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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Create this Swirly Mickey Mouse Picture Frame for One Dollar!

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Updated for 2018!

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! [Read more…]

Make Your Own Disney Inspired Picture Frames for Super Cheap!

Mickey Mouse picture frame craft copy

Updated for 2018!

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. [Read more…]

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. [Read more…]

Get These Disney Inspired Frozen Paper Dolls – Free!

Cory Jensen paper dolls

Paper dolls have been around seemingly forever, invented just after paper was invented. In Europe, the first paper dolls were made during the mid-18th century. McLoughlin Brothers, founded in early 1800 and the largest American producer of paper dolls of that era, was sold to Milton Bradley in the 1920s. This is when paper dolls really became popular in the U.S. Movie stars and celebrities became the focus in the early days of paper dolls in America. While paper dolls are not as popular in our current age of Play Stations and iPhones, maybe it’s time to introduce your children or grandchildren to a toy you probably played with as a child.

At Cheapskate Princess, we love anything FREE. It’s pretty hard to come by free these days without there being strings attached. So when I found Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen, a Facebook group featuring paper doll designs you could print for free, I was tripping over myself to get permission to share them with our readers. You can find Paper Dolls By Cory using this link. Let’s get to his amazing dolls, and then we’ll tell you how he says to take them from computer to your child’s hands.

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Elsa and Anna Disney Frozen paper dolls

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Anna Disney paper doll

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Elsa Frozen Disney paper doll

Jean Gillmore Frozen dress designs

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And so we don’t forget the little boys out there, who are probably irritating sisters and complaining about princess dresses, here are the Frozen gentlemen!

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Frozen kristoff and Hans Disney paper dolls

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Cory designed outfits for the characters to wear to Anna and Kristoff’s wedding. 

paper doll for Anna and Kristoff's wedding

Anna and Elsa Disney paper dolls

Disney's Frozen paper dolls

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Cory said these gowns were designed by Jean Gillmore as concept art for the film. He fell in love with these designs when I first saw them, and then he had to make outfits for the dolls inspired by her work. 

Disney Frozen Paper Dolls

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.

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Paper Dolls by Cory Jensen

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, although we plan to share all the Disney creations he has. And 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!

Thanks for stopping by, and we’ll see you at the kitchen table, scissors in hand, Disney music on the iPod, creating some memories with your kids.



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

where to find do it yourself Disney World crafts

Updated for 2017!

It’s expensive to be a Disney Princes, all those ball gowns and tiaras, the upkeep on the castle. What’s an ordinary gal to do if the Fairy Godmother hasn’t dropped a money tree into our back yard if we want to decorate our homes and bodies in cute Disney inspired stuff? We have to get a little crafty, try some DIY/Do It Yourself projects rather than drop a fortune in the Disney Resort gift shops and the Disney Store online. We can head off to our happy place and make some cool stuff.

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Making Your Own Disney World T-Shirts: A Cheapskate Princess Guide

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Updated for 2017!

There’s probably not a Disney World t-shirt I haven’t given a look-over, held the fabric between my fingers, and pondered if there was enough cash in my vacation budget to bring it home. Some I liked more than others, but it seems for a few minutes, I liked them all. What can you do if the money just isn’t there to but your family Disney shirts that start at around $20 and sometimes soar over $40? How about make your own! [Read more…]