DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Garland

DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Garland

Adorable Disney Valentine decor doesn’t need to be expensive. Save some money by doing it yourself. Gather supplies around the home for this project and then it won’t cost you a thing! It’s super easy to show off your love of everyone’s favorite mouse and Disney with this DIY Mickey Mouse Valentine Garland!

Supplies

You will need cardboard cutouts of Mickey heads and some hearts. Search online for “Mickey head template” and you can find tons to print and copy. Recycle an old cardboard box for your cutouts, and don’t stress about the cutouts being perfect. It will turn out great in the end, trust me! You will also need some twine in the length that you want your garland, white yarn, red twine, scissors, and tape. If you don’t have yarn or twine, experiment with supplies that you do have around the house like ribbon.

Instructions

Begin by taping the start of your yarn to the back of the Mickey cutout to secure it. Start wrapping the yarn around the cutout in different directions. Make sure to keep it tight, or it will come unraveled.  Always be careful with Mickey’s ears, because you don’t want to bend them!After you have wrapped a good amount, place your garland twine across the back, just under the ears. Continue to wrap the yarn over the garland twine until no sign of the cardboard is visible. Take your time to make sure your yarn doesn’t slip off or get tangled up. When you are satisfied, tie off the end of the yarn to another piece in the back.

Repeat steps for the heart, but use red twine instead of yarn. Place the garland twine just under the top dip in the heart. This helps the heart so it doesn’t lean over when hanging due to weight.  Continue to repeat steps for the remainder of Mickey heads and hearts that you want on your garland. Make placement adjustments by simply sliding your Mickey heads and hearts across the garland twine. Tie a loop at both ends of your garland twine to easily hang.

Time to Enjoy

Hang up your adorable creation and sit back to enjoy! Your guests won’t even realize that you saved a ton by making it yourself, and you will be so proud of your super cute project. I just may leave this up all year round!Create your own DIY Valentine Garland inspired by Mickey Mouse! We include all of the materials needed and the step by step instructions. Celebrate Valentine's Day with a touch of Disney!

Thanks to our contributor, Beth, for creating this adorable DIY project!

DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween

How will you pick out the perfect costume for all the fun Halloween activities this month? Are you trick-or-treating or going to a fall festival? What about Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disney World or Mickey’s Not-So-Scary Halloween Party at Disneyland?

DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween

If you are looking for an easy and cheap DIY costume, then this post is for you. This Lilo costume costs under $10 and is super cute.Need a costume for Halloween? We've got an easy DIY one! Check out our tutorial for this DIY Lilo & Stitch inspired costume, and then make your own today!

Supplies Needed

DIY Lilo Costume for HalloweenYou will need a red shirt, two yards of flannel fabric, elastic, and a headband. Don’t forget to grab your scissors and glue gun too.

Instructions

First, make the leaf templates. You will need two. One bigger template for the skirt and one small template for the headpiece, bracelets, and anklets. I made mine out of cardboard. You can get the exact measurements by using a ruler, but I just held it up to my little Lilo to make sure it was the length I needed.

Next, fold your fabric in half. Trace your leaf template up against the folded side. This is so two leaves are attached. The exact amount you will need for the skirt depends on the size of the person the costume is intended for. I ended up with approximately 60 small leaf cutouts and 20 big cutouts.DIY Lilo Costume for HalloweenThen, start cutting. When you are finished your leaves should look like this.DIY Lilo Costume for HalloweenMeasure how much elastic you will need for the waist, wrists, and ankles. I just hot glued my elastic, but you could sew them.

You will be tying your leaf cutouts around the elastic. The big leaves go around the waist elastic for the skirt. The small leaves are for the bracelets and anklets. Make sure you cover the entire area. You don’t want any of the white elastic showing. DIY Lilo Costume for HalloweenSave some small leaves for your headband too.DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween

Bonus Tips

Make the leaf templates bigger than you think you will need. It’s better to be too big than too small.DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween If you run out of elastic, you could use ponytail holders. Make sure they aren’t too tight on the wrist though.

The most time consuming part is the cutting. Try not to do the cutting all at once so it doesn’t seem so bad.DIY Lilo Costume for HalloweenTry it all on, add in your red shirt, and that’s it. You now have all the accessories you need for the perfect Lilo hula skirt costume. Grab Stitch and have fun trick-or-treating!

Thanks to our contributor, Beth, for this awesome DIY post and photos!

Kid Friendly Fun in Epcot

Kid Friendly Fun in Epcot

Far too often, Epcot is the least popular park for parents that are planning with kids in mind. It is often overlooked due to the opinion that it is not a kid friendly park. Guests miss out on so much when they skip this park. There are many fun opportunities and learning experiences at Epcot. Here are some tips about Epcot that could change your mind about this amazing park.Kid friendly fun in Epcot can happen! Find out why everyone's least favorite Disney World park might just be your child's favorite. From character meets to activities to learning experiences, there is something at Epcot for everyone.

Kid Friendly Rides

Rides are, often, important to most kids and Epcot does not disappoint. The park offers many unique ride experiences. I could talk about the rides all day, but here are just a few that are on the top of our list.

The Seas with Nemo & Friends is a bright, colorful ride followed by an aquarium populated with lots of sea life. Even very little ones will get caught up in all there is to see. Older ones can learn about the animals on display, as well.Soarin’ makes a lot of “top 10 Disney rides” lists. We didn’t get to ride it yet, but it’s definitely on the list for our next trip!

Test Track is a favorite for older children. Design your test car and get feedback on how it performs while you ride. Don’t miss the chance to create a free downloadable commercial featuring your own custom vehicle.

Do you have a Frozen fan? Then Frozen Ever After is definitely a must. I have a little Frozen fan that can not stop talking about this ride.

Kid Friendly Activities

I love that Epcot offers so many hands on opportunities for the kids. They are learning but they are having way too much fun to realize it.

Colortopia, located in Innoventions East, is a multifaceted exhibit that is all about color! There is a short movie, various color-themed activities, and a room sized coloring page!

Agent P’s World Showcase Adventure is an interactive activity for kids old enough to read or that have a little help from someone older. The adventure takes your little agent throughout the World Showcase where they will help solve cases (and learn a little about the world, too).

Turtle Talk with Crush is an amazing interactive audience participation show, akin to the laugh floor at Magic Kingdom. He even takes you through the many uses of the word “dude.”

Make sure to pick up a cardboard Duffy the Disney Bear. The kids had a blast decorating their Duffy and visiting each Kidcot Fun Stop for stamps, signatures, and information about each country.

Unique Character Meet and Greets

Remember that scene in Big Hero 6 where everybody hugs Baymax? Here’s your chance. The huggable, non-armored Baymax is ready and waiting for a fist bump.Belle is in her classic blue dress in the World Showcase. She is located next to the water in France. The water provides such a pretty backdrop for photos.

Joy and Sadness are ready to bring a little cheer (or tears) into your life. Unfortunately, Fear was too scared to show, Anger was too mad to meet with anybody, and Disgust heard that there might be broccoli pizza.

There are plenty of opportunities to meet Donald Duck throughout the parks but the only place you can see him in his caballero costume is in the World Showcase.
We enjoy Epcot so much that we are doing two park days there for our next trip. What is your favorite kid friendly fun at Epcot?

Thanks to our contributor Beth for this post and photos!

Driving to Disney World: Best Tips

Driving to Disney World: Best Tips

Driving to Disney World does not have to be a stressful trip full of “Are we there yet?” You are about to embark on an exciting adventure in the most magical place. The trip there can be just as exciting. Here are some tips to get you through those long hours towards Disney.

Travel Kits

Load a portfolio or something similar with coloring books, crayons, colored pencils, stickers, markers, activity/puzzle books, etc. Markers can be messy, and stickers might end up on car windows, so be careful with those two. Make one for each child to lessen the chance of fighting over who needs the red crayon right now.

You can get a good assortment of coloring, activity, and puzzle books at the Dollar Store, as well as some novels and chapter books, to suit a range of ages. They also have crayons, stickers, and other easily portable supplies.Driving to Disney World

Music

Depending on the length of your trip, finding enough music can be difficult. Constantly hunting for stations while driving through different broadcasting areas can be frustrating. Satellite radio is an alternative that will let you pick one station from coast to coast.

Smartphone apps like Spotify that stream music are also a great idea. Many have free options, but subscribing will give you more control. Spotify also offers curated playlists (subscribers can create their own) so you can choose enough Disney songs to last your whole trip. Just put “It’s a Small World” on repeat if you want to feel like you’re already at the park!

If data usage is a concern, Spotify will let you download songs, albums and playlists directly to your phone. You can then play these without using any data, as long as you have an active subscription.Driving to Disney World

Devices

Save devices until you’ve exhausted all other options. If the kids are already bored of their electronic devices, coloring books aren’t going to hold any appeal.

If you’re in the market for a new car, consider one with a DC outlet built in. While it won’t be strong enough to charge anything quickly, it can make a charge last much longer.

Make sure you’ve charged everything beforehand, or your children will never forgive you.

Also consider a portable device charger; these are handy for the trip out and a lifesaver once you’re in the park.Driving to Disney World

Snacks

Buy some quart size ziplock bags and make each child an individual snack bag. You can just give them the whole baggie instead of digging through a bigger container to find whatever your kids want right then.Are you driving to Disney World? Wondering how to survive the trek? Read our best tips for enjoying your travels to the place where dreams come true!

Do you have any tips to share? What do you do to keep the kids entertained?

Thanks to Beth from Paper Angels Photography for sharing her tips and photos!

DIY Mickey Mouse Baby Mobile

DIY Mickey Mouse Baby Mobile

Our baby loves anything Mickey Mouse. I wanted to make him a baby mobile, and, after I researched mobiles on Pinterest, I  was disappointed that I didn’t find exactly what I was looking for. I was inspired, however, to come up with my own design, and, with some help from my husband, it turned out pretty great. It was cheap, easy, and, best of all, required no sewing. Keep reading to learn how to make your own DIY Mickey Mouse Baby Mobile.Our DIY Mickey Mouse Baby Mobile tutorial is easy and cheap! Follow these simple steps to create the perfect room decor for your Disney loving baby.

Supplies

  • Embroidery Ring
  • Felt (Black, White, and Red)
  • Glue Gun
  • Pillow Stuffing
  • Stretchy Bracelet Cord

How to Make Your Own

First, trace your Mickey heads on the black felt. I was able to fold the felt over and cut two heads at once. You will need eight total Mickey heads.Next, trace the same head shape (minus the ears,) on the red felt for the pants. Fold the circle in half, and cut off a small amount in a straight line across the top. This way the pants will be the same size as the body, and cover a little less than half of it. Once your pants are finished, it’s time for the buttons. Cut two small oval shaped buttons from the white felt per pair of pants. You’ll have 16 total. Then it’s time to start gluing.Glue the pants to each Mickey head. Then glue the two white buttons to each pair of pants. Once these are done, you should have eight completed Mickey heads. Now you are ready for the next step.  

Carefully Apply Glue

Glue each set of heads together, and start by gluing just the ears. Leave a gap between the ears open for now. Glue down the sides of the head, leaving a small gap (2 inches or so) at the bottom.  After allowing it to dry, add the bracelet cord by poking it through the top hole and out the bottom one. Hold it up against your embroidery ring to get an idea of how long it will be before you cut anything. When you do cut, leave yourself a little extra, just in case. After you’ve got the cord inside, go ahead and stuff them. I grabbed a small pinch of pillow stuffing for each head. When you’ve got it where you want it, go ahead and glue the bottom and top shut all the way. Make sure to hold it shut for a bit after you glue it so that it doesn’t pull apart. You may get some hot glue on your fingers, so watch out!

DIY Mickey Mouse Baby Mobile Assembly

After all of the heads are assembled, glue them to the embroidery ring.  I glued each one to the ring’s inside edge, keeping them at the four compass points so that the mobile will hang straight when it is finished.  Trim off any extra cord from the bottom at this time.  

When the heads are glued down, add in some little accent pieces to the cord.  I cut out some more pairs of Mickey heads from the black felt. I just sandwiched the cord in between two and glued them down.  

Cut two more pieces of cord that are exactly the same length, and glue these to the outer edge of the ring, let dry, and hang up your awesome Mickey mobile!

Check the video for more in-depth instructions and tips.

I hope your baby enjoys this baby mobile as much as our sweet guy does!

Thanks to Beth from Paper Angels vlog for this post and accompanying photos and video!