You know those people that say Oh yeah. That post is super popular. It’s been pinned, like, 30,000 times? I’m not one of those people. I mean, I cook but it’s not really blogworthy. And my crafting skills happen about once a year. I’ve learned my way around a glue gun but I don’t need to stress of documenting the whole thing for the world to know.
This post will wrap up an epic week of Disney partying. And by that, I don’t mean me partying at Disney. I mean me recapping the awesome Disney-themed party I held over the weekend to show my #DisneySide.
I used plenty of the freebies Disney sent me and cheated with some cheesy decorations from Party City. But as I was standing in Michael’s, I felt, I don’t know, inspired? That doesn’t normally happen to me in a craft store so I’m not sure if that’s what I was feeling.
But I knew I wanted to make a few things, if not for the Pinterest traffic, than simply to impress my neighbors and please the children. It’s always for the kids.
And the best part? It all was done with some cookie cutters.
Let’s start with the party opener.
Fast and Easy Mickey Mouse Themed Wreath
I wanted the party to start at the door. We’re full of cold and ice and snow right now so I wanted to extoll the Disney magic right at the very front door. With a wreath.
As with all crafts I pursue, I wanted it to be pretty easy, pretty fast, and pretty cheap.
I bought some black cardstock and used the Mickey Mouse cookie cutter to make some Mickey heads. I used a sheet of red glittery cardstock and did a freehand bow. Then wait till you see how easy this gets.
I dug this wreath out of Christmas storage.
It wasn’t a bad little wreath but it was made in the days before internet when I had no money to buy a real wreath. It was time to let it go.
So I wrapped it in some polka dotted ribbon, tied it in the back to keep it secure, and glued on all my fancy shapes.
I was a little panicked at first that my proportions were all wrong and the Mickey Mouses were curling but it all flattened out and made for a nice welcome at the start of the party.
But my mega crafty skills came out for the awards I decided to give out for all of the games and activities.
Mickey Mouse Clay Medals
The idea for these medals came from a post I did last week about surviving the post-Olympics letdown and I linked to a cute craft to make your own medals.
Then it clicked. Medals, cookie cutters. YES! I had three cookie cutters (see above) that I actually attempted to use with cookies. You know, to make Mickey-shaped cookies. I won’t post the pictures but I’ll just say they ended up looked like diseased blobs of cookie dough.
Instead, I wanted to make Mickey-themed medals with this simple craft using polymer clay.
So I went straight to Twitter and said, Um, what is polymer clay and where can I buy it?
Turns out Michael’s is a pretty crafty store. They had it all so I bought gold, silver, and bronze colored clay (I preferred Sculpy – much easier to work with). And with just a few tools and a little bit of time, I DID IT!
Step 1: Roll out the clay to about 1/8 to 1/4 inch thick.
Step 2: Use a cookie cutter shape to outline your medal. Then use a very sharp knife to cut a little rectangle about the same width as the medal ribbon you’ll be using. By the way, getting that little rectangle out was by far the most annoying part. So do it like I did. Use two sharp little knives like tweezers to pry it out.
Step 3: Use a toothpick or plastic tool (I’m think a Play-Doh tool might work here. I used a Tupperware orange peeler.) and create your number.
Step 4: Put your shapes into a Pyrex pan and bake according to the clay directions. In this case, Sculpy recommended 275 degrees for 30 minutes.
Step 5: When they cool, thread some ribbon through the rectangular hole and secure the ends. Ideally, you’d probably stitch or use a glue gun. I stapled. And yes, I realize a metal staple isn’t the best thing against a kid’s neck but I was out of time.
The medals were a HUGE hit with the kids and the parents were totally astounded by my craftiness. If I played it right, I probably could have convinced them I invented polymer clay.
When the trinkets are gone and the memories have faded, I’m kind of hoping the kids will hang on these medals for years to come.
This ends a very long week of all things Disney. I had no intention of devoting a week’s worth of posts to a party but, man, Disney gets you in the creative mood. I hope you felt like you partied along with me and if you decide to have your own Disney-themed party, you know where to find me.