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Recently, I got the idea in my head that I wanted to either create a new pair of Minnie Mouse ears or update my old ones (pictured above). A dear friend and I are heading to Disney in September and I got to thinking that it would be fun to have some interchangeable bows for my ears. I checked out some online tutorials for creating your own ears; but, in the end, I decided that I’d rather just update the ears that I already have. After all, they’re in fine shape and they’re nice and sparkly!
If you’d like to give your ears a new look too, it’s really quite simple – and lots of fun! Let’s get started!
Operation: Update My Ears
The first thing that you’re going to need is mouse ears. Either grab an old pair that you already own, or make your own (Google: Mouse Ears Tutorial and you’re sure to find plenty of help and ideas). Grab a pair of scissors too. If you’re using an old pair of Minnie ears (like mine), you’ll need them to snip off the current bow (if not, you’ll need them later, so go ahead and grab them now).
Next, you’re going to need some bows.
Originally, I planned to make my own bows using some old material I had on hand (that we used for designing Disney t-shirts for past trips).
Again, there are plenty of online tutorials to teach you how to make bows (some even require no sewing). A packet of barrettes or clips is really cheap and is available anywhere they have basic craft supplies (even Walmart). So, making your own bows is definitely a great option.
My daughter was placing an order at Hot Topic recently, and I decided to check out their large selection of Disney bow barrettes. They’re all so cute and I decided to just pick one and see if there was some way I could use it to update my ears. I chose the Dumbo ears (pictured below). I figured they would be perfect for the Magic Kingdom.
One evening, I was just innocently scrolling through some Etsy shops and discovered some bows that I just LOVED at Magic Fan Boutique. I found an adorable retro one for Epcot. She also has some great bows made from actual park maps and, even though they were a bit bigger than I was looking for, I decided to take a chance and order one of those for Animal Kingdom.
Once you have your bows, you’ll need to get a piece of felt (I chose black since my ears are black), a glue gun, and a glue stick (you only need 1).
Now it’s time to get to work!
The first thing you’ll need to do is cut a piece of felt. You want it narrow enough that it will fit in your barrettes, yet wide enough to hold them steadily to the ears so they don’t flop around. I laid out all of my bows so I could see what I was dealing with, then cut the felt. 1 1/4″ x 3 1/4″ is what worked for me.
Now, you are reading to glue the felt to your ears. Simply run a line of glue across one of the shorter ends of the felt. Then, press it to the underside of the headband, between the ears.
Then, run another line of glue to the other side of the felt, wrap it around, and press it. (You may need to apply some pressure until the glue starts to dry.)
You’re going to want to allow a loop (in other words, don’t put your felt down so tight that you don’t have room to attach your barrettes). You can see the loop that was created in the last picture below – I put a pen through the loop so you can see it better.
Once the glue has dried (a few minutes), you’re ready to attach and interchange your bows!
How much does this project cost?
Here are my expenses for this particular project:
I’m not going to count the ears, since I recycled an old pair. I also already had the glue gun and glue stick.
- Bows – approximately $26 for 3 (again, you could save a lot of money by making your own)
- Felt – 35 cents
In other words, for a little over $26, I have updated my existing pair of ears, essentially turning them into 3 pairs of ears – with unlimited possibilities for more! And I could have gotten off much cheaper by making my own bows.
Wear them with pride!
We almost always design our own Disney t-shirts for our trips and they are always a great conversation starter – both with other Guests and with Disney Cast Members. I’m sure these ears will be no different!