Sunday, 17 February 2019

Disney Cruise craft ideas

One of the things that I love about cruising with Disney is how you can add some magical extras to your cruise. Preparing for the cruise is also a great way to show off your crafty side. I've been blogging about some of the things that I've made in preparation for our cruise later this year, and so I thought I'd round them all up together in one place in case anyone is looking for some inspiration.

The largest thing that I've made for our Disney cruise is our Fish Extender. This is a hanging organiser with pockets which is hung outside the stateroom door. It's used for an organised gift exchange, where you swap gifts as part of a group with your fellow cruisers. To make it I made front pieces from felt for each of us. It has a Moana theme, with progression from under the sea to the sky and a line from the song embroidered onto each pocket.

Fish Extender for a Disney cruise

As well as signing up for a Fish Extender gift exchange I've also signed up for an ornament exchange. This is an exchange to swap Christmas ornaments amongst a group of cruisers. They can be Disney themed, cruised themed, be themed to where you live or have no theme. I decided to make some mini felt stockings. Many of our fellow cruisers will be from the US so I'm going to put a small Cadbury's chocolate bar inside each one, then I'll package them in a Christmas themed bag with some Mickey Mouse head confetti and Christmas ribbon.

Disney themed homemade Christmas ornaments

I've also been working on some Hama bead Disney cruise magnets which will form part of my cabin gift. Each stateroom in my group will receive three different magnets which are made using a Hama bead frame and a glossy picture of either the ship or the Halloween on the High Seas logo.

Disney cruise themed Hama bead magnets

On our last cruise I enjoyed trading pins with people via boards on their stateroom doors, so I have made a fabric hanging pin trading board for our own door. I've bought a bulk lot of Disney trading pins from eBay, some of them will be used as Fish Extender gifts and the others will be left on the door for people to trade. Obviously there is a risk involved with this, I hope that most people at least will leave a pin in return if they take one! I may bring it inside the room overnight, and if I lose too many I'll take it down! We are going on a Halloween cruise, hence the pumpkin theming!

Disney pin fabric trading board

Finally another way to share treats with my fellow cruisers is with this hanging treat holder. The thin fabric pockets can be used to hold lollipops, pencils, glow sticks...and I also have some plastic spiders that I will hang from the pencils. I've heard that these holders can be emptied very quickly so it may only last a day or two as I don't have the budget or luggage space to pack hundreds of treats!

Disney cruise stateroom treat holder

I still have more crafting in mind for the cruise. I want to make some bookmarks and magnets like the ones below that I made for our last cruise. I already have laminate sheets and magnets so they won't cost me much to make, and the children and I really enjoyed distributing them around the ship. I'll also be making more magnets to decorate our stateroom door, which is a big thing on the Disney ships.

Disney cruise homemade magnets for Pixie Dust

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