Project: Craft a Disney MagicBand for a toy
My family recently traveled to Disney World for a short vacation, and we used our MagicBands. We are seasonal passholders and have been using MagicBands since last September, when we first tried them out. For our recent trip, I thought it would be fun for my children’s toys to have their own MagicBands. Toys like to go to Disney World too, after all. Here is a fun and easy craft project to make MagicBands for your children’s toys.
When you stay at a Disney resort or have an annual or seasonal pass, and if you have a My Disney Experience account, you can customize your family’s MagicBands ahead of time with colors and names. Alternatively, you can purchase MagicBands and accessories once you get to a Disney theme park.
My kids have a lot of toys, and many of them are Disney characters.
To make a toy MagicBand, get yourself some polymer clay. If you already know what color your child’s MagicBand is going to be, you can choose a matching clay color.
Choose a toy or three and size up their wrist for how much clay you will need to pinch off.
Roll the clay into a rope that is almost the length you need to go around the toy’s wrist — about 3/4 of the measurement.
Then flatten it a bit with your fingers.
I made toy MagicBands two ways: with a ribbon in between two layers of clay, and with one layer of clay and no ribbon. I think the ribbon method works the best. After shaping the toy MagicBand, lay down a strip of narrow grosgrain ribbon that extends past the ends of the band on both sides. Then lay down another layer of clay on top, creating a “ribbon sandwich.”
Next, add that special Disney MagicBand touch.
You might want to make a few bands before baking. Some clays do not require baking, so read the package instructions.
After your toy MagicBand cools, take extra-strong craft glue and adhere a strip of Velcro to each end of the ribbon, making sure the Velcro will catch when the ends are overlapped on your toy’s wrist. If you chose not to bake the ribbon into the clay band, then this is the time to glue ribbon strips to each end of the band, and then add the Velcro.
Then, let the glue dry and take your toy — and your child — to Disney!
There are probably many other ways to make a toy MagicBand, but this is what worked for me. My kids loved it! Please let me know if you make some for your family vacation to Disney.
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This post and my craft are not affiliated with Walt Disney World, Disneyland, MagicBands or any related company trademarks in any way.