I was recently invited by one of my besties to Disneyland and in the same week was super inspired by a Lauren Conrad instagram picture, which is when and where i decided I MUST put my own spin on these DIY wire minnie ears for the occasion! So that’s exactly what i did.
and let me tell you, they were the BEST. So i recreated them a second time for you right here!
SUPPLIES: faux leather, (or i found pink vinyl on sale at JoAnn’s that worked just as well) whatever fabric, 12 gauge black jewelry wire, my saving grace E6000, hot glue gun, a thin black headband, black ribbon
First, you’re going to construct your bow. I found a lovely faux leather bow tutorial HERE. I would definitely use E6000 to glue the bow and a clothespin to keep it snug while it dries. (i found that hot glue doesn’t adhere to our chosen material very well – E6000 is stronger.)
Next, the ears! Find a round object that you can use to wrap your wire around to the size of the circle you want each ear. This wire is super pliable! (easy to bend and cut with scissors)
You should end up with two folds in the wire by just twisting it once.
Let’s glue our wire circles to our headbands. (the fold in the wire almost acts as a little cradle) we’ll cover the excess glue by wrapping it with the ribbon. (this will also make strengthen the ears position on the top of the headband)
With a random piece of cardboard from a shoe box covered in a coordinating fabric, i was able to attach a piece to keep our bow and ears more durable.
Glue the fabric-wrapped piece of cardboard to the wire where it is folded. This is where your bow will come in and save the day/cover up all discrepancies!
Using E6000, glue the middle of the bow, as well as the wire to the bow. This will take a few hours to dry. (as per usual)
Feel free to make any type of bow you like! I think Lauren Conrad used a thick white ribbon in her instagram photo, but the possibilities are endless! I personally LOVE the look of the faux leather bow!
Keep in mind – if you make fabric or ribbon bows instead, the extra cardboard step is not even necessary – a dab of hot glue to keep the wire & fabric in place will do! (SEE ABOVE.) Also, I found that just a simple plastic thin headband with teeth (like above) work best. If you use a headband without them, I’d suggest bobby pins to keep the ears in place.
Have SO much fun making these and even more fun wearing them! (and be prepared to get a TON of compliments! They were a HUGE HIT!) Tweet me @ashleyQUIZ or instagram me at ashrachelle if you make them – I wanna see your version! ~xo, A