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Project: Craft a Disney MagicBand for a toy

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Project: Craft a Disney MagicBand for a toy
Project: Craft a MagicBand for your child's toy for an upcoming Disney vacation

Project: Craft a MagicBand for your child's toy for an upcoming Disney vacation

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.

Disney MagicBands are the new way to manage your tickets or passes, FastPass+ for rides, get into your Disney resort room and more

Disney MagicBands are the new way to manage your tickets or passes, FastPass+ for rides, get into your Disney resort room and more. Extra points if you know who the character Celia Mae is without looking up the name.

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.

Disney gift shops sell accessories for your MagicBand so you can further personalize it

Disney gift shops sell accessories for your MagicBand so you can further personalize it

My kids have a lot of toys, and many of them are Disney characters.

Who will be the lucky toy to go to Disney?

Who will be the lucky toy to go to Disney?

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.

Use polymer clay sold at craft stores to create a MagicBand for your child's toy to go to Disney World or Disneyland

Use polymer clay sold at craft stores to create a MagicBand for your child's toy to go to Disney World or Disneyland

Choose a toy or three and size up their wrist for how much clay you will need to pinch off.

Size up how big the band should be for the lucky toy going to Disney

Size up how big the band should be for the lucky toy going to Disney

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.

Flatten the band with your fingers

Flatten the band 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.”

If you choose, one way to make your toy MagicBand is to sandwich a piece of ribbon between clay before baking

If you choose, one way to make your toy MagicBand is to sandwich a piece of ribbon between clay before baking

Next, add that special Disney MagicBand touch.

Create a special character symbol for your toy MagicBand using pen or maker caps in different sizes

Create a special character symbol for your toy MagicBand using pen or maker caps in different sizes.

Your toy MagicBand is starting to look authentic

Your toy MagicBand is starting to look authentic. Looks like I need to smooth out the sides on this one a bit more.

You might want to make a few bands before baking. Some clays do not require baking, so read the package instructions.

Bake the clay according to the instructions on the package. I made a few to try out varying degrees of band curve and also in case a band got lost.

Bake the clay according to the instructions on the package. I made a few to try out varying degrees of band curve and also in case a band got lost.

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!

You can match up the color of your toy's MagicBand if you have customized your family's MagicBands ahead of your vacation and know what color your child's band will be

You can match up the color of your toy's MagicBand if you have customized your family's MagicBands ahead of your vacation and know what color your child's band will be. Here is my son at the fountain in front of Gaston's Tavern in the Magic Kingdom's New Fantasyland.

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.

  1. What a cute idea!

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