Hi Everyone! One of my friends at work brightened my day by leaving me the cutest Mickey-shaped paper clip in my Inbox. She just got back from Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa® and the clip was inside of her planning materials. I couldn’t wait to use it as a bookmark for the novel I am currently reading.
This got me thinking of two things: showing you how to replicate your own Mickey-shaped clip, and some of the official Disney websites you can “bookmark” for even more crafting ideas.
Let’s get started on crafting the clip, first!
- Fine Gauge Wire (Color Coated or Plain)
- Round Nose Pliers (One or Two Sets)
- Wire Snips/Cutter
- A Quarter (To Use as a Template)
Depending on the size of the Mickey clip you want, snip off enough wire to wrap the “head” around twice with extra on each side to wrap and “ear” around once. Grab the middle of the wire with one of the pliers and begin to wrap it in a circle about the size of your quarter (or slightly smaller) with the other set of pliers. Twirl the wire around twice, using both the quarter and my photos as a guide, leaving enough wire at each ends for the “ears”.
In the opposite direction of the “head”, use your pliers the same way and wrap the wire ends around on each side into “ears”. The wire ends will be twirled in toward each other to make this shape as shown in the photos. Finish off the end by cutting excess if necessary.
At this point, there should be three passes of wire at the top with two passes at the bottom. Slide your paper* through the bottom of the clip. And that’s it!
*Use your new Mickey clip as a bookmark, like I am or you can use it as a paper clip, gift embellishment, scrapbook embellishment, ring, pendant, photo holder, treat bag decorations and/or party favors. The possibilities are endless.
And while we are “bookmarking”, you can save these official Disney websites for continued “Practically Perfect” Disney inspired projects:
- D23: The Official Disney Fan Club: from time to time D23 offers Disney-inspired craft ideas. You will need to have at least a free membership to D23 to access these portions of their website.
- Disney Baby: Baby Firsts: Part of the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, Disney Baby: Baby Firsts is a collection of Disney-themed party planning ideas for expectant moms/dads and babies first year that ties in with the designs of the Disney Baby® line of products.
- Disney Cruise Line: Castaway Club: The Castaway Club offers fun downloads and extras in their online Compass newsletter. You will need to have cruised at least once on the Disney Cruise Line® to access this portion of the website.
- Disney Family: While Spoonful has taken over much of Disney Family, many of the same original Disney-themed crafts are available here, too, until this site gets phased out.
- Disney Insider: This official blog loves “Bringing you all the magic from inside Disney.”
- Disney Junior: For Grown-Ups: Disney Junior: For Grown-Ups features Disney Junior-themed party, craft, and recipe ideas.
- Disney Junior: Make: Disney Junior: Make features Disney Junior-themed coloring pages and activities.
- Disney Parks Blog: The Disney Parks Blog is the official blog for the Disneyland® Resort, Walt Disney World® Resort and Disney Cruise Line®. It often features recipe and craft ideas, which tie specifically into the Disney Parks.
- Disney Style: This official blog covers beauty, Disney celebrity, fashion, lifestyle and news for the tween, teen and young at heart. They have stylish crafts and party planning ideas you won’t find on other Disney blogs.
- Disney Style YouTube Channel: This is the Disney Style video channel. They offer cute Disney-themed crafts, hairstyles and nail art as well as other fun ideas.
- Disney.com YouTube Channel: The official Disney video channel covers all of the YouTube Channels in the Disney universe.
- Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings Ever After Blog: The official blog for Disney’s Fairy Tale Weddings offers a significant amount of DIY ideas and Disney-themed inspiration for weddings, vow renewals and anniversaries.
- Oh My Disney: This official blog covers quick, poll-style snippets of Disney and Disney Parks culture. They occasional offer DIY ideas, too.
- Spoonful: Part of the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, Spoonful is a collection of original lifestyle ideas that feature Disney-themed crafting and recipes.
- Walt Disney Studios on Pinterest: This is the official Walt Disney Studios® Pinterest page. They pin some amazing craft, how-to and recipe tie-ins, themed to your favorite Disney films in theaters, DVD, Blu-ray™, online and on Disney Movies Anywhere®
- Walt Disney World on Pinterest: This is the official Walt Disney World® Pinterest page, “where you can pin the magic!” There are countless craft and recipe ideas and inspiration. However, they also pin from non-official Disney sites.
And, finally, if you ever want to go back to any of my previous posts, click here:
What are some of the Disney crafts you want to “bookmark”?!
Just remember…nothing you make has to be “perfect”, it just has to be you!
Always enjoy your day and continue to craft away!
: ) Fran
(Photos by Fran Cassano.)
When you only have a few moments a week to craft or don’t even know where to begin, Fran Cassano invites you to capture your memories through Practically Perfect Disney Crafting… Break out those tools that have been gathering dust. And let’s figure out how, together!