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17 Disney Cruise Fish Extender DIY and Gift Ideas

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Are you looking for some creative DIY Disney Cruise fish extender ideas for your Disney cruise? Or perhaps you already have one, but you need some ideas for fish extender gifts to give to the other families participating with you. We’ve got you covered either way!

Are you planning a Disney cruise? If it’s your first time, you may have come across the concept of fish extenders in your research.

What Is A Fish Extender?

Fish extenders are small hanging organizers that are hung outside your stateroom door on the fish or seahorse hook for the length of your cruise. Participating guests leave little gifts in each other’s fish extenders each day of the cruise. You can find Fish Extender groups on Facebook or in Disney fan forums for your specific cruise date.

The fish extender tradition isn’t operated by Disney, but it is allowed. Volunteers arrange everything, and it can be a lot of fun, but don’t let it stress you out. You don’t need to buy expensive gifts to participate in the exchange. In fact, many of the gifts are handmade, which makes it all the more special.

If you’d like to participate in the festivities during your upcoming cruise, you’ll find several cute fish extenders and fish extender gift ideas in the list below.

DIY Disney Cruise Fish Extender Ideas

If you are planning a Disney Cruise then you came to the right place for Disney Cruise fish extender gift ideas. These will be perfect for your new Cruise friends and will bring back wonderful memories once they travel home.

1. Halloween on the High Seas Disney Cruise Fish Extender

A simple hanging organizer is Disney-fied with Mickey and Minnie bats. These are perfect for Halloween on the High Seas, which runs in September and October on select Disney cruise ships! In addition to bats, you might look for clipart featuring Mickey pumpkins, ghosts, Frankensteins, and more. Yes, you can really find clipart for all of those! You can also find out more about what fish extenders are, how to find the groups, and ideas for what to put in fish extenders by clicking the link above. (via Just is a Four Letter Word)

2. Tote Bag Fish Extender

If you want to make a fish extender on the cheap, using inexpensive tote bags is a great idea! Use your Cricut and the Disney cartridge to create the designs and names on the front. Then, add some ribbon and embellishments, attach the bags together, and you’re all set. They’re perfect for holding plenty of gifts and trinkets if you’re participating in a larger fish extender group. (via A New Dawnn)

3. No-Sew Disney Cruise Fish Extender

For those who don’t like to sew, this no-sew fish extender is genius. Using a nursery organizer and your Cricut, you can come up with a beautiful Disney-themed design that fits your family in no time flat. (via Liz on Call)

4. $20 DIY Fish Extender

This is another cute take on the fish extender made from a nursery organizer, but any door hanger will do. The anchor ribbon rim was a nice touch that’s very fitting for a cruise! (via We Got the Funk)

5. Small World Themed Fish Extender

We love how colorful this Small World fish extender is! The project is simple as far as sewing goes, but you’ll need a sewing machine because it requires zig-zag and straight stitches. You could use this idea to create a fish extender in any fabric patterns you’d like. (via Momfluential)

6. Fish Extender from a Closet Storage Bag

This inexpensive closet organizer makes a lovely fish extender with some vinyl decorations made on your Cricut. It’s perfect for a little family of three, or you can double them up if you have a larger family. (via Mama Cheaps)

7. Toy Story Fish Extender

Here’s a fun one! It incorporates all of our favorite Toy Stoy charactersóMr. Potato Head, Bo Peep, Woody, and Buzz Lightyear. It’s absolutely perfect for kids who are obsessed with the Toy Story movies. (via A Mother’s Random Thoughts)

Now, if you’re looking for cute ideas to put in everyone’s fish extenders, take a look at these ideas!

DIY Fish Extender Gifts

1. Disney Cruise Survival Kit

This cruise survival kit is genius! It includes lots of things that can come in handy, like socks, paper and pen, magnets, and movie night snacks. However, you can create a similar gift with items that you†feel are cruise must-haves. (via Play Party Plan)

2. Disney Magnets

These little Disney magnets make great fish extender gifts! The stateroom doors are metal in most areas, and guests are permitted to decorate their doors with magnets. (via The Savvy Mama Lifestyle)

3. Disney Princess Eggs

This is a cute idea if you’re sailing in spring before Easter. These instructions are for using blown-out eggs, but those are too fragile for packing. Use wooden eggs instead to get the same gorgeous look. (via Fun Money Mom)

4. Pixie Dust Necklace

This is a wonderful option for any Tinkerbell-obsessed little girl. These necklaces are easy and inexpensive to make! (via Sugar, Spice, and Glitter)

5. Felt Rose

Inspired by Beauty and the Beast, these felt roses are just gorgeous! They’re inexpensive to make, too, which makes them great fish extender gifts. (via My Poppet)

6. Mickey Mouse Autograph Book

An autograph book is a must for those character experiences on board. And what could be cuter than a Mickey-themed autograph book? (via The Scrap Shoppe)

7. Finding Dory Bookmarks

Dory and Nemo-themed bookmarks are cruise-appropriate! They’re made with glitter and sequins (but held together in a plastic sleeve), so they’re a sparkly addition to any bookworm’s bookmark collection. (via A Pumpkin and a Princess)

8. Mickey Mouse Keychain

Keychains are great fish extender gifts for adults and kids alike. Kids can clip them onto their backpacks or luggage! These Mickey keychains are made out of felt and are fun no-sew crafts that the kids can help you with. (via Farm Girl Gabs)

9. Pirate Booty Favors

Pirate necklaces, keyrings, eyepatches, and of course, some gold coins and a couple of real dollars are a great pirate party favor or fish extender gift. The Mickey pirate ship on the front of the pillow boxes was made using the Cricut. (via Clever Pink Pirate)

10. Edible Pixie Dust

These are super easy and totally inexpensive gifts! They’re made with pop rocks and look so pretty. All ages will enjoy them! (via My Crazy Good Life)

Are you excited to participate in the Disney Cruise fish extender activities on your cruise? Let us know how it goes! Pin this list to save it for your next cruise. You can never stop at one!

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