certificate. 

More details about the contents of the goodie bags, and free printables coming soon.

Octonauts Peso's Medical Goodie Bag

Octonauts Games

To keep the party running smoothly with a gaggle of Kindergarteners in my house, we played three Octo-themed games: Octonaut Bingo, Pin the Mouth on the Octoalert and an Octopod pinata

I designed the Bingo and Octoalert games myself, and I plan to make them available as a free printable soon.

***Update*** My free Octonaut BINGO is now available. 

Ocotonaut Pin the Octoalert Game Octonauts Bingo Free Printable

Octonauts on DVD

Of course, not everyone at the party was as Octonauts savvy as K. So to help “educate” them on all things Octonauts, we also had the new Octonauts: To the Gup-X DVD playing in the background. Featuring some of K’s favorite episodes, it was a great birthday gift for K that was also very useful at the party!

Octonaut Shirt Hat
Template and tutorial for the DIY Octonauts crew hats coming soon.

Octonauts Birthday Party Supplies:

Octonaut Birthday Number Wreath Decoration


  1. My granddaughter loves Octonauts! As a matter of fact, for Christmas & her birthday, we bought her Octonaut toys. I wish I would have seen this site before May 31st, because my daughter had all 3 of her kids’ birthdays then. GREAT ideas!!

  2. I just pinned the page – THANKS!!

  3. Love love love your party!!! My son is similarly OB.SESSED with the octonauts and I’m planning his party which is in 3 weeks. Don’t suppose any of your printables would be available before then??! Thanks for the inspiration :)

  4. Claire Alexander says:

    Hi Jen,
    Thank you for the inspiration. Any update on those printables. I am behind on my organisation so would really appreciate your help.
    Greetings from Oz

  5. Jennifer R says:

    I am super interested in your printables as well. I had midway through planning my son’s 3rd birthday party for July 12th when I found your blog! Now I am sending back a lot of what I have ordered and doing something more along the lines of what you have done here! SO CUTE, you did a fabulous job!

  6. Jennifer R says:

    I am super interested in your printables as well. I was midway through planning my son’s 3rd birthday party for July 12th when I found your blog! Now I am sending back a lot of what I have ordered and doing something more along the lines of what you have done here! SO CUTE, you did a fabulous job!

  7. Love your party! One question, HOW did you make the 6 door hanger? I love it and so desperately want to make one! Please please please share how you make it! So cute!!

    • Candice – I WISH I could take credit for it. But it was actually made by a friend of a friend (whom I don’t know). She made it for her daughter when she turned 6 and passed it on to my friend for her daughter’s 6th. Then it was the PERFECT color for my daughter… And it had one more 6th birthday to celebrate after mine :) I can tell you that it is coffee filters and the back is a giant piece of poster board. But I don’t know the details on how she dipped them. Although one of these days, I might have to try my hand at making one :)

  8. My son loves The Octonauts. Thank you for ideas. His birthday is in December

  9. Love your party. I’m doing one for my son. Is there anway to get the personalized creature report signs? I desperately need them but it says its no longer available on etsy. Thanks in advance for your help!


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