Create this Swirly Mickey Mouse Picture Frame for One Dollar!

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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.

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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 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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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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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.

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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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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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