After we got to Disney, I did see similar ears at the discount gift shops all over Orlando for about $6 each. If you need 5 like we do, making your own cost less than $10 for all of them, so it was definitely the best way to go. Here's what you'll need-
- Headbands(you can get a pack from the Dollar Store-two of ours in the pack happened to be black or silver glitter so I didn't even cover those with felt!)
- Thin black felt(1 sheet per headband)
- Thick black felt(I used 3 sheets to make 6 headbands)
- Glue/Glue gun(you'll need more than you think - I probably went through 15 small sticks for 6 ears)
- Foam sheets
- White Crayon
- 1 1/2 inch red w/ white polka dot ribbon if any of your headbands will be Minnie.
- Smaller red ribbon - about 3/8"
Next, you will make the ears. I used this thicker felt - I put this picture of the label so you could see the dimensions. I was worried it would be too stiff to fold over and use as ear, but it worked great!
I used my tervis tumbler glasses for "circle templates" - you can use whatever circles you can find. I used the larger size for the black felt. I left about an inch in between each side of the ear to loop back over the headband.
I used the next smaller size to cut out foam pieces. I put the smaller cup inside of the template I made for the ears, so that you can see the size difference. That smaller cup is what I used to trace on the white foam sheets. If you use thick felt for the ears, you will only need one foam piece in each ear. This is to make it thicker and stick up better.
You glue the foam piece in the center of the ear and then fold it over. Go around the edges and glue together well, just be sure to leave the bottom open so you can slide your headband into it.
I just used my eye to decide how far apart I wanted the ears - but they all ended up being about 1-1 1/2 inches apart. Stick your glue gun in the loop and glue to the headband/finish gluing the ears together at the bottoms to keep them in place.
IF you want any of the ears to be Minnie, use your 1 1/2 inch red ribbon. Cut a piece that is about 9 inches long. Cut the smaller red ribbon about 2 1/2 inches long - depending on how wide your headband is. Glue your polka dot ribbon in a circle and squish together to make it look like a bow, then use the smaller red ribbon to hold it in place.
We caught a lot of the supplies on sale(or you can use those 40% off coupons craft stores always have), so I may have spent $7 to make all of these(plus one more just in case one broke).
Want to make your own shirts? Check out this easy tutorial with lots of pictures!