5 Ways to Celebrate National Donald Duck Day

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Happy National Donald Duck Day! Donald Duck made his debut in the 1934 theatrical short, “The Wise Little Hen”. He was created to off-set Mickey Mouse but he doesn’t like being second to Mickey. He is everyone’s favorite hot-headed duck! Let’s take a look at some fun activities you can do to celebrate the day that is all about Donald:

Make Donald & Daisy Perler Bead Necklaces

What you’ll need:

  • Perler Beads
  • Pegboard
  • Parchment paper // most perler bead kits come with some paper
  • Oval Bail Plates – found in the jewelry section at craft stores
  • Ball Chain – also found in the jewelry section at craft stores
  • E6000 glue

How to make:

  1. Follow this simple pattern in the photo above using perler beads and a square pegboard.
  2. When you are finished, cover with parchment paper and iron.
  3. To make a necklace, glue a Bail Plate to the back of the design with E6000 glue.
  4. Then use a ball chain for the necklace. You can cut the ball chain with an old pair of scissors to whatever length works best for you.

Watch Your Favorite Donald Movie or Show

There are so many great movies, series, and shorts that Donald appears in! Disney+ even has a whole Donald Duck Collection to celebrate his day. I recommend watching The Three Musketeers or The Three Caballeros first.

Make Donald’s Just Ducky Cupcakes

Who doesn’t love a sweet cupcake? And these are just too cute!

What you’ll need:

  • Batch of baked cupcakes
  • White frosting
  • Yellow Swedish Fish candies
  • Kitchen knife or scissors
  • Small black jellybeans
  • Tube of black decorating icing


  1. Frost the cupcakes, using the knife to pull the frosting up into a couple feathery peaks at the top of the head.
  2. For a duck bill, slice a yellow Swedish Fish candy in half lengthwise. Then press the two halves into the frosting, separating them slightly, at the very edge of the cupcake top (opposite the feathery frosting peaks).
  3. For eyes, press two black jellybeans into the frosting. Use the black decorating icing to pipe on curved eyebrows about 3/8 inch above the eyes.

Make a Donald Duck Book Cover

School may be out, but you can never have too many cute book covers! And this one has a special pocket for extra storage too.

What you’ll need:

  • 12″x18″ sheets of construction paper (2)
  • Book (for covering)
  • Scotch tape
  • Cardstock (white, black, yellow, blue, pink)
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Black marker


  1. Cut a sheet of construction paper in half lengthwise.
  2. Place the second piece of construction paper on top of the half. Be sure that the bottom of the cut piece lines up with the bottom of the larger piece.
  3. Place the binding of the book in the center of the construction paper.
  4. Fold the top and bottom of the construction paper up so that the top and bottom edge of the book are flush with the ends of the paper.
  5. Open the book and crease the sides of the paper over the back and front covers of the book. Tape these folds in place.
  6. When you close the book you will see that you have a pocket fold on the front and back.
  7. Print the Donald template and cut it out. Trace the pieces onto colored card stock as specified on the template.
  8. You will construct Donald in two halves. The bottom half, Donald’s bill, will be glued to the bottom half of the pocket. Donald’s eyes will be glue to the top half. Use the glue stick to glue together Donald’s bill, mouth and tongue. Glue together his head, eyes and hat separately.
  9. Glue his bill to the bottom of the pocket — be sure not to glue the pocket closed.
  10. Glue Donald’s head to the top half of the book — be sure not to glue the pocket closed.
  11. Outline Donald’s features using a black marker.

Play Donald Duck’s Quacky Hoopla Game

Don’t let Donald’s glaring face scare you — in this carnival-style game, he’s pretty much a sitting duck. The aim is to land a ring (an embroidery hoop or a paper plate with the center cut out) around one of the water bottle decoys.

What you’ll need:

  • Scissors
  • Craft or scrapbook paper (white, light gray, and orange)
  • Craft knife
  • Glue stick
  • Black craft paper or black marker
  • Clear packing tape or self-adhesive laminating sheet
  • Recycled plastic water or beverage bottles (individual size)

How to play:

  1. Print the template and use the pieces as patterns to cut out a head shape from white paper, an eye panel from light gray paper, and a beak from orange paper.
  2. Place the head template piece atop the white paper cutout.
  3. Use the craft knife to cut a slit in the head along the dotted line.
  4. Fit the eye panel in place, slipping the top of it under the flap in the head, as shown. Then add pupils (1/2-inch ovals) — you can either cut them out of black paper or draw them on with black marker.
  5. Draw lines on the beak piece to define the mouth and nostrils, as shown.
  6. Glue the beak to the head tucking the very top under the head flap. Then draw a few more feather lines on the top of the head, as shown, to accentuate Donald’s surly expression.
  7. Create a Donald Duck face for each bottle you plan to set up for the game. Or simply make photocopies of the first one and cut them out (just stick the face onto a square of dark paper first to create a sharp outline of the head).
  8. Tape (or laminate) a face onto each bottle.
  9. To play the game, fill the bottles with water and set them up on a flat surface. Whoever lands the most hoops around a decoy in a set number of tries wins!

How will you be celebrating Donald’s big day?