What to Do with All Those Disney World Key Chains? Put Them on a Tree!

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Disney key chains are cheap. They are one of the least expensive souvenirs you can purchase on vacation at the Disney parks, and the amazing part is, that for a low price, you get a quality product that could last for years.

But now let’s be real; how many key chains does one actually need? We only have so many cars and a limited number of locking house doors.

I solved that problem. The answer is you really can’t have too many. You simply need a place to display them.

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Prisma: The FREE App You Need for Your Disney Vacation Photos

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It doesn’t really matter if you are visiting Disney Word or Disneyland; you will take a lot of photos. And if you are like me, preferring to use your cell phone to take pictures rather than tote around a big camera, then your pics are stored on your phone and carried everywhere with you.

If you take more than one trip to the same Disney parks, some of your pictures will inevitably start to look the same. While cool, it’s the same castle. While amazing, it’s the same fireplace chimney in Wilderness Lodge. The same can become boring and sterile after a while, even in a place as astounding as the Disney parks on either coast.

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The Disney Holiday Gingerbread House Kit: Is It Worth the $10?

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Updated for 2017!

How do you entertain three older teenage kids during the holidays? Buy them a gingerbread house! We found a Disney “Crafty Cooking Kits” Mickey and Minnie house for $10 at Big Lots.

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Don’t Throw Out Those Old Disney World Souvenirs Just Yet…

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Several years ago, I played a game at a Disney Vacation Club meeting and won some cool DVC stuff, like a lunch bag, a bottle cover, and a license plate frame. That frame has graced my license plate for so long, the sun bleached out the letters. I contemplated throwing it away, but I have a hard time getting rid of sentimental items. Sound familiar?! After a quick peek on eBay, there are currently none of these frames for sale. And those DVC games are long gone.

The DVC license plate frames were never for sale to begin with, but it seems I can’t buy one if I wanted. Now this has turned into a cheapskate dilemma.

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The New LEGO Disney World Castle Costs How Much?!

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Updated for 2017!

For those who have been searching for years to find THE perfect Disney World vacation souvenir, one amazing item that hit the LEGO store in 2016 is an authentically detailed replica of Cinderella Castle at Walt Disney World Resort, and the tiny details are amazing.

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Let’s be real here; the price is just as amazing as the details. How much will the LEGO Cinderella Castle set you back?! You cheapskates might want to have a seat…

where to buy the Lego Disney World CastleBefore we talk money, let’s talk details.  This LEGO set is appropriate for ages 12 and over, although the box says ages 16+. The Disney Castle measures over 29” high, 17” wide and 12” deep and contains 4,080 LEGO pieces. Highlights include:

  • mosaic-tiled floor
  • suits of armor
  • wall-mounted shields
  • grandfather clock
  • magic carpet
  • ornate chandelier and golden lamp
  • ornate balconies
  • flag-adorned towers
  • soaring golden-spired main tower complete with fireworks function
  • chest with book of spells
  • mop and bucket
  • a spinning wheel
  • a chest containing brush, scissors and lock of black hair
  • a golden mirror, plus red apple and glass vase

Disney Cinderella Castle cost of the Lego Disney World castle

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Five mini-figures are included:

  • Mickey Mouse with a tuxedo
  • Minnie Mouse with red dress
  • Donald Duck with classic outfit
  • Daisy Duck with pink skirt, lavender colored shoes and a bow
  • Tinker Bell with wig, skirt, wings and a magic wand

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Disney Castle for Lego fans

Both the main four-story building and the five-story, golden-spired main tower contain rooms with assorted Disney-inspired features and elements.

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Disney fans, to aid with this purchase, it may be time to sell your Dooney & Bourke purse on eBay or sell your beloved Arribas Brothers princess crown to your neighbor.

The price is $349.99 before tax.

Or maybe it’s time to write Santa a letter and tell him you just have one simple item on your list. Better yet, just forward him this article.

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Shipping will not be an issue for you at this price.

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Another bonus about LEGO is their rewards program. You could earn $15 in VIP rewards by purchasing this set.

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And there are several ways to become a LEGO VIP.

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You can use this link for more information.

So will you buy another handbag this year or clean off space in the dining room to display your mini home away from home?

Decisions, Deci$ion$…

Thanks for stopping by, and maybe we’ll see you opening up that big box, a big smile on your face?

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Create this Swirly Mickey Mouse Picture Frame for One Dollar!

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Updated for 2016

Gather the kids around your kitchen table and get ready for a Disney-inspired craft. What supplies do you need? Some craft paints and a $1 craft/picture frame from Michael’s Craft Store. Google images is swamped with photos and clip art of Mickey and Minnie Mouse. When I paint these inexpensive frames, I pick an image I feel like I can fairly easily reproduce. As you will see from my photos, I am certainly not an artist. I never took a single art class, and as a high school teacher, when I draw anything on the board, students laugh, and not because what I drew was funny on purpose. If I can do it, it’s time to grab your pencil and take a chance!

And since you are using Google images, you are not just freestyle drawing on your own. You are simply copying what you see. I’ve even cut out pieces to trace on frames before. Fee free to use whatever shortcuts you need to get the job done. So let me show you what my 4th grade level art skills produced for one dollar. I don’t count the cost of paint or Mod Podge because it would be pennies given the small amount I used.

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This is the image I found on Google that I started with. This is pretty simple in terms of Mickeys.

Mickey Mouse drawing

This is the frame I started with, which is just a plain wooden craft frame from Michael’s. I like buying Michael’s frames because many of them only cost one dollar. Hobby Lobby frames are nice but generally more expensive, and I’m not convinced the frames are any higher in quality to justify the inflated price.

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I started drawing Mickey and immediately drew a line wrong and had to erase it. And that’s ok. If you draw like me, you’ll erase many lines before you’re finished. I put the image in front of me and started copying. My particular eraser left marks. If would be a great suggestion to make sure you have an eraser that doesn’t leave marks, but you’ll see that in the end, even my messy eraser marks turned out just fine.

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One of the hardest things to draw freehand are circles, and I’m offering absolutely no tips for that. I grabbed two cups from my kitchen and cheated = traced Mickey’s ears.

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So my frame is a mess at this point, which I photographed so you will understand when I say, it’s ok to make mistakes. Unless you are a professional artist, which I clearly am not, then you will  mess up and have erasure marks.

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You can see here where I traced my ears one size, looked at them, erased what I had, and then I traced them again. Beige paint is coming up, and its arrival will rescue your frame. Trust me!

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This frame has a black and white appearance because the only colors used were beige, black and gray.

Using the beige color, you will now start to paint over all any erasure marks on Mickey’s face and fill in the background color. What looked pretty messy starts to perk up, and you suddenly don’t feel like such an art class failure.

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You’ll notice Mickey looks more polished when you finish with the beige paint.

Once you’re done with beige, start to fill in with the black paint. Black, being so dark, is really tough to paint over, so I use a smaller brush for greater accuracy. If you do paint over the lines, just use your beige paint to fix it.

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I simply mixed the black paint with the beige to make gray and added swirls and lines somewhat similar to the original. The original Mickey was created by a professional artist somewhere and my skills can not compete, so I didn’t even try. I just made it my own.

Your swirls do not have to be all that neat and tidy, because once you give up on the idea of your painting looking as perfect as the original, you give yourself some mental flexibility. Plus you don’t notice messiness as much from a distance anyway.

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I added more swirls and background designs.

Mickey Mouse clip art

Your final step is to take a large paint brush and coat your frame several times in Mod Podge for a protective coating and a shiny finish.

And voila, a pretty great Swirly Mickey Mouse picture frame, if I do say so myself.

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And the best part is your frame will cost just a tad over one dollar, given I already had the paint and Mod Podge.

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you looking for cheap wooden frames in craft stores, Mickey on your mind…

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Planning a Disney Vacation? Why You Need a Disney Change Jar!

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Updated for 2016!

Everybody collects change; it’s just one of those things that accumulates. Many families saving up for a vacation, from Disney World and Disneyland to a cruise, collect money in a “Disney Change Jar.” We recently asked our  Cheapskate Princess Facebook Fans what they used their change for, and we went searching the Internet for super cute jar ideas, in case you want to start pitching your change into your own vacation jar.

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The Trip…

Nicole, “Our jar is for spending money for our first family trip!

Sara, “We have our own ‘Paradise Falls’ jar that we put our change and garage sale money in. It’s a huge pickle jar that has a piece of paper with ‘Paradise Falls’ written on it. We are saving up for our next trip, though I think this jar is living up to its reputation from the movie Up. We always seem to have an emergency where we need to break into it for extra cash.”

Angelia, “I decorated an old glass jar for our Disney fund jar. Now I’m saving up for my honeymoon in September. Here’s a view of the sides; it’s half Mickey half Minnie.”

Shelly may get the super saver award…

Shelly, “We had a jar and paid for the entire trip. It took us 10 years, but we saved all our spare change and airline miles and paid for the whole vacation for our family of three. We just got back in February. It was so worth it!”

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And I snuck this one under Trip, since Annual Passes are certainly contributing to the vacation.

Galonii, “We use ours to pay for Annual Passes, and about every week we buy a $25 Disney gift card from our local Wal-mart. They add up fast and allow us to visit the parks at least five trips a year! I also recommend to our friends who always tell us the try to save but can’t seem to save enough $$ to buy the gift cards. They don’t expire and can only be used at Disney, or the Disney stores, making it easier not to spend that saved up disney funds. It works!”

The Drive…

Jeff, My boys have a jar; any found money goes in. It will cover snacks and gas on the way down, as well as souvenirs in the parks.”

Jordan, “My husband and I both have one, and my two kids each have one. The kids use theirs towards their souvenir money. Ours goes towards our meals for the road trip there and back. The more we have, the nicer the restaurant. This means the difference between fast food every stop or some sit downs on the way. We’ve gotten to the point where I pay cash for everything and round up the purchases. Every cent goes in the change jar and every $5 bill I get goes in also.” 

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Meals

Angela, “We decorated an old pickle jar and toss all of our change in it and sometimes dollars. We are going to use it for meals in the park.

Souvenirs…

Teresa, “I have a jar. It’s spending money for all my treasures to fill my empty suitcase!!

Kristin, “I sure do have a jar! I NEVER use change and every cent goes in. I cash it in before our trip. It usually come to 400-500$. We use that money on souvenirs, or whatever catches our eye.”

Candi,We always have a Disneyland jar going., although not usually for anything specific. It just adds to the spending money. We usually end up with over $100 for our yearly trips. I am about to count it for a trip in two weeks, except it has only been 7 months.”

Ida, “I had my kids save change in a jar for our vacation, and then I split the money between the two of them(sometimes I added a little) and that was their souvenir money. It worked great.”

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Lynn, “We pay for things in bills and the change goes in the jar. It adds up quickly that way, and you really don’t miss it. We use it for our spending money. We use a glass antique water bottle, the kind that goes on an old water cooler. It’s a really pretty aqua blue color. I picked it up at a flea market. We had it about half full last time. I think about $600.”

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Lisa, “Our change jar is cashed in just before our trips and used to purchase souvenirs for our kids. We go about once per year and usually end up with around $80 or so. Buys our two kids some nice gifts.”

Tammi, “I try to use cash only. All of our change goes in the Disney jar. The Disney jar is usually a big pickle jar, with the lid super glued tight. We will cash it in the week before we go . We will use it for extras….souvenirs, dinners and so on.”

Karen, “I trade the coins in our Disney fund jar for cash the day before our trip. We use that money for quick meals, snacks, and souvenirs.”  

Here’s Karen’s cute jar; notice the placement next to Minnie Klenex.

Disney vacation fund jar

Kid’s Money

Angela, “We have a big one that my husband and I put our change in. We will use that for tips and any extra snacks we want. I’m going to be making our son and daughter their own to put their money in, and that will get put on their gift card (they each have one) to use to buy something for themselves at the parks!”

Christine, “Our ‘Mickey Money’ jar is our boys’ spending money for our trips.”

Janine,I have a Teramundi Pot that says ‘Shopping Fund’ which I am using to save my daughter’s spending money in for when we go to Disney World in August.”

Margaret, “My daughter has a piggy bank dedicated to change. We are doing the per week saving thing (week 1 – 1, week 2 – 2, week 3 -3, etc). I told her I’ll get her gift cards for when we return to Disney.”

Judy, “Our change jar is also used as our daughter’s souvenir money. Just before we go, I cashed in the change and load her Disney gift card.”

Leslie, “We have a jar. We turn it into Disney gift cards for our daughters to spend. My five-year-old still asks me if I remember her Aurora card she used on the last trip!”

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Nikki, “My friend Tammy made my jar! We empty it periodically.” Here’s a picture of Tammy’s handiwork!

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Extravagances

Stephanie, “I have a jar; it’s hopefully going to be enough for my two girls to go to BBB ( Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique – the Magic Kingdom location) on our fall 2016 trip. Once it’s full, I cash it in and start over the cash at the bottom of the jar and repeat when full again.

Rachel, “All three of my kids have one. Goals include a trip to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique, Life-sized Goofy, and “the actual ” Pluto (not sure how to tell that one she can’t buy Pluto).”

Shauna, “Ours says ‘Dollars for Disney’ and my girls earn money for good deeds/chores done so that they can go to Bibbidi Bobbidi Boutique.”

Amanda, “I’m saving up change to do the Perfectly Princess Tea Party.

Briget, “Our family change jar goes towards character meals. We try to do two each trip. Anything left over is for snacks and souvenirs.”

Jennifer, “We have one in the laundry room. Any laundry money goes into the Disney bank. It adds up quickly, and loosing a few dollars and your spare change sure doesn’t bother you when you know the prize. Our last trip was my children (3, 2, and 11 months) first time and we bought Memory Maker with our change. Best. Idea. Ever. We would have bought it anyway, but to get it for ‘free’ made the memories even sweeter.”

Heather, Saving for a new Dooney & Bourke  purse when we go in September.”

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Hannah, “We use this exact change jar in the picture we found at a garage sale (pictured below.) The dolphin to us equals Florida! We cash it in and use it as bonus money. The kids then get to pick one activity once we are in Florida; they usually find something pretty quickly  Last time we were able to go to Legoland, which was not planned. We used one of our relaxing days and spent the day there. They had a blast! We have used it for Dinosaur World, mini golf. But they always pick… so that excites them about saving their pennies.”

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A Cruise!

Shenna, Ours is for our cruise on-board account. I only use cash, so any change I get back goes in it.”

Sissy, “My six-year-old daughter has one. She has $125 so far. She’s saving up for her third cruise. We are taking my parents this time.”

Here’s Sissy’s little angel with her crusin’ jar. 

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Crystal made this jar for her mom. “I took the characters I found at the store, spray painted them, and then glued them in and on the jar. I used stickers for the wording.”

Disney change jar

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Now a Disney change jar does’t have to be super fancy or anything. You could use a coffee cup. But sometimes fancy can be fun!

We searched the Internet for great change jars to give you crafty Disney savers some additional ideas.

This jar was for sale on Etsy, but it was listed as “out of stock” with no link. So until I can locate the vendor, get out your paints and snag a mason jar.

Disney World change jar

This jar was made by Jodi over at Magical Mouse Schoolhouse.com.  I’ll let her tell you about her jar.

“We chose ribbon with Mickey and Minnie colors. I hot-glued them around the jar’s lid and tied a pretty bow. Then, we strung jingle bells onto a small ribbon, hot-glued them into a Mickey shape, and threaded it through the bow. (Here’s the ‘more in a minute’ part!) This way, IF that jar gets opened, the jingle bells sound an alarm! That way, we can jingle them to celebrate too, whenever we add money to the jar.”

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“We added some white buttons to the jar lid in a 3-circle Mickey shape and secured a piece of chalk to the front with adhesive Velcro strips, so we can update the amount as the funds grow. My daughter later added some Mickey and friends stickers and additional jingle bells (lots of alarms will sound now, lol!).”

Disney World fund jar

Jodi has a great website to all sorts of Disney topics. Drop by and do some reading at magicalmouseschoolhouse.com

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Buzzfeed.com found these cute containers on Pinterest, although I can’t locate the article of origin. They turned old coffee canisters into change banks for Disney funds.

Coffee can Disney change jar craft project

Eighteen25.blogspot.com made this cute change jar using this list of supplies:

• Disney figurine (found ours at the Dollar Tree)
• large jar
• Vinyl and Transfer Paper
• primer
• spray paint
• E6000 or other strong glue

Disney World savings jar

For one of our simplest designs, chappelloflove.blogspot.com has a simple design for a jar that wouldn’t be too difficult to make with very little supplies. I’m thinking park maps here…

easy Disney World change jar

Use this link to their website for a few more pictures.

So, how much change is waiting in your couch cushions for your next Disney trip?

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Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you pitching change in your jar, big plans in the making…

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

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Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Love Disney Inspired Jewelry? Head to Etsy!

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I’ve seen a lot of Disney World jewelry in my time, so I just love to find something out of the ordinary. Put new Disney inspired jewelry together with a less expensive than retail price, and that’s a cheapskate dream come true! I’m all about finding some deals on eBay, but what I seem to locate there is almost always used Disney jewelry or antiques. So I spent a late Saturday night window shopping around Etsy, and you won’t believe the amazing Disney inspired jewelry that can be yours for under $30.

That price is a deal in my book, plus you may be the only princess on your block sporting these amazing jewelry designs, until your friends find out where you got it. Check out what I found for your Disney princess.

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Make Your Own Disney Inspired Picture Frames for Super Cheap!

Mickey Mouse picture frame craft copy

Updated for 2016!

I sure love Disney them park picture frames, but I’ll be the first to admit, I don’t purchase many because they are all priced over $20, and if memory serves, some float up into the $40 range. That’s really not a tremendous amount of money to pay for a souvenir, especially in a fantasyland of gifts that can leap into the thousands, but I’m always on the lookout for a cheaper alternative.

Are you looking for a fun family craft? Head down to the Wal-mart craft section, Micheal’s or Hobby Lobby and check out the unpainted wooden picture frames. My personal preference is Wal-mart, because most of the frames I buy there are $1. Seriously…wooden picture frames for one dollar.

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I like to use a light sandpaper on the edges of the frame, because inexpensive wood frames don’t aways have the smoothest edges.

I’m a pretty good crafter, but I am not all that original. I’ve found the best place to find ideas for painting is Google images.

This frame didn’t look all that hard to replicate, with just straight lines and circles, so I traced out what I wanted. I used quarters to make the yellow button circles, and the quarter and a Chapstick top for the Mickey head circles at the top of the frame.

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Deciding that painting ultra-thin circles with a brush would be really difficult, I used fabric paint in the little squeeze bottles. They may not be completely circular up close, but they are pretty close to circular from a distance.

Fabric paint dries just as well on wood as it would on fabric, in fact maybe even better since it’s a completely flat and less movable surface.

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And the final product.

Mickey Mouse picture frame

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Everything Mickey-themed uses black, red, and yellow, which you notice quickly when you search Google images.

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I bought this wooden Christmas ornament from Michael’s, usually priced at $4.99 but was marked at half off after Christmas, and so it ended up being around $2.50. And in keeping with the Mickey colors, I started painting.

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I used two wooden circles I had saved (my husband said translate this as hoarded) from some project at one time or another and painted them black. You can guess where this is headed.

Mickey Mouse picture frame

This is the final product, which I believe would have looked completely different with a Christmas color scheme and no extra black circles. It would have looked way…less…Mickey. 

Mickey MouseChristmas decoration

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When you Google Minnie Mouse, you get a lot of red and pink images.

Minnie Mouse craft ideas

I drew out the next two frames, one inspired by Mickey and one by Minnie, and then just added the pink bow to the traditional Mickey color scheme. It looks red with my camera phone, but I pinky swear the bow is truly pink.

I realize that Mickey’s buttons should be more oval that round, but oval is tough to reproduce and circular is not when you use an object to trace. I and a big-time tracer. 

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Now add some color. Did I mention that bow is really pink?! It really is.

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I filled in the colored circles with fabric paint, because this gave the frame a raised texture. You could always use regular paint.

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And then I tried to step it up a bit. This picture looked more difficult than anything I finished before it.

Mickey Mouse Andy Warhol

I use a Mac laptop, and I made the size smaller and actually traced the shape off the screen. Then I traced it onto the frame, making a few adjustments before I went any further.

Disney World picture frame

Mickey Mouse picture frame

Then I just started filling in the drawing with paint. I always work my way from the outside in. Mickey’s face is often a flesh color or white, and I decided this looked better in white like the original.

painting Mickey Mouse

Instead of a plain red background, I added some lines of brown and yellow paint in for a streaked look. I mixed those colors with red so it blended in.

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I outlined the Mickey face with the fabric paint, and in places where it was bit blobby or too wide, I just went back and edged it with white paint.

Mickey Mouse picture frame craft

The cost…

For the three wooden frames pictures above, I am almost certain I paid $1 for each one. I had a full box of paint and paint brushes to work with already, so that didn’t cost me anything extra. But what if you have none of that and have to purchase paint and brushes? I would say budget $10-15.

Any paint supplies you have left will be available for use with your next arts and crafts project. I did a lot of crafts when my children were younger, so some of these bottles and containers of paints were over 10 years old. I gave the fabric paint a good shake, and some of the regular paints needed some extra water added. Most of these paints then worked just fine after 8 – 10 years. I would therefore say my paints were a good investment for my money.

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Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

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Want a Fun Disney Craft? Check Out These FREE “paperman” Paper Dolls!

Paperman Paper Dolls

Updated for 2016!

Paperman is a short black-and-white animated romantic comedy produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios in 2012. The short film blended traditional and computer animation, and it won an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film at the 85th Academy Awards. Paperman was the first animated short film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios to win this award since It’s Tough to Be a Bird in 1970.

If you haven’t seen the short film lately, or perhaps at all, stop now, grab the kids, and take a quick look.

Cory, from Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen, runs a fantastic Facebook group featuring paper doll designs you can print off for free. You’ll find links for the other sets of free paper dolls at the bottom of this page.  Cory described the short video as, “a truly heartwarming love story!” He said in this paper doll set, he hoped to capture the look and feel of the film, including the use of line, lighting, and of course staying true to the original by using only black and white with red accents. “I had to do a lot of research on this set for the outfits, as Meg and George are only seen in one outfit each.”

These paper dolls would be perfect for a rainy day craft you could do with your girls or a project they could do at the kitchen table while you cook dinner. You can find Paper Dolls By Cory using this link.

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Free Disney Paper Dolls

paper dolls

Disney paper dolls

Paperman by Disney

This is a quick and easy set of free “paperman” paper dolls, and if you would like other sets, use these links.

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Paper Man Disney paper dolls

 Cory said to make the paper dolls, simply click on the photo, and press print on your computer. That’s way easier than dealing with an iPhone.

A couple of tips to make things easier for you.

*Paste the doll on card stock so it will last longer.

*Save this page somewhere on your computer. If you need to reprint any outfits, you’ll be able to locate them quickly.

*Head over to Paper Dolls By Cory to see what new designs he is currently working on. Disney VIPs are not the only dolls he draws, and we plan to share all the Disney creations he has.

Let’s give a HUGE thanks to Cory for allowing us to share his designs. It’s impossible to look at these amazing paper dolls and not think about what an amazing talent he has!

Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen

Now after you finish with the paper dolls, break out the fingernail polish and whip up a Disney inspired manicure.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

 

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Simply type your e-mail address in the blue box, and you will then receive a confirmation e-mail. Once you confirm your e-mail subscription, several times a week, Cheapskate Princess articles will appear in your e-mail in-box, just like Disney magic, and it’s totally free to sign up.

You don’t have to be a cheapskate to know that…is a real bargain.

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Maleficent Paper dolls by Cory Jensen

Updated for 2015!

At Cheapskate Princess, we love anything FREE, no matter how big or small. It’s pretty difficult these days to find something that is honestly truly free without some sort of string attached. After spotting Paper Dolls by Cory Jensena Facebook group featuring paper doll designs you could print off for free, I was tripping over myself to get permission to supply these paper dolls to our readers. And here they are, our third set of dolls. You’ll find links for the other sets of dolls at the bottom of this page. 

These paper dolls would be perfect for a rainy day craft you could do with your girls or a project they could do at the kitchen table while you cook dinner. You can find Paper Dolls By Cory using this link. 

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Maleficent Disney paper doll

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Maleficent Disney doll

Maleficent paper doll collection

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Maleficent

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These dolls sure would make a great car-ride distraction for anyone traveling long distances to Orlando.

Cory said to use the paper dolls, just simply click on the photo and press print on your computer. That’s way easier than dealing with an iPhone.

A couple of tips to make things easier for you.

  • Paste the doll on card stock so it will last longer.
  • Save this page somewhere on your computer. If you need to reprint any outfits, you’ll be able to locate them quickly.

Use this link to paper dolls inspired by Frozen.

Get These Disney Inspired Frozen Paper Dolls – Free!

Use this link for more adorable Disney inspired paper dolls including Ariel, Snow White, and Cruella De Vil. 

For Your Princesses…Free Disney Inspired Paper Dolls!

Maleficent Disney movie

Head over to Paper Dolls By Cory to see what new designs he is currently working on. Disney princesses are not the only dolls he draws, although we plan to share all his Disney inspired creations. We would like to extend a HUGE thanks to Cory for allowing us to share his designs. It’s impossible to look at these amazing paper dolls and not think about what an amazing talent he has! 

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Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you with your scissors, the girls gathered around the table.

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

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Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Enjoy reading Cheapskate Princess articles? Here is the best way to make sure you keep up with all the cheapskating Disney news. Over on the right side of this page, the right side of any Cheapskate Princess article, and you will find this box.

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Simply type your e-mail address in the blue box, and you will then receive a confirmation e-mail. Once you confirm your e-mail subscription, several times a week, Cheapskate Princess articles will appear in your e-mail in-box, just like Disney magic, and it’s totally free to sign up.

You don’t have to be a cheapskate to know that…is a real bargain.

For Your Princesses…Free Disney Inspired Paper Dolls!

Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen

Anybody remember cutting out paper dolls in a long ago childhood that pre-dated iPhones and Play Station 4s? I grew up in the era where children were rarely seen and heard from even less often, so I spent some quality time with paper dolls and Fashion Plates. (Leave me a comment if you remember those!)

At Cheapskate Princess, we love anything FREE, and it’s pretty darn hard to come by free these days without there being some sort of string attached. After spotting Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen, a Facebook group featuring paper doll designs you could print off for free, I was so excited we got permission to supply these images to our readers. These would be perfect for a rainy day craft you could do with your girls or a project they could do at the kitchen table one day while you cook dinner. You can find Paper Dolls By Cory using this link. I’ll let Cory tell you about the dolls. 

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“Cute Ariel paper doll, anyone? I had alot of fun with this one! The two dresses on the right were both designed by yours truly, and the top dress on the left was a dress Ariel wore in the Disney Parks. Like the Elsa and Anna dolls in this style, I wanted to keep all the outfits in a similar color scheme, which is the color most associated with the character.”

Ariel doll

Free Ariel paper doll

“The Fairest of Them All, Snow White! I’ve always loved Snow White and I have made several paper dolls of her in the past. When I started making dolls in this style I knew that at some point I would have to make one of Snow White! I had fun designing a new dress for Snow.  This one took me a while to complete but I am happy with how it turned out!”

Disney Snow White Paper Doll

“I started using this style with my Mary Poppins doll a while ago, and I think its fun and cute! The idea of this doll is that all of these dresses incorporate Elsa’s magic in some way. Her ‘classic’ Snow Queen gown, two of my original designs, and the bottom right dress is a dress designed by the legendary Marc Davis for a never built Disneyland Snow Palace attraction.”

Elsa Disney Frozen paper doll

“My latest Elsa doll looked a little lonely, and several of you asked if I would make Anna as well, so here she is!  I feel like green is Anna’s color, so like the Elsa doll, I stuck with one basic color scheme. Two dresses are from the movie and two are my own creations using different motifs used in the movie.”

Disney Elsa paper doll set

“Here’s the latest addition to my Disney Villains Collection, Cruella De Vil! She has always been a favorite of mine even when I was very young, when most children are terrified of her! She is evil but she is pretty fabulous!  I had a lot ot fun designing outfits for her. The red dress is inspired by concept art by Marc Davic, while the last one is my own design.”

cruella de vil

“I’ve never done a coloring page doll, but I felt this time it was appropriate. Every girl is a princess! If you have daughters, granddaughters, nieces, sisters I would encourage you to remind them how special they are! Have them write their name on the doll and use their creativity to color her and the dresses to creat their own Princesses!”

Disney paper dolls for free

These dolls sure would make a great car-ride distraction for anyone traveling long distances to Orlando. And you can use this link to paper dolls inspired by Frozen.

Get These Disney Inspired Frozen Paper Dolls – Free!

Cory said to use the paper dolls, simply click on the photo, and press print on your computer. That’s way easier than dealing with an iPhone.

A couple of tips to make things easier for you.

  • Paste the doll on card stock so it will last longer.
  • Save this page somewhere on your computer. If you need to reprint any outfits, you’ll be able to locate them quickly.

Head over to Paper Dolls By Cory to see what new designs he is currently working on. Disney princesses are not the only dolls he draws, although we plan to share all the Disney creations. We would like to extend a HUGE thanks to Cory for allowing us to share his designs. It’s impossible to look at these amazing paper dolls and not think about what an amazing talent he has! 

12 Disney Craft Ideas from Pinterest for the Disney Princess on a Budget!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you searching for scissors, keeping your printer humming!

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Amanda Major Cheapskate Princess

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Disney’s Cheapskate Princess

.

Now let our vacation planner help you plan your trip, totally for FREE!

Earn $20 Rewards for Vacation Referrals!

Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from Mike Ellis, our Disney Vacation Planner with Pixie Vacations.

Call Mike at 919-606-6725 or e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.

Amanda Major CheapskatePrincess.comAmanda Major is the creator of cheapskateprincess.com. She remembers her first visit to Magic Kingdom like it was yesterday, because she had a ham sandwich tucked in her shorts pocket. The whole family snuck in their lunch; you can’t make that kinda stuff up. 40 years worth of trips to Orlando later, she is still trying to save money on vacations.

Amanda is a Disney Vacation Club Member and Annual Pass holder. Her amazing husband, band director Carl Major, plus three teen children and two dogs keep her busy. Amanda teaches Leadership to high school seniors in the almost-coastal town of Foley, Alabama. Read about her cheapskating local vacations with this link. When she’s not writing, she’s reading, walking somewhere, or paddling a kayak. Life is indeed a blast. 

We hope we can help save you some money too. Use this link for a free no obligation vacation quote from our Travel Consultant with Pixie Vacations, Mike Ellis. You can also e-mail him at mike@pixievacations.com.