If you’re a craft loving, DIY’er like me a fun way to add some magic to your approaching Disney vacation is to make your own Disney lanyard. These lanyards can be used for multiple things on your Disney vacation:
- As a pin trading lanyard (click hyperlink to learn about Disney pin trading)
- To hold your park tickets if you don’t have magic bands
- To hold a photo pass card
- Your Favorite Disney Ribbon
- Big Clasps
- Fabric Velcro Tabs (if you want pull away lanyards)
- Clear Nail Polish or No Fray Check
- Sewing Machine, Hot Glue Gun, or Thread and Needle
- Name Tag Holder
Go pick out your supplies. I found super cute Disney ribbon at: JoAnne Fabrics (best selection), Wal-Mart, Michaels, and Hobby Lobby.
I found big clasps in the Jewelry making section of my local JoAnne fabrics but I am sure each of the craft stores have them.
Fray check and Velcro tabs can be located at craft stores or Wal-Mart. The plastic name tag holders can be found easily at Staples or Amazon.com.
Measure how long you would like the lanyard (I usually cut mine at 36”).
Optional Step: I like to make tear away lanyards for safety. Match up the two ends you cut and then cut the opposite end so that you have one ribbon in each hand that are the same length. If you decided to do this optional step you will now add Velcro tabs to the ends you just cut.
So that the ribbon does not fray you will now use the clear nail polish or the Fray check on each of the cut end of the ribbon. Let the liquid dry before moving on to step four.
After the Fray Check has dried now is the time to add the clasp. To do this I’ve found it best to put the lanyard on so that you can make sure it lays right when it is worn. Once you have verified there are no twists, take it off. Holding the end that the clasp is going on you will put both ends together and fold it about ½”. If you are using hot glue you will want to glue the fold. At this point you will slide the clasp on and then make another fold about 1” over. Then pin the fold in place. If you are using hot glue you will again glue the fold (I also recommend putting in a few stitches just to make sure it holds).
I used a sewing machine and that made it simple to sew the folds holding the clasp in place! You then add the clear plastic name tag if you choose to use one and your lanyard is all ready for your Disney vacation!
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