I can't believe I haven't blogged about this before, but Ben and I are taking a week long trip to Disney World in September. We were given the trip as a wedding gift by two very good friends! We will be staying 6 nights at the Animal Kingdom resort on the Disney property and we are SO excited! I have been actively researching what to do for our trip, and one of the things I came across was a count-down calendar. I instantly knew I wanted to make one and set to work.
I already had this shadow box on hand so I wanted to use it. (Please excuse the dirt on the frame-it has been in storage since we moved a year ago).
I bought some craft paper in Disney-theme colors to use as the background. I got the paper onsale from Hobby Lobby and I think I paid less than a dollar for all 3 sheets.
The first sheet was the perfect size for the frame (12x12) so all I had to do was tape it down to the frame. You could not attach it or use scrapbook tape or even straight pins, but I went with scotch tape because that was what I had on hand.
I didn't use any specific measurements when I cut the paper. I just lined it up until one side looked like what I wanted and cut that off, then made a square. I would definitely recommend using some sort of paper cutter for this part of the project. I actually attempted it one time prior just using scissors, and let's just say it wasn't pretty.
After I cut the paper to the size I wanted, I attached it to the paper below it.
I knew I wanted some Mickey ears as well as a Disney font. I started with just the Mickey ears and tried to write out my own font, but it was not as pretty as I wanted it to be. I began to search around and found a Disney font generator online. I typed in the words one at a time and pasted them, along with the Mickey ears, into a Word document. I played around with the size until it looked perfect, then printed it out. I cut the page down to size and attached it to the other 2 sheets.
|Please excuse the poor lighting and yellow looking wall color. Its actually a tan but I think I am painting it soon!|
Here is the finished product hanging on the walls! Since it is in a glass frame, I can use a dry-erase marker to change the date out every day. I can't wait to re-use this frame for other events we have coming up! What do you think? Would you make a count-down calendar? What big events are you counting down to?
Sources: I found the Mickey ears here. Click here for the Disney font generator.
I also am including the printable I used so you don't have to go through all the trouble! Feel free to use it. Please send me any projects you use it for so I can see them! Click here for the download.
Linking up to: Marvelous Mondays, I Gotta Try That, and Funday Mondays.