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Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Photo Mat

posted on July 15th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


If a picture says a thousand words, I say a picture frame can say a thousand more. In this new “Show Your DIY Disney Side,” I’m making quick and easy photo mats using Disneyland Resort tickets and guide maps.

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As much as I love sharing pictures with friends on social media, there’s something special about good ol’ unfiltered, un-hashtagged photo prints. What better way to put these beauties on display than with a unique photo mat? I used Disney Parks tickets and maps because they’re bright and colorful (Plus, it’s a great way to show your Disney Side).

If you have the materials, it’s fun to theme your mat to your photo – admission tickets for a concert photo, a street map for a road-trip snapshot, leftover gift wrap for a birthday photo — the options are endless!

Supplies:

  • Any decorative paper (I used my old park tickets and a guide map, but any other decorative paper will work)
  • Picture frames (I used 8” x 10” and 4” x 6” frames)
  • Craft knife
  • Your favorite photos (I used a 4” x 6” photo for the bigger frame and wallet-sized photo for the smaller, but you can use whatever sizes you’d like)

Step 1: Take the picture frame apart, separating the frame, cardboard backing and glass.

Step 2: Lay the guide map or decorative paper out flat over a tabletop.

Tip: Since we’ll be using our craft knife on this surface, make sure to protect your tabletop! A thick paper bag or some cardboard will do.

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Step 3: Cut your desired paper to fill the frame (you can use the glass as a guide). This will form your photo map.

Tip: If using park tickets instead of a guide map or large decorative paper, you might not need to cut anything at all! Skip to Step 5.

Step 4: Place the photo over the center of the photo mat. Using the craft knife, cut out the center of the mat using the photo as a size guide.

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Step 5: Place the photo face-up in the center of the picture frame and place the photo mat (or neatly arranged park tickets) on top of (or around) the photo.

UPDATE 7/16/14: I wanted to share this great tip from my fellow cast member, Gray, who works at Disney’s Animal Kingdom Lodge – “As a photo preservationist myself, I would like to suggest that you only use copies of photos and never the originals, as the tickets and maps are acidic and will degrade photos over time.” Thanks, Gray!

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Step 6: Carefully place the glass on top to lock everything into place.

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Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Coasters

posted on June 6th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I’ve got another “Show Your DIY Disney Side” craft to share with you today, with step-by-step instructions for turning your Disneyland Resort guide maps and tickets into handmade keepsakes. Not much of a crafter? No need to fear! These projects are quick, easy and fun to make. All it takes is a little faith, trust and pixie dust (and a few supplies from the art supply store)!

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Today, we’re making a set of drink coasters using Disneyland and Disney California Adventure park guide maps, tickets and the most important piece, bathroom tiles. But don’t start ripping your bathroom apart just yet! Home improvement stores sell individual ceramic tiles, and some cost less than a quarter each.

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Whether you’re giving these coasters as a gift or keeping them for yourself, they’re sure to add a magical touch to any table. I’ll chEARS to that!

Supplies:

  • Square ceramic tiles (Mine were 4 ½” x 4 ½”.)
  • Disneyland Resort guide map, theme park tickets or any other decorative paper, cut into 4” squares
  • Foam brush
  • All-in-one decoupage glue, sealer and finish
  • Waterproof acrylic sealer
  • Thin cork, cut into 4” squares
  • Heavy-duty crafting glue

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Step 1: Wipe the tile with a damp cloth to remove smudges and fingerprints.

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Step 2: Use the foam brush to paint the tile with a generous coat of decoupage glue. Immediately center paper on the tile, pressing firmly on one edge and working your way to the opposite end to get rid of air bubbles and creases. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Be sure to apply additional pressure to the edges and corners since they’re prone to peeling.

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Step 3: Brush a layer of decoupage glue over the paper and tile, making sure your brushstrokes run in one direction (You’ll be able to see the strokes when the glue dries). Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes.

Step 4: Brush a second layer of decoupage glue over the paper and tile in the same direction as in Step 3 or in the opposite direction to create a crosshatch pattern. Allow to dry for 10-15 minutes. Repeat steps 3 and 4 until the desired look is achieved. (I used four layers of decoupage glue.)

Step 5: Apply a thin layer of acrylic sealer according to the sealer directions. Allow to dry completely.

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Step 6: Use crafting glue to attach a cork square to the back of the tile. (That way, you can use and stack your coasters without worrying about scratches.)

Repeat process with remaining tiles. Allow each to dry for at least 24 hours before use.

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Show Your DIY Disney Side: Disney Parks Guide Map Magnets

posted on April 24th, 2014 by Erin Glover, Social Media Director, Disneyland Resort


I have a confession: I am a souvenir pack rat. From guide maps to old receipts, I have a habit of holding onto tidbits from my Disney Parks visits. Sadly, these once-sentimental keepsakes now live inside a shoebox in my closet. Then it hit me: I needed to think outside the shoebox!

Today, I’m here to show you that one man’s trash is another’s DIY project. If your Disney Parks guide maps and tickets are too special to toss, I’m going to help you “Show Your DIY Disney Side” with step-by-step instructions for fun, simple projects perfect for seasoned crafters and beginners alike.

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Let’s start with a quick and easy project: guide map magnets. For mine, I used two Disneyland Resort guide maps and cut out my favorite attractions. Whether for the home or office, these magnets are a unique way to turn any space into the happiest, craftiest place on Earth!

Here’s what you’ll need, available at your local craft store:

  • Round, clear glass stones (Mine were just over 1” in diameter.)
  • Any other decorative paper (Of course, I used Disneyland Resort guide maps, but wrapping paper, book pages, newspaper and scrapbooking paper work as well.)
  • Circle paper punch, 1” (Or just a pair of scissors and a steady hand!)
  • Small round magnets
  • All-in-one decoupage glue, sealer and finish
  • Strong crafting glue
  • Foam brush

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Step 1: Using a paper punch (or scissors), cut the desired illustration out of park map in a 1” circle. Make sure the cutout is the same size as, or a little smaller than, the glass stones.

Step 2: Use a foam brush to paint a thin layer of decoupage glue onto the flat edge of a glass stone. Immediately place your paper cutout onto the stone so that the illustration is face-down on the glue. Allow to dry 10-15 minutes.

Tip: Decoupage glue dries fast and is pretty unforgiving, so make sure to have your cutout ready.

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Step 3: Paint a thin layer of decoupage glue over the cutout to hold the paper in place.

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Step 4: Once the paper is dry (10-15 minutes), use a dot of crafting glue to attach a small round magnet. Repeat with as many cutouts, stones and magnets as you please. Wait for crafting glue to dry completely before using the magnets.

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