DIY Disney Craft: Kids’ Travel Coloring/Activity Board

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We leave on our trip for Disney’s new Cars Land in just a few days and I’m busy getting everything prepped. A couple of days ago I shared a whole roundup of Disney-themed crafts, but I, of course, couldn’t resist making some of my own. Since we’ll be road-tripping there (about a 5-6 hour drive), we’re surprising the boys with special Cars car bags filled with some things to do. We have some Disney-themed paper activities and coloring books. But sometimes it’s hard for them to write/color in the car–plus, you need storage for the crayons, pens, pencils, etc. So, what’s the obvious solution?! Make a Disney travel activity board of course, with the help of some great products from Plaid!

Recently, I was sent a box of full of crafty goodness from Plaid and was given the task of making anything I wanted with it! There were paints, stencils, brushes, Mod Podge, and a gift card to go shopping at Walmart to get something to decorate/makeover.

What’s awesome is that Walmart has really expanded its craft department and you can find TONS of awesome things there! Like, all the Plaid products I was sent to try out–you can find at Walmart! So, I headed off to the store to browse through the craft section & decide what to get! Originally I had some sort of pencil box contraption in mind. But, I couldn’t find what I wanted and while browsing through the office section, the idea for the clipboard happened! Plus, with all the themed-birthday party goodies, it was REALLY easy to find some great Disney stickers! So, armed with clipboards, binder pencil pouches, some stickers, and Plaid craft products, I got to work! 🙂

First step–paint the clipboards. I decided on this red to go with the whole Cars theme. It was SO quick & easy to paint on using the rolling brushes that attach right to the paint bottle!

In the middle of each clipboard, I wanted a Mickey head. Since I don’t have an electronic cutter that I can program my own designs into, I just decided paint the Mickey head on (once the red paint was dry). I printed out a basic Mickey head template & cut it out to make a stencil. I was really nervous that it wouldn’t turn out, but it worked great! As the Mickey head dried, I decorated the front of each board with various stickers & cut out the boys’ first letter initials to put on the Mickey head. Then, once the Mickey head was dry & I had everything decorated, I decided to put a coat of Mod Podge over everything to help it all stay put!

While the fronts dried, I got to work on the pencil pouches for the back! I decided to attach them to the clipboards with some serious “industrial strength” velcro. I worried that if I glued the pouches on, they would just get damaged & ripped off over time. Plus, those pencil pouches aren’t exactly the highest quality & wear down over time. So, by attaching with velcro, I can always replace the pouch if I need to–or even replace it with something else. I started by decorating the front of the pencil pouch with some strategically placed Cars stickers. Then, I was able to put the velcro on the back of the pouch (behind those stickers), so the velcro doesn’t show through.

Once all the velcro was in place, I stuck it down where I wanted it on the back of the clipboard. This velcro is crazy strong (I actually used it in one of my old classrooms to hang posters on the wall & they were HARD to remove 3 years later!!), so make sure you have it exactly where you want it! After that, I decorated the bottom with more Cars stickers (& put a coat of Mod Podge over that too), then filled the pouch with some coloring goodies!

I absolutely love the way they turned out & can’t wait to give them to the boys! Hopefully they will be the perfect travel activity boards for all their coloring/writing needs! 🙂

And, if you’d like to see more crafty ideas, here’s what others have been making! 🙂

To learn more about Plaid & get more awesome ideas, check out these site! Plaid Crafts on PinterestPlaid on FacebookPlaid on Twitter, and Wal-mart Crafts on Pinterest

Disclosure: I wrote this post as part of a paid campaign with Plaid Crafts and Blueprint Social.  However, all photographs, ideas, and opinions are all my own!

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I’m Sara, a mom to three adorable boys living in the Arizona desert. As a former teacher, I love sharing my passions with others. So, have a look around for creative inspiration about cooking, creating, celebrating, traveling with kids, and more everyday mom endeavors!


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11 Responses

  1. I might…just might have to copy this idea for upcoming road trips, although I already know that the crayons and pencils will end up all over the car floor, regardless! I also like the link to the herb planter, as that is something I’m thinking of doing! Thanks for sharing!

  2. This is such a cute idea! I am sure your kids will love it and hopefully they will keep themselves entertained. Have fun on your trip!


  3. Fantastic idea and so cute with the Mickey paint! We really appreciate you linking up to show and tell to share your creativity!

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