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Tutorial: Comfy and Cute Mouse Ears

DIY sparkly Minnie Mouse ears template and tutorial
I love Disneyland! Every year since my daughter was in middle school we have enjoyed an annual mother-daughter visit to the park. We stay up late, ride as many rides as we can, eat lots of treats and walk until we can't walk anymore. Our trip is, without a doubt, my favorite four days of the year.

In preparation for our adventure, I always do some sort of DIY Disney craft. Of course my go to project is matching shirts, and this year was no different. However, I also decided to challenge myself a bit and attempt to make matching mouse ears.

There are lots of tutorials for DIY mouse ears floating around the interwebs and I'll be honest, this is not the easiest pattern you'll find. But, the results are mouse-tacular with plenty of sparkle and bling and they are comfortable enough to wear all day at the park.



Print out my mouse ears template.

Place your headband onto the printed template. If the curve of your headband does not match the dotted curve inside the ears, trace the top edge of the headband onto the template.

Use a permanent marker to mark the center of the headband and where the ears will be attached.
Cut out one of the paper ears along the outer circle and then cut along the dashed headband curve.
Trace the ear onto a thin piece of cardboard and cut it out.
Trace four ears onto the foam board.
Foam board is not particularly easy to cut, especially since the piece is curved. BE CAREFUL AND WATCH YOUR FINGERS!!

Place the foam board on a cutting mat to protect your work surface.
I'm not super strong, so I use an X-acto knife to cut through the top layer of paper and as much foam as I am able. Then, I carefully peel away as much as possible and use a scissors to cut through any remaining foam and the bottom paper layer.
Cut out 4 foam board ears.
Each of your mouse ears will be two thicknesses of foam board. Glue your two sets of ears and wait for the glue to dry completely.

If your ears are still a little jagged around the edges, use a piece of sandpaper to smooth them out.
Cut the sheet of Duck prism tape in half and peel the backing off of one of the halves. Place the sheet sticky side up. Carefully position your ears onto the tape. (There's not a lot of room for error here.) Use a scissors to trim the excess tape.

Repeat for the other side of the ears.
It's kind of hard to capture in a photo, but the ears are holographic when the light hits them.
Next, use hot glue to attach ribbon to the outer edge of the ears. I used the same wide, sparkly ribbon that I use for the bow and trimmed it after gluing it down. However, it would probably be easier to use 3/8-inch wide ribbon and not have to trim the edges. There's no need to cover the edge that will be attached to the headband. And, of course, be careful because hot glue is HOT!
Next, use the ribbon to make a bow that is about 6 inches wide.

Use hot glue to attach the bow to the top center of the headband.
Finally, hot glue the ears in place.
After the glue cools, you are ready to show off your Disney style!

DIY sparkly Minnie Mouse ears template and tutorial

Now I'm going to the happiest place on earth with my kiddo for our annual adventure!

DIY sparkly Minnie Mouse ears template and tutorial


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Tutorial: Wire Angel Ornaments

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidaysI want to begin this post by saying thank you to my friend Cathy. She occasionally sends me pins on Pinterest that might make good blog tutorials. A few months ago she sent me this wire angel pin. At the time. I wasn't quite ready to start thinking about ornaments, so I saved the idea on my holiday board so I could revisit it later.

Well, Christmas is about a month away and I have been in the ornament making mood! So I found some pretty beads and wire and set to work.



Print out the ornament template. Each square on the grid should be 1/4 inch.

Cut a piece of wire that's 18 inches long. Use your round nosed pliers to form a small circle on one end of the wire.

The circle is the angel's hand.
Line up the wire hand with the hand on the template. Bend the wire so that it is the same shape as the wing.
Once you reach the bottom of the skirt, bend the wire. It is easiest to use your round nosed pliers to bend it here.
Continue bending the wire in the shape of the template.
Trim the wire so there is between 1/4 and 1/2 inch past the first hand.
Use your round nosed pliers to form a second small circle hand. I like to interlock he hands to give the ornament a little extra stability.
Choose a bead for the head of the angel.
Pull the ends of the ribbon up through the body of the wire angel. Then push the ends back down through the ribbon loop.
The ribbon should look like this.
Slide the bead down the ribbon and knot the ends of the ribbon together.
Of course, every angel needs a halo.

Cut a 3-4 inch piece of wire and use the round nosed pliers to make a spiral that is about the size of a dime.
Bend the halo wire about 1/2 inch from the end.
Apply a tiny bit of glue to the tip of the halo wire.
Slide the glued end of the halo into the top of the bead. Let the glue dry completely.
After the glue is dry, your angel is ready to hang on the Christmas tree.

If one wire angel ornament is nice, a whole flock of colorful Christmas angels is even better!

Wire angel Christmas ornaments are easy to make and add some sparkle to your holidays

Happy Holidays!

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Tutorial: Camera Strap

Tutorial: How to make an adjustable neckstrap for your cameraI'm looking forward to our first "empty nest" adventure in Park City, Utah. While there, my husband and I are going to do a little kayaking down the Provo River. In anticipation of out trip, I purchased a DiCAPac WP570 Underwater Waterproof Case for my camera so I could snap a few shots as we paddle without having to worry about my camera getting wet.

I was excited because the case came with an adjustable neck strap, an accessory that is always nice to have when traveling. Although the strap is functional, it wasn't very pretty. So, I found some cute ribbon in my favorite colors and crafted my own strap.


  • camera strap
  • 4 feet of ribbon
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • basic sewing materials


Use a scissors to remove the old strap from the slide and buckles.
Measure the width of the slide and buckles. Mine were 3/8-inch wide.
I found a cute 4-foot spool of 3/8-inch wide ribbon, on clearance for $0.50. What a bargain! This was perfect because the ends are finished so I don't need to worry about fraying.
Thread one end of the ribbon through the slide and machine stitch it, wrong sides together, as close to the slide as possible.
Thread the other end of the ribbon up through one of the buckles.
Then thread it up through the slide and down the other side.
Finally, thread the ribbon down through the other buckle and machine stitch it, wrong sides together, as close to the buckle as possible.

Attach the strap to your camera and you are ready to take pictures your travels!

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