More Disney Cruise Stateroom Door Décor

A long time ago I wrote this post about making stateroom door magnets for your first Disney cruise.  There’s not much to it, but that post has been one of the most viewed I’ve ever written.  Time for a do-over with more pictures this time.  Earlier today, I was once again putting together some door magnets for our upcoming Disney cruise so I thought I’d share more tips for making door décor.  If you’d rather watch than read or if you require a few more details than I’m including in this post, watch the video version of this tutorial here.

More Disney Cruise Stateroom Door Décor

If you’ve never taken a Disney cruise before, you should know that it’s a pretty common thing to decorate your stateroom door.  You’ll feel left out if you don’t.  You’ll also feel lost.  Long, LONG hallways of nothing but identical stateroom doors – your family members had better be great at memorizing your room number, because all the staterooms look exactly alike from the outside. Unless you make yours unique by decorating it with your own personal touch.  Decorations must be family-friendly and affixed to the door by magnets only (no adhesive allowed).Cruise Door Magnets

You’ll need:

  • Magnetic printer paper
  • Magnetic tape (or peel-and-stick flat magnets)
  • Foam Sheets
  • Scrapbooking (or other) themed stickers of your choice
  • Stick-on Letters
  • Stateroom Mickey Ears template (see below)
  • Printed photos of your choiceMagnets for Door Decorations Scrapbook Supplies for Door Magnets Letters for Door MagnetsFoam Sheets for Door Magnets

For small door magnets:  I start by cutting some shapes out of the foam sheets to use as backgrounds and embellish those with the scrapbooking stickers.  Then I cut pieces of self-stick magnet and put those on the reverse side.  That’s IT!  Add letters if you want and you’ll have some personalized magnets you can put up once or change out every day if you like.Magic in Norway Magnet

For Mickey Ears (around the room number medallion on the door) – Follow the link at the bottom of this post to browse the fantastic selection of ear templates.  Save and print your favorite set(s) of ears on magnetic printer paper then carefully (I’m scissor-challenged!) cut out the shapes and you’ll have another adorable addition to your door!Viking Hat Door Magnet

For large magnets – print big pictures on photo paper or magnetic printer paper.  If you print on the magnetic paper, you’re finished.  If you print as pictures, glue them on a foam sheet background (or a piece of cardboard) for stability, add some stick-on magnets to the back.  You are now ready to set sail with a very attractive (and easy to spot) stateroom door.Norway Cruise Door Magnet

Have you made magnets for your Disney Cruise Line stateroom?  Please share your pictures over at Living a Disney Life on Facebook!  I would love to see some new ideas!!!

Template For Stateroom Mickey Ears: – Stateroom Mickey Ears and Then Some.VikiingPRINTABLE




Disney Photos – 5 Great Editing Apps

RM-Army-man-selfieSeems like no matter how many cameras I take on vacation, I end up using the camera on my phone the most.  I think it’s the immediate gratification I get from viewing and sharing pictures right away.  Not to mention how fun a great selfie is now and again.  Sometimes I need to edit a good picture to make it a great one.  Sometimes I just want to add a caption or a frame or make a collage of some related images…luckily, there are apps for that!  I want to share a few of my favorites with you today.  Some are super simple and easy to use, some take a bit of practice, but each app puts great picture-editing tools right at your fingertips.  Best of all, they’re all free for at least the basic versions.

Disney Photos – 5 Great Editing Apps

Instagram – It’s not just a social media/picture-and-video sharing place.  It also has wicked-cool editing tools that are easy and incredibly fun to use.  Instagram also lets you quickly share with your other social media sites, so I can create a masterpiece and tweet about it or post it straight to Facebook!  Here are some examples of my favorite Instagram-edited pictures (see all of them and follow me here):RM-Spaceship-Earth RM-Expedition-Everest RM-Dwarfs RM-Disney's-Hollywood-Studios-Entrance RM-BTMRR RM-Animal-Kingdom-Boat

Snapseed –  This one’s relatively new to me and I’m still practicing.  I do see tremendous potential and love the results I’m getting so far.  What I like about this app is the richness is adds to certain pictures in a way I can’t quite achieve with other apps.  Read the review that convinced me to give Snapseed a try here.  Some of my best efforts with Snapseed so far:RM-Christmas-Junior RM-HalloWishes RM-Maleficent

Typic – If I could use this app to its fullest, I could do some amazing things!  As it is, I fumble with it just enough to produce acceptably cute results.  As with several of these apps, I tend to use photos I’ve already enhanced with Instagram first, then add frames and words in Typic.  I bet some of you with more creativity and better vision could really go crazy with this app.  (See more in this review.)  Clearly, I’m barely scratching the surface, but I very quickly and simply used Typic on these shots:RM-Epcot-Thanksgiving RM-Junior-Hallmark-Fan RM-Kermit-Christmas RM-Bay-Lake-Tower-Sunrise

PhotoGrid – Fun and easy to use, this is my go-to collage making app, but you can also do some creative things with single pictures.  It’s fun and easy to pull a few photos together, plus there are some pretty neat filters available to enhance the finished product. (Detailed app review here.)  RM-Disney-Joe RM-Disney-Pizza-Ornament RM-Donald-Festival-of-Fantasy RM-Singing-Busts-CollageRhonna Designs – The free, basic package included in this app is packed with thousands of ways to enhance your pictures.  While some features are easy to figure out, others are a bit more challenging.  I love the video tutorials available for help!  This one app could keep me busy for hours.  Scrapbook fanatics must think they’ve gone to heaven.  I’ve had this app for a long time and I haven’t used it as much or as well as I should – New Year’s Resolution time!RM-Christmas-Junior RM-Happily-Ever-After RM-Fantasyland RM-Castle-Christmas RM-Believe-Mask RM-Believe-ChalkWhich of these apps are you using?  Have any others to share?  What about your favorite features, tips, and tricks?  I’d love to hear them.



DIY Disney Christmas Tree Topper

RM-Christmas-Top-HatIt’s been long time since I’ve worked on a Disney craft project.  This one was not even planned, but happened mostly by accident.  Raymond and I were out supporting our local merchants on Small Business Saturday and we happened to be in a fantastic home décor and accessory store that always has the most amazing Christmas decorations!  We were there for just a quick stop to pick up a couple of ornaments for gifts and grab some extra ribbon and deco mesh (you can never have too much deco mesh, right?).

As we were making our way to the checkout counter, I stopped dead in my tracks, having spotted something unexpected and adorable!  I spied a small black felt top hat, decorated festively for the holidays.  As usual, I immediately said what I was thinking, “Hey!  I could put ears on this!” and Raymond, in his usual way, replied, “You could.”  Enough chitchat.  New item added to the armfuls we were carrying, we made for the cash register.

By the time we got home, I had formulated a plan for that little top hat’s transformation into a Disney-themed tree topper.  All I needed was to make use of Raymond’s mad skills with powerRM-Christmas-Ornament-Piece tools.  I handed him a large, sparkly, black shatter-proof ornament left over from the Halloween wreath project and told him to make me a couple of ears from it.  Because I love him, I did remember to yell, “Don’t forget protective eye wear!” as he headed outside to his shop.  I wish I could show and tell you exactly how Raymond managed to slice two perfect ears out of that one ornament, but I didn’t see what he did.  I will tell you it involved something called a die grinder, but I have no idea what that is or does.  If you decide to slice up a plastic ornament, I imagine a saw of some sort would also work.

Now, I knew that if I just glued those ears onto the hat, there would be a big gap between each ear, the hat, and the hat’s brim.  I was trying to figure out a way to fill that gap with some black sheet-foam that I had on hand, when Raymond solved the problem for me by cutting the foam into tear-drops that could be used to cover the RM-Christmas-Top-Hat-Ears-Reverseback of each ear and fill in that gap at the same time – I do love that man!  So, I fired up my new glue gun, which gets really super hot in a hurry, and proceeded to glue the backs onto each ear, then glue the ears carefully onto the hat, making sure the corner part of the teardrop filled in the gap between ear, hat, and brim.  I only sustained one glue-burn (on my right pinky), which is actually good – the injury count where hot glue and I are concerned is normally much higher.

So, making the tree topper proved much easier than getting it in a good position at the top of the tree!  I ended up making a spiral wire around the top of the tree to perch the hat securely on, then I used my old tree topper (sprays wired together to mimic Wishes fireworks) to add some festive touches around the hat.  The moral of this story?  Don’t be afraid to try!  When inspiration strikes, go for it.  The hat was $12.99 and for the investment, Raymond’s cutting skills, and one hot glue burn, we got a pretty awesome new Disney decoration for our tree.RM-Christmas-Top-Hat-Finished

Do you have a Disney holiday craft to share?  Let me know and I’ll put your project on our Facebook page!

DIY Disney Christmas Ornament #3

IMG_2245Here’s another DIY Disney Christmas Ornament idea for you.  Confession time:  Sometimes my creativity and my actual artistic ability are at odds.  In the case of this ornament, I had a good creative plan (says me) – the execution of which was negatively impacted by my lack of artistic ability…in other words, I…well….I pretty much suck at painting – even with pointy-ended bottles of sparkly paint. 

But I bet YOU can paint well and that’s why I’m still sharing this project with you (though I was a little underwhelmed by my own results).  You can do better and the supplies are minimum.  Plus the idea is pretty neat since you can change the colors (and ornament sizes) to match your theme.  For example, if you have a Disney Princess tree you could use pink, purple, gold, pastels, etc.  That’s the fun thing about DIY projects – the flexibility!IMG_0755

I saw the inspiration for this ornament the last time I was at Disney World (May, 2012) and decided that it looked EASY and I’d give it a go.  HA!  Anyway, these ornaments were both fragile and not really in my budget at the time I spied them, so I took a quick picture and vowed to just crank out some gorgeous (fancy and sparkly) duplicates in the near future – that time came coincidentally as I shopped (c’mon, say it with me now) the 50% off Christmas decorations at my favorite craft store.

General Dis Pics 11.13 014So I bought my supplies – a box of four white ornaments (two are shiny and two are matte/pearl), two sizes of bulk rhinestones, red and green glitter paint, and some silver glitter glue (for attaching the rhinestones).

IMG_2155Once situated at home with all the necessities, I started painting swirly-things.  YIKES.  Harder than I thought.  I really wanted to make my ornaments look exactly like the originals, but it was just not going to happen for me.  So I stuck with VERY basic swirls and had to be satisfied with that.  Luckily, when they finally dried (oh, I was impatient and it seemed to take forever) – they looked less gloppy and uneven to me (maybe.  a little.). 

Once the swirls dried, I used the silver glitter glue (oh, has a more fun substance ever been invented?!) to attach the rhinestones in the classic Mickey head shape.  Buying multi-colored stones in a pack was not very smart – the reds and greens weren’t as plentiful as I’d hoped.  So, I got only one group per ornament.  Just as well since the whole painting thing was dicey.  In the end,IMG_2157 I was happy enough to actually put them on the tree. The Fam (as usual) cheered me on and made me feel better about my expectations exceeding reality.  Really, they could be so cute when done by someone with actual artistic talent – that’s where you come it.  PLEASE – if you try this and end up with pretty ornaments, share a picture with me!  I’ll try not to be too jealous and I’ll post the picture right here on my Disney blog.

Good luck.  I have faith in you.  You can do it!