Category: Creative Items

Last minute Halloween (Disney style)

Kids aren’t the only ones who like to dress up for Halloween, however this year it snuck up on me and I didn’t have a costume planned by Monday. So what to do? Pull out the vinyl cutter and create your own.


Earlier this year, I made some pirate themed Mickey ears (I’ll post on that one later), so I decided to follow along with that theme. I used a red t-shirt, traced a Mickey pirate design, cut out in layers and ironed on. It took about 10 minutes and worked perfectly for my last-minute costume.





Silhouette School blog has excellent tutorials and you can find out how to trace an image for cutting HERE.  I highly recommend this resource when learning to use your vinyl cutter.

Also, this will be a perfect addition to my Disney trip wardrobe 🙂

I hope you and your family had a Happy Halloween!



Making a customized jewelry dish


Lately I’ve been adding vinyl to everything, so when I saw these glass square bowls on clearance, I had to have them.  I designed several for my family, then had to create one of my own 🙂

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Of course, mine had to have a Disney inspired look, too! This was super easy to design and using my vinyl cutter machine, it took very little time.


I designed 1/2-inch circles and cut out a few in different colors.

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For my Mickey dish, I used red and yellow. I placed them in a random, sporadic pattern around the outside of the dish, so the vinyl wouldn’t be ruined by any items placed inside the dish.

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Then I added my Mickey to the bottom outside of the dish. If you are adding words, a monogram or a direction-specific design, make sure to MIRROR the image before cutting on your machine.

Hope this inspires you!


Have fun being creative!


Disney Pumpkins & Fall Decor

Yesterday was the first day of Fall.  This is one of my favorite times of the year and always look forward to the day that I can finally pull out my Fall Disney door decoration (please excuse the old door).  The pumpkin has a removable layer to display the Jack-‘o-lantern underneath, but I usually leave it covered until Halloween day.

Fall Door Decoration

And before you ask, I purchased this MANY years ago (before I ever owned a home of my own) at a Disney store outlet, so I doubt it is still available for purchase.  But it is my favorite Fall decoration, and I love pulling this out of the closet each October.  When I see this, it reminds me of cooler weather (even though it may be 100 degrees outside) and also has the BEST character, Sorcerer Mickey (of course, his real title is the Sorcerer’s Apprentice Mickey, but it gets shortened ALOT).

To go with my favorite door decoration, we also love to carve pumpkins (and roast the seeds…YUM!).  We’ve tried cutting, painting and light bright pegs, but for all of these you need to start with a great design and stencil.  I’m not great at freehand, so I really LOVE when someone makes my life easier by sharing their templates.

Colleen at has a post on Disney stencils for designing your pumpkin this fall. All of the favorite characters are represented such as Frozen and princesses, but also the Villains 🙂

Have fun being creative!


Limited edition Magic Bands

Since Walt Disney World (Florida) started using Magic Bands in 2013, there have been collectors for the different colors and styles of Magic Bands.  For more information on the history of Magic Bands, check out this article.

You receive your Magic Bands in the mail prior to your trip if you are staying on property, however you can always order additional colors and styles from the Disney Parks store here.

Disney Parks MagicBand - Learn More

For the upcoming 45th anniversary of the Magic Kingdom in WDW, Disney is releasing lots of collectibles, including a limited edition Magic Band. Magic Bands are your ‘key to the world,’ including your room key, park tickets and fast passes.

According to Ethan at MagicBand Collectors, it will be released on October 1st at the Emporium in the Magic Kingdom.  There aren’t any photos of these special Magic Bands yet, but follow Ethan’s blog here for updates.

UPDATE:  Here’s the pic of the special Magic Band

Of course, if you want to DIY-style your basic Magic Band, check out my previous post on decorating your Magic Bands here.

Polka Dot Magic Band

Have fun exploring the World!


Little Bright Dress

Sara Barnes of My Modern Met posted an article about a fabulous designer, Nephi Garcia.  You can see her article here.

Nephi Garcia from Little Bright Dress

Creating Disney-inspired items makes me happy, but I was blown away by the amazing designs by Nephi Garcia of Little Bright Dress.

Nephi Garcia from Little Bright Dress

He makes these GORGEOUS dress up gowns for his daughter and coordinating outfits for his family. I REALLY want one for ME!  He has a few tutorials on YouTube if you are inclined to make one of your own!

His designs are inspirational and currently VERY pricey, however he is working on a Designer Daddy line, which accommodates all budgets. Take a look at his website and be inspired to go overboard. LOVE IT!
Have fun being creative!


Costume shoes

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My girls love to dress up, especially at Disney. Queen Elsa is all the rage in our home, but the thought of my daughter wearing plastic shoes to the World kills me. So, we decided to decorate plain canvas tennis shoes for our day to meet the Arendelle sisters.

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Initially we planned to dip them in dye, but my daughter preferred to have varying shades of blue, so we used fabric markers. Tulip offers a large set with 5 dual-tipped blue ones, which worked perfectly for her idea.  The next time we decide to make costume shoes I will try this tie dye method I learned from Brook at Made in Michigan, using Sharpie markers and alcohol.

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She added a hand-drawn bow in silver paint Sharpie and we dyed her shoelaces (much faster than coloring them with markers).  To make them sparkle, we sprayed them with fabric glitter spray.

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Now the outfit is complete 🙂


Have fun exploring the World!


Disney pin board


I love collecting Disney pins. There are so many styles and patterns with every character represented, but what to do with them when you return from the World?  There are lots of different opinions, but I like having them on display to remind me of my happy place everyday.

Bulletin boards come in various sizes and price range, however we were lucky enough to find these cork board frames at Target for $3 in both blue and pink.  They are perfect for a small board and since the frame is already colored, it was ready to go once opened.  I think it might be cute with a pretty bow on top, too!

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Have fun being creative!


Keys to the World

Imagination has no age–Walt Disney


Magic Bands are your new ‘Key to the World.’ If you are staying on property or an annual passholder, there is NO extra charge for your bands. They hold your room key, your park tickets, your FastPass+, your Memory Maker account and your charging privileges.

Magic Bands

If you are a ‘day guest,’ you can purchase a MagicBand in advance from Disney store online or on property, however you cannot add charging privileges.  The active transmitters embedded in MagicBand are expected to last for 2-3 years.

You can customize your magic bands at least 10 days prior to your arrival, which includes choosing a color and adding a name or phrase.  It was very exciting to get our first set of Magic Bands, but we definitely wanted to spruce them up before we traveled to Disney.  There are lots of great ideas for painting and decorating, however some require way too much artistic skill for me, so instead I added simple painted polka dots.  Sharpie paint markers work well on the bands and come in a variety of colors.  I have used this Magic Band for two different 5-day trips during the past year and the design has held up, with only a touch up on the black Mickey head needed before the 2nd trip.

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My younger daughter wanted to add a Stitch tattoo to her Magic Band, however it was tricky to transfer and didn’t turn out exactly the way she wanted it to.

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It also began to peel pretty quickly, so we ended up adding extra color using the Sharpie paint markers.  I think for our next set we’ll try making pretty designs using my new vinyl cutter.  I’ll post an update whenever we get a chance to do this 🙂

Have fun being creative!



Wish fund “jar”

A dream is a wish your heart makes — Cinderella


My husband gave me a vinyl cutting machine (after LOTS of hints) and I have been having so much fun being creative!  I purchased these glass blocks and could never figure out exactly what to do with them.  Scanning through Pinterest, I found my inspiration…a change jar for Disney.  Since there is always another trip on the horizon, I couldn’t wait to get started 🙂

First, I located this cute castle design from the Silhouette store,

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then added “Wish Fund” in the Waltograph font.  If you need this font, it is located on for free.

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I adjusted the placement and size of letters to fit within the 5-inch square, then added a small heart (just because I like it).

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I cut all pieces out of corresponding colored vinyl, then layered using transfer tape (contact paper from the dollar store works too!) before placing on vinyl block.

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I would have adjusted the sizing of letters to make it fit better and centered the castle more, but overall I love how it came out 🙂

Have fun being creative!




Disney-inspired Vinyl Project

All you need is faith, trust and a little pixie dust–Peter Pan

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My first vinyl cutter creation


I finally got a vinyl cutting machine for my birthday.  I’ve always wanted to be able to cut out my Disney-inspired designs and create projects quickly, however it took me 2 months to finally try cutting something out.  It was a bit daunting for me to get started because the software was very different, but I decided to have faith and jump in.

Before I actually took the machine out of the box, I started looking for inspiration on Pinterest, then a Google search for tutorials.  There are some excellent blogs, websites and YouTube videos that can help you understand where to begin.  The one that really helped me get started was  Melissa at Silhouette School Blog.  She has extensive information for anyone using a Silhouette machine.

Silhouette School

For my first project, I wanted to create a simple black vinyl sticker for my laptop cover.  Of course, Mickey would be my first choice and I thought the Mickey head would be simple enough shape, but it still needed something.  I decided to add a heart design, then as an after thought I added my name in silver sparkle vinyl (using the Disney font “Waltograph”).  Download this font from right here.

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One of the great things about finally getting started is realizing that I can create just about anything…generally Disney related, of course!

Have fun being creative!