Crafty Corner: Upcycle your Christmas Cards into gift tags

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Today I have a guest post up at another Disney blog, Inspired by Dis.  Over there you can read all about how I upcycled my old Christmas cards to turn them into gift tags to use for next year.  There are even some Disney ones thanks to the people that sent out Disney Christmas cards!  To my friends and family, expect to see some of these tags on your gifts next year!

Read about how to do it here!

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Making a Mickey gingerbread house

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Last year my mom found this adorable Mickey gingerbread house at Cracker Barrel, which of course she bought for me.  We finally got around to putting it together this year, and I’m so pleased with how it came out!  It’s like your typical gingerbread house, but it has some cute little Disney touches included, such as Mickey shaped candies to decorate the house and little cardboard windows with Mickey and Minnie in them.

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It’s a fun and easy little Christmas project that brings Mickey into your home too!  They also have a gingerbread version of Cinderella’s castle that we have – I’ll be making that one next year!

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Disney Christmas Ornaments

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One of my favorite items at Disney around the holidays is Christmas ornaments!  They are a fun way to add Disney into your holidays, and they also make great souvenirs from the parks.  Whether you get them from Hallmark, Disney World, or the Disney Store, there are so many wonderful ones to choose from I wanted to share my favorites!

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One that we purchased on our honeymoon. I especially loved it because my bouquet was blue roses just like Minnie’s!

I got this for my husband last year, as he's a big Toy Story fan.

I got this for my husband last year, as he’s a big Toy Story fan.

I love the Princess ornaments with the poofy dresses!

I love the Princess ornaments with the poofy dresses!

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Adding Disney to your home for the Holidays!

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When you decorate your home for the holidays, do you add a bit of Disney into the mix?  Lots of people do, and today I’m featuring the ways that some of our readers have added Disney into their homes for the holidays!  Disney sells lots of holiday stuff, but there are other unique ways you can add a little “Disney in your Day” during the holiday season!

DIY Projects

Make your own Disney holiday decorations!  Reader Tammie made her own Mickey Christmas wreath for the holidays.  How adorable is that?  If you’re interested in doing the same, you could adapt the tutorial that Michelle shared with us on how to make your own Fall Mickey wreath.

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Jenn’s mother-in-law made these super cute stockings!  They look really professional, but I’m sure there are easy ways you could make your own with supplies from a craft store.

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I’m going to be sharing a post later this month on making your own Disney snowflakes.  I love cutting out paper snowflakes, and making them Disney related is even better!

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Convert Items from the Theme Parks

Have you ever visited Disney during the Christmas season?  If so, maybe you picked up some souvenirs, or other items that you might not have thought to use to decorate your home.  Here, some readers share their creative ideas on reusing Disney items.

Julianne puts her Mickey popcorn bucket on display during the Christmas season – and adds a light on the inside to make him light up, too!  Brilliant!

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December 2014 monthly round up

I feel like a lot has been happening lately in the world of Disney!  Some interesting and exciting announcements have come out about both the parks and films.  And as the holidays approach, there are always fun things happening!

Disney in your Day News

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We are right in the middle of another restaurant tournament – this time for signature and character dining!  If you haven’t placed your votes for Round 2 yet, be sure to check that out now.  I’m also in the middle of Glass Slipper Challenge training, and though it’s a little rougher than last time I’m still getting through it.  I have two more running related reviews to put up, both of which I’m super excited about.  And there will certainly be some holiday themed posts coming this month!

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Carving a Tinkerbell pumpkin

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At my place of work, we had to carve a pumpkin – and we decided to do Tinkerbell!  I’m super pleased with how it came out, and I wanted to share with you just how we did it.  We followed some of the instructions from this website, which I highly recommend you check out.

Materials

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Here’s what we used:

  • Pumpkin
  • Carving tools/knife
  • Tinkerbell outline
  • drill

Directions:

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Bucket List: Attend Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party

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This year was exciting because it was my very first time attending Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party!  If you haven’t been, there are a number of things to look forward to!

Costumes

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For me, one of the most exciting things about attending the Halloween Party is being able to wear a costume into Magic Kingdom park!  While kids can always dress up like princesses or pirates or whatever they like, adults are not normally allowed to wear costumes.  For this party though, that’s all different.  I got to dress up like a princess (Belle) and prance around Magic Kingdom.  It doesn’t get much better than that!

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Make your own Belle Halloween costume

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I was super excited about the chance to go to Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party for the very first time, and if course one of the first things on my mind was my costume. I absolutely love costumes and getting dressed up.  Part of this may come from my experience in theater, but I will wear costumes whenever possible.  Halloween, of course, races, and murder mystery parties that we throw once or twice a year.  Of course for this year I was going to have to go with a Disney costume.

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Since I went with a big group of friends, we all tried to do Disney costumes but didn’t want to duplicate anyone else. The answer for who I wanted to be was pretty obvious – I went with Belle, my absolute favorite princess.  We created a doc ahead of time where we signed up for our character, and I put my name down way back in May or something like that, and didn’t really think about it again til August.

I started searching around for Belle costumes, and found that there was nothing I really liked. All of the ones for women were either ridiculously expensive, very cheap looking and not authentic, or way too revealing.  So I decided I would have to try and create my own costume.  The process was frustrating at times, but I’m ultimately happy with how my costume turned out.  Since I’m not really a sewer I knew I wasn’t making anything from scratch – so here are the steps I took.

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