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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Disneyland Countdown

We're going to Disneyland, and I'm so excited about it! We've a while yet to go, but my sister and I really wanted to do SOMETHING for it. A countdown was the perfect thing! We loved this pin. The original pin was an uploaded picture, so we set to work recreating it. Here's our version:
Remind you of anyone? It's Mickey! Since my little guy LOVES Mickey, this was perfect!

We made one "Mickey" for each day that we have left. 
That's a lot of Mickey's!

How we made them:
  • Each Mickey is made up of 3 paper rings and there is a white one connecting each Mickey. 
  • Each ring was one inch wide and 9 inches long (the width of a piece of construction paper). We used staples to connect the ends of the rings.
  • Mickey's head: 
    • Made using one ring of black construction paper and two circles punched with a 1 1/4 inch circle punch. 
    • We wrote the date on one "ear" and how many days until Disney on the other "ear". I have a white pen; you could also use something like a white crayon or colored pencil.
    • Fold a little flap at the bottom of the ears and staple them to the black ring.
  • Mickey's body:
    • We used a regular hold punch to punch little white circles and glued two to each red ring for the buttons on Mickey's pants.
    • It's best to glue the white circles on before you create the ring.
    • Put the glue on the circles (not on the red paper). It may show on the red paper once it dries, so this will help avoid extra glue showing.
  • Mickey's shoes
    • Just a plain yellow ring here. Nothing to add to it
  • Our process:
    • We cut and punched all our pieces ahead of time (i.e. all the strips of paper, all the black circles, all the white circles).
    • Glued the white circles to each red strip of paper.
    • Attached the black, red, and yellow pieces together until we had enough.
    • Connected all the pieces
      • Wrote a date and countdown number on two ears and attached them to a black ring.
      • Attached the black ring to a yellow ring (the bottom of a Mickey) with one of our white strips.
Then you'll have a lot of these!

And since I couldn't leave them on my fence...
...I moved them inside, but separated the chain. I wanted each Mickey to be hanging the right way (if they're all attached, you'll get upside-down Mickeys).

One Disney project down. How many more will there be? Who knows? I've got all kinds of ideas swimming around in my head. I'm so, so excited!

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  1. Pinning Erin! This is so great! We have another trip to Disneyland coming in November and the boys are already asking how many more days :) Thanks so much for sharing at Mom On Timeout!

  2. the chain looks great!
    have a great holiday :)

  3. How very fun! What a creative mommy you are! Thanks for stopping by this week and leaving me a sweet note about the frugal tp pumpkins. I hope you have a great weekend!

  4. Erin,
    Love this Disney countdown. Looks like fun and now I want to go back! Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share next week. Have a great weekend.

  5. What a fun idea!!! I love it!
    Thanks for sharing with my Super Link Party! :-)

  6. What a fun idea!! We may have to borrow this one in the spring! Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!

  7. Nice work! Your Mickey ears worked out great! For some reason I was having trouble figuring out how to staple the ears on but your way worked nicely! Thanks for stopping by!


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