Disney Fish Extender Gifts for Adults
We are going on our first Disney Cruise this week, and I have done a ridiculous amount of research for the trip. When I read about Fish Extenders, I knew we had to do them. One, I love to craft, and two I love to give gifts, so it was a win/win for me.
The first thing you need to do when you decide to to do a Fish Extender (FE) program is join a group. If you skip this step, you'll end up leaving gifts for other people and not receiving anything. If you go to the Disney Cruising group on Facebook, you'll be able to locate your specific cruise date/ship and join a group. I love our group on Facebook where we can all chat, ask questions, and get to know each other. It has been a very valuable tool for me. I can't wait to meet everyone on the ship!
You'll also need to have a FE to hang outside your stateroom door. You can buy them already made (tons on Etsy), or you can make your own. I sew, but hate making patterns, so I bought a pattern on Etsy for $4.50 from The Rabbit's Hole Shop and it was worth every penny.
Here is a picture of the one I made...
For our group, I made gifts for the kids and for the adults. In this post, I'm going to show you the gifts I made for the adults. Kids FE gift post can be found here.
I wanted to make gifts that were functional, but also could be kept for souvenirs from the trip. I also wanted something that was light weight and easy to pack. The doors on the Disney ships are magnetic, so for one gift I made a little dry erase board to hang on the door and added a magnetic dry erase marker with it. I cut 5x7 sheets of white paper, got the Disney Cruise Line logo online and added the text to it I made these into stickers), and then cut some Mickey Mouse scrapbook paper to add as trim to the bottom. I got a Scotch Laminator for Christmas (Thanks brother!) and used 5x7 sheets to laminate the boards I'd put together.
I bought a roll of adhesive magnets, cut them and attached them to the backs of the boards.
The other item I decided to make was a Christmas ornament. I thought it would be a fun thing to hang on the tree each year and to remember the trip by. I bought some wooden rectangle plaques that already had holes drilled (ArtMinds brand at Michaels that came in a pack of 8 for $1.99). I painted them, cut out squares of scrapbooking paper (from the same Mickey Mouse pack I used above), made the Mickey ear shaped logos with the cruise ship name and date, and used Mod Podge to attach everything. I then cut ribbon, threaded it through the holes and knotted the ends. I finished the ends with a fray stopper, but you could use heat to seal the ends as well.
I got clear bags from the Dollar Tree store and packed the gifts up with some little labels I made.