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Disney DIY: Vacation Countdown Craft
Counting down the days to a Disney trip increases the excitement and keeps the anticipation growing right up to the moment of arrival. At our house, if we’re not ticking days off the calendar to our next vacation, we’re reminiscing about the last visit. Today, I’m sharing a Disney DIY that is multifunctional. It keeps the Disney magic alive when you’re away from “home” and it provides a fun way to mark the days till you return.
The wreath itself is the base for this craft. Once it’s done, you can change it up to fit any holiday season, or, as with today’s how-to, set it up to serve a very special purpose.
We love Disney T-shirts, its one of the most popular items purchased in the parks. However, what to do when it’s unwearable? Maybe worn out from too many trips, stained from the Mickey Ear Ice Cream bar, or no longer fits (nothing to do with the Mickey Ear Ice Cream Bar). You can always recycle (or the new word is upcycle) your favorites. Here are a few ideas of my own and some fun tips I found while searching the internet.
Make a Quilt
Or if you are like me, have someone make a quilt for you. There are many services out there that will take your old t-shirts, cut out the image and sew into a quilt of memories. What better way to have your trip memories available as a cozy blanket to wrap around you as you watch your favorite Disney classic on TV. If you are handy of course you can do this on your own and make it a family project!
Write a Book
Many of the photo printing sites out there offer soft and hard cover books of your photos. Some even use Disney backgrounds and graphics. Often there are great deal for free books or half price book. Take a close up photo of the image on your t-shirt. Either on you or stretched out on the back of a chair. Make a collage book of your favorite t-shirts and maybe include text with fun anctedotes of that particular trip. For example: “ This is the 2010 trip shirt we bought Andrew after he got soaked on Splash Mountain”. You can even put in a few pics of your family wearing the shirt on a trip. Then if the shirt is in good shape, give to a charity of your choice. There are many kids that will never make it to Disney and the shirt alone will be priceless.
Here’s a simple trick to make your Disney Autograph books more personalized. When getting autographs, only get them on the right side of the pages in your book and save the left side for photos. Be sure to get photos of your children with each character as well. Some characters sign on the same page (Buzz and Woody, for example), so you may want to leave a blank page for their photo after their autographs.
Chip’s Tips – If you don’t have a good camera or just like using Disney’s Photopass service you can let them do the pictures for you. That way Mom and Dad can jump in there too!
When you get home, print the photos of each character and your child. I would recommend printing them 3×5 if you are using a traditional autograph book. You can also print the photo without any cropping, which will add a white border around the entire photograph. Crop each photo, if needed, and add them to the books next to their autographs using scrapbooking tape. You may need to cut out a few pages in the back of your book so it will close properly.
Disney does sell books that have spots for photos, but they only have spaces for around 13 photos, which isn’t enough for our trips. Also, I find them a little too large to carry around all day. The traditional books fit perfectly in my backpack!
It’s a simple trick but it’s a great way to remember your Disney trips. I love seeing how my kids have grown when we compare all of their books.
- Make Your Own Personalized Disney Autograph Books! (wdwhints.com)
- Celebrating A Birthday At Disney World (tipsfromthedisneydiva.com)
Our family just confirmed our Walt Disney World travel dates for 2013, and we are so excited! The trip is several months away, though, so to help the time pass till we get back “home,” we have Disney crafts planned. The one I’m featuring today is both fun and functional, utilizes found items around the house, and creates a little cushion for the wallet when the trip finally arrives. Our Disney Trip Savings Jar!
Create a Disney Trip Savings Jar
Get the kids involved in this one! Look at the supplies list below. Write each item on a strip of paper and send the kids off on a scavenger hunt to collect them. Have lots of kids? Split them into teams. Have an only? Let him race the clock.
You will need:
- A container – You probably want something transparent, so you can see the money adding up. Maybe recycle a spaghetti sauce jar & cut a slot in the lid, or use an old vase with a narrow neck (don’t want grabby fingers pulling coins back out). We chose a candy/miscellaneous jar we had with a snugly-sealing lid and a chalkboard strip on one side.
- A hot glue gun with refills – If you don’t have one, grab some Scotch tape.
- Decorations – Whatever sparks your creativity! Gather up some ribbon, jingle bells, Disney stickers, buttons, pompoms, chenille sticks, paint, glitter, sculpting clay, dried pasta, pebbles, duct tape, etc.