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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The Chilly Dog: Tutorial: Comfy and Cute Mouse Ears
Tutorial: Comfy and Cute Mouse Ears
These DIY Minnie Mouse ears are sparkly and mouse-tastic!
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