You guys, we are just a few days away from leaving for Disney and I seriously cannot even wait. I mean, my kids cannot even wait! We have been planning this trip for so long it almost feels like it’s just a joke that the day is actually almost here.
But, first things first… Have you ever tried to get ready for a Disney vacation? I literally need to take a week of vacation to sleep just from preparing for us to go. You have to have your Disney attire, your trading pins, your autograph books, a poncho a day for everybody going (these are cheaper at the dollar store than at Disney) and of course you need…..Mickey Ears!
Mickey Ears have come a LONG way from when we were kids. Did you know that there are now Mickey Ears themed for almost any character you can imagine? Well, there are and they are EXPENSIVE! So, instead of splurging and spending $30 per pair at Disney I decided to figure out how make my own.
Today, I am super excited to share with you a tutorial for DIY Disney Mickey Ears that anyone can use. These Mickey Ears are no sew and can be made for under $10. That’s a lot better than $30, don’t ya think!
Here is what you need:
1/4 yard of Fabric of Your Choice– for ears
(I got all of my fabric from JoAnns. This is not a sponsored post, I just love their selection. They also have the largest selection that I have found of liscensed Disney fabric. And they always have coupons.
1/8 yard of Fabric of Your Choice– for bow or bows
1 sheet of 5mm foam (you can find this in the kids craft section)
1 headband (JoAnn’s also has these.)
1/2 yard of batting
1 LARGE Coffee Mug (By large I mean big. This will determine the size of your ears. Tiny ears will not be cute!)
Ear Pattern from Touring Plans.
First you have to start by getting all of your fabric ready. Using your LARGE coffee mug, trace 4 circles onto the fabric you selected for the ears and cut them out. Now, using the ear pattern that Angela from Touring Plans made cute out 4 pieces of batting and 2 pieces of foam. Please note: I used the large pattern to cut out the foam and batting. This will ensure that your ears are standard Mickey ear size.
Once you have all of your pieces cut, the fun part begins!
Using one of the circles you cut out for your ears, apply a this line of liquid thread to the perimeter of the side of the fabric you will want to show. Now, lay your second piece of fabric on top lining it up perfectly. You will eventually turn the fabric inside out so be sure that your pretty sides of the fabric are facing each other. Now, repeat this process for your second ear.
Once your fabric is glued it is time to iron. Placing a thin towel over your ears gently iron over your glued circles in order to form a perfect seam.
After your fabric is cooled, its time to cut a small opening into the circle. Line your headband up with your circles allowing a small piece under the headband. Once your ears are the size you prefer trace below the headband and cut along the line. Flip your ear inside out with the pretty side of the fabric showing. Your ears will now have an opening to insert your padding later.
Now, we will get the insert ready. Take your pre-cut batting and glue a piece to each side of the foam. You can also cut a 1/2 inch strip of batting to glue along the edge if you would like a more padded look. It is not necessary though.
Gently stuff your insert into the mickey ear. Once your insert is in and smoothed out put a thin line of hot glue at the opening and cover with fabric.
Your ears are now ready to be assembled!
Line your ears up on your headband exactly where you want them and get ready to glue. I have found the putting a line of hot glue on the actual ear and then pressing it onto the headband is easiest and allows for less glue to show.
Once assembled it is time to make your bow.
Cut a 1 1/2 inch by 3 inch piece of batting and a 2 inch by 3 1/2 inch piece of fabric. Simply lay your batting in the center of your fabric and fold like a present, gluing where each piece of fabric is laid. Once cool pinch the center of your padded fabric creating a bow shape. Use either a piece of ribbon or a this cut of your fabric to hold the center together.
Now, glue your bow to the center of your headband, add extra embellishments based on your DIY Mickey Ear theme and you are ready to go!
The possibilities are endless with this fun little project.
In our house we are loving our Mini Mouse Ears, Snow White and R2D2 Mickey Ears the most. I am still working on putting the finishing touches on Anna and Elsa!
All you Disney experts out there tell me, what are some must bring items I need to add to my list to make our vacation that much more magical?