DIY Tsum Tsum Sized Mickey Ears!
Mickey Mouse ears are a traditional souvenir for many visitors of the Disney Parks. Over the years, different styles and designs have been released such as holiday inspired ones, and pairs based on specific characters. Our sponsor ARISTOCRAFTSZANDPINS creates professional mini Mickey Mouse Ears, that fit Tsum Tsum plushies, for only a few dollars each pair. You can visit her site and order yours today by clicking HERE!
For those who like a DYI project, I have put together some easy to follow instructions on how to create your very own, simple Mickey Mouse Ears for your own Tsum Tsums!
WARNING: This project involves hot glue and sharp objects such as scissors. Please make sure that you always put your safety first, and ask an adult to help you before attempting this craft.
What you will need:
For basic ears:
- Pipe cleaners (I used white, but feel free to use any colour)
- Black card stock paper
- Hot glue
- Circle hole puncher (I used a 3/4 inch size) or the talent to cut even circles
- a Tsum Tsum
To decorate ears:
- Mod Podge
- A paint brush (not pictured)
- Jewel stickers
- Mini silk flowers
- Scrapbook paper
- Washi tape
- Anything else you want to decorate with – be creative!
Lets get started below!
Step One: Measure your pipe cleaner
Take your Tsum Tsum and place the end of a pipe cleaner on the center of the top of their head. Wrap the other end around the Tsum Tsum, behind their front legs, until the fuzzy wire reaches its other end. On the longer side, measure approximately a centimeter longer than where the two ends cross, and snip there carefully with scissors.
Keep in mind that after the ears are made, you will have to slip them over your Tsum Tsum for them to wear, so try not to make them fit too tightly! For this reason, if the Tsum Tsum you are making ears for has a hat, or another obstructing accessory, slip the ears on from the tail end of the Tsum Tsum so that the measurement will be more precise.
Here’s a Tip: If your hot glue gun takes a while to heat up, it would be best to plug it in now!
Step Two: Make your circles
Using your piece of black card stock, cut out multiple circles, preferably even in size. You can use a hole puncher or a steady hand and a pair of scissors for this step. For each pair of ears, you will need four circles to do the front and back of each ear.
Here’s a Tip: If you are cutting these out by hand, (You’re a more talented person than I) try to find a circular object that matches the size you want for your ears. Trace this object on to your paper for as many ears as you need for a better chance of cutting out circles that match in size!
Step Three: Creating the base
Next, take your measured and cut pipe cleaner and put it back around the Tsum Tsum it was measured with. Let the ends meet at the top, and loosely criss-cross them as shown in the photo above. Tuck one end of the X shape towards you, under the band on top of the Tsum’s head, and the other end away from you underneath the band.
Remember to leave a slight gap for slipping the Mickey ears on and off of your Tsum Tsum friends.
Hold the twisted ends in place by pinching them with your fingers, and pry the pipe cleaner off of the Tsum Tsum. Next, using your hot glue gun, secure the ends down by gluing that part together.
Allow this to dry before putting it back on your Tsum Tsum.
Here’s a Tip: Put an object inside the ring with the drying glue pointing up to allow it to dry properly and fully before touching anything.
Step Three: Finding the best placement
After you’re sure the glue is dry on your base, go ahead and slip it onto your Tsum Tsum model with the glued part sitting against their tummy. It’s time to determine where the ears look best on this character.
This is important because if the Tsum Tsum you have chosen has big ears that come out from the sides like Dumbo, then you should aim to put the Mickey ears right between them at the top of the head so that they are visible. If your character has ears that are pointed straight up like Piglet, then it might look best to have their Mickey ears peeking out from the side a little bit more.
After holding up two of the circles you cut out earlier to discover the best looking position, hold one in place and slip the base off of the Tsum Tsum. Alternatively to holding the ear in place, you could make a dot with a marker on the pipe cleaner to remember where to ear should be glued.
Step Four: Attaching the ears
Place your ear piece down on a surface such as a small box, then carefully make a line of hot glue along the bottom of one of the circles. Quickly but cautiously, press the pipe cleaner down onto the glue.
Next, while the first application is still wet, proceed to hot glue the top part of the pipe cleaner that is now sitting on the ear. Place a second circle on top so that the ears look good from the front and from the back.
Lift the base with one ear up from the surface, and pinch the two circle pieces together slightly. Proceed to use the same method of drying the glue as you did before.
Repeat this process with the other ear, measuring between ears if required.
There you go! You have a basic pair of Mickey Mouse ears for your Tsum Tsum friend. Do you want to make them a little more flashy? Read on to the next optional steps in creating your Tsum Tsum sized pair of ears!
Some of the Disney Tsum Tsums have a sparkling personality and deserve ears to match. I decided that Marie needed a little more pink in her life, so I made her Mickey ears full of glittery goodness!
The things needed to make your Tsum Tsum shine are:
- Mod Podge
- Tsum Tsum sized Mickey ears
To start, fold a piece of paper in half and create a sharp crease. This will make your glitter cleanup 100 times easier. Unfold the paper like a book, the inner part of the crease facing up.
Next, take your Tsum Tsum sized Mickey ears and put them on top of the creased paper. Take out your Mod Podge and a paintbrush and coat one ear thinly and evenly. It’s time to add some sparkle! Open your glitter and tap some onto the ear, making sure to cover every bit of it.
After letting the ear soak in its glitter bath for a couple of seconds, pickup the pair of ears and tap the un- Mod Podged/glittered side of the ear to shake off the extra glitter. Repeat this process with the second ear.
If your glitter doesn’t coat the Mickey ears as densely as you want it to, feel free to do a second, and even a third coat! The more glitter the better, am I right?
Here’s a Tip: To help your glitter stay put after drying, spritz a bit of hairspray onto the sparkly surface for some extra hold!
P.S. If you’re the kind of person to drop things and you find yourself coated in glitter like I did, keep some packing tape handy to use as a quick way to de-glitter yourself and possibly your floor.
Rapunzel’s hair accessories inspired me to create a soft and pretty pair of Mickey Mouse ears and I think they turned out really well.
Here’s what you’ll need to recreate these ears:
- Tsum Tsum sized Mickey ears
- Small decorative flowers (I found these in the scrap booking section of a craft store)
- A hot glue gun
This decorating method is quite straight forward, and really is all up to you. After finding miniature flowers that you like, put Mickey ears on your Tsum Tsum and line up your floral design according to whatever pattern you like the best.
Determine whether you’d like the flowers to engulf the ears, or just present themselves as a part of a flower crown surrounding the ears. After deciding what looks best, take your mini Mickey ears and your arrangement of flowers, and hot glue them how you like them placed.
Allow the glue to dry for at least ten minutes before putting the Mickey ears back on your Tsum Tsum.
Here are all the ears I made!
Are you going to make your Tsum Tsums Disney park ready? Use the Instagram tag #tsumthingears so we can see all of your lovely creations!
Let us know in the comments down below which pair of ears is your favorite!