Days til Disney Countdown – 14 days to go! (With Elsa, Anna and Olaf!)

There are loads of fun ways to count down the days til your next Disney trip, from big cross-off calendars to movie marathons.

The girls and I, however, decided that in order to share the countdown with everyone in the group, we’d have a bit of dressing up fun..

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To celebrate 2 weeks until our trip, we’ve spent our day dressing up as our favourite characters and re-inacting scenes from the classics – using a little artistic licence in places!

We printed our outlines of Mickey, and each decorated a few each 🙂

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Frozen is the girls’ (and everyone’s, really) favourite film at the moment, so this was an obvious choice for the first day of the countdown, and while Bella lacks Elsa’s ice white hair, Soph is a spitting image of Anna. Liv, meanwhile, plays a silly little Olaf, and yes that’s a sweet potato nose due to a lack of a carrot!

Two weeks til Disney!!! 😀

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DIY Hidden Mickey Loaf Cake

Not everyone is aware of the hidden Mickey, which is part of the beauty of it really.

But the clever folks over at Disney HQ have managed to sneak thousands of the little guys into pretty much every aspect of Disney life; you can find them all over the Disney parks and snuck into the films in the strangest of places.

And while artsy stuff isn’t my strong point, cake is. So I made this:

 

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Hidden Mickey cake!

And you can do it to 🙂

You will need:

250g butter, 250g caster sugar, 5 eggs, 30g cocoa powder, 220g self raising flour, vanilla extract and your favourite frosting

a loaf tin and a swiss roll tin, both greased and lined with baking paper

a mickey mouse shaped cookie cutter

an oven preheated to 180C

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First things first, cream together 150g butter, 150g caster sugar, then beat in 3 eggs. Stir together the 30g cocoa powder and 120g self-raising flour and whisk into the mix. Boom, chocolate cake batter!

Pour this into your pre-prepared swiss roll tin, and spread to the edges using a spatula, making sure it is smooth all over.

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If you don’t own a swiss roll tin, you can always bake a chocolate cake in a regular cake tin, it just may need leveling off before the next step.

Bake for 10 mins until the cake springs back when lightly poked 🙂

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Once cooled, take your Mickey cutter and go to town on it!

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Depending on the thickness of your cake, you may find you get enough Mickeys out of it for a second loaf.

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Now for the slightly trickier bit.. Line up your Mickeys in the centre of your prepared loaf tin so that they are tightly packed and less likely to slip out of place.

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You’re aiming for a sort of Mickey sausage!

Then cream together the remaining 100g butter, 100g sugar, a tsp or so of vanilla extract and 2 eggs, and mix in the 100g self-raising flour to make the surrounding batter.

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Slowly pour the mix over the Mickeys and spread evenly across the tin. You’ll probably find the Mickey ears are a little taller than the rest, but this will be fine once the cake has risen!

Bake for approx. 20 mins, until the cake springs bake when touched or a skewer inserted down the sides comes out clean.

Once cooled decorate as you wish 🙂 I always like to decorate my hidden surprise cakes so they hint at the centre, but don’t give it away just yet!

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When the time comes.. Slice!

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And ta-da!

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A Mickey for everyone 🙂

Stay tuned for the matching cupcakes!

Winnie the Pooh Decor

Interior design has always been a not-so-secret love of mine.

I love a good trip to Ikea and work in B&Q (UK equivalent of Home Depot), and if I had a house of my own I don’t think I would ever stop redecorating!

So I decided to share my Disney decorating inspiration, and today it’s..

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Winnie the Pooh!

It’s gender neutral, making it perfect for shared bedrooms or play rooms! Start off with a bright feature wall, as above, then use a less busy pattern to cover the bottom half of the other walls, topped with a contrasting border (wallpapering the bottom half of a wall is great if you have little ones who have a tendency to draw on walls..).

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You can then use wall stickers or other wall art around the rest of the walls.

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Apparently white furniture is very ‘in’ at the moment. I’m not totally sold on this, but consider it a blank canvas that you can customize with wall stickers, or you even use spray paint to add colour. The leaf canopy is great for adding a touch of the Hundred Acre Wood, and chunky tables, chairs and storage make it a proper kids room!

Mickey Rainbow-ade

While sorting through our kitchen cupboards, we came across our Mickey ice cube tray, and inspiration hit..

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So I got started making these colourful ice cubes (just water with food colouring, although you could use fruit juices).

While these would be cute in any drink, you can use them to create a drink all of its own..

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Rainbow-ade!

And it couldn’t be easier:

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Stack up the ice-Mickeys in a tall glass, add lemonade, and you’re good to go!

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DIY Origami String Lights

Anyone who uses Pinterest knows the addiction that comes with it. So many craft ideas, so little time!

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So when I came across this amazing tutorial for upcycling old string lights (click image for original source), I had a eureka moment..

Disney-fy them! I spent probably more hours than I should have designing 20 characters in cube form to make these fabulous papercraft lights!

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You will need:

String lights – new or old!

Scissors

Paper – you can print off the images I made myself (link at the end of the article), or use the blank template to create your own (your kids might like to draw and colour them!)

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Cut the image out on the outermost line, leaving the white border

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The basic chinese lantern is known in the origami world as a waterbomb. You can use the image above as the tutorial to make your Disney waterbombs, or find them one online or in any origami book.

Fold stages 1-5 with the image on the outside, but when it comes to stage 6, fold the triangle with the face on the inside, as below.

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Once inflated, you should have the hole at the top, and all you need to do is pop the bulb of the string lights into it. Depending on the style of your lights, it may hold itself in place just fine, or you may want to secure it with some tape.

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Then plug them in..

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As I mentioned earlier, I designed all of my own templates on MS Word (I don’t get on with technology), so you may wish to design your own, but if you like mine, you can download them here!

DIY Mouse Plates

Who wouldn’t want to eat off a personalised Mickey/Minnie plate?!

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There are two ways to make cute crockery like this. The ‘Sharpie’ method is sweeping Pinterest and all other corners of the internet, but personally I’ve never had much luck with it, so I’ve gone for the craft store alternative of ceramic pens. If you’re a Sharpie pro however, you may choose to take that route.

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The Sharpie method, put simply, is to draw on clean (grease and dust free) ceramics with the famous permanent marker, then bake in an oven on medium heat for 30-40 mins to seal the ink into the glaze.

As said before, this has never been successful for me. Don’t know why, I’m probably just unlucky!

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So I used a light coloured Sharpie to do a rough sketch of my design on each plate (as ceramic paint pens do not involve baking, I know that this ink will wash off in the dishwasher).

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Then its as simple as following over your sketch with the paint pen! I’m no artist, so I stuck to a simple outline design with abstract patterns to add colour – minimalistic, I call it!

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Despite a lack of most drawing skill, however, I’m fairly practised in the art of Disney-writing: that is, of course, the font of the great Walt Disney himself, so I added our names to each plate.

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My girls are gonna love these, can’t wait to surprise them with them on Thursday for movie night!

PS. If any of you give this a go, I’d love to see your results 🙂