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DIY Minnie Mouse Ears Tutorial

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CALLING ALL DISNEY FANS, WE HAVE A SPECIAL TREAT FOR YOU!  And if you have any toddlers in the house, I know you’ll be thrilled with today’s project!  Since my daughter found the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse (thanks, Nana!), all we hear is Mee-Mouse, Mee-Mouse (say it in baby-talk, lol).  So I had a pretty good head start on her Halloween outfit… Minnie Mouse.  If you’re anything like me, why buy what you can already make?  So, I handmade her costume, again, including these cute Minnie Mouse ears!

DIY Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

So, if you’ve ever tried to make these before, especially in bulk, you know they are a pain in the you-know-what.  I’ve found tons of tutorials… and while they have some quality instructions and videos, their process just wasn’t working for me.  So I improvised and I’m here to pass on the savings to you!  So first, let’s look at the supplies you’ll need:

Supplies for Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

As you can see, the supplies are basic.  Here’s a quick list and what you’ll need it for:

Black felt for the ears – estimate 2 sheets per headband

One black plastic headband – I bought mine in bulk on Amazon

Hot glue gun to keep it all together

Scissors to cut your circles (or a die cutting machine – I used my Big Shot)

Red or Pink fabric for the bow – not needed if you are making Mickey ears – estimate a 12″ x 5″ scrap for each bow

Craft wire (or pipe cleaners) for the Minnie bow, if needed

A standard household iron for the Minnie bow, if needed

So first, lets talk circles.  When purchasing your felt, plan on one sheet of felt per ear , or two for the set.  Yes, you will have some extra.  Basically, you can cut 4 circles from one sheet and you need about 2-3 circles per ear.  It depends on how stiff your felt is, thin felt will need reinforcements.

When cutting the circles, you can cut them by hand with scissors, you can use any round object to trace circles onto your felt – just make sure they are all the same size.

I used my Big Shot to make the process a little easier, but it takes a little creative thinking to get the die to cut through the felt.  Before you line up your plates, die and felt, fold a standard letter size sheet of cardstock into quarters and lay this between the layering block and the bottom plastic plate.  This gives it a little more pressure to make a clean cut through the felt.  Don’t worry, if it doesn’t go all the way through, you can still trim with scissors.

Big Shot Layering for Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper CrazeOnce the cardstock is in place (you can tape this down to hold it in place), then layer the bottom plate, the felt, the die and the top plate.  You’ll need to use a little force when running it through the Big Shot, but trust me, it’s worth it.

Big Shot Layering 2 for Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

Repeat as needed, depending on how many pair of ears you need.  You can toss the scrap felt (or keep it if you are a hoarder like the rest of us!), but you don’t need it for this project.  You’ll be left with a nice, neat stack of felt circles.

Cutting Felt Circles for Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

So grab two of your felt circles and your hot glue gun.  First, you’ll line up the circles so they are perfectly even.  Laying your circles flat on the table, pull back the top edge and apply a line of hot glue around the edge.  Don’t get too close or your glue will leak out the top.  Next, flip up the bottom side and run a line of hot glue from side to side, not along the edge.  You want to leave the little flap area for the next step.

Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

Once the hot glue has cooled off, pick up your ear and position it in your hand similar to below.  You’ll want the open flap of the felt on the inside of your hand so that you can separate it with your fingers.  This may take some practice — (read ahead so you know what’s coming next).  Grab your headband and consider the position you want your ears.  Make sure they are not too close together, they’ll need to be towards the outside of your toddler’s head.  Once you are sure of the position, you can even mark the area on the headband so that you’ll remember — just make sure you mark it under where the felt will be so it won’t show after.

Once you feel comfortable, squeeze a line of hot glue into the crease of the felt circles.  Make sure your headband is nearby.

Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

BEFORE THE GLUE COOLS, grab your headband and slap that ear in place.  No, you won’t have time to adjust it, we’re working at the speed of glue here.

Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

So now you have a partially adhered ear.  To finish it up, dab some glue on each side of the flap and fold them in (on the underside of the headband).

Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

Repeat on the other side until you have two ears on the headband.  Hopefully they are somewhat aligned.  Don’t worry, your Minnie bow will help disguise any spacing issues.  This is what the underside of your ears should look like.

If your felt looks a little droopy, don’t fear!  Grab another felt circle and reinforce your ears with another layer.  All you do is repeat the steps for gluing the circles together and ignore that part of the ear is already attached to the headband:  1) Line up the felt circles  2) Fold back the top, apply a semi-circle of hot glue.  Instead of the line of hot glue to create the flap, just put a dab at the bottom of your felt circle and wrap it under.

Hot Glue Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

THE NO-SEW MINNIE FABRIC BOW

So, I’d like to think I came up with this great idea on making a no-sew fabric bow, but I didn’t.  BUT, I did find this awesome video tutorial that was spot-on and worked like a charm.

DIY: No-Sew Fabric Hair Bows by ShowMeCute

Once your hair bow is complete, hot glue that baby on there too and you are finished!  Here’s what you should have…

DIY Minnie Mouse Ears by My Paper Craze

I know it looks like a lot of steps, but I promise it’s not as much work as it seems!  And think of how cute these little ears are!  They are surprisingly durable and cheap to make, so it’s definitely a craft that you won’t have to fret over when your toddler tears it to pieces {LOL}.

We used these for baby girl’s Halloween costume, but these make great gifts and surprises for all events, one of my favorites being {PARTY FAVORS}.  Can you think of a few uses for a set of Minnie or Mickey ears?  Feel free to share!  For all your Disney fans, we have a few more Disney crafts coming up, so don’t be a stranger!

 

25 Comments

  1. Elizabeth

    So fun! Thanks for sharing! #ibabloggers

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Elizabeth! Thanks for stopping by!

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  2. Agy

    This is cute and easy enough for a young child to make on a rainy day!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Agy! My toddler loves them, so I’m sure we will be making many more as she gets older!

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  3. Vickie

    These look so easy to make -I have a feeling I’ll be making some in the next few years!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Oh Vickie! They are super easy and I know we will go through several pair of these before the phase is over, LOL. Thanks for stopping by!

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  4. Amber Kristine

    Oh these are so cute! I definitely have to try this! Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Amber! My daughter won’t take hers off!

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  5. Sarah J

    Popping over from The Makers link up party! These are too cute! Great for the Disney fan and super easy Halloween costume

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Sarah! So glad you took the time to pop over!

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  6. Jade @ Jonesin' For Taste

    These are fantastic and so much cheaper than the $20+ they are at the park. You could even add some feathers and a green bow or some other extra decor like they have in the park!

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Jade! Yes, the possibilities with these are endless! I even considered some of the themed ears with princess veils and such, lol. For myself, of course!

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  7. Ashley ~ 3 Little Greenwoods

    OMGee! We are going to DW very, very soon and I am going to make one set of these for myself and Tootsie! Thanks so much for the tutorial and for sharing at Show Me Saturday!
    ~ Ashley

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks Ashley! We just came back and I had no idea how obsessed she would be with Minnie Mouse! She wears them all the time! Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Lou Lou Girls

    Hello gorgeous! So sweet! Pinned and tweeted. I hope to see on Monday at 7 pm. We love to party with you! Happy Saturday~Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Thanks, Lou Lou Girls! We’ll definitely see you soon!

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  9. Christie

    These are so cute and look easy to make! Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party! I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board.

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  11. Jenni Kanniard

    Help!! The link isn’t working to make the bow! How did you do it?

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  12. coraloralie

    The link for the Bow video no longer works :(

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    1. Becky Dykes (Post author)

      Yikes! That’s a bummer! Try this one… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAGMR1vJ8zY (I also updated the tutorial so hopefully it’ll work!)

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