These adorable preppy cruise Mickey ears are perfect for your next Disney cruise. After making so many ears, this is one of the easiest to make DIY mouse ears.
Preppy Cruise Mickey Ears with a Fun Nautical Charm
Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I’ve made quite a few DIY Mickey and Minnie Mouse ears. From Mouse hats to headbands, I’m learning how to make sturdy sets that can withstand Disney fans of all ages.
Most tutorial rely on foam core board to hold them up. Now, there’s nothing WRONG with this (I use this in many of my homemade Mickey and Minnie ears, but I was worried about what happens when it rains?
Because those showers DEFINITELY happen both on the cruises and at the parks. I mean, they sell parkas for a reason!
Because of this concern heading into our upcoming trip to Walt Disney World, I started looking for lightweight alternatives to use as mouse ear forms and I’m so happy I did! Let’s get started.
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Tips for Making Disney Cruise Ears
I’ve made quite a few DIY mouse ear headbands and will tell you these are very quick to make. They qualify as a beginner’s sewing project (because you just have to sew along a traced line).
That said, you can absolutely hot glue these! Before you begin, make sure you’re using a detail tip glue gun (this is mine from Surebonder and I love it). Additionally, if you have fabric hot glue on hand you can use it but you do not need it to make these.
- I picked up all of the fabric and ribbon trim used for these easy Mickey Mouse ears at a craft store (Joann’s).
- Don’t raid your nice cleaning supplies. Instead, go to the Dollar Tree for the green scrubby pads. That way you can see if you like this method before spending a lot of money.
- You can use “fat quarters” sold in folded squares at craft stores. You will need to iron them well before attaching the interfacing but there is no need to wash the fabric before sewing or using your hot glue gun to make these..
- Iron-on interfacing isn’t necessary (you can use the sew-on kind) but I find it easier to work with.
- Your headband should be a minimum of one to one and a half inches wide to be most comfortable and have your ears stay in place. If you have the plastic or fabric headbands with hair grippers, those work best. If you don’t, you can try adding a bit of hot glue (dots or lines) to grip the hair.
- Don’t over stuff the ear but try to make sure you get it a little better than I did on this one ear (picture below). You see those puckers? Sometimes a little stuffing can fix those right up.
How Do I Make These Preppy Cruise Mickey Ears?
I’m so glad you asked! Below is our written tutorial, but I urge you to watch the full DIY preppy cruise Mickey ears video tutorial here on YouTube. When you start making your own Minnie Mouse ear headband projects, it goes slowly but once you figure out the curves, it’s a breeze.
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