DIY Light Up Minnie Mouse Ears

Learn how to make light up Minnie Mouse ears. These no-sew DIY Disney ears instructions includes a free Minnie ears template to easily make your own headband.

DIY Mickey Mouse Ears, including the classic Minnie Ears Headband, Rainbow Mickey Ears, Cruella Deville 101 Dalmatians Disney Ears, and Rose Gold Minnie Ears. They all also have another image of them lit up at night, with the text "DIY Light Up Mickey Ears"
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Right before the pandemic, I had planned my first trip to Disney World for September 2020. Naturally, that trip got postponed. However, right before everything shut down, my boyfriend and I had gone to Disneyland twice and Disneyland Paris once in less than a year. This was not intentional, but happened to work out that way.

However, it made us realize we are Disney-obsessed. Also part of the realization may have come from the fact that I had just made about 5 pairs of my own Disney ears in the last week. Or from an entire drawer full of sequin fabric I acquired specifically to make Mickey Mouse ears. Or from the two large plastic bins of headbands and plastic ornaments used to make them. But who’s to say?

The good news is when everything does open up, I’ll be ready to bring several pairs for myself and several other people. In the meantime, I can at least share this fun craft project for how to make Mickey Mouse ears.

Even though I’ve made ears for various Disney characters and villains, I figured the best place to start would be with the ultimate classic Disneyland ears, but with a twist – light-up Minnie Mouse ears. And if you decide not to make a Disney headband or you’re in a pinch, you can always buy them from the Disney Store or other Etsy sellers who make handmade Mickey and Minnie ears.

Titled DIY Classic Light Up Minnie Ears. It's a black sequined headband with a red sequined bow, creating the classic Disney Minnie Mouse ears

Free Printable DIY Minnie Ears Template

I created this free printable Disney ears template to make it easy to cut out the fabric for the ears and to cover the headband. Download below or from the shop. These fit a 90mm disc ornament and the 1 inch satin headband linked in the materials. This will not fit a plain plastic headband – it will be too big. However, you can always just trim off the extra. When printing, be sure to print at actual size, without margins. I included a 1 inch ruler on the page to make sure it printed at the correct size. 

Download the Free Light-Up Minnie Mouse Ears Template

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Get the Full PDF Tutorial and Pattern

Get the entire PDF tutorial and template to make these light up Minnie Mouse ears. It includes added diagrams not listed here and recommendations for where to get all of the materials. This way you can follow along more easily or gift the project to a Disney fan.

It includes instructions to make other variations including rose gold Minnie ears and for the Disney villain fans, Cruella Deville ears.

And as a thank you for visiting the AB Crafty blog, use code DISNEYLOVE for 20% off.

Materials for DIY Light Up Minnie Mouse Ears

Instructions to make Light Up Minnie Ears

Attach the Fairy Lights

Start by breaking off the nub of both sides of the fillable plastic disc ornaments. It should leave a slight gap along the edge.

Tip: The easiest way to do this is by holding the ornament firmly in one hand and then with the other, bend the nub back and forth until it snaps.

Breaking nub off of a clear plastic fillable disc ornanment

Since these are light up Minnie Mouse ears, we need to start with the lights. Therefore, unwrap the fairy lights. Then use a glue gun to begin glueing them into one half of an ornament.

Tip: Place the glue on the wire near the LEDs, but not on the lights themselves. You want to make sure the wire is secure enough so that it doesn’t shake around. I made that mistake with the first pair of DIY Mickey ears. Let me tell you, it gets very annoying to listen to wires constantly shaking as you’re running to get to your next ride.

Using a glue gun to start glueing LED fairy lights in a spiral inside of half of a clear fillable plastic ornament

Continue glueing half of the lights into the ornament. This should come to 10 lights. You’ll want to twist the wire around so that they’re roughly evenly spaced. The last light should be close to the gap you created when breaking off the nub. Place the wire into this gap.

Tip: Turn the lights on to easily check how the lights are distributed.

Glowing and lit up LED fairy lights, glued into a clear fillable plastic ornament

Connect the other half of the ornament, lining up the opening, and snap it shut.

Then bring the wire across and into half of the other ornament through the opening. Make sure the next fairy light is just passed the opening of the other ornament. Use the glue gun to glue it down.

Using a glue gun to glue a wire with LED lights onto half of a fillable plastic ornament while the rest of the fairy lights are already glued into a closed ornament

Repeat the process of glueing the fairy lights into the ornament. When you reach the end of the lights, bring the rest of the wire and battery pack back through the hole. Then snap on the other half of the ornament.

Closing clear plastic disc ornament filled with LED fairy lights with wires hanging out of it

Cover the Ears with Fabric

Fold over the black sequin fabric and place the Minnie Mouse ears template on top. Use a rotary cutter or scissors to cut around the template. Repeat this process for one layer of fabric on the ears. For darker ears, cut out 2 additional sets so that you have 8 circles of fabric in total.

Tip: Put a piece of double sided tape on the back of the Mickey Mouse ears template so that it stays in place when cutting.

Using a rotary cutter to cut along a printable minnie mouse ears template on black sequin fabric

Take one of the circles of fabric and glue it onto half of one of the ornaments. Make sure it is centered so that it fits all the way around.

Tip: Glue a dot in the middle first. Then glue down one side and then the opposite so that you’re putting even tension on all sides. While glueing, make sure the fabric is tight against the ornament. The fabric should reach just past the where the sides connect.

Using a glue gun to glue a circle of black sequin fabric onto a plastic ornament filled with fairy lights

Glue another piece of sequin fabric onto the other side of the same ornament. Glue down the edge along the seam of the ornament. Cut off any excess so that it’s nice and smooth.

Tip: If you would like your ears to be darker, glue another layer of fabric on each side using the same method.

Trimming black sequin fabric glued to an plastic ornament using purple scissors

Repeat the same process on the other ornament. These will form the light up ears.

Plastic ornaments covered in black sequin fabric with a wire hanging out

Cover the Headband with Fabric

Fold the black fabric and place the Minnie headband template on top so that the edge that says “fold line” is along the fold. Cut around the template, avoiding the fold line.

Tip: Again, use a piece of double side tape on the back of the template to help it stay in place while cutting.

Place the minnine mouse headband template on folded black sequin fabric so that the template lines up with the fold where it says "fold line"

Unfold the cut piece of fabric and lay it face down on the table.

Find the center point of the headband and add some glue to it. Flip it upside down and attach it to the center point of the fabric.

Glueing center of a black satin headband to a piece of black sequin fabric

Continue to glue the fabric to the top of the headband.

Tip: Work with one side of the headband at a time, glueing it down inch by inch until you reach the end.

Using a glue gun to glue black sequin fabric onto the sides of a black satin headband

Fold one edge of the sequin fabric towards the inside of the headband and glue it down. Be sure to the fabric fits tightly around the headband.

Tip: Just as with the top of the headband, glue the fabric down one inch at a time.

Using a glue gun to glue black sequin fabric onto the inside of a satin headband

Do the same to the other side of the headband. If there is excess fabric, trim it off. You do not want the fabric to overlap in the middle or it will be bulky and uncomfortable.

When you get to the ends, fold them back and glue them onto the inside of the headband.

Pressing on the corner of a headband covered in black sequin fabric

Cut the satin ribbon to roughly two inches longer than the length of the headband. Glue the center of it to the center of the inside of the headband.

Then fold in and glue the edges of the end of the ribbon. Be sure to fold them at an angle so that the ribbon gradually becomes more narrow. Since the headband is more narrow at the ends, you want to make sure the ribbon is too. Otherwise it will stick out at the bottom.

Using a glue gun to glue the sides of a white satin ribbon down. The ribbon is also attached to a black sequin headband.

Fold over the end of the ribbon over and glue it to itself. This way you have a clean edge to the end and the ribbon won’t fray.

Folding and glueing down the end of a satin ribbon that is glued to a black sequin headband

Repeat the steps on the other side of the ribbon. Then glue the ribbon to the inside of the headband.

Tip: Just as with the top of the headband, it’s easiest to glue from the middle to the ends, glueing inch by inch.

Glueing ribbon to homemade headband covered in black sequin fabric

Make the Bow

Cut an 8×11 inch rectangle out of the red sequin fabric. This will form the main part of the iconic Minnie Mouse bow.

Additionally, cut a small strip of the fabric an inch wide and at least 3 inches long. This will form the ribbon around the bow.

Using a rotary cutter to cut red sequin fabric using a ruler

Lay the rectangle face down and fold the top and bottom of the long edges towards the middle. Overlap the fabric slightly and glue it in place.

Using a glue gun to glue a rectangle of red sequin fabric in half

Fold over the edges of the short sides so the ends don’t fray. Then bring the sides to the middle  and glue down.

Red sequin fabric folded into a rectangle

Now begins the process of folding and shaping the bow. To start, add glue to the very middle and fold it in half, long ways. This will make the middle of the bow. Hold it together until the glue dries.

Using a glue gun to add glue to the middle of a rectangle of red sequin fabric

Next, focus on one side at a time. Add some glue close to the edge of the fold you just made. Then fold the fabric backwards, holding it in place until the glue dries.

Adding glue to red sequin fabric

Next, place glue on top of the fabric in the middle and fold it back towards the center.

Adding glue to red sequin fabric, shaping folds to a bow

Again, hold it in place until it dries. You should now see the bow taking its shape.

Finger holding the center of half of a bow made of red sequin fabric

Repeat the same process on the other side so that you have a bow with pleats. Make sure all of the folds have glue and squeeze on the middle until it dries.

Holding center of handmade bow made of red sequin fabric

Next, we’re going to make the ribbon to wrap around the center of the bow.

Take the strip of red sequin fabric and do the same as you did with the rectangular piece. Fold the long edges towards the middle, overlapping one side slightly and glue in place.

Glueing a strip of red sequin fabric

Glue one end of the strip to the bottom of the bow. Wrap the other end around the bow and cut off the excess. Then glue down this end, overlapping the first.

Glueing red sequin ribbon to red sequin handmade bow

Assemble the Minnie Ears

Place the headband on the table and space evenly space the ears above it. Make sure the wire between the ears is stretched across the top of the headband. You don’t want it under the ears or the ears will be too close together.

Tip: The middle of the ears should be spaced around 4.5″ apart. Measure from the part that touches the headband, along the headband. If you use the recommend fairy lights (6.6 ft lights), the distance should already be around 4.5″ inches so you don’t need to worry about it.

Placing black sequin round ears against a black sequin headband to form Disney Mickey Mouse ears

Start glueing the ears to the headband by putting glue right under the ear and holding it in place until the glue is dry. Then go all the way around the base of the ears with the glue to make sure they won’t move.

Using a glue gun to glue black sequin circles onto a black sequin headband to create handmade Mickey Mouse ears

Wrap up the wires and glue them to one side of the top of the headband. Glue the battery pack on top of the wires. Make sure to leave enough room on the headband for the bow, which means it may hang off the edge.

Tip: Glue the battery pack with the screws facing up so that you can easily change out the battery in the future.

Battery pack to fairy lights glued onto DIY Mickey ears

In theory, you could also leave them like this to have light up Mickey ears. But, since we’re making Minnie Mouse ears today, we need to add her iconic bow. Therefore the last step is to glue the bow to the middle of the headband in front of the battery pack.

Adding red sequin bow to handmade light up minnie mouse ears

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DIY Light Up Minnie Ears. It's a black sequined headband with a red sequined bow, creating the classic Disney Minnie Mouse ears

And of course you have to see how the light up Mickey Mouse ears look actually lit up at night! So now if you’re in Disneyland at night, your family and friends can easily spot you in the crowd!

DIY light up Minnie Mouse ears lit up in the dark

More Designs for Light Up Mickey Mouse Ears

Rose Gold Minnie Ears

The DIY rose gold Minnie ears are made the same way as the classic ears, but instead of using black and red sequin fabric, use all rose gold. What’s neat about these is the pink tones from the rose gold come out in the dark, making the headband glow a slight pink color.

DIY Rose Gold Minnie Ears in the light and lit up in the dark

Rainbow Candy Mickey Ears

These colorful rainbow Mickey ears look like candy or Dippin’ Dots to me. Instead of using fabric to cover the ornaments, I glued on little foam beads.
DIY Rainbow Mickey Ears that look like candy or dippin' dots with a purple bow. The second image is the headband lit up in the dark

101 Dalmatians Disney Ears - Cruella Deville Mickey Ears

Once you know how to make the basic light up Minnie Ears, it’s easy to make any type of Disney ears. For example for these Cruella Deville Mickey Ears, I made one ear black and the other white. The headband is covered in red sequins fabric.

To make the Minnie bow, I used a sharpie to color in spots onto white sequin fabric first. Then I cut out a piece smaller rectangle than normal and followed the instructions above to make it into a bow. Instead of both having a ribbon around each, I wrapped a single ribbon around the two.

Because the ears are different colors, they’re also unique Disney ears to wear at night.

Cruelle Deville Mickey Ears with black and white sequin ears on a black headband. Second photo of the 101 Dalmations Disney ears lit up in the dark

Which types of Mickey ears headbands are your favorite? Do you like the solid colors or patterns or ones based on Disney movies, characters, or villains?

And if you’re also planning a trip to Universal Studios to see Harry Potter World, you can make this golden snitch EOS.

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DIY light up minnie mouse ears with the ears in regular light in one image and lit up in the dark in another

DIY Light Up Minnie Mouse Ears

Learn how to make light up Minnie Mouse ears. These no-sew DIY Disney ears instructions includes a free Minnie ears template to easily make your own headband.
Yield 1 Pair of Minnie Mouse Ears
Project Time 30 mins
Total Time 30 mins

Materials
  

  • 2 90mm clear plastic disc ornaments
  • 1 set Fairy lights
  • 1 Satin headband
  • Black sequin fabric
  • Red sequin fabric
  • Satin ribbon

Equipment

  • Glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Minnie Mouse Ears Template

Instructions
 

Attach the Fairy Lights

  • Break off the nub of both sides of the fillable plastic disc ornaments.
    Breaking nub off of a clear plastic fillable disc ornanment
  • Unwrap the fairy lights and glue half of the lights into one half of an ornament.
    Using a glue gun to start glueing LED fairy lights in a spiral inside of half of a clear fillable plastic ornament
  • Twist the wire around so that the lights are roughly evenly spaced. The last light should be close to the gap you created when breaking off the nub. Place the wire into this gap.
    Glowing and lit up LED fairy lights, glued into a clear fillable plastic ornament
  • Connect the other half of the ornament, lining up the opening, and snap it shut.
    Then bring the wire across and into half of the other ornament through the opening.
    Using a glue gun to glue a wire with LED lights onto half of a fillable plastic ornament while the rest of the fairy lights are already glued into a closed ornament
  • Repeat the process of glueing the fairy lights into the ornament. When you reach the end of the lights, bring the rest of the wire and battery pack back through the hole. Then snap on the other half of the ornament.
    Closing clear plastic disc ornament filled with LED fairy lights with wires hanging out of it

Cover the Ears with Fabric

  • Fold the black sequin fabric in half and place the Minnie Mouse ears template on top. Cut around the template. Repeat so you have 4 circles.
    Using a rotary cutter to cut along a printable minnie mouse ears template on black sequin fabric
  • Take one of the circles of fabric and glue it onto half of one of the ornaments. Make sure it is centered so that it fits all the way around.
    Using a glue gun to glue a circle of black sequin fabric onto a plastic ornament filled with fairy lights
  • Glue another piece of sequin fabric onto the other side of the same ornament. Glue down the edge along the seam of the ornament. Cut off any excess so that it’s nice and smooth.
    Trimming black sequin fabric glued to an plastic ornament using purple scissors
  • Repeat the same process on the other ornament. These will form the light up ears.
    Plastic ornaments covered in black sequin fabric with a wire hanging out

Cover the Headband with Fabric

  • Fold the black fabric and place the Minnie Mouse headband template along the edge where it says “fold line.” Cut along the edge of the template.
    Place the minnine mouse headband template on folded black sequin fabric so that the template lines up with the fold where it says "fold line"
  • Unfold the cut piece of fabric and lay it face down on the table.
    Find the center point of the headband and add some glue to it. Flip it upside down and attach it to the center point of the fabric.
    Glueing center of a black satin headband to a piece of black sequin fabric
  • Continue to glue the fabric to the top of the headband. Work with one side of the headband at a time, glueing it down inch by inch until you reach the end.
    Using a glue gun to glue black sequin fabric onto the sides of a black satin headband
  • Fold one edge of the sequin fabric towards the inside of the headband and glue it down. Be sure to the fabric fits tightly around the headband.
    Using a glue gun to glue black sequin fabric onto the inside of a satin headband
  • Do the same to the other side of the headband. If there is excess fabric, trim it off. You do not want the fabric to overlap in the middle or it will be bulky and uncomfortable.
    When you get to the ends, fold them back and glue them onto the inside of the headband.
    Pressing on the corner of a headband covered in black sequin fabric
  • Cut the satin ribbon to roughly two inches longer than the length of the headband. Glue the center of it to the center of the inside of the headband.
    Then fold in and glue the edges of the end of the ribbon. Be sure to fold them at an angle so that the ribbon gradually becomes more narrow.
    Using a glue gun to glue the sides of a white satin ribbon down. The ribbon is also attached to a black sequin headband.
  • Fold over the end of the ribbon over and glue it to itself. This way you have a clean edge to the end and the ribbon won’t fray.
    Folding and glueing down the end of a satin ribbon that is glued to a black sequin headband
  • Repeat the steps on the other side of the ribbon. Then glue the ribbon to the inside of the headband.
    Glueing ribbon to homemade headband covered in black sequin fabric

Make the Bow

  • Cut an 8×11 inch rectangle out of the red sequin fabric and a small strip of the fabric an inch wide and at least 3 inches long.
    Using a rotary cutter to cut red sequin fabric using a ruler
  • Lay the rectangle face down and fold the top and bottom of the long edges towards the middle. Overlap the fabric slightly and glue it in place.
    Using a glue gun to glue a rectangle of red sequin fabric in half
  • Fold over the edges of the short sides so the ends don’t fray. Then bring the sides to the middle  and glue down.
    Red sequin fabric folded into a rectangle
  • Add glue to the very middle and fold it in half, long ways. This will make the middle of the bow. Hold it together until the glue dries.
    Using a glue gun to add glue to the middle of a rectangle of red sequin fabric
  • Add some glue close to the edge of the fold you just made. Then fold the fabric backwards, holding it in place until the glue dries.
    Adding glue to red sequin fabric
  • Place glue on top of the fabric in the middle and fold it back towards the center.
    Adding glue to red sequin fabric, shaping folds to a bow
  • Hold it in place until it dries. You should now see the bow taking its shape.
    Finger holding the center of half of a bow made of red sequin fabric
  • Repeat the same process on the other side so that you have a bow with pleats. Make sure all of the folds have glue and squeeze on the middle until it dries.
    Holding center of handmade bow made of red sequin fabric
  • Take the strip of red sequin fabric and do the same as you did with the rectangular piece. Fold the long edges towards the middle, overlapping one side slightly and glue in place.
    Glueing a strip of red sequin fabric
  • Glue one end of the strip to the bottom of the bow. Wrap the other end around the bow and cut off the excess. Then glue down this end, overlapping the first.
    Glueing red sequin ribbon to red sequin handmade bow

Assemble the Minnie Ears

  • Place the headband on the table and space evenly space the ears above it. Make sure the wire between the ears is stretched across the top of the headband.
    Placing black sequin round ears against a black sequin headband to form Disney Mickey Mouse ears
  • Start glueing the ears to the headband by putting glue right under the ear and holding it in place until the glue is dry. Then go all the way around the base of the ears with the glue to make sure they won’t move.
    Using a glue gun to glue black sequin circles onto a black sequin headband to create handmade Mickey Mouse ears
  • Wrap up the wires and glue them to one side of the top of the headband. Glue the battery pack on top of the wires. Make sure to leave enough room on the headband for the bow, which means it may hang off the edge.
    Battery pack to fairy lights glued onto DIY Mickey ears
  • Glue the bow to the middle of the headband in front of the battery pack.
    Adding red sequin bow to handmade light up minnie mouse ears
  • Your ears are now complete and ready to wear!
    Featured Image - DIY Classic Light Up Minnie Ears. It's a black sequined headband with a red sequined bow, creating the classic Disney Minnie Mouse ears

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Notes

Download the free Minnie Mouse ears template to easily cut the fabric and make the headband.
Keyword Disney, Disney Ears, DIY, Handmade Bow, Headband, Light Up Ears, Mickey Mouse Ears, Minnie Bow, Minnie Mouse Ears, Sequin Fabric

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