DIY Custom Magic Bands (Easy & Cheap!)

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We got so many compliments on our DIY Magic Bands on our recent Disney trip! I cutomized them myself (with plenty of help from my three-year-old daughter) and it was easy to do. We really blinged them out since it was a girls-only trip with my mother-in-law. 😉 Here’s some basic info on Magic Bands if you aren’t familiar with them.

I spent a grand total of $2 to decorate all three bands, whereas custom Magic Bands from Disney will easily set you back $20+ per band. Here’s what you’ll need:

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  • Removable Disney tattoos
  • Clear fingernail polish + optional jewels/other nail art

I found both items at the Dollar Tree. Sometimes it is hard to find tattoos there, but I found these in the sticker section.

Instructions

To decorate the bands, apply the tattoos to the bands as you would on skin. Just cut them out, pull off the plastic, place them on the Magic Band, wet thoroughly, and hold the paper down for about a minute. You can put the tattoos anywhere without affecting the functionality of the band, though I would suggest avoiding the areas with holes.

After your band has dried thoroughly, apply the clear nail polish all over the front of the bands. If you are using any gems or other nail art, you can apply them now. Wait for the first coat to dry, then go over the gems again with the clear polish to seal them on.

And that’s it! We swam with our bands and they looked great even at the end of the trip. have you ever decorated Magic Bands? Please leave a comment below!

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4 Responses to DIY Custom Magic Bands (Easy & Cheap!)

  1. Jenny K says:

    Ohhhhh I thought maybe they were blank bands you can get at Michael’s or something. Guess I’ll have to go to Disney :-p

    • Leah says:

      Yes! Go to Disney for the Magic Bands! 😉 Seriously, though, they are amazing. They get you into your room, act as your park tickets, allow you to charge back to your room account, and more. It is all you have to have with you on vacation which is so nice. A little dangerous, too, with being able to charge to your card with your wristband.

  2. Jenny K says:

    Leah, where do you get the bands that you’re decorating? I see fun possibilities for myself! 🙂

    • Leah says:

      Hey Jenny! You get complimentary Magic Bands anytime you book a stay at a Disney resort. You select your colors and they ship to you about a month before your stay. They are amazing!