Munchkin's 3rd birthday is coming up and we are celebrating by throwing him a Mickey Mouse Clubhouse party! He's going to love it! And what party could go without some goodies for the party guests? I decided to put my crafting skills to use and make some Mickey Mouse ears for all the kids (and a few adults too).
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Altogether this project cost us under $15! $5 for a yard of black felt and $5 for two sets of 10-count headbands from Target. The foam sheets were bought months ago at Dollar Tree for $2 (two sets), and we already owned the glue gun. I'm pretty sure a Disney brand Mickey Mouse ears headband would have cost that much just for one! We love that this was an affordable craft that will hold up after lots of hours of play. (I can attest to that, as my children have a pair for pretend play and so far they have suffered no damage.)
Supplies you will need:
Hot Glue Gun (glue sticks, too, of course)
Pen (for tracing pattern)
Pattern (I just used the ears part)
This project did take a couple hours though and I worked on it over the course of a couple days. I spent an hour tracing and cutting out the foam sheets and about another hour cutting out the felt. The gluing part took much longer, but it was definitely worth it!
The paper pattern was limited to the space on the foam sheets, so they aren't perfectly rounded and the top 1/4" was cut off. However, that's fine because no one will see the foam inside the ears. I worked with the space I had and simply cut the foam a 1/4" inch shorter than the felt pattern. I cut out the first traced pattern and used that to trace around the rest of the foam pieces, that way the paper remained intact.
Then I set up the assembly line! Headbands, foam, felt. Check!
Once the foam ears were glued on, I placed the felt ear underneath it and lined it up. I made sure that the middle lined up to the bottom of the foam and that there was enough space around the foam to use the hot glue. I glued along where the dotted line is. I did not add glue to the outer side of the foam because then you'd be able to feel lumps. I carefully glued around the edge of the foam and then quickly folded it closed and firmly pressed all the edges and the bottom to make sure it was smooth and there were no gaps.
And there you have it! These Mickey Mouse ears will be perfect for Munchkin's 3rd birthday. They are comfortable and sturdy. The ears stand up on their own, so no need to worry about them flopping over! And they are perfect for pretend play, so I know these ears will see hours of fun play time!
Next up is our tutorial on how to make your own Mickey Mouse gloves!