Disney Parks have already transformed the parks into their Disney Christmas winter wonderland. That obviously means it’s acceptable for us to decorate November 1st, right? Today I’m sharing a buffalo check DIY Disney Christmas décor that you’ll love. It’s quick and easy to make, and will add a magical touch to your holidays.
The great thing about this Mickey Mouse decoration is that it can dress up almost any part of your house. It’s perfect for the mantle over the fireplace, as a table centerpiece, on the kitchen bar with desserts surrounding it, or simply set on a side table in the living room.
Disney Christmas Décor
Although this is a Cricut craft, I’ve also adapted the directions to make the Christmas decoration without using a Silhouette or Cricut cutting machine.
- Buffalo check vinyl – You can use either a permanent adhesive vinyl or heat transfer vinyl
- 12×12 Sheet of chipboard
- Floral wire
- Buffalo check poinsettia- I used this pick from Amazon. You can use any holly or poinsettia picks that match your Christmas decorations.
- 2 Large faux pine boughs
- Mickey silhouette cut file
- Floral Tape – I used this thick floral tape.
- Cutting mat – A piece of cardboard to protect the surface also works.
- Craft knife
- Cricut EasyPress or Easy Press Mini
- Cricut Maker
- Deep Cut Blade
- Masking Tape
- Strong Grip Mat
- Light Grip Mat
- 1 Sheet Parchment Paper
- Wire Cutters
- Hot Glue Gun & Glue
Directions Using a Cutting Machine
Step One: Download the Mickey silhouette cut file and upload it to Cricut Design Space.
Step Two: Follow the prompts to cut the shape from the buffalo check vinyl and from the chipboard. Use the strong grip mat and tape the corners down to cut the chipboard. The light grip mat is perfect for the adhesive or heat transfer vinyl.
Step Three: Weed the vinyl, removing the extra vinyl from the design and discarding it.
Step Four: If you’re using heat transfer vinyl, place the vinyl design on the chipboard Mickey silhouette, transfer sheet up.
Step Five: Place the parchment paper over the heat vinyl and using the heat press, press the vinyl to the chipboard until it’s adhered completely. Be careful not singe the vinyl.
Step 6: Allow the chipboard to cool about 1-2 minutes before removing the plastic transfer sheet carefully, pulling slowly at a diagonal.
Step 7: If you’re using adhesive vinyl, peel a small piece of the backing (an ear or the bottom) and carefully attach it to the chipboard.
Step 8: Pressing down on the vinyl, slowly peeling the backing while smoothing the vinyl as you go.
Step 9: Place the two large faux pine boughs end-to-end, overlapping as shown. Wrap the floral tape around the stems to secure them together.
Step 10: Use the buffalo check poinsettia pick to cover the join of the two pine boughs and secure the poinsettia in place, wrapping the stem around the taped together ends.
Step 11: Flip the Mickey silhouette element face-down and hot glue two pieces of floral wire about 6 inches long each to the back of the silhouette, about 1 inch from the bottom.
Step 12: Slip the Mickey silhouette between the poinsettia and the pine boughs and use the floral wires to attach the Mickey shape to the pine boughs. Secure with hot glue if desired.
Directions Without Using a Cutting Machine
- Print out the Mickey head silhouette on cardstock and cut out the shape.
- Trace the Mickey onto the sheet of chipboard with the sharpie marker.
- Using a cutting mat and craft knife, carefully cut out the Mickey.
- Repeat the process with the vinyl, tracing the Mickey on the backside of the vinyl.
- Follow the directions above starting at step 3.
Disney Christmas Décor Variations
There are many ways to make your Mickey Christmas decoration match your home or the holiday decorations you already have. Some different variations you can try include:
- Winter wonderland- switch out the buffalo check for a glittered white or blue vinyl and add a white poinsettia.
- Traditional Christmas- use reds and greens with holly boughs.
- Bright Colors- pair pinks, lime green, and white with a few sprigs of wrapped candies or curled wired ribbon.
- Minnie- Add a red & white polka dot bow to the top of the Mickey head shape. Use red or white poinsettias and holly for a sweet twist. Or better yet, make Mickey and Minnie!
I hope you enjoyed making this Disney Christmas décor. It makes a fun gift for any Disney fan, your child’s teacher, a co-worker, or simply add it to your own holiday décor. It also matches the buffalo check Disney wreath, for a magical touch to your home & holiday decorations.