Ultimate Disney Packing Guide

Ultimate Disney Packing Guide

Ultimate Disney Packing Guide

Packing for a trip to Disney can be overwhelming. It’s so easy to forget things that you need and over pack with things you won’t end up using. We have compiled a list of the basics to get you started packing for your next Disney vacation. This list is going to cover the broad categories, and we will assume that you are going to pack basic things like underwear, socks and deodorant. Please don’t forget the deodorant!

First of all, if you are anything like me you will WAY over pack. Live and learn that if you forget it, it’s okay! Chances are your Disney resort gift shop will have it. The gift shops are stocked with essentials. If the resort gift shop doesn’t have what you need, you can always drive to one of the convenient Walmart stores in the area, or even have items delivered. If you are missing some baby essentials, hit the parks. The baby care stations in the Disney theme parks have diapers, wipes, baby food and even children’s medication for sale.

If you are flying to Disney, you will need to make sure you keep your MagicBands in your carry on luggage. You will need them if utilizing Disney’s Magical Express.

Ultimate Disney Packing Guide

Let’s get started packing! Here is our Disney packing list:

Packing List

Clothing
Seasonally appropriate clothing
Raincoat/Poncho
Light Jacket
At least 2 pairs of shoes
Flip flops/sandals for pool
Swimsuit
Socks

Ultimate Disney Packing Guide

Park Bag
Snacks
Gum
Water bottles
Water flavoring drops
Sunscreen
Sunglasses and/or hat
Small first aid kit
Moleskin/blister blockers
Medication (as needed)
Wet wipes/baby wipes
Hand sanitizer
Feminine products
Personal fan mister
Glow sticks

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Other Items for the Park
Stroller and rain cover
Camera bag
Backpack/Purse
Ziploc or dry bags for electronics, in case of rain or wet rides

Electronics
Camera and/or video camera
Smartphone with My Disney Experience app downloaded
Portable chargers and cords
Batteries and SD card for camera

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Personal Items
Travel documents (hotel confirmation, rental car confirmation, etc).
Driver’s License/ID Card
Membership card (DVC, Visa, etc.)
MagicBands/Park Tickets
Wallet/Purse
Spending Money

We have our packing list available as a free download for you!

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As you pack, please remember our ultimate Disney packing guide is not all inclusive. If you are taking several electronic devices, check out Meredith’s tips on keeping your devices charged on the go. As always, please review the park rules for Walt Disney World to make sure you aren’t packing a restricted item! Have we left off anything from our list that you think is essential? Let’s chat in the comments! ~Amy ºoº

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

DIY Lilo Costume
DIY Lilo Costume

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? Here’s Beth from Paper Angels Vlog to tell you all about how you too can make this simply adorable costume!

DIY Lilo Costume for Halloween

DIY Lilo Costume

If you are looking for an easy and cheap DIY costume, then this post is for you. This DIY Lilo costume costs under $10 and is super cute.

Supplies Needed

You 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.

DIY Lilo Costume

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.

DIY Lilo Costume

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. Then, start cutting. When you are finished your leaves should look like this. Measure 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. Save some small leaves for your headband too.

DIY Lilo Costume

Bonus Tips

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

DIY Lilo Costume

The most time consuming part is the cutting. Try not to do the cutting all at once so it doesn’t seem so bad.Try 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 from Paper Angels Vlog, for this awesome DIY post and photos!

DIY Glow Ears

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diy glow ears

DIY Glow Ears

Today I’ve got a simple and easy DIY for you! Although this one’s great for the Mickey’s Halloween parties, they’ll also be great for trick-or-treating in your own neighborhood. What makes this DIY glow Ears project so fantastic you ask? This diy is super easy and is great for anyone going to the parks year-round! Save big bucks on glowing Mickey ears and make these simple, re-useable glow ears instead!diy glow ears

Gather Supplies

•Headband
•Glow Stick Bracelets (2)
•Glow Stick Bracelet Connectors (2)
•Glue Gun
•Glow-in-the-dark Glue Sticks
•Tulip Glow-in-the-dark Paint

Assemble

Start by cutting the little bracelet connector piece in two and gluing the piece to the headband with the glow-in-the-dark glue sticks. There’s no exact science to this so don’t stress about the precise location of each one. This is supposed to be fun!diy glow earsStart with the top piece and once it has cooled, place the glow stick into that connector and curl it down to decide where the bottom connector piece should go. Mark the spot with a little dab of glue. Then proceed to glue that piece down. Pro tip: make a ring of glue around the entire headband so that the glue holding the connector piece won’t be pulled off once you place the glowstick. Repeat with both on the other side.diy glow ears

Make It Really Glow

By now, the headband has two ears that can be replaced with new glow sticks nightly. No need to make multiple headbands!! Just toss them nightly and get a fresh glow stick the next evening.diy glow earsWho wants to stop at just glow sticks though?! Starting at the base of the headband, run a line of glow glue around the edges of the headband. Repeat on the opposite side. This is also where you can use the hot end of your glue gun to help shape the already-cooled glue on the headband both around the connector pieces as well as under the headband (where the headband will sit against your head). Smooth it to your liking and you’re done! Or not…

Add Hidden Mickeys

If you’re a true Disney parks fan, you’ll want to add some hidden Mickeys too! Using the fine tip of a tulip glow-in-the-dark fabric paint bottle, squirt one larger and two smaller circles in the shape of Mickey on the top of the headband. For the next Mickey, turn it in the opposite direction and continue the pattern across the entire top portion of the headband.diy glow ears

Show It Off

Now that you’ve got some spiffy new diy glow ears, be sure to get out and show them off!! Mickey’s Halloween party at Disneyland and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween parties would be fantastic for this! Here’s all our spooky fun!Don't buy your Mickey Ears, make them! We've got a simple tutorial that shows you how. These DIY Glow Ears are so easy to make, and they're cute. Make yours before your next Disney vacation!

These fun and simple ears will also look amazing in any park areas that feature black lights (think dark rides and Pandora) since the glow glue reacts really well with black lights! Be sure to share a photo of your diy glow ears on one of our socials if you decide to make some!  ~Meredith °o°

Road Trip Survival Kit: A DIY Tutorial and Free Download

Road Trip Survival Kit

If you’ve read our blog in the past, you’ll know that I love to design, craft, and generally make stuff. It’s so much fun to create items for family vacations. However, traveling with kids can be difficult. Therefore, I knew I needed something entertaining for our long road trip to Walt Disney World. I came up with this fun and edutaining Road Trip Survival Kit that was a big hit!

Road Trip Survival Kit: A DIY Tutorial and Free DownloadRoad Trip Survival Kit

I’m so excited to finally share my DIY Silhouette studio design and file with you all! Before we get started however, I’d like to say that this post is not a sponsored post. We’re not being paid to promote the Silhouette Cameo and Crayola products I used. I just happened to stumble upon these awesome travel art cases and couldn’t resist personalizing them for our big road trip.Also, I LOVE my silhouette cameo. If you have a silhouette cameo, then you know what I mean. If you know what I mean, then let’s get started by listing what you’ll need!Road Trip Survival Kit

Supply List

  • Silhouette Studio software and compatible vinyl-cutting machine
  • Permanent Vinyl in your favorite colors (I used oracal 651 white and silver)
  • Crayola Stow and Go (I used the Dry Erase and Color Wonder Mess Free versions)
  • Free Road Trip Survival Kit download file (for personal use only)
  • Rubbing Alcohol and Cotton Balls -OR- Clorox/Lysol wipes
  • *Optional: printable worksheets and laminating machine

Road Trip Survival Kit

Do It Yourself

First of all, download the free file here. The fonts featured in this design are indicated within the file so that you can download and customize the name with your own. Furthermore, fonts featured can be found at dafont.com and are free for personal use only. Please DO NOT use this file to create your own items for sale. This file is intended for personal use only.Road Trip Survival Kit

Extras

Whether you’ve got a laminating machine or not, you’ll want to include some fun roadtrip extras. After a short pinterest search, I found several fun and free printables to include in my own kids’ roadtrip survival kits. Here’s a few we used and enjoyed. Additionally, if you’re using the dry erase version of Crayola’s Stow and Go, you can laminate the worksheets to use again and again!Road Trip Survival KitThanks for reading! If you’ve enjoyed this freebie, please let us know! Be sure to check out Beth’s Driving Tips here on our blog too! Road Trip Survival KitFor more Disney tips, tricks, tutorials, packing lists, dos and don’ts… Okay, you get the picture. We’ve got a podcast too! The Mouse and Monorail Podcast. You can also find us on the following socials: FacebookTwitterPinterestInstagram, & YouTube. ~Meredith ºoº

Easy DIY Painted Disney Shirts

DIY Painted Disney Shirts

Easy DIY Painted Disney Shirts

We recently got back from a whirlwind Walt Disney World and Disney Cruise vacation. I tried my hand at making my own Disney shirts for our trip, and was super pleased with the results, and knew I had to share this easy craft with you. We made so many cute and unique shirts for our trip with only a few hours of work. Once you figure out the method for these easy DIY painted Disney shirts, the options are endless!

What You Need

  • Freezer paper
  • Exacto Knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Permanent Marker
  • Fabric Paint
  • Sponge Paint brush
  • Printed design
  • Tshirts (pre-washed with no fabric softener)
  • Iron

Make your own shirts for your next Disney vacation! Our tutorial is so easy, you'll be making your own shirts in no time. Follow these simple steps for an easy DIY painted Disney shirt.

Let’s Get Started

First things first, you will need to print out or sketch your design. I choose the sun from Tangled for one of my designs. There are tons of free images you can search for on the web. I found an image I liked on google, and printed out a few different sizes. If you are good at free-handing designs, you can sketch directly onto the freezer paper. If you are like me and not gifted in the art department, you can take the easy route and print the design.

Next, trace the image on your freezer paper with permanent marker, making sure you trace on the dull side of the paper, and not the shiny side. After you are happy with your traced image, use your Exacto knife to start cutting the design out. It can be tedious, but make sure to take your time, because this will become the stencil that you use to paint. 

 

The Fun Begins

On medium heat, iron your stencil on the shirt with the shiny side down. Make sure you pay close attention to the edges of the design and get a firm seal. This will make sure that no paint gets under your stencil, into an area you don’t want it. You can test how well your image is ironed down by lightly rubbing your finger nail over the edge of the design to make sure you spot any areas that aren’t well sealed. If an area is loose, just iron it down more. Once your image is ironed on securely, take an extra piece of freezer paper or cardboard and stick it inside your shirt. This will protect the back of your shirt from paint that will soak through.

Let’s Start Painting!

With your sponge paint brush, start by generously applying your fabric paint onto your stencil. I recommend Tulip Soft Matte paint; it comes in a ton of colors, and a little bit goes a long way. I found mine at Michael’s, and there are tons of colors available, including glow in the dark paint! I did all my designs as single color shirts, just for simplicity. You can easily make multi-colored shirts, just make sure the paint is dry and you apply carefully. Also, I found out the hard way that if the paint drips where you don’t want it, it’s too bad, so watch for drips!

Coat your design well, being super careful when you are applying the paint near the edges. You don’t want the paint to seep under under stencil.

Make sure that you have really good coverage, and let your paint dry for 20-30 minutes.  You can use a hair dryer on cool to speed the process along. When your paint is completely dry, slowly start to peel the freezer paper off your shirt. A pair pair of tweezers can be used to get an edge up on the freezer paper.

After you remove your freezer paper, let the shirt lay flat for at least 24 hours. Some fabric paints recommend that you wash the shirt inside out after 24 hours. I chose not to do this, and our shirts have held up just fine.

Using the method above of cutting out the stencil and painting the empty spaces, I made the Tangled shirt, a Mickey head silhouette, the Disney Cruise logo shirts pictured below, and some super cute Mickey anchor shirts. We got tons of compliments on our shirts, and the best part was knowing that I made them!

Another Option to Try

If you like, feel free to try and do the reverse! Iron down a solid image, and paint around the design. Leaving the Mickey head stencil in the middle, we painted around the edges with the eraser end of a pencil. Lastly, remove your stencil paper once the paint is dry. This will leave the Mickey design as a blank space, with the painted edges as a border. Super cute! This method would be very fun and easy for a child to do, and fun for a park bag! 

Easy DIY Painted Disney Shirts

Don’t worry if your design doesn’t turn out perfectly. It’s the fun, creative process that counts! Whether you need a Disney vacation shirt or just want a little magic around the house, this DIY project is fun for the whole family.

Seashell Picture Frame

DIY Seashell Picture Frame

Seashell Picture Frame

It’s finally summer and family vacations, including beach trips, are in full swing. And I’m so excited to be back today to show you all how to make this fabulous little Seashell Picture Frame. This frame will be perfect to help commemorate your favorite beach memories! I used a photo from our cruise aboard the Disney Dream and just love it! So let’s quit stalling and get started!

What You’ll Need:

  • Old picture frame
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Brown and tan acrylic craft paints
  • Paint brush (sponge or brush)
  • Shells (please purchase from a craft store rather than taking directly from the beach)

Shell Picture Frame DIY

Decide where you want your shells to go BEFORE you glue them. Move them around until you have the best fit and the majority of the old frame is covered. You may also want to paint the entire frame your brown color before you glue if your picture frame is a bright or dark color. I didn’t with mine since it was so similar in color to my shells.

Once you’ve finished gluing your shells, give the inside and entire outer edge a coat of brown paint. Let dry.

You can use your paint drying time to warm up your glue gun. Once it’s dry and using your glue gun, squirt on glue to create a textured surface to the frame edges. This will eventually have a coral-like look! There’s no right or wrong way to do this. I just did little squiggles all around and made sure to not let it glob up too much in any one section.

Go ahead and give it a second coat of brown paint at this point to cover all the plastic-looking glue texture onto your Seashell Picture Frame.

Once it’s dry again, use your tan to lightly brush or sponge-paint the raised areas of the frame’s edges. (The texture you created with the glue gun). Once that’s dry, you’re done!

Seashell Picture Frame

And that’s it! Super simple and quick project that has a BIG impact. Please share with us if you make one too!! ~Meredith ºoº

 

Where To Find the Perfect Disney T-Shirt

Ways to Score the Perfect Disney T-Shirt

Let’s be honest here, no Disney vacation is complete without some sort of Disney-inspired fashion. Whether you’re subtly rocking your inner geek with light saber earrings or boldly proclaiming you’re one of 57 other family members on a reunion vacation, the chances are pretty likely you’re going to give your travel attire that special Disney flair. And what better way for us to share all this Disney t-shirt acquisition knowledge, than by giving you a list of our favorites?! Before you get going with this post, be sure you’re read the first part of this post over here. Well, go on. I’ll wait.

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Now that you’ve read the 4 ways to find cute Disney shirts, let’s get on with the update! I’m going to start by adding to what we mentioned in that first blog post.

Buy One!

Shops Sarah mentioned above:

A few more worthy of noting are:

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Wait, don’t go running and screaming just yet! There are LOTS of way to make a super cute Disney t-shirt and most of them can save you some money. Saving money is great if you’re planning a trip to any Disney destination! The wonderful thing about making shirts for yourself and your family/friends is that it’s so customizable. Everyone can have their favorite characters and colors, and Uncle Jerry can have his moisture-wicking active wear too! Seriously though, making shirts on your own is a great way to really show off your Disney favorites.

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Don’t just limit yourself to favorite characters either! Maybe your kiddo loves Space Mountain? Why not make a super fun Space Mountain shirt?! Another great thing about DIY Disney shirts, is that there are so many different ways to make them.

The Pirates League Disney T-shirt at Magic Kingdom

Here are a few of my favorite ways to make Disney shirts and all of these techniques can be easily searched on pinterest with countless results:

  • Silhouette Cameo (or Cricut if that’s your jam!) and siser easyweed and glitter htv
  • Screen Printing
  • Freezer Paper
  • Tie-Dye
  • Fabric Paints/Markers
  • Bleach/Bleach PensTie Dye Disney T-shirts

Be sure to check out our pinterest boards for more fun DIY ideas. Check back with us here for another fabulous DIY shirt tutorial soon!

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!

Glitter Mickey Ornaments: A DIY Project

Hey howdy hey, it’s time for a DIY! A DIY featuring Glitter Mickey Ornaments, that is! Today we’ve teamed up with Beth and her kids over at Paper Angels Vlog to bring you this super fun and simple Christmas ornament craft. All you’ll need is some ornament bulbs, mop ‘n glo, extra fine glitter, and paint pens. And if you want to get fancy, you can add Mickey ears vinyl stickers and glitter blast them! This craft is great for kids and adults alike. Thanks for watching and be sure to subscribe to Paper Angels Vlog because I have a feeling we’ll be teaming up more in the future!

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If you’ve enjoyed this video, please let us know and be sure to include your own DIY Christmas ornaments! You can also find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube. ~Meredith ºoº

Disney Park Maps Video Tutorial

Remember that time I made a tutorial about how to make a Disney park maps ornament?! Well, our good friend Beth over at the PaperAngelsVlog has given us a little video about how they made their own version. I’ll let Beth explain better:

New #phototutorial up over in the blog! Check it out at www.mouseandmonorail.com/parkmapornament ~Meredith °o° #diy #handmade #howto #modpodge #glitter #disneyparks #disneyparkmap #ornament #handmadeornaments

Hi guys!

When I saw Meredith’s tutorial about the park maps ornament, I immediately added it to my to-do list and got the supplies. That was last year. Ha! We finally got around to making our own this year! We did our ears a little different. I wanted the sparkle of glitter without the mess so we used glitter paint. We painted the ears black and then added the glitter paint over it. The paint gave it a nice little shine.

Watch the video below to see how we did ours!

This was such a fun project. It looks amazing on the tree and reminds us of the special memories from the parks.

Thanks for watching and thanks to Meredith for the awesome tutorial!

And thank you Beth for that shout-out! You all did a fantastic job and they look amazing. If you want to see more of their Vlogmas 2016, be sure to find them on youtube here and subscribe!

Liked this post? You can find my original tutorial here and make your own! There’s also loads more Mouse and Monorail Christmas fun here, here, here,and here!

Want to pin it all instead? Find them here:

Park Map Ornaments Tutorial —–> here

“Sirenbucks” (Disney/Starbucks) Christmas Wreath Tutorial —–> here

Disney Store Ornaments —–> here

Top Five Last Minute Gifts —–> here

DIY Wreath: Inspired by Starbucks and Disney

DIY Wreath

It’s finally time to deck the halls and trim the trees, and have we got a treat for you! My DIY Sirenbucks Ornament Wreath will help you celebrate with two of our favorite things; Disney and Starbucks!

While perusing the facebook one day, I came across a cute collection of Disney characters as Starbucks logos and have since wanted to find something crafty to make with them. And I’ve finally found the perfect fit! You see, I’d been collecting these little coffee cup stoppers for quite some time and had the idea to make some sort of wreath. I knew I wanted to incorporate candy canes (because naturally my favorite Starbucks drink is a peppermint mocha), but didn’t really have any clear direction until I saw that fb post. It was like a light bulb going off! I can make a Sirenbucks wreath!! “I’ll use an ornament to display the logo and fill it with real coffee beans,” I thought. And after finding the wired ribbon for 70% off at Michael’s I was ready to get this project going.

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Supplies

  • Wire Wreath Form
  • 25 ft Wired Ribbon
  • 12 Candy Canes
  • 18 Starbucks Coffee Cup Stoppers
  • Washi Tapes in Coordinating Colors
  • Clear Ornament Bulb with Flat Back
  • Decorative Ribbon for Bow
  • Small Wired String Lights*
  • Small Amount of Coffee Beans
  • Print Out of your Favorite Starbucks/Disney Mashup (not my original design but it’s available to print here)
  • Hot Glue Gun & Glue Sticks
  • *Golden Mickeys confetti saved from our Disney Cruise (Don’t worry, if you haven’t cruised! You can use whatever here!)

*Optional: These items aren’t necessary, but definitely add to the overall look.

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Directions

Step One: Start by tying a knot securing the wired ribbon to the wreath frame. Create loops with the ribbon by pushing the wired ribbon in-between the wreath frame. Continue creating loops to fluff out until the entire frame is covered. If you aren’t sure how this works, you can refer to this tutorial I found on pinterest.

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Step Two: Use a glue gun to secure a coffee stopper to the bottom of each candy cane heart. You’ll be gluing and working from the back until the entire candycane/stopper “snowflake” is secured together. So, once you glue it, be sure to leave it facing down and try not to move them around too much for best results. Continue until you have 6 candy cane hearts.

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Step Three: Lay the candy cane hearts together and position stoppers inside the top of the heart so that the ends of the stoppers point inward towards the center of the wreath. Glue and secure the stoppers to the candy canes and the points where the candy cane hearts touch one another. Once dry, you can also add washi tape around where the candy canes touch for a little more security and p’zazz.

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Step Four: Find your favorite Disney/Starbucks mashup logo online and print out so that it’s the same diameter as the flat circle on the back of your ornament. Also, my ornament has a diameter of 2.5″.  I liked the Sirenbucks best because Ariel is my girl, but go with whatever is your fav! Then, cut out and glue or mod podge the logo to the back of your ornament. You could also coat the back with some glue from a glue stick and roll it slightly to insert it into the ornament.

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Step Five: Add some real coffee beans into your ornament stopping just before the word “coffee” on your logo is covered. Remove the wire hook portion from the ornament top (it won’t be hanging so this is just in the way). With the hook gone, the cap won’t stay on by itself, so add some glue and secure it to the ornament. Add some coordinating washi tape around the top and a cute little bow atop and the ornament is done!

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Step Six: Secure the ornament to the ends of the coffee stoppers centering the ornament the way you like it best. Then glue everything down to the ribbon-covered wreath frame. I glued all of the candy canes as well as the stoppers so I wouldn’t have to worry about anything falling off.

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Step Seven (optional): Use a glue stick (NOT a hot glue gun!) to glue the Golden Mickeys to the inside of your hearts. Then string the wired lights through and around the wreath. There’s really no set way to do this. Just eyeball it! 🙂 I used the washi tape to secure the little battery pack to the wreath frame. And no one says you have to stop here either! If you’ve got other little knick-knacks that may relate to your design, then add them too! This one would look great with a few little dinglehoppers, a couple of thing-a-ma-bobs, and maybe even a snarfblat!

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Step Eight: Hang and enjoy!

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Happy Holidays

I hope you’ve enjoyed this little tutorial because I really do love sharing my crafty adventures. Please help us share this with as many Disney folks as we possibly can! You can find us on the following socials: Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, & YouTube.

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Turkey Leg Treats

Turkey leg treats are fun to make and eat.

Turkey Leg Treats

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Need a last minute treat to make for Thanksgiving? Or maybe you just need something cute for a Disney party you’re planning? Either way, I’ve got the perfect treat for you! I can’t even begin to say how amazingly easy and cute these little turkey leg treats are. It all started when I was browsing facebook a few weeks back and noticed a video detailing how to make them thought, “hey, I could actually make those!” And not only were they easy to make,  they’re PERFECT for those who may not like turkey this Thanksgiving! If you can make rice krispy treats and dip pretzels in chocolate, then you can totally make these!

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How to Make Your Own Turkey Leg Treats

I used  smaller pretzels and made mini legs since they’re better portioned for my kids, but the larger pretzels and legs would be perfect for recreating those giant Disney parks turkey legs we all know and love. You can make your own treats too by checking out this video from Southern Living. I’d definitely suggest keeping your hands coated in butter or cooking spray if you don’t want to get frustrated. And to make them even more Disney-like, you could make some chocolate-dipped rice krispy Mickey pops to go with them! The sky’s the limit so be creative and have fun!!

Check out this Turkey Leg Treats Video

From all of us here at the Mouse and the Monorail,  we hope you have a happy Thanksgiving! ~Meredith °o°