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Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Trivia Questions and Answers

Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs Trivia Questions and Answers

I have compiled several trivia questions and answers from Walt Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. For a printable copy of these questions click here. What color fabric does the book “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs sit on at the beginning of the […]

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

Mickey Mouse Chocolate Chip Cookies

We are REALLLLLY missing Disneyland right now so we are making all of our food Mickey shaped these days. It’s so fun and it makes everything taste better, right? For our most recent Disney food, we turned our chocolate chip cookies into Mickeys. 🙂  I […]

Disneyland Inspired Mickey Pretzel Recipe

Disneyland Inspired Mickey Pretzel Recipe

Everything tastes better in Mickey form, right? Say hello to the yummiest, easiest Mickey pretzel recipe out there. These taste so delicious and they’ll make you feel like you’re at Disneyland sitting on Mainstreet, USA. 

While our pretzels don’t look quite as fancy as Disneyland’s, they taste JUST as delicious!

Ingredients To Make Mickey Shaped Pretzels

  • 1 ½ c lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsp yeast (1 packet)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 c flour
  • ⅓ c baking soda (for boiling)
  • 6 c water (for boiling)
  • 1 egg
  • Coarse salt

Preheat your oven to 425°. I used my Kitchen Aide for this recipe but you don’t even need to use a mixer if you don’t want to. To begin, mix the sugar into the lukewarm water. Sprinkle the yeast into the water. Let your yeast bloom for about 5 minutes. 

Once your yeast has bloomed, mix in the salt. Slowly mix in the flour 1 cup at a time. Mix in the rest of your flour until your dough is no longer sticky. Press your finger into the dough, if it bounces back then you have enough flour and it’s ready to knead.

Knead the dough on a floured surface for about a 1 minute. Roll your dough into a ball and cut the dough into desired portion sizes. This recipe makes 8 large pretzels or more mini pretzels. You can create whatever size you’d prefer.

To create the mickey shape roll your chunk of dough into a long rope. Start at the bottom of his face and loop each ear. Then connect the other end of the dough back at the bottom. See the picture for a reference. 

Mix together 6 cups of water and ⅓ c baking soda. Bring this mixture to a boil. Use a slotted spatula to place a pretzel in the boiling water. Boil each pretzel for about 25 seconds flipping it half way through. Do not over boil, it gives the pretzels a funny taste. Scoop the pretzel out of the water and let the excess water drain off. Place the boiled pretzel on a greased cookie sheet. 

Beat an egg in a bowl and brush the egg on top of your boiled pretzels. I do a VERY thin layer so the pretzel doesn’t taste eggy. Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt. 

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Without taking the pretzels out of the oven, broil them for another 2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them while broiling so they don’t burn. 

Now sit back, put on some Disney music, and enjoy your warm Mickey Pretzel! 

Disneyland Inspired Mickey Pretzels

Homemade Mickey-shaped pretzels that taste just as good as the parks.
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 12 mins

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ c lukewarm water
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 ¼ tsps yeast 1 packet
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4 c flour
  • c baking soda
  • 6 c water
  • 1 egg
  • Coarse salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 425°. I used my Kitchen Aide for this recipe but you don’t even need to use a mixer if you don’t want to. To begin, mix the sugar into the lukewarm water. Sprinkle the yeast into the water. Let your yeast bloom for about 5 minutes.
  • Once your yeast has bloomed, mix in the salt. Slowly mix in the flour 1 cup at a time. Mix in the rest of your flour until your dough is no longer sticky. Press your finger into the dough, if it bounces back then you have enough flour and it’s ready to knead.
  • Knead dough on a floured surface for about a 1 minute. Roll your dough into a ball and cut the dough into desired portion sizes. This recipe makes 8 large pretzels or more mini pretzels. You can create whatever size you’d prefer.
  • To create the mickey shape roll your chunk of dough into a long rope. Start at the bottom of his face and loop each ear. Then connect the other end of the dough back at the bottom. See the picture for a reference.
  • Mix together 6 cups of water and ⅓ c baking soda. Bring this mixture to a boil. Use a slotted spatula to place a pretzel in the boiling water. Boil each pretzel for about 25 seconds flipping it half way through. Do not over boil, it gives the pretzels a funny taste. Scoop the pretzel out of the water and let the excess water drain off. Place the boiled pretzel on a greased cookie sheet.
  • Beat an egg in a bowl and brush the egg on top of your boiled pretzels. I do a VERY thin layer so the pretzel doesn’t taste eggy. Sprinkle the pretzels with coarse salt.
  • Bake in the oven for 10 minutes. Without taking the pretzels out of the oven, broil them for another 2 minutes. Keep a close eye on them while broiling so they don’t burn.
Spoiler-Free Review of Pixar’s Onward

Spoiler-Free Review of Pixar’s Onward

Disney and Pixar invited us to an early media screening of their new movie Onward. Onward tells the story of two teenage elf brothers who set out on a quest to discover if there is still magic left in the world. The movie will be […]

How We Budget For Disneyland Using Personal Capital

How We Budget For Disneyland Using Personal Capital

Note: This post was created as part of a paid sponsorship with PersonalCapital.com. Although this is a paid sponsorship, all opinions are my own and I have been a user of PersonalCapital for years.  If you know our family, you know that we LOVE Disneyland […]

DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Disclosure: This tutorial was sponsored by Primary.com and they provided clothing to create this costume. This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links we receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like this.

In this tutorial we will be showing walking you through step by step how you can create a DIY Stay Puft Marshmallow Man Costume inspired by the iconic film Ghostbusters.

Materials List

Making the Bib

To make the bib for this costume take a sheet of Navy Blue felt and measure it so it falls just over the chest of your child. Cut a hole towards the top so that it can wrap around the neck. Use velcro on each side to allow you to attach the bib ends together after it is around their neck. Add narrow strips of white felt around the edges of the bib.

Making the Stay Puft Hat

Create the base of the hat out of thin cardboard such as a cereal box. Then cut a strip of navy blue felt to cover the thin cardboard strip. Then cut a circle out of the white felt. Attach the white felt to the base of the hat by bunching it around the edges to create pleats. Hot glue it to the base of the hat as you work your way around.

Add the finishing touches of the hat by adding a small blue circle of felt and a red ribbon on the top of the hat. You can add elastic to the hat to help keep it on your child’s head. The final step is to write Stay Puft on the hat with white puffy paint.

Stuffing the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man

Now for the fun part, creating the puff! We will be using the inside of a pillow to stuff the clothing. I recommend you start with the pants and then tuck the shirt into the pants and stuff the shirt. You can stuff as much or as little as you prefer.

To create the fat rolls simply tie elastic around the legs and arms of the clothing. Just make sure to not tie it too tight so that you don’t cut off any circulation.

Add the bib, hat, and ascot and the costume is complete. Now you can sit back and laugh at the cute and funny costume you just created.

Team Rocket Pokemon Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Team Rocket Pokemon Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Disclosure: This tutorial was sponsored by Primary.com and they provided clothing to create this costume. This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links I receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like […]

23 Pop Culture Villain Costume Ideas for Toddlers, Babies, or Young Children

23 Pop Culture Villain Costume Ideas for Toddlers, Babies, or Young Children

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Primary.com and they provided the clothing to create all of the awesome costumes. Use code TOYSTORYDAD for 20% off + FREE shipping on your first order at Primary.com. This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these […]

Slinky Dog Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Slinky Dog Costume DIY, A Complete Step by Step Tutorial

Disclosure: This tutorial was sponsored by Primary.com and they provided clothing to create this costume.  This post contains affiliate links. When you purchase anything through these links I receive a small commission that helps support this channel and allows us to continue making content like this.

When we decided that we were going to do Toy Story costumes for our family visit to the Halloween party at Disneyland, I instantly knew that I wanted Hamm and his cousin Audrey to be the slinky dog from Toy Story. After months of brainstorming and trying to figure out how to make this crazy idea a reality, we were finally able to make it work. The slinky dog costume was definitely a hit, and the video I created went viral and was viewed hundreds of millions of times on various social media platforms.

After this video went viral I began receiving several requests every day with people asking me “How do I create this Toy Story Slinky Dog Costume?”. In this tutorial, I will be showing you step by step how to create this Slinky Dog Costume inspired by Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story. This DIY costume requires a little bit of sewing but is simple enough for anyone to complete. If you prefer to follow along with a video, you can watch the video below or click here to be directed to our YouTube video.  

This DIY costume is especially popular for twins because it is made for two children. However, this costume was originally created for my son Beckham and his cousin Audrey. This costume works for siblings, twins, cousins or even just friends. Because of the size of the actual slinky, this DIY works best for children, but really you could create this costume for children and adults of all ages. Just note that for bigger children or adults, you will need more of the materials listed below.

List of Materials Needed

Creating the bodysuits

We will be creating two bodysuits, one for the front/head of the slinky dog costume and one for the back/tail. Take a moment to decide who will be the front and who will be the rear in the costume. Make sure to account for any difference in measurements when proceeding with the next steps. The two bodysuits will be basically the same, but we will add some finishing touches later to set them apart. 

Measure the height of each from shoulder to mid-thigh. Measure the waist of each person and note these measurements down. 

The image above shows the basic shape we are going for when cutting out the suit. We will fold the felt in half and cut along the fold which will prevent us from having to do a shoulder seam. We will start by cutting a rectangle shape. The width of the rectangle should be your waist measurement divided by 2 and then add three inches. (Example: If my waist measurement was 22 inches my width would be 14 inches. 22/2 + 3). The height of the rectangle is the height (shoulder to mid-thigh) measurement.

On the folded seam cut out two curved armholes, one on each side. We will also need to cut out a neck hole on the folded seam as well. These don’t need to be perfect, so just use your best judgment based on the shape shown in the picture above. Now on the side opposite of the fold, we will want to curve the edges in and round out the corners. On that same side, we need to cut out two leg holes. You will want to cut the holes in an oval shape with a steeper curve if the model has bigger legs. 

You will now need to repeat these steps to create another suit with the other person’s measurements. After completing these steps you will have the suit cut for both the front/head and the back/tail. 

You will now sew along the edges of the bodysuit. Just make sure to not sew the neck, arm or leg holes. Once all of the edges are sewn you can then flip the suit inside out. This will put the sewing seams inside of the suit, giving it a nice clean look. The last step is to cut a 4-5 inch slit down starting from the middle of the neck hole of each suit. This allows the suit to open enough for the children to get in and out of the suits. Add velcro to the top of each slit to allow it to close once the child is inside. 

Adding the collar to the Front/Head BodySuit

To create the green collar on the front/head bodysuit, take your green felt and fold it over the neckline of the bodysuit. Round the bottom of the felt to match the curve of the neck hole about 2 inches below the actual hole. Now cut out the actual neck hole out of the green felt. This should leave you with a 2-inch green ring that will be the collar. You can now sew the collar to the bodysuit.

Creating the slinky dog coil

For the slinky coil of the costume, we will not need the entire slinky. I recommend cutting about 12 loops/coils off of the slinky to use for the costume. We will then be wrapping the slinky in grey fabric tubes. 

To create the fabric tubes, cut out strips of grey fabric that are 3 inches x 44 inches. Fold the fabric strips in half and use pins to hold the fold in place while you sew along the seams of each strip. Use a wooden dowel to turn the strips inside out. This will put the sewed seam on the inside of the fabric tubes. 

Now start sliding the tubes over the slinky coil. On the two ends of the slinky just fold over a little bit of the fabric and use hot glue to close the seam. We also found it helpful to hot glue the edges of each fabric tube to the slinky once they are in place. This prevents the tubes from sliding around and uncovering the rainbow slinky. 

Making the slinky dog Hat

Measure the circumference of the head that will be wearing the front bodysuit. Divide that number two and draw a dome shape on your light brown/tan felt. The base of the dome should be that head circumference measurement divided by two. The height of the dome should be about 6 inches.

Make sure you have another piece of brown felt underneath so that you can cut out both sides of the hat at once. Cut about ½ inch around the dome line through both pieces of felt. You will then sew the two pieces together along the line. You can now flip the hat inside out so that the sewed seam is inside the hat. 

Cut out two teardrop shapes for the ears out of dark brown felt. We recommend the ears be about 6 inches long. Now cut a slit on each top corner of the hat. The slit just needs to be big enough to slide a tab of the ear in and hot glue it in place. 

Making Slinky’s Tail

Cut about an 18-inchlong piece of craft wire. Take your left-over fabric tube from when you covered the slinky and slide that tube over the wire. Fold over and hot glue the ends of the fabric tubes to hold it in place. 

Cut two small tear-shaped pieces of the dark brown felt and glue them on one end sandwhiching the wire with the two pieces. 

Now cut two circles out of the tan/light brown felt. On one of the circles cut a slit to allow the wire to slide in and come out of the middle. Glue the two circles together sandwiching the wire but make sure the wire is using the slit to come out the center of the top circle. You can coil the tail into a spring-like shape. The last step is to add a piece of velcro on the bottom of the circle. This will allow the tail to attach to the bodysuit. Note: The velcro will attach right to the felt so you can move the tail around wherever you want.

Attaching the bodysuits and Slinky together

There is one last step before we can attach the slinky dog costume together. On the front top middle of the back/tail bodysuit, we will want to cut a small slit. This slit will allow us to slide in the slinky dog coil when attaching the suits together. I highly recommend you reinforce this slit with a small scrap of felt. This will just prevent that slit from tearing.

Now for the fun part of bringing it all together! I have created this video on YouTube that will show you exactly how to attach the pieces together.

The first step is to get each person in their bodysuit through the top neck hole and slit. You can then add stuffing, we used a mini pillow in the front and back of each child.

Now start with the back/tail bodysuit and slowly slide in the slinky coils twisting them into the bodysuit until there is at least one full coil inside the bodysuit. Now you can simply set a couple of coils into the neck slit on the back of the front/head bodysuit and then close the velcro to keep it in. Starting with the back and then just setting the front in prevents the slinky coil from getting all twisted. 

BONUS

To make the slinky dog costume extra fun at night you can wrap the slinky dog coil in little LED lights. See the link above in materials for what we used. We used two strands of lights and set one battery pack in each of the bodysuits. 

Thank you so much for reading this tutorial and we hope that you found it useful! If you end up making this costume we would love to see the finished results. Make sure to tag @toystorydad on Instagram on your final pictures. Have a great day!

A Dad’s Review of the Smart Beat Monitor

A Dad’s Review of the Smart Beat Monitor

Note: This blog post is sponsored by Smart Beat. I received a free Smart Beat monitor in exchange for my honest review.  As a technology and computer nerd, I am always excited to see the latest trends in technology. It has been especially exciting to […]