I cannot believe this, but my daughter does not want to be Elsa from Frozen for Halloween. I am quite certain she’s the exception to the rule for the 4 year old girl demographic. Instead, she decided to be Minnie Mouse after her little brother decided he wanted to be Mickey Mouse.
I am one happy mama. A cute, coordinated costume for the two of them, and I didn’t even have to beg or bribe? It’s a miracle!
Anyway, I went to buy their costumes at my favorite big box store that shall remain nameless, and found that the costumes were: (1) expensive; and (2) junky. Like full of holes junky. So, I decided that with hardly any effort at all, I could make them decent Mickey and Minnie costumes. (Luckily they’re young and won’t really know if their costumes are the laughingstock of the neighborhood.)
In case I fail miserably, I decided to start this costume-making process early. But I’m happy to say that I’ve gotten the ears down, and can show you how to make your own Mickey or Minnie Mouse ears in 10 minutes or less!
Supplies Needed to Make DIY Mickey Mouse Ears or DIY Minnie Mouse Ears
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You hardly need any supplies to make these Mickey Mouse and Minnie Mouse ears, which is a total bonus.
- Black Headband
- Stiffened Felt (in black) (I got this at Michaels in the same aisle as craft felt. It is about .99 per sheet, but it’s thicker and sturdier.)
- Hot Glue Gun
- Fabric Glue
- Soup Can
- Polka Dotted Ribbon (if you’re making Minnie Mouse ears)
- Pen and/or Sharpie
- Sharp Scissors
How To Make DIY Mickey Mouse Ears or DIY Minnie Mouse Ears
**If those supplies won’t work for you, check out my DIY Paper Plate Minnie Mouse Ears tutorial on my new website, Paper Plate Fun! YES, the tutorial works for Mickey Mouse ears, too, and YES, they’re really made with paper plates!***
First, I got a soup can and used it to trace two circles about 1/4″ apart from one another on a sheet of construction paper. Next, I connected the two circles with two concave lines. I then cut out my template. After that, I traced my template onto stiffened felt using a metallic Sharpie so that I could see the outline. I cut out two sets of ears.
Next, I placed fabric glue all over the inside of one of the circles, and pressed the circles together to close them up. (While I used fabric glue for this part, hot glue should work just fine, too!) Now you’re finished if you want Mickey Mouse ears!
If you want Minnie Mouse ears, make a bow out of polka dotted ribbon and glue that to the middle of the headband. SUPER easy! And fast! And inexpensive! And . . . your kids will love them just like mine love theirs! I am pretty darn proud of myself for figuring this out and for deciding to DIY their costumes this year. I just hope it doesn’t backfire . . . I guess we’ll see come October 31!