Artfuldays minnie ears

If you follow along with me on social media, you know that we’re going to Disney World for the first time EVER!! We could not be more excited. I just finished making our Minnie ears, and now I get to share them all with you guys! We’ll be celebrating our daughter’s 6th birthday during our trip so I made her a pair of cupcake ears with rainbow color felts. I love them! I also created a Beauty and the Beast themed pair, and two Little Mermaid pairs because Ariel is our absolute fave. I was able to make them all pretty quickly with only a few steps to follow. Check out how easy they are!

Birthday Cupcake Minnie Earsbirthday cupcake minnie ears diy

Materials you’ll need:

  • Felts & Fabrics
  • Bow & Accesories
  • Headbands
  • Hot Glue Gun (and plenty of glue sticks!)
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Cardboard
  • White Foam Sheets

Start by making stencils out of cardboard for your Minnie ears. I traced the ears from another pair that I bought from Zulily for size reference.

You’ll trace and cut out 4 of these larger ear shapes on a white foam sheet. Then make a smaller cardboard stencil of the ear. You’ll cut out 4 of these too. They will be used to glue in between each front and back ear piece to make sure it’s super sturdy and more give it a bit more cushion. Next, draw and cut out the colors you want for your cupcake base, cake, and icing. I stacked them underneath one of the foam sheet ears like below, and outlined the shape I wanted with a 3/4″ edge. Cut those out and then shape your icing & cake. This extra felt will fold over the foam sheet and hot glue in place on the back like in the picture below. Once glued all the way around, hot glue the smaller pieces of cardboard over the back. Then glue the middles of the front and back pieces together, and around the edges to close up all the gaps. Glue them in place on your headband, and add the sprinkles and bow. They scream “Birthday!”, yes?? Livi says they’re her favorite pair! #mommywindiy birthday minnie earsminnie ears birthday cupcakes

Belle Minnie Earsbelle minnie ears diy

To create the ballroom style Belle ears, I’m doing the same approach as the pair before, and gluing the fabric to the back of the foam sheet. Then securing it with the smaller piece of cardboard on the back. Before gluing the fronts and backs together, cut a 10″ strip of yellow tulle and fold/scrunch it around each ear like I did in the last photo below. Tuck the end near the center inside the ear pieces and glue them in place. Glue around the edges to fill the gaps and secure the ears onto your headband. beauty and the beast minnie ears diyI found the roses at Hobby Lobby near the bow making section and immediately thought of Belle. I got two of them and glued the backs together so the ears are reversible. I adore these and can’t wait to wear them in the parks! They’re light weight, simple, but elegant. beauty and the beast belle minnie ears

Ariel Minnie Earsariel minnie ears diy

I made the Ariel ears a little different, since my ears and headbands will be the same color. I covered the headbands with my fabrics first. Using the cardboard stencils as a guide, I drew the shapes below on the white foam sheets and cut them out. I made the red pair a little shorter for my daughter. Laying those on top of my fabrics, I traced around them with a wide edge to glue to the back. Cut 4 more smaller shaped ear stencils as cushion to glue on the insides. Now you can glue the ears over the headbands. First, glue the skinnier middle section to the bottom/inside of the headband. Trust me, do this first! Then you can tightly pull the foam over the top of the headband and glue that in place before gluing the actual ears together. Glue all around the edges to close up the gaps. little mermaid minnie ears diyAdd your accessories and you’re done! I made this pair with the red seashell for myself. They’re definitely the heaviest pair with that added seashell, and probably wouldn’t be practical to wear all day through the park. I mostly wanted this pair for the novelty and pictures so I’m happy with how they turned out. I used a plastic piece of coral from my daughters sea animal set and spray painted it gold. That’s right, I’m not above swiping a toy or two if need them! I pay for it, right?? 😉little mermaid ariel minnie earsWhile shopping around for accessories one day with Livi, we saw this bow at Hot Topic. The little dinglehopper sold us right away, it’s so so cute. These ears are totally light weight and perfect to wear all day. The size is really not much different compared to my pair. I can still wear these too if Livi doesn’t want to. ariel little mermaid minnie earsI really enjoyed making these! Not gonna lie though… So many hot glue burns! But, seriously worth the effort. We can’t wait to sport our Minnie ears around Disney! We’re looking forward to having the most magical time ever in the happiest place on earth. Thanks for reading along — stay tuned for some outfits I’m putting together for our trip as well.

“Here is the world of imagination, hopes, and dreams. In this timeless land of enchantment, the age of chivalry, magic and make-believe are reborn – and fairy tales come true.” 

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