/ Thursday, December 5th, 2013

Hi Everyone! Fall is now a memory and we replaced our Pumpkin Spice with Gingerbread Spice. This is the time when I break out ALL of my decorations to deck my halls with huge splashes of Disney.

I am just like you, glued in front of my TV every time there is a Disney behind-the-scenes something or other, let alone all the specials they show during this season. But one of my all-time favorites is HGTV’s Behind the Magic: Disney Holidays hosted by David Bromstad (2009). It’s a go-to for Disney Parks inspiration. Shows like that not only gives me my seasonal dose of Disney, I watch them for at-home crafting inspiration, especially when they feature departments like Walt Disney World’s Holiday Services. There is something really awe-inspiring about how Disney Holiday Services makes their type of magic happen!

Another seasonal dose of Disney comes from the photos I have taken of Walt Disney World’s holiday decor. I keep them in a separate file to use as inspiration later on. I have also been known to take photos of festive displays at my local Disney Store, too.

Here are some of my latest Walt Disney World holiday photos:

DHS Holiday Tree

Tree in the plaza in front of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.

DAK Tree

Tree in front of Disney’s Animal Kingdom.

Jingle Cruise Minimalist

Jungle Minimalist on this year’s Jingle Cruise overlay on the Magic Kingdom’s Jungle Cruise.

Gastons Garland

Garland on Gaston’s Tavern in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom. (I dig those antlers!)

BOG Tree

Tree in the Ballroom at The Be Our Guest Restaurant in New Fantasyland in the Magic Kingdom.

Close up of the ornaments on the Be Our Guest Tree. (I am dying to get my hands on some Shrinky Dink sheets to replicate these!)

Close up of the ornaments on the Be Our Guest Tree. (I am dying to get my hands on some Shrinky Dink sheets to replicate these!)

The cool thing about crafting is that you do not have to reinvent the wheel. Placement of decor is as much crafting as creating items from scratch. Having a flair for it can come naturally or you can develop it over time by taking photos and/or watching themed shows like HGTV’s Behind the Magic: Disney Holidays. And you can re-work and re-arrange what you accumulate year after year.

I have such a growing number of decorations and ornaments, I need to remind myself of clustering one Disney theme nowadays instead of mixing it up like I used to. Lately, I keep going back to old school greenery with subtle ornaments tucked inside of them. My photos above sort of reflect that idea.

I’m having a blast decorating! How about you?

Have you been inspired by the Disney Parks? I am eager to hear how you plan to arrange your Disney decor this holiday season!

Enjoy arranging and decorate away!

(Photos are by Fran Cassano.)

Fran Cassano invites us capture our own memories through Practically Perfect Disney Crafting… Break out the tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!

2 Responses to "Practically Perfect Disney Crafting: Developing Your Holiday Décor, Inspired By Disney Parks"

  1. Stephanie says:

    Fran, with regards to the Beauty and the Beast ornaments, another option is to look into Liquid Rainbow paints by DecoArt. It’s a type of glass paint that you can use to make stained glass-type window clings. I’ve used them for many years…it’s a fun craft project!

    An idea for a small table-top tree is Mickey Garland. Use a Mickey icon punch on festive paper (I used sparkly tissue paper), string thread through the middle of the Mickey (making a knot before each Mickey to space them out), and wrap around the tree! It makes a beautiful decoration!

  2. Steamboat Eddie says:

    Love the photo graphs Fran. I have all sorts of Disney decorations from ornaments too stuffed plush. I have a fantastic caroling Mickey Mouse, top hat and all, that I put out every year.

    Have an awesome day!

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