Celebrations, Gift Ideas, Parties, Uncategorized

Sweet Stacking Fun with Tsum Tsum’s

Jakks Pacific Tsum Tsum Easy Cupcake Toppers

Even though I love almost all things Disney, I will admit that I never understood the appeal of Tsum Tsum’s.  I didn’t understand the need to transform beloved characters into the odd flattened oval shapes and what people did with the toys beyond collect them to display on a shelf.

Then, I was given the opportunity to review Jakks Pacific‘s new line of Tsum Tsum figurines and learned that the word “Tsum” is actually Japanese for “stack”.  Finally the whole concept made a whole lot more sense to me!  The odd shapes of varying sizes were to allow for stacking of the toys in a myriad of combinations. Continue reading “Sweet Stacking Fun with Tsum Tsum’s”

Big Hands, Celebrations, Crafts

Tabletop Decorations: Merry Mickey Snowman and Tabletop Trees

Today I am sharing a couple quick projects I did to spruce up our kitchen table and add some decoration to the side buffet in our dining nook.

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The inspiration for this Mickey project came largely from the Mickey Tree Topper I shared yesterday and the images of Mickey snowmen I kept coming across on the internet.  I was downstairs searching through my Christmas stuff and there he was just staring at me from the shelf begging for a set of mouse ears!  I bought him several years ago, and I still really like him so I was happy to find a way to fit him into my holiday décor and theme.

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Salt Dough Mickey Snowman Ornaments

This year we have decided to keep our Christmas pretty scaled down in terms of decorating.  After last Christmas, we nicely boxed up all our ornaments and Christmas décor thinking we would be moved into our new house by this point.  We are still a good two months away from being in our new home, but we have made the decision not to pull out all the Christmas decorations and then have to box it back up when we’ll have enough other packing and organizing to do right after Christmas.  I was originally disappointed by not being in our new home for Christmas and not getting a real tree like we normally do, but it has proved to be a bit of a fun challenge for me to come up with alternative cheap and simple solutions to decorate the house.

We have a 4 foot artificial tree I bought several years ago and we will be using that as our tree.  I decided to make some quick Mickey shaped ornaments for it out of Christmas balls, and then things kind of snowballed from there with Mickey themed DIY projects throughout our main floor.  This week I will be sharing with you what I have been up to and highlight a different Mickey themed Christmas project each day.

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Today we have some relatively simple salt dough ornaments I created to hang on the tree alongside the large Mickey Balls.  In my search for ornaments inspiration I came across these adorable Mickey snowman ornaments from busykidshappymom and thought they something simple I could recreate in salt dough.

I remembered I had bought a Mickey shaped cookie cutter about a year and a half ago with the intention of eventually doing a Mickey or Minnie themed birthday party for one of the kids.  I  have all kinds of Mickey party ideas pinned on pinterest, but there are just so many other fun themes to pick from that now I am not sure I will actually ever end up doing a Mickey or Minnie birthday party.  I wasn’t originally planning an entire Mickey/Minnie themed Christmas, but it worked out nicely due to our circumstances and has been a good excuse to put some of those pinned ideas to use.

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Salt D0ugh Recipe

  • 1 part salt (1/2 cup)
  • 1 part water (1/2 cup)
  • 2 parts flour (1 cup)
  • A small bag of glitter to add some sparkle (optional)

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To make the dough, I just dumped all the ingredients into my stand mixer bowl and used the dough hook to combine.  They came together fairly easy with a bit of hand kneading afterwards, but my dough was a little dry and I ended up having to add more water.

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Once the dough was made, I simply rolled it out with a rolling pin, and used my cookie cutter to cut out my Mickey Shapes.  I then transferred the cut shapes to a cut sheet using a metal spatula, just as you would making sugar cookies.

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For the ear hat portion, I used the same Mickey cutter and then used a circle cutter to cut off excess at the bottom.  I decided to do them separately and not stick the two pieces of dough together at this point so painting the ears would be a little easier.

For the small snowman noses, I free shaped them from bits of the dough.

The final step with the dough was to  put a hanging holes in each piece.  I used a drinking straw and just poked through each head and set of ears to create a hole for my string to go through.

Once happy with my cut shapes, I put both pans of ornaments into a 200 degree Fahrenheit oven and let them slowly dehydrate for 2 hours.

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Once dried and cooled, my next step was to paint the ear and nose pieces using acrylic craft paint,  and then assemble each of my snowmen using hot glue.  Most of my string holes lined up pretty well when stacking the pieces, but I did put the strings through before gluing so I wasn’t struggling to feed them through afterwards.  Finally, I drew on the mouth and eyes with a small sharpie pen.

I also had some snowflake pieces I had cut out and baked so I gave those to my son and let him go to town on them with my sharpie markers while I was busy assembling my Mickey’s.

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This was my first attempt with salt dough and it was so easy it is something I will definitely try again.  If I were to make these same ornaments again, I would make the ear pieces a bit thinner, but overall I love the way they turned out.  They look cute on my tree and it was a very inexpensive project using ingredients and supplies I already had on hand.

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Big Hands, Crafts

We’ve Got Ears!! Mickey Christmas Balls

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It isn’t much of a secret that I love all things Mickey.  I first saw these Mickey Christmas balls in the Christmas Store at Downtown Disney on our honeymoon and instantly fell in love.  They were a bit pricy, breakable and I was short on suitcase space so I didn’t end up buying any at the time.  Since then I have found tutorials online how to DIY and have been meaning to make them for the past several years, but never gotten around to it.  This year I finally bought the supplies (Dollar store, of course!) and they were way easier to make then I could have ever imagined.  I can’t wait to see them hanging on our tiny 4 foot Christmas tree! Continue reading “We’ve Got Ears!! Mickey Christmas Balls”