DIY the Cutest Minnie and Mickey Mouse Ears

by Lindsay
6 Materials
1 Hour

For my daughter’s birthday, my family and I took a wonderful trip to Disneyland. Before we left I decided that rather than spending a pretty penny on merchandise in the park, we would arrive in style ready for our fun family trip. I got super creative and made the cutest DIY Minnie and Mickey ears for the whole family. If you want to learn the ins and outs of this awesome project, my tutorial is definitely for you! Follow my simple step-by-step guide and get started on making your own pair of Disney ears.

Tools and materials:

  • Headband
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
  • Cotton Balls/stuffing
  • Glue
  • Sewing machine/needle and thread
DIY Mickey Mouse ears
Make the ears

The first step is tracing the arch of your headband onto a piece of cardboard. This will help make sure that your ears will have the exact same arch as the headband.

Draw ears

Next, it’s time to draw the ears. I just eyeballed it and drew them freehand but you can totally trace something round to get the perfect shape. 

Cut out the ears

Use scissors to cut out the two ears from the cardboard. If you drew them freehand, like me, put them together and trim to make sure they are the exact same size. 

DIY Mickey ears template

Next, place your cutouts on the wrong side of the fabric and trace 4 ears.

Leave seam allowance

Make sure that you leave some seam allowance when cutting out your 4 pieces of fabric. 

Sew the fabric

To make these gorgeous ears, place two pieces, right sides together, and sew along your tracing line, leaving the bottom unsewn. Then turn your fabric right side out.

Insert the cardboard

Next, insert your little cardboard ear into the fabric.

How to sew Mickey ears
Add stuffing

To plump up the ears a little, use cotton balls. Pull apart the cotton a little to give it a flatter shape so it won’t be one big clump. 

Add cotton wool

Add the cotton onto both sides of the ears to plump them up and create the perfect shape. Once the ears have been stuffed, tuck in the extra fabric on the bottom. 

Find the right position
Glue on the ears

To get an idea about the position, put on the headband, and use a mirror to hold the ears in the perfect positions.

Add glue

Finally, it’s time to glue on the ears! Put some glue on the headband and on the ears as well. Hot glue would work for this step but I actually used E6000 glue because I find it always holds well. 

Cut a rectangle
Add a bow

While you wait for the glue to dry, make a super cute bow to add in between the ears. I chose this gorgeous gold pleated fabric but you can pick any fabric color or design you like! To make the bow, start by cutting the fabric into a rectangle. 

Sew down

Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, and then sew down the long edge. Once you’ve sewed, turn the fabric right side out. 

Create a bow shape

To create the gorgeous little bow, fold the two edges towards the middle and then scrunch up the center. Add a strip of fabric around the middle to secure the bow in place. I used a little strip of my pretty sequin fabric and hand sewed it at the back. 

Glue on the bow

Add some glue to the center of your headband and stick down the bow. If you want to secure it a little more, glue the edges of the bow to the ears to hold everything in place. 

How to sew DIY Mickey ears

These Disney mouse ears are everything! What other fun Disney DIY ideas do you have? Let me know in the comments below! 

Suggested materials:
  • Headband
  • Fabric
  • Cardboard
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  • Ginger Ginger on Feb 19, 2021

    Super Cute!

  • Leslie Leslie on Feb 20, 2021

    Hi Lindsay, I must say I have never like MM even as a child lol. My favorite was Goofy, That being said your ears came out lovely and I just had to tell you. Thank you for sharing your project :)

    • Shuganne Shuganne on Jan 01, 2022

      I'll bet you could make some cute, floppy, goofy Goofy ears, too! He has a little hat on the top of his head. All that would work with the headband. Try it n share, please. (Then practice your Goofy laugh and you are ready for a costume party or Halloween.) 😊