Get out the paper, glue sticks, scissors, ribbon, and cookie cutters, it’s time to beat the snowed-in boredom!
We’ve had quite a few snow days lately. If you have children, then you know that playing in the snow doesn’t fill an entire day for our little Mouseketeers. The kids and I have been occupying that time with some fun Valentine crafts. Today I’m sharing how we made our Mickey and Minnie Mouse inspired valentine garland.
- red cardstock
- black cardstock
- white card stock
- standard hole punch
- 1″ hole punch
- two different size heart cookie cutters
- glue stick
Now start tracing and cutting out your hearts from the red and black cardstock.
Both Mickey and Minnie Mouse hearts are made by cutting off the top half of a black heart and gluing the black piece onto the top half of a red heart. The Mickey Mouse inspired hearts have his two white buttons and the Minnie hearts have her polka dots. For Mickey’s buttons, punch two 1″ circles from the white card stock and glue the circles onto the red bottom half of a heart. For Minnie’s polka dots, we used a stand hole punch on white card stock and punched out 10 miniature circles. (Remember to empty your hole punch before making Minnie’s polka dots. It’ll save you from the clean up when your son dumps a hundred punches all over the table….experience has taught me.)
Once your hearts are glued and dried, use the standard hole punch to create holes on both sides of each heart. Connect the hearts together with some cute ribbons. Now you and your Mousketeers have made the cutest little Mickey and Minnie Valentine Garland in town!
Have you made any Disney-inspired Valentine’s Day decorations this year? I’d love for you to share them with me! Post a photo of your project on the Mouse Ears Mom Facebook page or if you’re a blogger and you have a tutorial, great! Share the link in the comments!
During this past Christmas season my kids loved counting down to Santa’s big arrival using various advent calendars. They quickly hopped out of bed each morning and the opening of doors, boxes and pulling little plush characters from pockets began. But now it’s over and depressing January is upon us. Victoria has resorted to asking me daily when Santa will be returning. So to combat the January blahs, I made these Mickey and Minnie Mouse Inspired Valentines Boxes to use each day as we celebrate the days counting up to Valentine’s Day.
Yay! Valentine’s Day is only one month away!
The idea is that each day the kids leave a special note to each other each night for the first two weeks in February and Mommy and Daddy leave them each a small Disney surprise inside their boxes. Last weekend, I shopped at Dollar Tree store and found a ton of great Disney branded items, including Valentines! Here are a few of the things I found. I was thrilled to find all of the Frozen-branded, Princess-branded and even Star Wars-branded items!
Every one of these items fits nicely in the kids’ surprise boxes too!
If you’d like to join in on the fun and make your own Mickey and Minnie Mouse Valentine boxes, here’s how I made them.
Supplies for Mickey:
- “Celebrate It” brand mail box (Or any red box that has a lid you can cut a slot in.)
- 2 sheets of black card stock
- 2 heart stickers (Part of a bag of stickers that included the small hearts used for the Minnie Mouse box. I purchased the sticker bag for $1 at Dollar Tree.)
- Glue Gun
- Since the box I chose to use was already red, all I had to do was wrap the lid in black card stock. To make sure that the wrap was tight, I used a hot glue to keep the card stock in place.
- Next to make Mickey and Minnie inspired ears, all you have to do is trace the top of an average drinking glass, but flatten the bottom of the ears by adding a little flap to fold over. Wanting to make sure they stay put, I hot glued them onto the top of the box. (See photo below.)
- Add the stickers and you’re done!
I’m hoping the kids will enjoy this daily celebration of our family’s love for each other. I’m certain the kids will enjoy the daily Disney treats but personally I’m looking forward to reading Gavin’s kind hand-written “nice” notes to his baby sister and Victoria’s “surprise” valentines to her big brother. Victoria has started making her Valentine’s already!
Have you started celebrating Valentine’s Day yet?
To some they’re just scribbles…to others they are works of art.
I love to see my children creating. I encourage any little creative spark I see within them at that very second I notice them reaching for a crayon. I try my best to display and not throw away any of their artwork, but coloring sheets can be overwhelming. Victoria, my two-year old, can go through three sheets in a sitting. I have to admit that not all of them have made it to the refrigerator display. Today I decided to channel her love of coloring into creating cute little Easter gifts for members of our family that I know will appreciate them as “Works of Fine Art”! Here’s how we made them…
Victoria and I began by getting out her Mickey Mouse Clubhouse coloring book. She picked her favorite coloring sheets of Minnie Mouse and got straight to work. If you’d like to try this too, any coloring book will do.
Once she finished coloring her sheet, I cut the paper down to 4.5 inches from top to bottom and kept the width at its original size. We used extra-large eggs for this project so the eggs used the entire width of the paper.
Before we used the Mod Podge, I cut slits into the top and bottom of the sheet. This allowed the egg to be covered a tiny bit easier. Then the messiness began, aka Mod Podge. Victoria took this step very seriously. Finally the yuck factor became too overwhelming for her and she announced “Mommy, you do, I watch” for the remaining egg.
And that’s it! After the eggs were dried, I hot glued a little pink bow on to each.
I hope that you enjoyed reading about our Easter Egg craft. This craft was perfect for my little two-year old, Minnie Mouse fan, but I think it would be a great project for older elementary education kids too! The ideas for Mod Podge on plastic eggs is endless!
I hope you enjoy your weekend and it’s full of creative fun!
Look close in this photo and you’ll see a Disney Prince and Princess.
(Hint: They’re on the glasses!)
The number one day of the year that couples get engaged is Valentine’s Day. With Valentine’s Day behind us, now is the time when “brides and grooms-to-be” start thinking about planning their weddings. This May, my husband and I will celebrate our ten year anniversary. I can’t believe how time flies! Looking back on our planning process I remember how important it was to me to have Disney touches sprinkled throughout our day. Gary and I met while working at Walt Disney World. I often tell people that I met my Prince Charming at Disney and took him back to Pennsylvania! So of course, when deciding on a theme for our wedding, I looked no further than the movie Cinderella. Like most little girls, I spent many of my childhood days dreaming of being Cinderella and marrying my Prince Charming. Since my fiancé didn’t have the same childhood connection to Cindy, I kept the Disney references understated. I wanted to accent the day with Disney, not make the day into a spectacle of Disney pageantry. Today I thought I’d share with you the simple Disney-Inspired wedding touches from our wedding day.
Disney-Inspired Ceremony Touch
Our adorable Flower Girl, Vanessa, carried a soft brown bear that was sporting a miniature set of Mickey Ears. What’s truly wonderful is that Vanessa is turning 13 years old this year and she still has this bear!
Disney-Inspired Reception Touches
Our wedding song was a remake of “So This is Love” from Disney’s Cinderella. I love the simple lyrics of this song and since most, if not all the guests had no idea it was taken from the movie, it made the song personal to Gary and I.
Gary and I took dance lessons before our wedding and learned to Waltz like a proper Disney Prince and Princess. We practiced for months before our wedding day and it was wonderful having that time set aside for us to learn together.
Our Cinderella and Prince Charming cake topper was from Walt Disney World. We still have in our living room today. Thank you Keith Renard!
My Mother’s Disney-Inspired Surprise
During the last song of the evening, as Gary was trying to “rescue” me from the 100 plus people separating us, my mother put on us personalized Minnie and Mickey Mouse bride and groom ears. It was fun way to end our day and start our honeymoon to Disneyland!
Did you have a Disney themed wedding or do you know anyone planning a Disney themed wedding? Please share this post with them to pass on the ideas and I’d love for you to share your photos of your Disney wedding on my Facebook page! www.facebook.com/mouseearsmom
A special thank you to Oaktree Photography & Video Inc. for allowing me to post these photos on the blog today. They did a great job capturing such special moments during our day. Moments and photos that we will treasure for a lifetime. Please stop by Oaktree’s Facebook page to see what they’re working on a decade later!
A Minnie Heart That’s Oversized With Sweetness
Last week I shared with you an inexpensive and simple Valentine Mickey and Minnie Mouse magnet project for you to make with your little Mouseketeers.
Last night I decided to turn the magnets’ designs into chocolate covered sugar cookies. My two-year old daughter, Victoria, loves Minnie Mouse and I thought this Minnie Mouse Inspired heart-shaped cookie would be a cute Valentine to hand out. I’ll attach a little note saying, “My Minnie Heart Is Sweet for You!”
The cookies were easy to make, but because of drying time, expect to spend a little extra time to complete the steps. If you’d like to make them too, here are the supplies that you’ll need:
- Heart shaped sugar cookies
- Red chocolate
- Bright White chocolate (for Minnie Mouse’s polka dots)
- White M & M candies (for Mickey Mouse’s buttons)
- Dark chocolate. I found Chocolate Cherry Cordial Candy Melts from Wilton at our local craft store- YUM!
- Once you’ve made your sugar cookie hearts, melt your red chocolate in a shallow pan that’s big enough to allow you to lay a cookie down flat in the pan.
- Lay each heart, one at a time, in the red melted chocolate. Using your fingers, gently pick the cookie up and shake the excess red chocolate off of the heart. Then lay it on wax paper. To make a Mickey heart, take two M&Ms and place them on the bottom of the heart before it starts to dry.
- After the red chocolate has solidified, melt the dark chocolate in a small container that is deep enough to submerge the top of the hearts.
- Dip the tops of each heart in the dark chocolate. Now the Mickey hearts are done!
- To complete Minnie’s look – melt a small amount of white chocolate in a decorator bag. I like to use Wilton’s disposable bags. Once melted, snip the very tip of the bag off, making a small hole in the bottom. It’s important that you don’t cut off too much of the bag or it will allow too much chocolate to pour out at once.
- Last but not least, pipe Minnie’s white polka dots onto the bottom of the remaining cookies. Done!
Are you ready for Valentine’s Day? I’m working on it, but I still don’t know what to have Gavin hand out! He couldn’t care less about Valentine’s Day, telling me to “Just pick something out Mommy”. I’m wondering if it is being six years old and a boy that’s has Valentine’s Day on the bottom of his favorite holiday list. Oh well, at least my little Minnie Mouse fan is excited!
Are you making anything special for your kids to hand out to their classmates? I’d love to hear about it! Have a great Sunday everyone!