If you’ve kept up with the Disney community on social media, you will have noticed that Disney Parks fashion has stepped up over the last few years. Gone are the days when you’d wear your Disney Store t-shirt and your Parks-bought Mickey Mouse Ears. In the modern day, you’ll find everything you need for an Instagram-worthy Disney trip outfit through small businesses on Etsy.
The convenience of Etsy is being able to find any beloved Disney character, quote, attraction, etc designed on a t-shirt (or button, if you so choose). And likewise, you can purchase Mickey Ears inspired by any character or theme you can think of! The possibilities are endless. But the cost for it all? Not so convenient.
The average cost of a shirt or a pair of Ears is around $25 – 30 dollars, but expect to shell out bigger bucks for custom designs, limited edition products, or designs from a popular seller. The other downside to ordering from Etsy is the off chance that your seller won’t follow through on their end of the deal. I’ve witnessed a very popular Floral Mickey Ears designer rip people off by taking money for special orders, then never contacting buyers about their order. Yikes. It can be intimidating, as well as expensive, to add a unique Disney-inspired item to outfit for your next trip to the Parks.
Enter the magic of DIY— do it yourself.
While there’s no easy way to make your own screen printed t-shirt, button, or iPhone case, you can make your own pair of Floral Mickey Ears! Not only is it possible to save money by making your own, but you get complete creative control over the final look. And it’s easy to do! Here’s how:
Items Needed for this project:
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks (I’d have 4 on hand, to be safe)
- Tape measure
- Pliers/wire cutters
- Floral wire
- Flowers of your choice
Tip: Choose a medium sized headband, large if you want to add a lot of flowers to your Ears. I went with a very skinny headband for this project, and it didn’t feel as stable on my head with the amount of flowers I chose to glue down. A smaller headband would work great for a few flowers, though, if you want to go for a minimalist look. Flowers can cost you a pretty penny, but I recommend purchasing from Michael’s craft store with a coupon or hitting up your local dollar store.
Cut the flower buds off the stems, using the wire cutters. For this pair, I used a few different types of flowers and added some leaves.
In order to shape the floral wire into a perfect circle, wrap it around a candle. You can use any round object to achieve the circle size you’d like, big or small. Leave about 4 inches of extra wire on each of the tail ends of the circle—you will need this to attach the Ears to the headband.
Attach one end of the Ear about 3 1/2 inches up from the bottom of the headband. Wrap the wire twice around the headband, tightening with the pliers before cutting the wire. Attach the other end of the Ear about 1 1/2 inches up from the first attached end.
Hot glue the wire attached to the headband, to secure the Ears.
After you’ve determined how you want your flowers to look on your headband, begin hot gluing them down. To enhance the overall look, I recommend adding flowers to both front and back sides.
And you’re done! 🙂
If you’re a visual learner, like me, here is a YouTube video I based my tutorial on. Once you’ve got the hang of attaching the wire Ears to the headband, creating your own pair becomes a piece of cake. I’ve made two pairs since this one and I have ideas brewing for holiday themed Floral Mickey Ears, as well a future gifts to my Disney-obsessed loved ones.
This pair I created was inspired by the flowers Mike and I chose for our wedding in November, making them extra special to me. Now when I visit the Parks, I can add a little piece of our love story to my outfit.
I hope this post was able to encourage you to craft your own pair of Mickey Ears. Saving money is a huge plus, but I consider the true reward to be the pride you’ll feel from knowing you were able to create something that’s personalized towards your taste. Instead of wearing an item that millions of other people have access to, you’ll be rocking a one-of-a-kind look! So get those creative juices flowing and break out your glue gun—it’s DIY time!
If you have any questions regarding the steps above, please comment below! Or send me your own DIY’d pair! I’d love to see how they turn out 🙂