A few weeks ago we made the rather spontaneous decision to book a weekend trip to Disneyland Paris in May with one of our best friends. It’s been nearly 9 years since we last visited so it seemed like the perfect time to go back, especially considering it’s the parks 25th anniversary so there’s lots of extra celebrations taking place over the next few months. Being the creatives that we are we thought this would be a great opportunity to make our own Mickey Mouse ears as they can be particularly expensive to purchase online and we loved the idea of creating ones that were exactly what we wanted. We’ve made sure to link to the sites where we purchased our supplies just in case you wanted to follow along with our tutorial.
The instructions below are for 1 set of ears but as you can see from the photos we made 3 in total, all with a different combination of colours for the ears and the bow.
- 2 sheets of glittery fabric (1 for the ears, 1 for the bow)
- An alice band
- Approx. 1m ribbon
- A hot glue gun
- Start by wrapping the ribbon tightly around the alice band to completely cover it, gluing it at regular intervals. We used a ribbon a similar colour to the fabric for the ears. Leave a piece of ribbon approx. 4cm long to use for the centre of the bow.
- On the back of the glitter fabric that you plan on using for the ears, draw around a glass; ours was approx. 10cm across. Draw a second circle next to this, about 4cm away; this gap will depend on how thick your alice band is – the thicker the alice band, the bigger the gap. Then draw two straight lines joining the two circles together, approx. 6 cm apart. Carefully cut out this shape. This will create one of your ears so repeat this step to create the second.
- You now need to attach these shapes to the alice band to create the “ears”. Fold over the shape so that the circles line-up. This will create a gap where you can thread the alice band through, meaning that the “ear” is wrapped around it. Add a small amount of glue to secure the ear in place.
- Stick a handful of stuffing to the inside of the ear, leaving a small amount of space around the edge of the circle to glue it together.
- Cut out 2 rectangles 12cm by 8cm approx. for the bow. Stick them back-to-back so that both sides of the rectangle are glittery. Then pinch together the middle of the rectangle to create the bow shape and glue this in place.
- Wrap the remainder of the ribbon around the centre of the rectangle that has just been pinched together to create the centre of the bow.
- Attach the bow to the alice band and ears by adding a small of glue to the back corners of the bow and to the centre of alice band to make it as secure as possible.