I just returned from my very first Disney Cruise thanks to the 2017 Disney Social Media Moms Land & Sea Celebration. As I was preparing for the trip, I found out that one of the fun ways cruisers add a little Disney magic to a Disney Cruise Line experience is to decorate their stateroom doors. Ever since someone discovered that the doors aboard the ships are magnetic, the Disney crafting faithful got to work making elaborate magnet creations to express their Disney style.
The easiest way to get something amazing for your Disney Cruise Line door is to order from a creative seller on Etsy (Cocoabeans was a favorite of many Social Media Moms attendees). But time and budget don’t always allow for that. I know that plenty of crafty folks with nice color printers and fancy Cricut machines at home can make some impressive designs on their own too.
But what if you don’t have any special equipment or particularly impressive crafting skills and want to quickly make your own? Well, that was me as I got ready for my trip. Luckily, I discovered you can still have a cute decorated door too! With just a week to go before my trip, I made a quick jaunt to Michael’s to get supplies to make some decor for my family all in a single afternoon to prove it could be done (note that Amazon has a lot of these supplies too).
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Here’s how to hack a few cute and easy magnetic door decorations for a Disney cruise on the cheap.
Disney Cruise Door Magnets Supplies
- Mickey-inspired color patterned cardstock (red, yellow, black & white): $.49 x 4 for 4 sheets
- Magnetic sticky paper: $2.99 x 2 for 2 sheets of magnetic paper
- Alphabet stickers: $3.99 for 2 sheets
- Disney & cruise scrapbook stickers: I already had a ton of these in my house so there was no added costs, but sets can be found for $.99 and up.
- Mickey head template to trace: I seriously used a Mickey pancake mold we happened to have in our kitchen. But you can easily print something out from the internet to trace if you don’t have a Mickey head shaped item in your house.
Total Cost: $12-20.00 depending on supplies you already have on hand
Instructions to Make Disney Cruise Door Magnets
- Use the Mickey head template to trace Mickey shape on the back of your cardstock. Cut out Mickey shape carefully.
- Use the Mickey head template to trace a matching Mickey shape on the back of the magnetic paper & cut out.
- Peel off paper to expose sticky backing of magnetic paper and attach to the back of your cardstock.
- Add stickers – letters, Disney designs, or cruise-themed choices – to the front of your cardstock to complete the design!
The final product was pretty darn cute and made us happy every time we returned to our stateroom on the cruise (plus it made our door easy to recognize). It’s a DCL tradition that was fun to participate in and didn’t require a ton of packing space or time, so I’d highly recommend giving it a try.
Disclosure: I was invited to attend the Disney Social Media Moms Land & Sea Celebration in 2017. Disney provided me and my family with discounted conference admission, tickets, and lodging. Disney and its conference sponsors also provided me with additional gifts during the event. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.