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Tropical Paper Chain Countdown

Tropical Paper Chain Countdown

We obviously love paper chain countdowns in our house. We make them for everything and the kids and I love them. Before our Hawaii trip  I had been thinking that a tropical themed countdown would be fun and I knew pineapples and flowers would be perfect.

Tropical Paper Chain Countdown

I figured I would check Pinterest first to see if anyone else had done something similar and came across the cutest pineapple countdown by Short Stop Designs. I downloaded her free printable (you can too by clicking the link to her blog) and we made pineapples, but I still wanted to add some flowers into the mix. I found a free flower printable on Pinterest and used that too. I still felt it needed a bit more, so I cut out a smaller pink center for my flowers and made a stem using a snowflake punch and orange construction paper. To add these to your flowers, CLICK HERE to download my free printable. You can just print them out directly onto pink and orange construction paper, then cut them out and glue them to the center of your flowers.

Tropical Paper Chain Countdown

I then used the Simple Stories Wish You Were Here Digital Collection to make the countdown sign. I let the boys cut the 1.5″ inch paper strips and they helped staple them together. Didn’t it turn out so cute?! I actually kept “forgetting” to have the boys pull chains off the countdown because I loved looking at it so much.

Tropical Paper Chain Countdown

*This free printable from thecreativecopycat.com is for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to this file.

Tropical Paper Chain Countdown
Tropical Paper Chain Countdown
Tropical Paper Chain Countdown

 

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

Halloween Themed Mickey Paper Chain Countdown – Free Printable

We do paper chain countdowns for everything in our house. After making a Mickey Paper Chain to countdown to our Disney Cruise I started thinking about how I could do one to count down to our upcoming Halloween Disney Cruise. I must admit that gluing on the ears and attempting to cut out little ovals was slightly time consuming (not really, but you know, as a mom, any corner cutting is gladly welcomed) so I decided to make this one a printable. Not only does this save a bunch of time, but it makes my wannabe perfectionist heart so happy.

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

This paper chain could be used for a countdown to a Disney Trip at Halloween, Mickey’s Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise, or if you are big Disney fans, but don’t have any trips to count down to, you could use it to count down to Halloween or as a decoration. I hope you have fun with it. Happy Halloween.

Halloween mickey paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween

To download the printables, click on the following links:

Mickey Paper Chain Printable

Minnie Paper Chain Printable

Countdown to Disneyland Sign

Countdown to Walt Disney World Sign

Countdown to Disney Cruise Sign

Countdown to Halloween Sign

Then just print them out on cardstock, cut everything out and glue or staple the links together.

*These free printables from thecreativecopycat.com are for personal use only, you may not sell, share or link directly to these files.

Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Halloween Mickey and Minnie paper chain countdown - free printable - perfect to countdown to Halloween Time at Disneyland or Walt Disney World, Mickey's Halloween Party, a Halloween Disney Cruise or Halloween
Disney cruise - pre-cruise diys - magnets, countdown, scrapbook itinerary and more

Pre-Cruise Fun

If you follow me on instagram you know that we went on a last-minute Disney Cruise to Northern Europe. Since we’ve been back we’ve gone to San Diego, Mammoth and Lake Mead so life has been really busy, but oh so fun (so no complaints from me), but I haven’t had any time to catch up on laundry, let alone blog, so I apologize for the absence. Life seems to be calming down a little, so I am going to do my best to get some blogging done. If you have any specific questions regarding a Disney Cruise, a Baltic Sea Cruise, traveling with little kids, etc. please message me and I will try to answer them in one of my upcoming posts.:)

With only a few weeks to plan for our trip, in addition to all the regular end of school year activities, we didn’t have much time for pre-cruise fun, but I had to include a few things. We do chain link countdowns for everything and we couldn’t let this special trip go by without counting down to it. We used Disney themed colors and made Mickey ears on the black chains and Mickey pants on the red ones. (Thanks for the inspiration Mamas Like Me) This is such an easy activity, helps the kids with numbers and is a great visual way for them to see how long until the event occurs! To add to the fun, I asked each member of the family what they were most looking forward to and printed them up on Mickey ears. I plan to use these on a scrapbook page.

Disney Cruise Countdown and creative prompt - what we are most excited to do

I read repeatedly that magnets are a great thing to bring on cruises because the walls are magnetic. I didn’t want to bring plain magnets, so I made a few Disney magnets using Simple Stories Say Cheese scrapbooking paper, clear marble vase fillers, Ranger Glossy Accents, magnets and scissors. These are so quick and easy to make and worked perfect on our cruise to hold up our itinerary, daily activity newsletter and event tickets.

diy disney magnets to hang docs onto wall on disney cruise

I also quickly made this digital scrapbook page with our itinerary. I always like things that serve more than one purpose. I placed the two pages onto one 8.5×11 to print out and take with us. I hung it up in our room using my cute magnets. It was helpful to see what was coming up, how long we had in ports, what activities we had planned and to add notes when we did things different from what we had planned. Now that I am home, it won’t take much time to update these pages and order prints of them for my scrapbook.

Disney Cruise Itinerary scrapbook page - make this before to take with you as a helpful guide, then update it and add it to your scrapbook when you get home

We also requested a call from Mickey and Minnie, which can be done through the Disney Cruise website. The kids loved it!! It made them even more excited about the trip and really, who wouldn’t think it was cool to get a phone call from Mickey and Minnie?

Another must for the cruise were door magnets. I had read that people put fun magnets on their door and I immediately turned to Etsy to order some. We got them so fast and they worked great! I highly recommend CoCo Beans. It was so fun walking up and down the hallways admiring everyone’s doors and it also helped the boys find our door when they went running off down the hallway ahead of us. 😉

door magnets for disney cruise

If you are celebrating any special occasions while on board, you can use a form through the Disney Cruise website (I was told they are working to make an on-line form which will be much more convenient) to order a special cake ahead of time. I surprised my mom with this Mickey cake and a few other fun Disney goodies on her birthday. The cake was so cute and really delicious!! (One word of warning to anyone with food allergies, I was told this cake had nuts in it although no one was able to give me a straight answer on what type of nuts or confirm if nuts were actually an ingredient or if they just listed nuts because of cross-contamination concern. I didn’t taste any nuts in it, but to be safe we didn’t share any with the kids).

mickey cake on cruise ship is perfect for a birthday celebration