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Decorating MagicBands – Customizing the Magic with Paint


We booked our Walt Disney World vacation pretty late in the game so there wasn’t enough time for our MagicBands to be mailed to our house. They gave us bands at the hotel and were given standard gray…boring!! Upon our return home, I saw on Etsy that there are artists offering their services to paint MagicBands for guests who want something a little better than standard gray or a little more personalized than the solid colors.

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I was intrigued. As an artist myself I loved the idea of giving your MagicBand a pretty coat of paint to customize and personalize your “key to the magic”! Why not do it yourself at home, before your trip? I chose a simple design that anyone can recreate using classic colors of black, red, white and yellow. Lots of Mickey heads, polka dots and some sparkle “pixie dust” thrown in, of course.

Decorating MagicBands - Customizing the Magic with Paint

1. Decide on a design. Draw it out if you find that helps. Find images to look at for inspiration while painting. Or just let creativity strike you when you have the brush in hand.

2. Choose acrylic paints. These paints are cheap and can be mixed into a plethora of colors. Pick a few from the craft stores and mix them as you desire. I use an old glass dish to mix small amounts of color at a time. A little goes a long way. Layers should be thin and not gloppy or they will take forever to dry.

3. Tiny brushes are the best. Use a large brush to create a solid base coat as you wish. Choose brushes with small bristles for adding details. If you have a stray bristle, snip it off with nail clippers.

Decorating MagicBands - Customizing the Magic with Paint

4. Clean your brushes. Keep a small bowl of water next to you with a paper towel. Never let your brush sit in a cup of water or the bristles will get bent. Paint should only be on the tip of the bristle and not allowed to drift up onto the metal or wood sections (that means you have too much paint on your brush). Swish your brush occasionally and wipe thoroughly on the paper towel. In between colors, clean your brushes gently with a small amount of dish soap in the palm of your hand and rinse under running water.

5. Let it dry. Let your project sit, untouched over night to completely dry. Take care to place your band in a way that it won’t be smudged.

Decorating MagicBands - Customizing the Magic with Paint

6. Bling it up. I used a combination of clear paint with a glitter finish and self-sticking rhinestones to add some sparkle.

7. Seal it up. Spray your completed project with a light coat of clear acrylic sealer. Wait until it’s complete dry and not tacky before applying another light coat. This will allow your painted MagicBand and to be water and sweat proof. Anything abrasive however, like scratching it across a rough surface could scratch the paint.


What do you think? Cute and easy…so much better than boring gray! I think this would be a fun family project in the week leading up to your Walt Disney World vacation.

Let me know if you’ve tried this method and what you created! I’d love to see pictures too!


Monday 22nd of June 2015

You make this look so easy! I am definitely not a painter and I think even I can do this. Thanks you for the tips.

Lisa @Home is Where the Mouse is

Saturday 20th of June 2015

I love using paint for my Magic Bands. It allows you to be so creative. I love what you did with your Mickey band.

Rosanne @ What's the Point?

Wednesday 17th of June 2015

Very cool! I think the key to this is the sealer, because between the sweat and rain I wouldn't want to melt away like me!


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

Your Mickey's look so good! I haven't quite gotten the hang of it yet. :) Thanks for all of the tips.


Tuesday 16th of June 2015

Wow! That turned out so cute. I love the bling elements and the glitter! Makes the Magic Band look so fun!

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