But first, I wanted to share a little more from my interview with legendary Disney Animator Mark Henn.
Before we discussed all things The Little Mermaid, Mark walked us through how to draw Vanellope von Schweetz. Being from the kingdom of Candy Rush, Vanellope is based on a popsicle shape with two sticks. Doesn’t seem so hard right?
Mark naturally finished his with zero mistakes, while I have never wished for the ability to erase more!
I don’t think I did too badly for the time allotted. And Mark complimented my drawing so I’ll take it. I’ve never been the best with people anyways, I was always the one drawing all the animals. You should see my Cheshire Cat.
Mark Henn was the Lead 2D Animator for Ralph Breaks The Internet. He did some animation for the film in the Oh My Disney sequence. He worked with the animation team, bringing all his years of experience to the table, helping the CG animation team become better animators. Mark oversaw the transition of the 2D princesses into the CG world we find them in in the film.
Fun Fact: Mark was the animator behind the creation of 6 of the 15 Princesses in this picture.
This movie is Mark’s 4thgo around where he fills the roll of mentor and resource for the other animators. He started on the original Frozen, then Big Hero 6, and Maui’s tattoos in Moana. All those tattoos were hand animated then were mapped and placed on the CG body of Maui. I knew I liked this sequence for a reason. Hand drawn animation is my favorite. His next project is Frozen 2.
Being one of the main creative forces behind the Disney Princesses, what did you think when you first saw Pamela Ribon’s scene?
I thought it was great. It’s bold. We are not making fun of them [The Princesses] we are celebrating them. We are putting them in a situation that does break a few rules. I loved it.
We had all the original voice talent [for the Princesses]. When they finished recording, I would take them to meet with the animation department. They got to talk about their characters and for the animation team, it was really eye opening to hear how much these characters meant to the voice talent.
You know I love my Easter Egg posts! Mark gave us a hint about who to look for in the Oh My Disney Sequence.
The little Easter Egg I did for this film was a character I had never animated before. I’ll give you one hint. Mickey. (Laughs)
Free Ralph Breaks The Internet Valentine Printable
Got some Heroes or Dynamite Gals (or Guys) on your Valentine’s Day list this year? Or are you a last minute mom like me and need a quick and cute Valentine idea? Either way, I’ve got you friend.
All you need to do is download your Free Ralph Breaks The Internet Valentine Printable, buy candy, punch a hole, and grab some string. Oh yeah! You just won Valentine’s Day like Vanellope wins her races.
Ralph Breaks The Internet is available on Digital HD today! Or he can wreck it on Blu-ray and 4K February 26th!
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Minnie Mouse Bow Be Mine DIY Minnie Ears
This post is in partnership with Disney. All opinions are my own.
- Black Headband 1 inch wide
- Black Felt
- Thick Foam Sheet *Note if using thin foam sheets you will need to double up the circles on each ear
- Minnie Mouse Ears Template
- White Pencil
- Glue Gun and Glue
- Pink Ribbon – 2 Different Sizes (1.5 inch and 1/8th inch)
- Foam Star Stickers
Step 1. Using the Ear Template and White Pencil, trace 2 ear outlines on the felt and 2 smaller circles on the foam. If you bought thinner foam, trace 4.
Step 2. Cut out the felt and foam ear pieces.
Step 3. Assemble Your Ears. Using the glue gun, apply a generous amount of glue to one side of the foam circle and stick it in the center of one side of the felt ears. Press down to avoid lumps in the glue. Once cooled, apply more glue to the top of the foam circle and fold over the felt to cover. Again press down to avoid glue lumps. Repeat this for the second ear.
After they have cooled a bit, add glue around the inside of the ears to seal them. Press together.
**Make sure to leave the rectangle part of the felt open. You will be glueing that later.**
Step 4. Insert the headband through the opening left by the rectangles, sliding the ears into your desired position. I kept mine 2 inches apart, after studying all my various Disney Parks Minnie Ears!
Once you have them in position, apply glue inside the opening and pinch down to secure them to the headband.
Step 5. You can’t have Minnie Mouse ears without an adorable bow. In Bow Be Mine, Minnie is rocking a pink bow with stars. I tried to match my pink ribbon as closely to her’s as possible and opted for one with a little shine. What can I say? I love glitter!
To create the bow cut a 12 inch strip of the thicker ribbon. Then, cut an approx. 8 inch strip of the thinner one. Take the thicker ribbon and fold the 2 ends back until they overlap in the center. Pinch the 3 layers together.
Using the thinner ribbon, wrap it around the pinched area and cut. Carefully seal using the glue. Attach the bow to the headband with the thin ribbon. Cut and seal with glue. Add a spot of glue to the back of each bow to secure it to the ears.
Step 6. Time To Shine. Add your foam star stickers to the bow and you’re ready to take the stage and sing your heart out! I also used one of the extra glittery stickers to pat onto the felt to give the ears some sparkle as well.
Disney Junior’s Bow Be Mine Available Now!
Everyone’s favorite Happy Helpers and BFF’s, Minnie and Daisy, are now available to bring home on DVD. Bow Be Mine features 12 Happy Helpers adventures from judging a surfing contest in Hawaii, solving a doozy of a mystery, to photographing a rare rainforest bird and so much more! Included is Minnie’s rock-n-roll performance at Hot Dog Hills Stadium!
Bow Be Mine Features 12 Happy Helpers Episodes:
Super-Charged: Pop Star Helpers
Meet the Beagles!
Daisy’s Photo Finish!
The Hot Diggity Dog Show
The Hiking Honeybees
Teed Off (Season 1)
Grandpa vs. Grandpa
Cuckoo in Paris
Tree House Trouble
My Fair Pete
A Doozy Night of Mystery
Plus 2 Bonus Music Videos!
Pick up Disney Junior’s Bow Be Mine wherever DVDs are sold!
I don’t know about you but Christmas snuck up on me this year. I think it had something to do with family vacation and a little film called Star Wars The Last Jedi. Regardless, I’m sitting here freaking out that Christmas Eve is practically here. If you’re like me and need a last minute gift for grandparents or family, then this is the craft for you. Try this easy DIY photo ornament! I’m also sharing 7 crafty gift ideas for the DIYers on your list.
This post is part of a sponsored campaign with MomSelect. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
HP Sprocket 2-in-1
Take a cute photo or have one in mind
Download the HP Sprocket App
Tweak as needed, add stickers, text, etc
Print your favorite moments using the HP Sprocket 2-in-1
Measure your photo on the ornament, trim as needed.
Remove back film off of photo and stick on the ornament.
Pat yourself on the back for a cute last minute gift!
7 Crafty Gift Ideas for the DIYers on your list:
The all new HP Sprocket 2-in-1 printer has everything you love about the original Sprocket combined with a built-in camera! It is a pocket-size printer, that can go wherever you do. Bring it on trips, to parties, wherever your adventures take you.
Sprocket connects seamlessly to your smartphones using Bluetooth, giving you wireless printing wherever and whenever. With setup taking less than a few minutes, and simple paper loading, you are ready to print in no time at all.
Download the HP Sprocket App to connect and print from your social media accounts. Throughs the app you can customize your photos before printing. Add a filter, frame, text, stickers, emojis, and more! Those prints are up to 313 x 400 dpi (dots per inch), giving you high quality instant prints.
The new built-in 5 MP camera comes with LED dual color flash and a selfie mirror. With the Sprocket 2-in-1 you can instantly capture and print in the moment.
Get the HP Sprocket 2-in-1 today at Best Buy!
For printing high quality, beautiful photos, including your Social Media Snapshots.
Sticky backed paper that make arranging your collages quick and simple. Use with the free HP Social Media Snapshots App.
Scrapbook Paper Pads
My pick are the multipacks of solid or glitter type colors.
If you know of a trip they went on or a hobby they like look for corresponding stickers.
Top-loading sheets are my preference. Anything else gets on my nerves!
Frames, Empty Ornaments, Canvas, Sketchpads, etc.
What is on your wish list this year for the holidays?
With Hela-ween, or you know Halloween and Thor Ragnarok‘s premiere coming in less than 2 weeks, I wanted to share these awesome Hela inspired DIY projects.
You can have the most Hela scary pumpkin in the neighborhood with these instructions from Disney Family.
Or, up your trick-or-treat game with this Hela Headdress. It is sure to get you loads of candy this year.
Hela may have smashed Mjölnir, but you can make your own candied apple hammers to prove your worthy of hosting the Halloween party this year.
Thor Ragnarok is in theaters November 3rd! Tickets are on sale now!
Pin this to save your Hela inspiration!
Seedling has more than 350 products that inspire kids to explore, be creative, and play! These products range from crafting to innovative tech toys and apps that merge the worlds of physical and digital play.
They just launched a new line with Disney and thought I would be interested in sharing. I wonder where they got that idea from! The only hard part about working with Seedling was figuring out which kits we wanted. I ended up choosing The Little Mermaid Design Your Own Fintastical Mermaid Tail for my Princess, for the time obsessed boy child, Alice Through the Looking Glass Design Your Own Clock, and for me, from the greatest movie of all time, The Lion King Circle of Life Drum.
The Little Mermaid Fintastical Mermaid Tail
Everything you need comes in the set minus scissors and a ruler. I recommend using the glitter glue included to glue the felt. Regular school glue that I had wouldn’t hold the pieces together.
She got right to work designing out her mermaid tail on a separate sheet of paper.
We laid it flat to dry overnight. Depending on how much of the glitter glue you use for embellishments will determine your dry time. In the end she was super excited about her new tail and quickly left me to go play Mermaids with Ariel!
Alice Through the Looking Glass Clock
Once the Mermaid tail was left to dry, my little guy couldn’t wait to get started on his very own clock.
I don’t think I realized when I picked this for him that this clock was an actual clock! When it was finished this clock would actually tick and keep the time. So cool!
After painting, we let it sit to dry for about 2 hours before finishing it.
The finished product: working custom made clock! It is now proudly on display in his room!
Not only are these crafts great for gifts during the holidays, I would give them to the kids for their birthdays or even just because. When it comes to waiting eagerly for a Disney Vacation, crafting is one thing I suggest to help pass the time. What better crafts than these by Seedling?! I am also thinking they would be perfect for our next Birthday party!
Shop the entire line of Seedling products including Disney, Maze, Digital Apps, Activity sets, and more all on their website!
You might be wondering, where is the Circle of Life drum? Well, I didn’t get a chance to finish mine but I promise to share on Instagram in the future!
This post is sponsored by Seedling. All opinions and craftiness are our own. Disney characters not included, we just happen to have a character to represent each set!