I love going to Disney theme parks. I love watching Disney movies. I love planning Disney vacations. I also love doing Disney crafts with my children. I also enjoy decorating for holidays.
You could say that a Disney Valentines project with my children is my "At-Home-Disney" equivalent of scoring the perfect seats for a fireworks show over Cinderella's Castle...ten-twenty minutes of pure fun and joy with my children (although no offense Prego, the spaghetti I made for dinner tasted nothing like any of the items I could find at my favorite Magic Kingdom restaurant, the California Grill).
You can find the original instructions and template for this project here. One of the reasons I love completing Disney-inspired crafts with my children is that it helps pass on my love of Disney to my kids... plus, I am also getting a decoration item that I will cherish for the rest of my lifetime.
Anyway, let's get started. The reason I picked the "Dumbo's Trunk of Hearts" is that it didn't require a bunch of crazy items to make. For some odd reason, I did have the googly eyes already (I bought them on clearance at Target after Halloween). However, I don't think they are essential. You could easily draw your own set of eyeballs.
Let's begin. You'll need glue, scissors, construction paper, markers. Googly eyes are a bonus.
You'll also need a little helper. This is my 5 year old Martha Stewart named Klarabelle. Klarabelle loves to cut, so I put her on cutting duty.
After you cut all of the items out, you'll want to trace them on construction paper. I traced Dumbo's head on gray, his hat on yellow, and the hearts on gray and pink. Keep those scissors handy- if you are lucky like me, this is another project your little one can cut out.
You'll notice my daughter is helping in all of these pictures. I also have a one year old and a three year old, each a boy. While it doesn't require it in the directions, you may want some toys nearby to keep their attention span. Apparently one aspires to cook, the other wants to be Godzilla.
Below you'll see I had Klarabelle practice. There are a few things you'll have to draw on Dumbo's head for the Valentine project. You'll have to draw eyelashes, eyebrows, and a few lines on his trunk. I drew a couple of eyeballs on a piece of paper and had my daughter practice the eyelashes before we did them fur reals (just trying to stay hip before I'm old enough to pop one).
Next, you'll glue the items together. I'd recommend a glue stick if you have it. I think one of my kids ate my last glue stick. Someone eats a marker one day, glue stick the next. This is no reflection on my cooking.
Next, I just cut out a few different sized hearts. These were kind of hard for my daughter, so I cut some out quickly for my daughter. Using the markers, she applied a few designs. You'll glue these hearts stacked on top of each other, and then glue them on top of Dumbo's trunk. It will appear as if Dumbo is blowing hearts out of his nose!
Let the glue dry... and WA-la! You have your very own Dumbo Valentines Day project completed.
As a Disney trip planner, I have found that a very large percentage of my clients are booking a trip for the same reasons as me- to create happy memories with my family in the magical world of Disney theme parks. Unfortunately, I'm not able to spend every waking moment in fantasy land (a double entendre!). But I am able to turn off the television, shut off the iPad, and spend fun time with my children at home too!
As always, if you or someone you know would like to plan a Disney vacation- for free!- simply contact me at Krystin@dreamsunlimitedtravel.com