How to Make Your Own Maui Themed Mickey Ears
Mickey ears are so easy to make! We love crafting a new pair for each trip, based on whatever the ‘theme’ of the day is. Today I’m sharing how I made these adorable Mickey Ears of Maui from Moana. Since my daughter is obsessed with Moana, we decided our most recent Disney trip would be to Hollywood Studios to meet Moana herself and then to Animal Kingdom to spend the afternoon and see the new highly acclaimed Rivers of Light show. These ears were crafted in about 20 minutes with less than $10 in materials. See how I made them below!
You will need:
One Sheet of Craft Foam
Black Sharpie Marker
Scissors and a Pencil
2″ Green Ribbon
1″ Beige Burlap Ribbon
Green Rock (optional)
Start by sketching out four ‘mickey ear’ shapes. I used a pair of Disney Mickey Ears for the general shape and then made them much smaller by drawing with pencil on the foam. Once I had the overall shape that I wanted, I made four identical copies. Cut these out individually. Next you will hot glue two together like a sandwich. Once complete, you should have TWO mickey ear shapes that look like this below.
Drawing the Design
Now comes the fun part! Let your creativity run wild. I googled images of Maui’s tattoos and tried to replicate certain parts in my overall design. You have complete freedom to do whatever you want to make them yours. Add lots of little details and tribal designs for the island look. I decorated three of the four sides, leaving one mostly blank with just a border around the edge. This ‘blank’ piece was for the back and was reserved for Moana’s signature at the park.
Once you have completed your design, hot glue the bottom of the ears to a headband. Be sure to use a FABRIC headband as a plastic one will allow the glue to peel off easily. Leave a 3-4″ gap in between the two ears for a bow. I made this green bow by using this tutorial. (pst the secret to a perfect bow is zip ties!) The bow is attached with hot glue. I then drew a green swirl on a rock I painted green to look like the heart of Tafiti. It was the perfect touch to my ears and even Moana commented on how awesome they looked.
If you’re planning a trip to Disney and have a kid who is obsessed with Moana, be sure to pin this post so you can make your own Moana themed ears too. You can also see our full Disneybound by scrolling to the bottom of this post.