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Disney Pin Trading Boards on Stateroom Door

DIY Pin Trading Boards for Disney Cruises

November 17, 2020 Sarah Coggins
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My kids love collecting and trading Disney trading pins. During our first cruise, we came across several Pin Trading Boards outside of staterooms. My son thought this was particularly neat and would stop to make a trade whenever he saw one. We decided to make our own last year to use on our Merrytime Cruise and had a great experience. These will definitely be going on all future Disney cruises with us.

DIY Disney Pin Trading Boards on Stateroom Door

Pin Trading Boards are simple to make and only take a few supplies. You can decorate them as elaborately as you like or keep plain. We opted to paint a DCL logo on one and a Mickey head ship anchor on the other for a little Disney Cruise touch.


  • 6″ x 6″ Cork Squares
  • Wood Glue and/or Hot Glue
  • Stencil + Acrylic Paint (optional)
  • 3/4″ Magnets
  • X-acto Knife


Step 1 Trace outline of magnets on 4 corners of one cork square. Cut out using and x-acto knife. This will allow you to recess the magnets later for a nearly flush design.

Step 2 Glue 2 cork squares together using wood glue. Set aside to dry. I placed a few large books on top of ours to hold them securely as they dried.

Back of DCL Pin Trading Board

Step 3 Use a stencil and acrylic paint to personalize the cork squares. I cut our designs from vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo.

DCL Stencils for Pin Trading Board

If you have kids, this is a great opportunity to involve them! Mine each chose one square and did the painting. Just a little paint on a foam brush and press gently. Very easy and quick.

Painting Mickey Head Anchor onto Cork

Step 4 Flip over cork square and glue magnets into each of the holes cut in Step 1. Hot glue works well for this.

Add Magnets to the Back of the Pin Trading Boards

Add a few pins and your Pin Trading Boards are now complete & ready to take on your next Disney Cruise!

DCL Pin Trading Boards on Disney Magic Stateroom Door

Hang on your stateroom door or the wall just beside it where other cruisers can easily stop by. Happy trading!

We completed our Unofficial Pin Trading station with a sign. You can download your own copy here. It’s sized to print onto a 4×6 photo or blank index card. I then placed it inside a simple magnet photo pouch to hang on our stateroom door.

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