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Category: Disney Inspired

DIY Rose Cork Coasters

Use IKEA Avskild Placemats to create these simple rose cut out cork coasters for your next girls day or The Bachelor viewing party!

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Do you guys ever feel like you’re just spinning your wheels? Like one step forward, two steps back kinda thing? Yep. Right there with you. I’ve been trying to take a step back and get things into perspective lately. Learning what “self care” means and what it actually means for me.

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One of the things I’ve started doing is crafting just to create. For no other reason than the joy of it. I know you are all going to be flabbergasted, but I have been buying  craft kits and making all sorts of things like bunnies, macrame, scarves... etc. It has helped bring the joy of crafting back because I’m not stressed about taking photos, or being “original”, I just do.  What are you doing for self care?

These Ombre Rose Cork Coasters came out of one of those creative spurts. I was looking at supplies I had on hand and was watching the classic Beauty and the Beast and just felt like creating. I figured it might be something you all would like to try, so I repeated the project, took some photos and VOILA! All yours! Get in the zone with your bad self while you cut out tiny pieces of cork board while listening to some Gaslight Anthem… or maybe that’s just me.

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DIY Rose Cork Coasters

Supplies:
Sheets of cork board – I used placemats from IKEA
Craft knife
Hot glue or E-6000
Felt sheets in your color choice
Washi or craft tape
This template

Time: 2-3 hours for 4
Cost: $5 or less
Impressive? Yes

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Beauty and the Beast Wine Charms

Celebrate Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and add a little charm to your glass with these Disneymoji DIY Disney Wine Charms!

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Celebrate Disney's Beauty and the Beast and add a little charm to your glass with these Disneymoji DIY Disney Wine Charms!

Everyone has their princess. Mine was Belle. I loved her. I wanted to be her. She was straight up magical. I think I connected with her most because she didn’t really have any friends. She was weird. She liked books. Because apparently being a bookworm is bad… but I digress. Belle was my princess. So when Disney announced that they were making a live action Beauty and the Beast? I pretty much lost it in my excitement. There was a gasp and flailing. Seriously guys! Anyhoo… now that I’m older I get to enjoy the magic all over again with my fave gal pals. But this time, we’re having wine! (please read that in a cool movie announcer voice)

I created these Beauty and the Beast Wine Charms based on the Disney Emojis and I gotta say… I’m in love! So grab your 25th Anniversary Edition DVD, your chosen beverage and some supplies. We’re gonna make something fun!

Celebrate Disney's Beauty and the Beast and add a little charm to your glass with these Disneymoji DIY Disney Wine Charms!

Beauty and the Beast Wine Charms

Supplies needed:
This pattern
Rough and Ready shrink paper
Permanent marker
Colored pencils
Hole punch
9mm Jump Rings
Silver earing wire hoops
6mm glass beads

Time: 30 min or more depending on coloring involvement
Cost: $15-20 – makes a lot
Beauty or Beast: Beauty for sure!!! Or maybe like.. prince Adam after his transformation? Heck… I’m team Chip.

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Temporary Tattoo DIY Star Wars Mug

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I’m going to be honest here and tell you guys that I’m sitting here in a Darth Vader Onesie sipping hot cocoa. Because it is cold and I threw out my back. It could be worse right?

Did you know that you can use temporary tattoos for more than just your skin? Yep! Wonders never cease. This time, I’m going to show you how to use them on ceramics to create a cool dark side DIY Star Wars Mug…. because that’s how everyone likes their coffee right? Maybe not. Anyway!

And if you really need some cookies to dip into your mug… go ahead, make some wookie cookies!

Use temporary tattoos and alcohol inks to creat a one of a kind DIY Star Wars Mug. A fun and easy DIY for the coffee or tea loving Star Wars fan!

DIY Star Wars Mug
Time: 30 min + dry time
Cost: $15 or less (supplies can be used for other projects)
Light Side or Dark Side? Dark (for now)

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DIY Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Pillow Pal

Does anyone else have a pillow that they take everywhere? I do. Well… not a pillow per se, but a pillow pal. Yep. I’ve got one and I have no shame. I have a Stitch Pillow Pet that I take with me any time I have to spend the night somewhere that is not my home and I love it. The kids I babysit do too!

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So… when my Nightmare Before Christmas obsessed friend had her housewarming party and casually (but not really) mentioned how Disney had yet to come out with a Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Pillow Pal, the wheels started turning. Using mine as a guide, I made one for her as a christmas present and I gotta say, it turned out pretty awesome.

Do you have a Nightmare Before Christmas/Disney obsessed friend? Is it you? No judgements! Make your own after the jump!

Zero Pillow Pal

Time: Weekend Project
Cost: Under $20
Cozy level: 9

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DIY Unicorn Spray Paint Shirt

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I’m sure I have told you guys about my obsession with Unicorns recently, but if I haven’t… sometimes I think I’m going to quit life to go be a Unicorn. Adulting is just too hard.

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Okay, so I may not be able to grow a tail (and a horn and extra legs and full body hair) and prance off into the sunset, but I CAN make a shirt that displays my love for them. Right? Okay good. When I made this spray paint shirt I only had it in child size so one of the kiddos is getting it… because I like to give back okay?
Make a tie dye style tshirt with this DIY Unicorn Spray Paint Shirt. Simple, quick and unique styles for you to create!

Time: 30 minutes + dry time
Cost: $15 or less
Cuteness level: 1202734 (j\k I made that number up)

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Make Your Own Glitter Star Wand

Remember when you used to dress up like a princess and have a tea party in the back yard with your siblings and all of your stuffed animals? Yep… I did that last weekend! When I was a kid, I pretty much switched between princess time and mud pies on the regular…pretty sure there was a princes mud/tea party. Thanks Amber for putting up with that! Babies of the 80’s am I right!

Do you have a princess in the fairy phase or just loves magic? Make your own Glitter Star Wand for dress up, parties, halloween and more!

Anyhow! This DIY sprang from my weekend with the girls where one of my littles searched high and low because she just HAD to have a princess wand… and not just any wand, a glitter star wand. Because she was a  magical FAIRY princess of course. I won’t mention that she didn’t have wings or anything else, but you know how that goes. And at the end of everything, we couldn’t find the right wand. I’m in for trouble when the pre-teens happen for this one. Say a prayer ya’ll. Seriously.

These also make for great party favors, halloween costume props and general awesomeness!

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DIY Disney Bound Pete’s Dragon Clutch

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Have you been disneybounding yet? I’m a bit in love with it. If you haven’t heard of disneybounding, it’s where you subtly dress up like characters and rides from the wonderful world of Disney. I’m particularly proud of this project because not only is it adorable, but it is unique and gets a ton of compliments when I’m out. If you want even more inspiration (including Mommy and Me style) and info about the movie, check out Lipgloss and Crayon’s post here.
Celebrate Disney's Pete's Dragon with this Elliot inspired DIY Disney Bound Pete's Dragon Clutch! How cute!

But first! Can we talk about Pete’s Dragon please? I was born way after the original came out and at some point I think my parents deemed it too messed up and weird for my little eyes, so I never really saw it until I was an adult. That being said, when I finally did see it, I fell in love with Elliot. While he may be a cute, clumsy and mischevious dragon he is also a fierce protector. He sticks with Pete even while Pete tells him he’s doing everything wrong  and really just loves on this child and takes care of him the best way he knows how.

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Hank the Octopus Bark

Make this fun Hank the Octopus Bark for your next Finding Dory party! Fun and colorful party snack kids can help with.

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First off, let me tell you that I was first in line to see Finding Dory…. well maybe not because I do not deal with large crowds of kids. I went on a Monday and it was mostly to get out of the ridiculous heat or I would have gone later because I unfortunately am really bad at making time for myself. Can we talk about the fact that it was 112 degrees in LA that day? Thank goodness I don’t wear makeup or it would have been melting off. Seriously.

Okay, so Finding Dory. If I had gone at opening night, I would have pictured myself like Moses parting the red sea… of children. I’d be all like “Get out of my way. I need this in my life more than you do.” Because that is how I roll.

Make this fun Finding Dory Hank the Octopus Bark for your next Finding Dory party! Fun and colorful party snack kids can help with.

Now, I’m not going to give away the movie if you haven’t seen it yet (What is wrong with you?!?) but I will say that next to little baby Dory the breakout character for me was Hank the Octopus (septopus?). I mean, I love octopi (unless it’s like Sharktopus or something) anyway, so his character was a total bonus.

And keeping with my current love of chocolate bark, (Click here for some Dory Bark) I was inspired to make this Hank the Ocotpus Bark. He’s a little salty so I put some pretzels in it and kids will love adding the cute candy eyeballs.

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How to Make a Mermaid Trinket Tray

Let’s talk mermaids shall we? Yes, mermaids. I’m talking Ariel, Peter Pan’s friends that live in the lagoon, Daryl Hannah in Splash, MERMAIDS. (I’m choosing to ignore the Cabin in the Woods Merman (Not Safe For Kids) because…. reasons). Like any baby of the 80s/child of the 90’s I grew up during the Disney Renaissance. Meaning that Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin and Lion King (to name a few) were on heavy rotation at my house. We’re talking constantly. And now, as I take care of little girls, I get to experience that all over again…. and it’s AWESOME! Seriously, dress up and princess pretend with 5 year olds is amazing.

Okay, so recently I got to see the Little Mermaid performed live to screen at the Hollywood Bowl. For those of you that don’t know what that is, its basically the movie playing with stars or original cast coming out and singing the songs while the movie is playing. I’m not gonna lie, it was pretty awesome. I’m gonna make you a little jealous here and say that it was Sara Bareilles (Ariel), Titus Burgess (Sebastian), and Rebel Wilson (Ursula)….oh, and Uncle Jesse as the Chef. Yep. You missed it. Get jealous.  So, as I was saying before I got super excited about this experience, I saw the production and was inspired to make this super simple Mermaid Trinket Tray. Well, that an the original little mermaid in Denmark (which is suuuuuper tiny, just sayin). Now you can collect all of your own gadgets and gizmos a plenty, thingamabobs and more in your own Mermaid Trinket Tray!

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Finding Dory Bark

Make your own chocolate bark inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Finding Dory. Finding Dory Bark is a fun activity for kids and a fun addition to theme parties!

Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Swimming, swimming, swimming!

Disney Pixar's Finding Dory Bark for your next under the sea party. A fun project to do with kids or for a cute food table idea.

Oh Dory! I’m so glad she’s getting her own movie. She totally deserves it.  I can’t count the times I’ve quoted her when I’m having a rough day.  Or just needed a friend.  You see, Dory didn’t really have a reason to care about Marlin or him finding his son, but she did.  She cared enough to go on this insane adventure for someone she barely knew even when she couldn’t remember what was going on.  She just went because her heart told her to.  And now I’m excited to see her favor returned.

I mostly love this movie because of the theme of conquering fear. I know a lot of us deal with it. I personally have a very visceral reaction to stepping out of my comfort zone and facing the unknown. Fear isn’t just being in a moment of fight or flight, it can also be a mindset which we see all too well in the character of Marlin and I love that Marlin is able to conquer that fear a bit with a little help from Dory. He could have given into despair, but she unknowingly helped push him to save his son and grow as a fish.

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