SavEar Carla was looking for a way to display all her Disney memories. She wanted to have a sprinkle of pixie dust in her home, her family’s own little Disney magic that they could enjoy every day.
After hitting the internet for some inspiration, Carla knew what her home needed: its very own Disney Wall, with Cinderella’s Castle made from pictures of her family’s most cherished times at Disney.
When Carla shared the work in progress in the SavEars, we all swooned. Look, there was Tinkerbell! And Walt and Mickey! Oh my gosh, there are even fireworks. How do I get one at my house???
Well, now you can make your own with this step by step tutorial.
Do you have some craft loving kids who need a new project? Do you need something to do to keep your spirits up? Would you love to bring a little Disney magic to your house? This Disney Wall would be a perfect project to undertake right now. Lucky for us, Carla agreed to tell us how it is done!
*We’ve included links to some of these items from convenient stores like Walmart and Amazon, but these should be available at most craft stores. Or use what you have on hand!
- Foam Board (for the castle towers and tops)
- cardboard (to make the template for the towers)
- Velcro dots (for getting the towers to stick to the wall)
- 1- 11×14 picture frame
- 1-8×10 picture frame
- 7-5×7 picture frames
- 15-4×6 picture frames
- Nails or other methods of adhesion (for getting the pictures on the wall)
- Tinkerbell wall decal
- Walt and Mickey wall decal
- Fireworks decal
- Measuring tape
- Measure the area for the castle on the desired wall. Carla’s is 42 inches wide by 56 inches tall.
- Make a template for your castle towers, tower tops, and archway from cardboard before you do the final version with black foam board. You will need:
- one larger triangle for the main tower
- six triangles of the same size for the other tower tops. Two of these will go atop 4×6 picture frames.
- two short towers, 6 inches long by 3 inches wide
- two long towers, roughly 20 inches long by 2 inches wide. These measurements will change depending on what frames you use, how tall you choose to make your castle, etc. Use the cardboard template to troubleshoot your sizes and positioning of the towers and their tops.
- Make a template for the arch. This should be 5×7, with a U shaped opening to accommodate the Walt and Mickey decal.
- Using your frames, decals, and completed towers, test out your configuration on the floor. Be sure to take measurements of the layouts that you like the best. This will help you recreate the look on the wall.
- Once you are happy with your layout and sizes, you can create the towers, using the templates and your foam board.
- When you have the completed towers, mount the towers and frames on the wall.
- If you are happy with the placement of the frames and towers, you can add the decals: Walt and Mickey in the archway, Tinkerbell near the top of the tower, and the fireworks.
- Once your castle is up, it’s time to decide on what pictures to put in there. Carla had this to say about which pictures she chose:
This represents every park we’ve been to, every time we’ve gone, and everyone we’ve gone with since my kids were born. I just really wanted to try and include all of our Disney experiences. I wanted my kids to see this collection of pictures and remember all the awesome memories!! It was difficult to choose just one or two pictures from each time but I think I did it. So pleased with how it turned out!
I love this magical decor and how it represents family and special times spent together. Carla’s aesthetic of the black towers and silhouettes of classic Disney icons is so stunning, elegant and simple. But you could also customize this to fit your family’s personal style. Maybe you want see the castle in color to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary? You can get white foam board and paint it rose gold and blue! Maybe you want to do collages of your favorite characters on the towers using pictures and modge podge! What about replacing one of the pictures with a framed Disney quote? Cultivate your Disney wall to best represent the joy and magic your family experienced there!
Have you made a Disney Wall? Let’s see it! Do you have an awesome Disney craft? Tell me all about in in the comments!
***A huge thanks to Carla M., for sharing her enchanting Disney Wall, and inspiring us all with the step by by step process!***
Kristen B. is wife to the best Prince around, mama to the spunkiest little princesses, and lover of all things Disney. She started her savings journey five years ago and is now dedicated to making her family’s wishes come true one coupon at a time. She is so excited to take her love of saving to the next level and share her journey with you! Click here to catch up on Kristen’s Savings and join in on your own savings adventure!