If you're like me, you're always looking on Etsy and other cute online shops at the amazing handmade ears, or browsing Shop Disney for the latest ear designs. Before my last Disneyland trip, I decided to try making my own! I've done it before, but even though they were cute, they didn't hold up well during travel so I went for a sturdier design with a thicker headband that I covered with fabric so that the glue would hold on better. If you want to see the Sorcerer Mickey Ears I tried last time, check them out here!
(As a heads up, now that the hubby has a 3D Printer, I'm going to be trying this again soon but with 3D printed designs on the ears! Keep an eye out for that one.)
Headband, glue gun, fabric, tulle, ribbon, scissors, ears (I used the ears from an actual old Mickey hat from Disneyland, but you can also trace the shape and cut it out from cardboard or foam).
Notebook (so I could write this all up for you!), and coffee!
Step 1: Cut!
Cut a square of fabric a little larger than the size of your ears
Step 2: Glue
Fully cover the front side of the ears glue down the edges on the back (we'll cover that up later)
Step 3: Make sure you have enough glue sticks for your glue gun!
I didn't do Step 3, which is why my nice, cute, blog photo friendly workspace isn't in any of the rest of these pics. I had to head out to the garage where my husband keeps his insanely hot, industrial strength glue gun that I burnt my finger on. (Sad face)
Step 4: The Backside of Ears (like the backside of water...get it? get it?)
Trace the shape of the back of your ears, cut, and glue down to cover the overlapped fabric from the front.
Step 5: Pretty Edge Ribbon
I bought some silver ribbon that could go around the outside of the ears, since I knew I'd have thick sides from the plastic ears. Cut to size and glue around the outsides.
Step 6: Wrap the Headband
Cut a thin, long strip of fabric. Glue one end down, then wrap the fabric around. Add more glue as you need it.
Step 7: Attach Your Ears
Step 8: Make Your Bow
Cut a long length of ribbon and fold it over itself four or five times. Glue the end down just a little bit so it stays together. Then take another length of ribbon and wrap it around the middle, to make the bow shape. Glue it down and you're all done!
What do you think? Its not too hard and I got through it with only one change of scenery and one injury.