We’ve shared a few Disney-inspired crafts in the past, and we’ve even been inspired to paint ROCKS to look like our favorite Star Wars characters. But today we’re gonna see what we can come up with on a serious BUDGET!
Whether you’re looking to pass the time this weekend or your kiddos need to come up with some crafts for their virtual summer camps, we’re getting crafty with these DIY Disney projects that should keep your budget UNDER $5.00!
DIY Disney Coloring Book
Recently we shared 25 FREE printable coloring pages, and we wanted to come up with a way to keep your new works of art organized. So we thought, why not come up with a DIY coloring book? As long as you have a hole puncher, all you need to stock up on is some yarn or twine.
And if you already have both of those materials, then this project is completely FREE!
What you’ll need:
- Coloring pages (check out these 25 FREE printable coloring pages to start!)
- A hole puncher (this is a bit more than $5 but is a reliable one if you don’t have your own)
- Yarn (we found some here on Amazon for under $5 that comes in a bunch of different color options)
- Print out your coloring pages
- Stack each of the coloring pages neatly on top of each other (you can even add construction paper pages as covers!)
- Punch three holes along one of the sides
- Tie a small piece of yarn through each of the holes
It couldn’t get any easier than that!
DIY Disney Door Hanger
Since we’ve all been spending more time at home over these past several weeks, having a space to call your own is so important! Whether it’s your bedroom or a home office, claim that door with a DIY Disney door hanger! Putting a Disney spin on this project is super easy! We recently spotted cute new door hangers in Disney Springs, so we thought…let’s make our own!
What you’ll need:
- Foam door hangers (we found this 9-pack on Amazon for under $5!)
- Accessories and embellishments to fulfill your wildest dreams! This means glitter, markers, stickers, buttons, etc. The sky is the limit! (don’t want to hunt for goodies around the house? This box is more than $5 but will last you for YEARS!)
The instructions are fairly simple. Since the hangers are already made, all you need to do is decorate that door hanger to your heart’s content!
You could totally model different color hangers after different Disney characters! Maybe take the red hanger and make it look like Lightning McQueen! Or take that pink one from the set on Amazon and fashion it after Boo’s door in Monsters, Inc.!
Looking for more craft ideas? Learn how to make your very own scratch & sniff stickers at home here!
DIY Disney Paper Bag Puppets
We were inspired by the stunning puppets that debuted last holiday season in Animal Kingdom for this next DIY craft!
These paper bag puppets might not look EXACTLY like the polar bears and penguins wandering around the Tree of Life, but you can certainly be just as imaginative! 😉
What you’ll need:
- Paper lunch bags (we found this ONE HUNDRED pack at Target for just $1.99!)
- Googly eyes (you can get this 52 count pack of fun colorful googly eyes at Target for $1.99)
- Any other crafting supplies you want to decorate your puppet with (markers, glitter, yarn for hair, construction paper for clothes, etc. Hey — don’t you have some left over from those door hangers? ;-D)
Re-create your favorite Disney film with the paper bag puppets and put on a puppet show! Or maybe re-enact your favorite Disney parks stage show, like Fantasmic or Finding Nemo the Musical!
DIY Mickey Ears
Nothing says “Disney World” like a pair of Mickey ears or Minnie ears! These have been a classic park souvenir for years, but collecting these cuties can add up the dollars rather quickly.
What if we were to tell you that you can MAKE your very own ears for a fraction of the cost? It’s super easy to do since you can find the ears to use as a base online for under $5.00!
What you’ll need:
- A base pair of Mickey ears (we found these for $3.99 each on Amazon!)
- Hot glue & hot glue gun
- Any craft decorations you can imagine for decorations: yarn, fabric, beads, bows, or pom poms!
Instructions are simple: since the ears are already made, all you need to do is gather your materials and begin attaching decorations to the ears with hot glue! Make sure you don’t over-do it with the hot glue!
And be SUPER careful not to burn your fingers! Soon you’ll have a pair of ears that are entirely your own, and you won’t have to fight the crowds to score the newest pairs to hit the shelves!
DIY Slinky Dog Paper Link Chain
When you can’t ride Slinky Dog Dash in Hollywood Studios, you can still channel your inner Toy Story fan by creating your very own Slinky Dog paper link chain!
What you’ll need:
- Brown, white, black construction paper
- Googly eyes
- Glue, Tape, or Stapler, and Scissors
- Cut out evenly-sized strips of brown construction paper. You want to make sure the strips are long enough to create a chain link. Cut out as many as you like, but aim for at least 5 or 6 links!
- Loop each of the links one at a time to create one long chain, and secure each link with some glue, tape, or a staple!
- For the face, cut out a circular piece of brown construction paper and attach it to one end of the chain. Again, make sure all the proportions are correct!
- Cut out brown, black, and white pieces of paper to make his ears, eyes, and nose! Attach with glue or with tape. For bonus points, make a green collar! Use this photo below for a reference:
Want to be even more imaginative? Your Slinky Dog doesn’t have to be brown! Use any color of the rainbow to create your very own unique paper chain link. And obviously, you can make him as long as you want. If you have enough construction paper, maybe use this as an opportunity to create a paper link countdown to your next Disney World vacation!
Need to stock up on some supplies?
Some of these DIY projects require some basic crafting supplies that you can easily find online! If you happen to be missing any of these, or you’re currently in short supply, be sure to restock before you dive into your Disney crafting session!
Pom poms are a great way to add some three-dimensional color to your crafts! We found this pack of 100 pom-poms for $4.99 on Amazon!
Add them to your Mickey ears, door hanger, or paper bag puppet!
When it comes to arts and crafts, construction paper is a STAPLE. Elevate your paper game by having a wide assortment of colors to choose from (plus it’ll hold up better!).
Like we mentioned earlier, you can use these to create a cover for your DIY coloring book, or you can use it to create your Slinky Dog paper chain! You can grab this pack of 240 sheets at Target for just $4.99!
Buttons are a fun way to add some different dimensions and textures to your DIY creation. They would also make a unique substitution for googly eyes!
You can shop for this package that includes HUNDREDS of buttons for $9.99!
Like construction paper, markers are an essential arts and crafts supply. It’s a super-easy way to add a pop of color to anything you’re doing, and it makes creative endeavors a breeze!
Make sure you’re fully stocked on a fresh set of markers! We spotted this 20 count of colorful Crayola markers at Target for $3.99.
Hot Glue Gun
And finally, if there’s one tool we would recommend you grab before you begin crafting, it’s a hot glue gun. This one came with a lot of good reviews on Amazon, and it’s super affordable!
Whether you want to fashion a new pair of Mickey ears, or you want your new Disney door hanger to stand the test of time, a hot glue gun will be your best friend. Grab this one (it comes with 30 glue sticks!) on Amazon for $19.99.
We hope these affordable DIY Disney crafts gave you some inspiration to bring some creativity to your evening or weekend plans! A trip to the craft store can QUICKLY add up, so we wanted to make sure you had plenty of options to make some crafts on a budget!
With more free time on our hands these days, we think there’s nothing better than creating something original and spending some quality time with the family!
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What Disney DIY crafts have you created lately? Tell us in the comments!