DIY: Disney Vacation Countdown (Mickey Chalkboard)

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Also read about how to make Disney World Map Coasters HERE.

If you’ve been reading my blog for some time, then you know my family and I are big Disney fans. We love it so much that we go on a yearly Disney World vacation. We’ve never used a vacation countdown in the past. Unless you count the calendars we printed and marked off as the days got closer.

This year I wanted to make a fun Disney vacation countdown for the kids and the grown ups to get us excited…not that we need it since we are already looking forward to our vacation. So, I made a Mickey Chalkboard.

This Mickey Chalkboard is inspired by the chalkboard speech bubbles I’ve seen recently. I decided on a chalkboard so the kids can write and change the numbers themselves. I made it a Mickey silhouette to could be Disney themed.

The materials I used were a black foam board, plates for the Mickey template, pencil, X-acto knife, magnet strips, paint brush, chalk and black chalkboard paint.

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Want to know how I made a Disney Vacation Countdown Mickey Chalkboard?! Here’s my Tutorial:

Template:
I used plates as my template for the Mickey silhouette – one big plate for the head and two small plates for the ears. I adjusted the three plates on the foam board until it looked right. I traced around the plates using a pencil.

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Cutting:
I first scored the outline by going around the plates. This helps with making your initial cut line a smooth curve. After the whole Mickey outline had been scored, I then started cutting it a little at a time. Be patient when cutting the foam board with the X-acto knife. I needed to do some touch up cuts so the Mickey shape was more smooth.

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Painting:
I followed the instructions on my chalkboard paint. It suggested 2 coats and 1 hour drying time between coats. It also suggested 24 hours drying time after the final coat. The board did bow (curve) a little after the paint dried. I read somewhere this tends to happen with painted foam board. Next time I paint on foam board, I’ll be careful with how much paint I use. I did attempt to flatten my Mickey chalkboard by placing a book on top of it for a few hours. It never flattened completely, but it still looks great to us.

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Chalk:
I lightly rubbed the entire surface with white chalk and wiped it off.

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It was now time for the fun part. I wrote the words “Days Until” on one ear and “Disney Vacation” on the other ear using colored chalk. I wrote the letters in a “Disney font” to give it an extra Disney touch.

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But, I didn’t stop there…I then drew pictures to represent each of the four theme parks in Disney World. The last thing I did was place magnet strips on the back of it so it can hang on our refrigerator.

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My kiddos love being able to change the “number of days” each morning on our new Mickey Chalkboard. Counting down the days until our next Disney World Vacation is now even more fun.

(I’m linking up to I’m Lovin’ It, Weekend Wrap Up Party, Sunday Showcase Party, Made By You Monday, Tip Me Tuesday, Tutorials & Tips Tuesdays, Get Your Craft On, Works for Me Wednesday and The Frugal Girls!)

Comments

  1. I love this idea. We are going in a couple of months. I think I’m gonna do this. Thanks

  2. that’s adorable!

  3. Super cute! I grew up in California and have been to Disneyland countless times. Last March we went to Disney World for the first time. What a blast! Love your creative Mickey count down! I did a post about painting Mickey on my girls finger nails. Come stop by and check it out. Have a FUN trip! Found you through TT&J linky party.

  4. GREAT IDEA!!! We go in October. Every single day every single member on the family asks me “How much longer?” This can make it cute instead of annoying. Love this idea. I will link to you if we make it.

  5. What a great idea!! We are Disney lovers too!! We highly recommend the dining plan especially at Disney World. Have tons of fun!!

  6. Love it! What a cute idea!

  7. Thanks everyone!
    brooke – we’ll also be there in October.
    Connie – I also highly recommend the dining plan. We get it for every Disney World vacation.

  8. this is so fun! I love it!

    I would love it if you would share this and/or any other projects you have been up to at Tuesday Talent Show at Chef In Training! Plus there is a fun giveaway too! Thanks so much and I hope to see you there!
    -Nikki
    http://chef-n-training.blogspot.com

  9. Love it! We’re planning an October trip to Disney. Come link up at “Do Something Crafty Friday”!
    http://vanessascraftynest.blogspot.com/2011/09/do-something-crafty-friday.html

  10. This is great! I’ll be making one soon. Our trip isn’t till next spring, so I have some time! :) Thank you so much for sharing this!

  11. Now, you are giving me ideas! maybe I should use this idea for sight words for my 8 years old but make the board out of Sonic the Hedgehog. Might be a bit harder but am going to look into it.

    THANKS!

  12. Where did you get your foam board from? We are going for our first time the end of the month and I am super excited!! We haven’t told our three kids yet. So I have been looking for ideas of how to surprise them but this is a great way to countdown once I break the news to them. THANKS!!

    • Hi Mary, I bought the foam board at Michaels craft store. It was near the poster boards. I love hearing how parents surprise their kids with a Disney trip. Have fun! We are in Disney World right now and are having a blast!

  13. What a great idea! I am always in a local thrift store so I could pick up the plates dirt cheap.

  14. Would you believe it if I said I happen to have a black foam Mickey head already cut out and ready to go? We actually made a large one for our pre-k Mardi Gras parade a few years back and reused it for a MMC party…it took so long to cut it out, there was no way I was throwing it out…now I am happy to find a new use for it!

  15. This is a fabulous tutorial! My daughter would love to make this! I posted a link to this tutorial on my facebook page, so my family and friends could enjoy it, too!

  16. This is an absolutely adorable idea. I often have clients (I’m a Disney Vacation Planner) ask for ideas on counting down to their Disney vacation. I will most definitely forward this cute idea on. Thanks for sharing.

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