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Practically Perfect DISNEY Crafting: A Jolly Walter (or, an adventure in flag making!)

by Fran Cassano

Hi Everyone! The WDW Radio Cruise 2.0 is now days away. I was not on the first cruise, so I really loved that the Flag Contest came back for this trip. But I have to admit, at first, I didn’t know where to begin. Should I take a “scrapbooking” angle and use multiple images? Or do I try another route?

I went back to the WDW Radio Cruise planning page and re-read the Flag Contest information (which is under #4). ” The theme for the WDW Radio Cruise 2.0 flag contest is: “SHARING THE DREAM WITH FRIENDS AND FAMILY.”” I figured that no image embodies this more than of Walt Disney himself. In fact, Walt is ALL over the Disney Dream~from the Enchanted Art to the fantastic tiled wall of Walt as you approach the theater from the shops.

Another thing that I kept looking at is a Jolly Roger magnet my sister gave me. One skull with cross bones on a solid black background. So, like many of my other projects, I put two ideas together. Now, all I needed was a good motto and an image of Walt I could work with. I wanted a simple and clean look for my flag.

On this blog, one of my mottos is “Let’s figure out how together!” (or a variation of that). One of my favorite Walt quotes is “If You Can Dream It, You Can Do It”. So, when I thought of how Walt would spend time “sharing the Dream with friends and family” I came up with my flag’s motto: Dreaming and Doing Together.

A few days ago The Walt Disney Family Museum tweeted a pumpkin carving template of their logo, which happens to be a rendering of Walt Disney’s smiling face. I love that logo and knew I could use the template for this project. I printed it out and quickly realized the only way I could accomplish this was using stiff felt and an X-Acto knife. And I could incorporate the Disney Dream ship logo into the “Dreaming” part of the flag’s motto. I found a perfect sized logo (right on the Cruise planning page itself).

Here is my finished project~A Jolly Walter!

I used the following (but definitely feel free to do a variation that fits your own theme):

  • Bolt of white felt (cut to size you want to work with~I left room for a dowel loop)
  • 1 Sheet of gold felt (I found non-stiff work better for the swirls)
  • 1 Sheet of stiff black felt (stiff is better for cutting small crevices within the image)
  • X-Acto Knife (be careful using this~the blade is very sharp. A cutting mat is recommended)
  • Scissors (dedicated for fabric)
  • Sticky back gold felt lettering
  • Aleene’s Original Tacky Glue (fabric glue is not enough of a bond for this project)
  • Templates of Walt’s face and Disney Dream logo

Please take a look at my photos to see how I made my flag. It only took me an afternoon. So, it’s definitely not too late for you to get started on your own flag in time for the cruise.

We all can’t wait to see yours aboard the Disney Dream!

Enjoy your day and design away!

With very warm thanks to The Walt Disney Family Museum and our own WDW Radio.com.


Like so many of us, Fran Cassano’s life is sprinkled with Mickeys. From collecting Park brochures as a child, to creating ideas for her own Disney Fairy Tale Wedding, paper crafts have kept the magic of Disney a part of her everyday life. Fran 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!