Hello friends! It has been a while since I shared a DIY pair of Minnie ears with you, and the tutorial I have today has produced what is now (really, truly) my favorite pair of ears. I have made two different sets of ears using this tutorial and the second ones came out a lot better than the first. So along with basic instructions for these DIY Rhinestone Minnie Ears, I’m going to let you know what I did differently with the second pair.
So the idea for these ears came about when I was trolling through Michaels one day, as I am wont to do. I spotted this entire sticker sheet of blingy rhinestone awesomeness and knew I needed to do something with it. And why not make that something a pair of super sparkly rainbow ears? In addition to the rainbow rhinestone sheet, I also grabbed some rainbow ribbon and a pink rhinestone border to act as the trim. Plus you will need your standard ear making supplies: foam cut out in the ear shape, small cardboard circles, a hot glue gun, and scissors (really good scissors).
Okay, so this is the back of the rhinestone sticker. It has a backing on it, covering the sticky part, and the rhinestones also have a covering on them to protect them. It’s thick and hard to work with so be patient. First, trace the ear shape onto the back of the sticker sheet.
Then carefully (and patiently) cut out the shape. Not going to lie, after the first few cuts, I thought that this project might be doomed, but I went slowly and used good scissors and it all worked out okay. The hardest part is keeping the top layer of covering over the rhinestones in place, which you want to do for as long as possible so they don’t get damaged along the way.
I don’t have visuals for the next couple of steps (bad blogger!), but I do have some tips. Once you have the rhinestone sticker cut out in your ear shape, you want to attach the foam to the rhinestone sticker. This is much easier if you cut your foam about a half an inch smaller (all around) than the rhinestones. Then just peel back the protective layer on the back of the rhinestones (since they are a sticker) and attach the foam. Then you will want to glue some small cardboard circles to the foam. The cardboard circles should be about a half an inch smaller than the foam. You can reference this post for instructions on the cardboard circles. The size issue is important. For the rainbow pair of ears, all my circles were the same size and it did not work well when putting the ears on the headband. For my second pair I made the foam and cardboard smaller and it worked much better.
The next step is to attach the ears to the headband. Hot glue works best for this part. I like to mark placement with a pencil on the headband so I have a guide before I glue. The easiest way to glue is to start with the middle (that part that ends up on the underside of the headband), make sure it has dried, and then glue the two circle sides together. I then like to go around the edges of the ears and add a thin line of hot glue that seals the ears together. I do this in small sections: glue around the edge, then hold the edges together until they are sealed.
Once your ears are all together and dried, you can make your bow. For this one, I made a loop of ribbon, cinched it in the middle and then fanned out the loops. You can make whatever style of bow you like best for your ears.
Then attach the trim around the outside of the ears. This not only ties everything together visually, it can help hide any flaws or imperfections on the ears themselves. Finally, attach the bow to the center of the headband using the hot glue.
While I definitely like the way the rainbow ears turned out, I am a much bigger fan of the silver pair that I made second. Having the inside foam and cardboard smaller made the ears much easier to maneuver and match up so the edge is smoother and rounder. On my second pair, I also used a thinner trim, which helped make everything more streamlined. I have to say, I really love how the silver ones came out, and now that I have a better idea of how to make these work, I am tempted to make them in every color. I really wish I would have thought of this for my 60th ears, but there are still plenty of colors of rhinestones out there to make many more pairs of these babies!