How to Make Mickey Minnie Mouse Ears for a Party!

Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial This post is a long time coming. I made 30 pairs of ears for my daughter’s second birthday party back in March. When “designing” the ears, I looked all over the Internet for a good guide, but everything I found was too complicated or too simple. I wanted something reasonable, but super cute. So, as I created my own “design.” I detailed my process with pictures planning to share it. Unfortunately, everything else has taken precedence, and I am just now posting more than 3+ months since I made the ears. Oh well, better late than never! I hope you enjoy my guide, and if you make some, please share your pics and/or experiences!

Materials - How to Make Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial

  • Headbands – look for about a 1/2 inch wide, any color because you are going to cover them. I found flexible ones at Publix that won’t break! Cost – $2 for 5 headbands, and I used coupons and got for free! ($5 off $50 purchase, so I bought them over time using my $5 coupon for 2 pairs each coupon.)
  • Black Felt – I purchased felt made out of 100% recycled water bottles, cheap and eco-friendly! (Don’t forget your 40% off coupon if shopping at Joann’s or Michael’s)
  • Foam Sheets – I bought the ones with sticky on one side, it was helpful. There were 2 thicknesses at Joann’s I bought the thinner ones and doubled up. (Again, use your 40% off coupons for these and buy a bulk pack because color won’t matter.)
  • Circle Tracer – I used a circle tracer from Scrapbooking materials I have, but you can use anything that you want to trace the right size. Circles approx 3 inches and 3.5 inches will be needed.
  • Scissors – sharp enough to cut felt smoothly.
  • Chalk pencil in white – to trace your shapes on the black felt to be cut out.
  • Sharpe marker – to trace your circles on the foam to be cut out.
  • Hot glue gun – LOTS of glue!
  • Ribbon – This is for Minnie Mouse bows, so you can skip if all Mickey Mouse. You will need 1.5 inch ribbon for the bow and a thin ribbon 1/8 inch to tie it on with – preferably in the same color.
  • Template – Download my template for your ears (Adobe PDF File).

Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial Step 1 – Cover the headband – The dimensions used in this step vary based on the headbands purchased. You will basically need to measure enough felt to be wide enough to wrap the headband and long enough to close on either end. Roughly 2.25 the width of your headband and 1 inch longer then the length.

Since I am always nervous abut cutting fabric and wasting it, I recommend cutting 2 strips that you think will be the right size. Test one and use the other as a pattern for the rest of your strips, adjusting bigger or smaller if needed.

Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial To cover your headband, place a line of hot glue down the center of your strip. Then starting with 1 end of the headband, rock your headband down the center of the glue until you reach the end (be sure to leave a little extra fabric on either end of your tip to close up – about 1/2 inch). Remember, when working with hot glue, you want to press with your finger as you go so you don’t end up with lumps.

Next, bring one side around and seal with another line of glue down the edge. Finally, wrap the other side around and glue down. Note – there will be lots of bumps and lumps, once cool, you will want to go back and fill in with little squirts of glue to seal flat. For the ends, put a little dot of glue in each end and pressed closed with my fingers. Once cool, cut off any extra fabric.

Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial Step 2 – Cut foam circles – The foam circles will stiffen your felt ears so they  stand up nice and firm on their own. Since you will totally cover your foam, any color works. I made my mouse ears 3.5 inches in diameter. This size works well for toddlers – adults, but you can adjust if you like. You will need 4 foam circles for each pair of ears – remembered I doubled my thin foam to make stiffer. The foam circles will be 3 inches in diameter.

When cutting out your foam circles, it is not necessary to be exactly precise. As you can see from my pictures, my foam circles are not pretty – jagged and you can see the Sharpe marks. It won’t matter because they will totally be covered.

If you purchased the thin foam with adhesive, go ahead and stick your foam circles together in pairs. Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial

Step 3 – Cut your felt ears – When creating your felt ears, you will create 2 circles joined together by a small rectangle (see picture). The purpose of this shape is to wrap the ears onto the headband. The circles will each be 3.5 inches in diameter. The size of the rectangle between the circles depends on your headband, the rectangle should be approx double the width of your headband (already wrapped in felt). Again, cut a pair to test and adjust accordingly.

Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial Cutting perfect circles is not an easy task. I did my best to make them look nice and round, but I didn’t kill myself making perfect circles. Remind yourself that these are handmade, and people will be impressed with that. Plus once they are on, you won’t see tiny imperfections in your circles :)

Step 4 – Create your ears – Once you have everything cut out, it is time to assemble your ears. (Note, cutting is the longest process, I cut all my pieces out over several days because if you are making 30 like I did, your hand will get tired!)

Starting with a foam circle (doubled), use the sticky side to attach to the center of one side of the felt ears. Next squirt a generous amount of hot glue all over the top of the foam circle and fold the other side on top.  Again, squish as flat as you can. Note, in order to avoid large lumps you want really hot  glue, yes, you will burn your fingers a bit :) Sorry. Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial

Go ahead and glue all of your ears. Be sure to leave the rectangle area unsealed (for now).

After your ears have cooled, go back and run a thin line of glue on the inside edge of each ear to seal.  Again, not on the edge with the folded rectangle.

Step 5 – Assembly – Now it is time to put your ears on the headbands. Slide your headband through the loop created by the rectangles at the bottom of each ear. Once you determine where you want your ears, squirt glue into loops securing ears to headband. (I attached mine a little less than 2 inches apart – this is rough because I did each pair to look.) As you are securing your ears, be sure to pinch the ears down firmly to the center of the band. Add as much glue as needed to seal.

Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Tutorial Step 6 – Minnie Bows – To create your bows, cut a length of ribbon approx 9 inches long. Fold the two ends back until they over lap in the center, and then pinch all three layers at the center. This creates the look of Minnie’s bow. Next take the thin ribbon (in matching color) and tie around the pinch at the center. Vola, a bow! Next wrap the thin ribbon around the top and bottom of the headband and tie off. Then glue the ribbon flaps down, and use a squirt of hot clue behind the bow to secure.

That’s it. Minnie Mouse bows in just 6 steps. This pattern could be modified to make bear ears, dog ears, etc. The hardest part about the project is cutting straight felt circles and working through each time-consuming step – if making multiples. Good luck!

If you are having a Minnie Mouse (or Mickey Mouse) birthday party and want more ideas for party decor, check out my other post with details about all of the other fun decorations for a Minnie Mouse Birthday Party.

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DIY Minnie Mickey Mouse Ears Video Tutorial

For even more tips, check out my video tutorial that will walk you step by step through the whole process.


  1. is so beautifulI wish I could make this my daughter

  2. I wanted to know if I’m gonna make 20 ears how many sheets of felt do i need. At michaels it’s a 9×12 sheet and would i be okay with just 1 pack of foam or do i need 2

    • I made 15 ears for my daughters birthday party this weekend. I bought just over a yard of black felt and a pack of 5 sheets of foam. I had LOTS of extra felt (I overcompensated how much I needed in fear of making a mistake) and and extra sheet of foam. I believe I fit 12 circles to a sheet. So, for 20 – you should be good with about the same amount.

  3. How much felt did and yards or ribbon did you buy to make the 30 ears?

  4. Just made 9 pairs of these ears 6 Minnie and 3 Mickey for myself and my coworkers for a work costume. (We are day camp leaders) We were the Mickey Mouse club. I found I needed a 9x 12 piece of felt PER set of ears, 9 pairs probably cost between $25 and $30 but I bought all the stuff last minute so I probably didn’t get the best deals. Anyways just wanted to answer some questions I saw above and give you a HUGE thank you! Such a perfect and easy tutorial!

    • Yeah – felt sheets are the most expensive way to go. It is much cheaper to buy felt by the yard. (It is like $3 per yard!) I am sure your ears turned out super cute!!!

  5. Thank you so much for this tutorial. It was great. My husband helped me make the ears and they turned out wonderfully.

  6. Does anyone have any ideas for a seaseme street party for a two year old? I seen an idea about the party hats and I have an idea to decorate balloons as the character faces as well. But thats all I have for now so any ideas would help. Also I seen another idea for the party fruit and veggie trays made to look like character faces.

  7. Some lady is using your photo of all the headbands lined up on her etsy shop… {Link removed}

  8. Thank you so much!! I am going to Disney Florida next month and wanted to make a Minnie Mouse outfit to wear to the No So Scarey Halloween Party. These ears were easy to make with your instructions and look fabulous!! Me and my daughter had great fun making them.

  9. Tanya Phillips says:

    Love this, so cute!

  10. I made two pairs of these, for my husband and I, for a Halloween party tomorrow night. We’re going as Cubby and Sherry from The Mickey Mouse Club. Thank you for the patterns and very helpful tutorial.

  11. hi can you save me how to make the ears from Mickey Mouse

  12. Some cost saving tips I found… at the Dollar Store they have 2 packs of headbands for a $1 and tons of foam crafts to make the inside circles for $1. And Hobby Lobby has 8.5 x 11″ felt sheets 4 for $1 and then you can use their 40% coupon on that (look it up on your phone at Hobby lobby also has thick foam sheets (5mm) that are 12″ x18″ for $1.27 – I was able to make 24 inner circles (enough for 12 ears. So in total I spent about $.75 EACH!! Thanks for the instructions. I hope my tips can help some one save some money. : )

  13. Hi! I just wanted to let you know that I made a Christmas version of your Mickey/Minnie Mouse Ears and am sharing it on my blog today. I linked back to your post for a full tutorial and just mentioned the changes I made. Thanks! My niece and nephews are enjoying their ears at Disneyland right now!

  14. Just made these four daughters birthday! I embroidered an initial in one ear. Wanted to share a pic but don’t see a place. Thanks so much for the template!

  15. Im making 100 50 minnie 50 mickey how much material of each would i need and where can i get the headbands for cheap? Plzz help need for next weekend.

    • Oh boy, you have your work cut out. I found my headbands at our grocery store, but people have commented that they found the same ones at the Dollar Store. If you look through the comments, I have calculated the felt for various people. I think the most I calculated was for 30 pairs, but you can build off that. Have a blast!!!

    • Here, this might help… The ears are 3.5 inches each side with about an inch to inch and half in between. So that’s 8 to 8.5 by 3.5 per ear – call it 9 x 4 to have extra (felt is cheap) per ear. (Remember 2 ears per headband.) Then if you are covering headbands, you need to measure the length and width of the headband and add that to your ear calculations and you’ll know how much felt to buy. I hope that helps.

  16. Jen, I’ve been meaning to write this message to you for months! Thank you so much for this amazing tutorial. I used it for the Minnie ears at our Disney Side @ Home Celebration and then again today to make puppy and kitty ears for our MommyParty/PlayDate with The Happy’s. Thank you, thank you, thank you! The hot glue gun was kicking my behind all day today and I can’t feel the tips of my fingers, but it was so worth it. I plan to blog all of my ears soon and will link back to your tutorial and video because it is perfect and has truly made me a headband-ear-a-holic! :)

    • SO glad you loved the tutorial. The inspiration came from Bear ears my mom made for me when I was a little girl (that I still have!), so I love that you are using it to make other animals too! :)

  17. Question! What sort of edge to you end up with around the ears after gluing the pieces together? Do you fold a little over the back of the ears, or do you line up the edges completely? Is there potential to fray? I never like working with felt because of that, lol.

    • Mandy – The good thing about working with felt is that it does not fray — only if you try to tear it. But if you cut clean circles, it won’t fray. I lined up the edges as close as I could, and they stay. My girls still use the ears I made in 2010 and they are in great shape.

  18. what an awesome tutorial! Im making these for my twin girls 2nd birthday right now, any advice on getting the hot glue residue off the felt??? It’s driving me nuts, cant seem to get it off.

  19. Thanks so much for this tutorial. These will sure be a hit at my daughter’s 1st birthday party!

  20. Hi Jen
    I want to make the headbands for my nephews party! Was wondering… I had already purchased 60 black metal headbands (and was gonna put ribbon on end so it doesn’t scratch the kids) do u think the metal headbands would work ok? They are 1/6″ (4mm) any suggestions would help! Please email me!! Thank you

    • Hi Meghan – Yes, I think metal would be find. I picked the ones I used b/c they won’t break and they are soft too. But I have used metal for other things (including my Mad Hatter tutorial), you will be fine. Have fun!


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