Many, many months ago I began thinking of a few ways to combine some of my favorite things: Lilly, Disney, preppiness, pink, hair accessories, etc. You get the picture. I searched the internet for someone that was using Lilly fabric to make ear headbands (at the time there was nobody, now there is) and I came up with nothing. So, I then searched the internet for instructions on how to make my own. Again, I came up with nothing. And with that, I set out to make my own and ended up with the cutest ears I ever did see.
The first pair just turned out so good that I made another in a different Lilly print. And then a third. Because I had to have one in that print. And now I have a fourth in the works too. More is just more, sometimes.
Obviously these instructions are the same for whatever fabric you’d like, and you don’t need a whole lot of it. Without further ado, here’s how to make your very own custom Minnie ears…
ear pattern (below)
headband (wide enough to hold the ears)
fabric (I found my Lilly fabric on etsy. There are numerous sellers. I just used one that had prints I liked.)
glue (spray glue + hot glue are ideal)
As far as a pattern for the ears, mine is below. Save it to your computer and print it at full page size.
1. Trace your pattern on to the foam board. You will need TWO layers for each ear per headband. So, one headband will require 4 cut out ears. I used an exacto knife. This is the hardest part, fellow crafters. I marked top and bottom here, but I’m not sure that it matters.
2. Glue the two pieces for each ear together. The reason for needing two layers is that 1) I couldn’t find a board already thick enough, and 2) even if I had it would be the devil to cut.
3. While the glue is drying, lay out your fabric. Use your ear template to draw cutting lines slightly larger than the pattern. You want them to just be able to wrap around the outside of the ear. You will need four pieces for each headband – two for the front of the ear and two for the back of the ears.
4. Cut out your fabric. And then iron it! No sense in ruining your project with wrinkles :-)
5. Glue the fabric to the ears. I started off with good old elmers on this first pair. It took forever to dry, seeped through the fabric and was just a little hard to deal with. For subsequent pairs, I grabbed my spray glue and it made a world of difference!! Whatever glue you choose, firmly attach the fabric and smooth out any bumps or wrinkles.
Each ear should look like this now…
6. Use hot glue to glue down the sides of the fabric. I ran a thin bead down the middle of each piece of foam board and went along, burning my fingers, and pressing the fabric down.
Now it looks like this…
7. Run another bead of hot glue around the ear and adhere coordinating ribbon to cover up all the seams and mess! It’s the perfect finishing touch.
8. Glue the ears to your headband, again using the hot glue. (This is where I fell of the picture taking train and just wanted to BE DONE.)
9. You can certainly fashion a bow out of ribbon or fabric, but I had a coupon and just picked up a bunch of the cheer bows at Michael’s. I snipped the tails off at the back of the bow.
10. And, I used a blob of hot glue to attach the bow to the headband!
I cannot wait to wear these on our trip!!!
38 thoughts on “DIY Custom Minnie Mouse Ears”
What a great idea! You should add those to your Etsy store- I would buy a pair. Can't wait to hear details of your Disney trip. I am planning our 4th family trip there in April. Can't wait!
Kristen in Boston
Very cute!! Love the Lilly prints! I hope you remember to keep a small bowl of ice water next to the craft area when using that hot glue gun! I invariably end up needing to dip my finger in it when I get some glue on me!
Glad you are feeling better about your dilemna…I find if I have a plan then I can move forward.
Oh my word. The wonderfulness is almost too much!! I'll definitely be making some of these before our December trip! I just wish Lilly made a Christmas-y print!
Oh Amanda, these are adorable! Love, love! I am going to make some of them for our next Disney trip! Thank you for all of your creative ideas! You always inspire me!
You are really making me wish it was heading to Disney!! xo
They're perfect! ! I can't wait to see the outfits you put together. You'll be the cutest girl in The Kingdom!
Please, oh, please make a mini pair for you-know-who soon! (I'd bet they're finished already!)
Enjoy your week of preparation and keep living in each moment. Many hugs to you and yours.
"When you wish upon a star…."
Jane ~ San Diego
Love the ears!!! Just a note you might want to think about. Hot glue and heat don't usually go well together and I surely don't want an ear to fall off while you're at Disney, so I suggest that you add a bit of Tacky Glue, as well as, hot glue when putting them on the headband. The hot glue will adhere them quickly but the tacky glue will keep them on there longer and won't melt in the hot sun. I am speaking from experience since I live in Florida and have had things fall off projects glued together with hot glue when the hot sun hits it – especially on something plastic.
Since you're coming to my town, we're still steaming down here and I want you to look as precious as you always do!
What?! You're already there?
That really is some magic!!
Have a Zip A Dee Doo Dah Day!
Absolutely stunning…and so fun! The Lilly fabric makes these awesome.
Love this so much!!!! I can't wait to make a few for my granddaughter to be.
I love those ears and I know you will be the cutest Minnie Mouse there! I wish I was along!
Adorable, thank you for sharing, just Pinned it! Enjoy your trip!!
I don't know what's going on with school but my family went through school woes with our eldest child. I will keep your family in prayer.
Well these could be the cutest things I have seen all day!! haha Love this! xoxo
You KNOW I love these. It's an idea I've had all along, but am not crafty enough to bring them to fruition. Great job! (insert clapping emoji here). If you decide to carry these in your Etsy shop, let me know as I'd love to link to them through IG.
I absolutely love these!!!! So making them for my Disney trip this December!
The Southern Fox
Thank you so much for this tutorial!! I am going to disney with my family in a few weeks and wanted to make some for all of us but I am having a problem with the foam. I bought Elmer's Foam Board, the one kids use as poster boards that comes in neon also, but I have a feeling I bought the incorrect one. Which was the one you used in this tutorial?? Thank you again :)
It's like 2 poster boards with a thin piece of foam between.
Hi!! I just wanted to let you know that I found your tutorial super helpful! I've linked this tutorial in my most recent blog post, prepping for my families Disney trip this Fall. I've included the link for you! Thanks so much!! http://curlspearlsandlittlegirls.blogspot.com/2015/07/diy-disney-monsters-inc-costumes.html
this is the best mouse ear tutorial yet! I’m so excited to make them!
Love the tutorial! Curious as to how sturdy the ears are one glued to the headband. Could that stand up to being put in a backpack?
I needed some quick ears for Disney day for my daughter’s homecoming week – these are a quick work up and I can’t wait to see her pics tomorrow complete with a mickey tee, black tutu and tights, and her ears!!! Thanks for the how-to.
hi ! i love this tutorial but i can’t find the foam board anywhere :'(
Can you kindly let me know ? I would appreciate it soooo much !
I think I bought it at Michael’s. I’ve also seen it at Dollar Tree. It’s usually by the poster board.
I don’t understand the concept of saving the ear templates, and printing as a full size.
My printer does not give that option. Is there another way of getting the ear template?
This is amazing! Just seeing your process makes my heart happy! :D Thank you for sharing! We are taking our girls in a few weeks and my oldest daughter wants Jack skellington ears! Haha, thank you so much, again! :D
You have seriously just saved me. We planned a last minute trip to Disneyland, and I really wanted custom ears, but there’s not enough time for me to order them from a shop on Etsy (also a lot of those shops fill up so quickly that it’s hard to get your name in even if you do have time). I had never even thought about making my own until I saw this post. Can’t wait to get started on them! Thank you so much for breaking the process down!
Just wanted to say thanks for this awesome tutorial! My sister and I both made Minnie ears using your tutorial and they turned out perfect! I am sharing pictures of them in my blog post about Disneyland next week and linking to your tutorial since it was so awesome!! Thanks again!
When buying my supplies for these ears I forgot the foam board. Do you think cardboard will work?
Probably going to be Minnie for Halloween, and I like all things DIY. Thanks for the great tutorial. It might be too late to ask, but is the ribbon 3/8?
Yes, it is!
I can’t seem to access your ear pattern. It says the page can no longer be displayed. Could you post a new link to the pattern please?
I loaded a new one at the bottom of the post. Thanks!
What is the approximate diameter of the ears on your template? I am not sure my printer printed them at full size.
I am having trouble getting the fabric to be smooth around the edges of the ears. Any tips?
Turned out great! I used a utility knife to cut the foam and using a low temp glue gun worked fine and kept me from burning my fingers. I also made a clear template for the fabric so I could position the character fabric just right.