Tuesday, January 15, 2013

{Guest Post} Love our Disney and a Disney themed Giveaway!!

I'm so excited today to share one of my new favorite blogs and blog friends! I am a HUGE Disney fan and when I saw Becca's blog "Love Our Disney" I was an immediate fan -- and I know you will be too! Today Becca is sharing a fun Disney craft AND a giveaway! Isn't she awesome? Thanks Becca!

Thank you so much to Reannah for letting me come share this fun craft!
family is a bunch of Disney fanatics, and we have been taking trips
twice a year for the last two years. My son, The Goof, has been talking

about our October trip non-stop since we returned. Not a day goes by
that he doesn’t bring it up. So, I wanted to make him something special
for his room to commemorate the trip.

For this craft you will need
         a wood plaque (range from $1-$3 at Hobby Lobby)
         Wood Letters
         Paint (I used red, yellow, and a little black)
         Paint Brushes
         Mod Podge (I fell in love with the spray kind for this project)

First, print your picture (or print it at your local store’s photo lab) in the size needed to fit on your plaque.
If you are planning a trip to Disney I strongly suggest you take a
picture of your child ALONE with their favorite character. Luckily, I
have photo editing experience, but it took 3 hours to fix this mistake
that could have been avoided if I would have caught a picture of The
Goof and Mickey alone while at the park.

you have your picture- paint your plaque. Choose a color that is in the
picture, but not the main focus. I chose red to match Mickey’s pants.
Paint the wood letters as well. For those I chose yellow to match
Mickey’s bow tie.

When I was painting, I had what I thought was an awesome idea…paint the
edges black. Well, I got paint on the front of the plaque. So then I
thought “I will distress the edges of the front.” Sounds cute right?
NOPE! It looked awful. I was in such a hurry to fix my mistake I forgot
to get a picture of how horrid it looked. Oh well! So it took 3 coats to
cover up the black and make the red look good, but my mistake did add a
nice grain to the plaque that you can see a bit of in the picture

all the paint is dry, take your letters and pictures and lay them out
to make sure you know where everything needs to be placed. Trim your
photo if needed.

Take the plaque (without the letters/photo on it) and use mod podge to coat it, and then attach the photo. Let it dry.

Now go find something to entertain yourself. You know the saying a watched pot never boils? Well, watched mod podge never dries. So find something to do while you wait for it to dry.

Once the mod podge is dry, go over the top of the photo and plaque with a second coat of mod podge.
I personally always screw up this part. No matter how dry my first coat
is, when I put on the second coat, my photo bubbles. Enter- Mod Podge Spray!!!! This saved me. I simply sprayed on a light coat and no bubbling!!!!!

it is time to attach the letters. I used my handy dandy E 6000 glue. It
worked great! Wood glue would probably be another great option. Be sure
to lay out all the letters to make sure they are how you want them,
then pick them up one by one and glue them on and put them back in

To finish it off, I used some seal coat spray that I had and put 3 light coats on.

Walla! Now you have a cute wall hanging to remember your trip or special memory!

Thanks to Reannah for letting me share this, and for being part of the special event we have this month on my site, Love Our Disney. For Reannah’s (and other participants readers)
I am excited to have this giveaway! Enter below to win a first place
prize of a $50 Visa Gift Card, 2 Mickey or Minnie Mouse t-shirts (made
by me-like the ones the adults are wearing in the original Mickey
picture) in the sizes of your choice, and a Disney Greatest hits CD. If
you don’t win that, maybe you will win the second place prize of a
Disney Greatest Hits CD and a $25 Disney Gift Card.

(Winner will have 1 week to claim their prize or a new winner will be chosen. See terms and conditions for restrictions)

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