Get ready to show your #disneyside with custom Disney Magic Bands! All you need is 20 minutes, a Silhouette Machine, and some vinyl. Trust me, you’ll end up with a new craft obsession and some truly nerdy wrist-wear.
As if I really needed another obsession but…..I found one.
Let’s just add magic bands to the ever-growing list of things you can put vinyl on. Because it’s such an awesome idea that I can’t believe I never thought to do it before now!
The best thing is that you can pretty much do anything with your bands. Get them ready for Toy Story Land or just show your love for your favorite characters. They can be anything you want them to be!
Over the weekend I was organizing my closet and found three untouched Magic Bands still in their box. We have so many of these things that they kind of show up at random times when we’re cleaning. They’re everywhere. Most crafters fear glitter everywhere, I fear my house getting overrun with magic bands.
It’s totally possible y’all. We have a lot of them.
Which actually works out in my favor because now I can vinyl all the things! With so many Disney characters there are hundreds of possibilities. Decorating them my never get old.
This project is:
- easy, and
The best part though? This project takes basically no time at all. The most time consuming part is designing the actual bands and even that isn’t too bad.
Let’s decorate our Disney Magic Bands with Vinyl!
- Disney Magic Bands (any color will do)
- Permanent Vinyl, any color!
- Transfer Tape
- Rubbing Alcohol
- Cotton Balls
- Silhouette Cameo
- Hairdryer (optional)
Before doing anything you need to clean off each of your Disney Magic Bands with rubbing alcohol. This will help the vinyl stick!
+ Download the Disney Magic Bands template and open it up in your software.
+ Decide what designs you’re using (I found all of mine in the Be Our Guest Silhouette Group on Facebook) and then layer them on top of the magic bands. Hit subtract.
+ I added an extra layer of dots in the template file so that you can layer them on top of your newly designed magic bands before you cut.
PRO TIP: Definitely layer the dots on top! I didn’t do that on any of mine and I wish I had because they don’t cut out without it.
+ Cut out your designs and then use transfer paper to pick them up to put the on the bands.
PRO TIP: If you find that your vinyl isn’t sticking to the band (I had that problem with the Mickey design), use a hairdryer to apply heat to the vinyl.
+ You MUST let your Disney Magic Bands sit for a while before you use them.
+ The optimal way to do this is put them back in the box they came in so that the vinyl will be used to the curved position. You do not want to straighten them out because it’ll cause the vinyl to crack.
+ Most people recommend letting the Magic Bands sit for 28 days. This will give it plenty of time to adhere to the band itself. I haven’t tested this theory yet but will come back with an update after our next trip!
I had the hardest time getting the Mickey design to stick to my band. For that one, I skipped cleaning it with rubbing alcohol and I really believe that’s why I had a hard time with the vinyl. It’s also why Mickey only has three fingers on one of his hands. 🤷🏻♀️
But it’s so simple. Even with the little hiccups I had the project was fun and easy. And you know what? If you mess up or get bubbles in the vinyl you can easily move it and fix it. Just be careful with small pieces. That’s actually the real reason Mickey only has three fingers on one of his hands!
Make even more Disney stuff before your next trip!