These DIY Mickey Ears are made with your Cricut Maker. They are so fun and easy to make that you will want to make yourself a few pairs!
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Okay, I’m so excited to share this tutorial with you today. I LOVE Disneyland. It’s one of my favorite vacation spots. We went just about every other summer growing up. When I married my husband and I was working at an awesome company, they took all of us to Disneyland. (Incredible, right?) It was an amazing experience. I have gotten to take my two kids twice now, and I absolutely can’t wait until our next trip. We have done Halloween time but we are thinking about going for Christmas. I hear it’s so magical, and I know it has to be because Disneyland is magical! In my opinion, there’s no better place to spend time with your loved ones.
Whenever I visit Disneyland, I love wearing a pair of Mickey ears. But buying ears every time we go can get expensive. Enter these DIY Mickey ears. You can make these DIY ones for under $10 and around 30 minutes of your time. It’s so fast because you use your Cricut Maker to to cut everything out for you. The Cricut Maker is amazing. I love the fabric cutting capabilities with the rotary blade. I even cut out sequined fabric! No more looking for a cup to trace or guessing how large to make them. I’m even including a link to the file in Cricut Design Space that I made. I hope you you will make yourself a pair or two!
(Note- these ears do require sewing; only a little bit around the outer ears. If you don’t have a sewing machine you could also use fabric glue for this part)
Materials for DIY Mickey Ears:
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Cricut Fabric Mat
Cricut Strong Grip Mat
Fine Tip Blade
1 piece of thick cardstock (I used a cereal box. Recycling!)
1/4 yard fabric of your choice for ears
1/4 yard fabric of your choice for bow
Hot glue gun & glue sticks
Sewing machine & thread
Open Cricut Design Space and open this file——-> DIY Mickey Ears You will see the outside part of the ears (black), the inside parts (brown and white) , and the bow (pink). You don’t need to adjust the size or anything.
First, we are going to cut out the outer ear and the inside felt pieces. Click on the eye icon in the Layers Menu to hide the bow (pink) and the cardstock piece (brown). Now you will only cut out the felt and fabric pieces right now and can select 2 copies on your Mat screen (because you need two ears.)
Load your felt on the fabric mat and select Felt for your first mat. Your rotary blade should be inserted in your machine.
Cut out your felt and then load your fabric on the pink fabric mat. I chose a sequined fabric, so from the drop down list, I chose “Sequined” If you choose another fabric type make sure you select the correct kind.
You will have 4 pieces of felt ears and 4 pieces of sequined (or fabric) ears.
Now you are going to cut out the bow and the inner piece that gives the ears support. Unhide the bow and brown piece and hide the white and black ears. Click on Make It. (If you don’t want a bow, simply hide the bow and only cut out the inside piece.)
I used a leftover cereal box for my inside piece. I simply cut the box down and used a strong grip mat to cut it out. You will want to make sure you have your fine tip blade in the tool slot when you cut out either your cereal box or thick cardstock.
For the bow, you will want to place your fabric of choice on your fabric mat, select the fabric type, insert your rotary blade in the tool slot and cut it out.
- Pin your ear pieces right sides together (I love to use wonder clips.)
- Using a 1/4″ seam allowance sew around the round part of the ear piece, leaving the entire bottom open.
- Make tiny snips in the edge of your ears to prevent bulk. Be careful NOT to snip the seam you just made.
- Flip your ear right side out. Repeat with the other ear. You are ready for assembly!
- Glue the felt to both sides of the inner cardstock piece using your hot glue gun.
- Slightly roll the felt and cardboard piece and place inside your fabric ear. Once you have it all the way inside the ear make sure to flatten it out.
- Fold one side of the bottom fabric over the inside piece and tuck it down and glue it with hot glue. The fold the other side over and glue it shut.
- Figure out your placement of where you want your ears on your headband, then glue the ears on the headband with the hot glue.
- Place a thin line of hot glue down the center of the large rectangle.
- Fold up the bottom piece and press to secure.
- Place another thin line of hot glue and press the top piece down on it to secure.
- Place a dot of glue in the center and fold over your right edge. Place another dot of glue and fold over your left edge. Press to secure. You will now have a smaller glued rectangle (not shown).
- Place a thin line of hot glue in the center of the small rectangle.
- Fold up the bottom and press. Place another thin line of glue and fold down the top and press.
- Take your large rectangle and pinch it in the middle using your thumb and forefinger with the seams in the back. Place a dot of glue in the center and attach the small rectangle, seam side down.
- Wrap the small rectangle around the back and secure with more glue. Trim any excess material.
To finish your ears, use the hot glue to attach the bow to your headband. Of course you can always choose to embellish your ears with more fun items like beads or shells. I’ve seen so many cute ears from Little Mermaid to Snow White. The possibilities are endless! I love that the Maker cuts out all the materials for me so I can enjoy the fun part of making the ears. If you have any questions let me know in the comments below.