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I started planning our Disney Kids Preschool Playdate, as soon as I talked to the Monkey about our “Mickey Party.” We wanted the party to focus on the little boys play fort that the Mellow Man designed and built last year. I particularly wanted a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign since I knew that it would suit both the party and could be used long term with their play fort. With a few minutes of designing in my Cricut Design Space, a spare 2″x4″ and some handy goodness from the Mellow Man, I was able to create a darling and easy Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign in under an hour. Plus, it cost me nothing, and looks incredible. To me, that is a crafting win. If you’d like to make one for yourself, here’s how to do it.
Materials needed for Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign
- Spare 2″x 4″ that is at least 2 feet long, preferably 2.5 feet long
- Ryobi Mitre Saw
- Small Sander optional
- Cricut Explore Air™ machine
- Medium-Fine Grit Sandpaper
- Cricut Vinyl Cranberry
- Cricut Vinyl Sunshine
- Cricut Linen Vinyl
- Cricut Transfer Tape
- Cricut Weeder
- Cricut XL Scraper
- Disney® Mickey Font Cartridge
- 2 Screws
- Outdoor Grade Decoupage Glue
While this may seem like a long list– I DID NOT HAVE TO BUY ANY OF THESE MATERIALS. I was able to do this using supplies that I had on hand. I used a design that I created in Cricut Design Space using images that are found in the Disney® Mickey and Friends cartridges. (These are not included in the Cricut Access Membership Plans, but one does receive a 10% discount on the cost if you have Cricut Access).
Then, using the Mitre Saw, the 2″x4″ board was turned into an arrow by cutting one end into a point. Again, I wanted a wider angle, but you can make the design suit your own style. The board was sanded thoroughly after being cut, but as it was only one board, it took less than 10 minutes to make it smooth. To make sure that the sawdust was removed from the board, I wiped it down with a barely damp cloth before moving to the next step.
Using transfer tape, I layered the white vinyl portion of the glove on top of the yellow vinyl. I was then able to use the transfer tape to place the layered vinyl glove in position on the wood. (If you’d like more information on layering vinyl, I have a longer tutorial that you might find interesting.) Then I positioned the red “Clubhouse” onto the sign with a longer piece of transfer tape. To make sure that it was well adhered, I used the Cricut scraper a number of extra times.
The stake was attached to the sign using two screws, and then I put 3 coats of the Outdoor Decoupage Glue onto the sign. The vinyl is outdoor-permenant grade, so this step wasn’t absolutely necessary, but I wanted to give it some protection, so we could enjoy the sign through the summer.
I could have used a polyurethane or something more industrial, but that seemed like overkill for this project. If you’d like to go that route, it is a possibility. It will make the creation of the sign take a long longer. The Decoupage Glue dries quickly, so I could put on the 3 coats quite quickly.
All that was left to do was place the sign in front of the play fort, and let the kids have fun! And they did! The sign looked great in front of the play fort, and the Monkey enjoyed showing off his very own Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Sign!
Are your little guys big fans of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse too? If you don’t have a play fort, you can certainly use this sign to welcome people into your home before a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party.