DIY Mickey Ears [for a Day at Disney]

Guess who just went to Disneyland for the very. first. time?!

My 33 year-old husband.

Growing up in the Midwest, trips to Disney just didn’t happen in his family.

I was so, so, so excited to get to share the magic of Disneyland with him for the very first time.

So excited that I went a little overboard with trip planning. Right down to ordering 2 custom Disney tanks on Etsy and making my very own mouse ears.

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My favorite thing about crafting Mickey or Minnie ears, is that you can’t mess it up!

Just head to the craft store, find embellishments to dress up your ears, and start gluing. I got these super cheap (and comfy!) plain mouse ears for adults on Amazon. Then, I was off to Hobby Lobby where I found embellishments that coordinated with the color of my custom Etsy tank.

I could hardly wait for my glue gun to heat up. Keep reading to see how easy it was.

Craft Your Own Mickey Ears Headband for Your Disneyland Trip

I wanted lots of flowers and a big blingy sequin bow. So here’s what I got for my custom Mickey ears:

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First, I attached the sequin bow, which came on a clip. I cut the elastic off this flower band:

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Then clipped the bow to the elastic, wrapped it around the Mickey Ear headband, tied it in a knot, then continued to wrap it around and glued it into place.

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Ta-da! That was easy.

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Now, I arranged the remaining embellishments on the ears, playing around with them until I liked the look.

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I removed the clip from this ivory flower embellishment so I could just glue it onto my headband.

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One of the silk flower clusters came attached to a felt pad. Another came on a bobby pin. I slid the one on the bobby pin onto the felt pad, then glued the entire cluster to one of the big round ears on my mouse ears headband.

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I used “blonde” ribbon to help disguise the headband in my light hair.

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That’s it! Just a plain mouse ears headband, some floral embellishments, ivory ribbon and a big silver sequin bow.

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I got lots of compliments while wearing them in the park.

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Light Up Unicorn Horn Tutorial

Unicorn Costume with Light-Up Horn

I’ll be sharing my entire DIY Unicorn costume in another post, but below, I’m showing how I made the best part – the light-up horn.

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Here’s a short video of how it looks in the dark:

Isn’t it magical?!?

DIY Lighted Unicorn Horn Headband Tutorial

Materials:

  • 3 Felt Sheets (1 stiff, 1 soft, 1 “pretty”)
  • Multi-colored LED Lights (I used 2 strands)
  • Glue Gun (or fabric glue)
  • Thread / Needle
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative Trim (I used faux fur)
  • Scissors

I started by rolling this sheet of CPE Stiffened EasyFelt into a cone shape, and cutting off the excess pieces.

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Then, I hooked the end of one of the LED light stings to the top of the horn. I rolled the cone shape around the lights, and stuffed the excess light wires into the horn.

Next, I traced the round opening on the bottom onto some of the excess felt, and cut out a piece to close off the bottom (with wings to tuck in and glue to the sides of the cone’s interior).

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I glued the battery packs side by side to the bottom piece, then tucked everything into the cone and glued into place, making sure the ON/OFF switches were still accessible.

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Next, I covered the cone shape with 2 more pieces of felt – 1 that was really soft and cushy, and one that was a little stiffer with pretty sparkles.

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It’s important to make the inside piece slightly smaller than the outside piece so that the bottom/inside one won’t be exposed once you roll it around the cone (see the arrow below – that’s what you don’t want – I didn’t cut it down enough).

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Next, use a needle and some strong thread to wrap very tightly around the horn. You want to create indentations with the thread.

I used the needle to secure the thread to the top, wrapped it tightly around the cone, then used the needle again to secure it at the bottom.

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The strongest thread I had on-hand was gray, but if you have white, you may want to use that so it’s less visible.

Next, use your glue gun (or a fabric glue) to carefully cover thread with a pretty ribbon (pulling tightly as you go).

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Next, you’ll attach your horn to either a hair clip or headband.

I added some gold glitter paper to this kitty cat ears headband from Charlotte Russe (which I already had on hand). Then paired it with a 2nd headband that has white fluffy ears.

I attached the pair of headbands together using a piece of leftover felt, then glued the horn to the felt on the top of the headbands.

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Once the horn has been glued to a headband or hair clip, you can dress up the bottom with some trim. I used some faux fur from an old Santa hat.

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Here is the completed headband with ears and the light-up horn:

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Looking forward to wearing it this weekend.

And can’t wait to share with you the rest of the costume, including custom glitter hoof shoes, gold unicorn hooves gloves, multi-colored hair extensions and a light-up tail!

Oktoberfest Party Must-Haves

Last weekend we threw an Oktoberfest themed party and it was our favorite gathering yet!

Here, I’ll share some details that made our Fall party stand out.

German Party Food

We grilled brats and served them with sauerkraut on sourdough buns with a variety of mustards and home-made potato salad.

One of our most popular food items was our soft pretzels dipped in hot cheese sauce.

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Straw Hay Bales for Back Yard Seating

We rented some straw bales for guest seating in our back yard. And they were such a hit!

A local feed store rents these out for about $6/bale.

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I had NO idea how messy these were until the gentleman loaded them up in the back of my SUV. Oh, my, goodness! I thought I’d never get all that straw out of my car!

They made an equally huge mess in the back yard (as well as in the house when I lost control and one went flying off the cart I was hauling it through the house with).

But, overall, I’m glad we rented them because they were perfect seating around our Hammerschlagen game.

Oktoberfest Beer

We stocked a variety of Fall flavored and Oktoberfest themed beer – a must for any Oktoberfest celebration.

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Pretzel Necklaces

I had so much fun making these pretzel necklaces – simply weave some thin ribbon in and out to create a string pretzel necklace for you and your party guests.

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Biergarten Pennant Banner Sign

Even though I strung these blue and white checkered banners across our yard, I also decided to make a custom pennant banner that said “Biergarten”, which added a nice touch to the corner behind the bar.

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Shot Paddle

If you’ve even been to a Hofbrauhaus, you might remember that when someone orders a shot of alcohol, it comes along with a paddling!

My husband took a paddle and created shot glass size divots on one side. When party guests requested shots of Jagermeister, the shot was brought out on a paddle and the guest got a fun little spanking.

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To add to the fun, we used light-up shot glasses (which we happened to already have leftover from our wedding 6 years ago).

Hammerschlagen Party Game

There’s a fun little German Beer Hall in Milwaukee that has this game called Hammerschlagen. We decided to play this at our party.

The best thing about this game is that anyone can play, and any number of people can crowd around and play each tie, so no one ever has to wait around for their turn to join in.

Every player gets a nail, and you go around in a circle trying to hammer your nail down until it’s flush with the wood. You get one try, then pass the hammer, and on and on until the last person still hasn’t hammered their nail in.

The last person to get their nail all the way in has lost. You decide on what penalty they get for losing. At our party, they could do a paddle shot or a bierstick.

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Just down the street from our house, we noticed a property with lots of tree stumps lying around.

My husband rang the doorbell and asked if he could buy one, and the friendly homeowner let him take one.

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We set up the stump on one of our rented straw bales and it was the perfect height.

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Everyone who came to the party played at least once, and most people played again and again.

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Oktoberfest Party Attire – Traditional Lederhosen

This was one of our annual “Jean Short Jamboree” parties, so we decided to order denim lederhosen to stick with our jean short theme.

Guests were encouraged to wear both jean shorts and Oktoberfest attire.

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We always let our dog join in on the fun, and we paired her denim shorts with this Oktoberfest vest I picked up while ordering the blue and white checkered decorations.

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I think our makeshift Oktoberfest dog costume came out pretty good!

Bavarian Braids

I completed my outfit with one of my hand-made pretzel necklaces and some Bavarian braids in my hair.

My hair is pretty thin and not as long as I’d like, so I added a couple wefts of Bellami hair extensions and no one could even tell!

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I usually add mini bows to the ends of my Oktoberfest braids, but since there was ribbon on my top as well as in my pretzel necklace, I decided the bows at the ends of my braids were too much,

Blue & White Checkered Decor

I got blue and white plates, napkins and party cups. And of course, the signature blue and white checkered pattern table runner and matching banners to drape across the back yard.

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And don’t forget the Oktoberfest party music!

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Floating Shelf Night Stand for Small Bedroom

In our my parents summer weekend lakeside getaway home, my husband and I share a small bedroom that only has room on 1 side of the bed for a nightstand.

And, it’s not my side of the bed.

I take a sip of water every time I wake up throughout the night. So for years, I’ve spent summer weekends with my water bottle on the floor next to the bed. Right alongside my charging cell phone that I glance at to check the time each time I wake up.

….Which is a lot, since we share this small room with our dog who, while at the lake, isn’t fond of sleeping because ALL she wants to do is go outside and swim in the lake. Regardless of what time it is.

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Since there wasn’t room for a side table to hold my drink and cell phone clock, I decided the solution was a floating shelf.

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This project was *so* easy to make, and it’s already brought me so much happiness!

Here’s how we made our floating bedside phone ledge:

Use wood to create a rectangle frame. Then, create a slightly bigger sleeve that can slide over the frame once it’s mounted to the wall (basically a rectangular box with 1 side missing).

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Once the sleeve was painted black (to match the bed and wall mirror it is nudged between), we drilled some holes in the frame where it would be screwed into the wall.

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Using a laser level to ensure our floating ledge would be straight, we marked and drilled 3 holes in the wall where we planned to install the frame.

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Once we added some anchors, we screwed the shelf into place.

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Next, we just slid the sleeve part right over the frame, and ta-da!

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It’s the perfect size for the space and has room to hold me 3 night-time essentials: water, Chapstick and my phone.

Nautical Accessories for Bachelorette Party {At the Lake}

I love summertime Bachelorette parties.

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Last summer, when my girlfriends and I hit South Lake Tahoe for our best bud’s Bachelorette weekend, we brought along some fun anchor themed accessories.

Here’s what we used to complete our Nautical Themed Party Weekend:

Anchor Bride & ‘Mate’s Tanks:

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been to so many parties with custom tanks that are specific to the event, and I never wear them again.

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So for our Tahoe weekend, I created a “Bride” anchor tank for the bride, but plain anchor tanks for the rest of the party crew.

I still enjoy wearing my blue and glitter silver anchor tank at the lake.

Customized Nautical Beach Cups:

I got these fun party tumblers on Etsy, and they were a hit. I love how they matched our cute party tanks.

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Custom Vodka Bottle for the Bride:

I dressed up this bottle of alcohol by adding an anchor, the Bride’s name, and some scattered vinyl polka dots to a giant Skyy Vodka bottle.

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Beachy Framed Weekend Itinerary:

The plans for the weekend were all a surprise for the Bride, so this framed party weekend itinerary was another fun touch.

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I’ll share more of our themed Bachelorette weekends later. But for now, what are some of the best destinations you’ve been to for a weekend with the girls?

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Destination Golf Themed Birthday Party

I mentioned in a previous post that my family likes to do destination birthday parties on milestone birthdays.

Last weekend we traveled to Scottsdale, Arizona for a weekend filled with golf festivities to celebrate my step-brother’s 40th birthday.

On the itinerary: TopGolf, a round of golf at Troon North, and a nice dinner at Ruth’s Chris steakhouse.

We got the par-tee started at TopGolf on Friday night and it did not disappoint!

To tee off the fun, we wore silly hats and themed sunglasses and ordered a round of drinks that came in light-up golf bag glasses at the rooftop bar.

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The birthday boy and his girlfriend:

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After that, we got to hit golf balls off the ledge for 2 hours.

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We decorated the tables with golf balls and golf tees, a custom glass for the birthday boy, and fun photo props for pictures.

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In case you’re wondering how good of a golfer I am:

Hahaha!

The next day we had a nice lunch at Troon North Golf Club, then enjoyed some golf (for the first time for some of us).

Got some more use out of our golf themed photo props on the course:

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(I decided to dress like more of a golfer this day!)

We even hit a few of our customized golf balls:

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All who attended got goody bags filled with candy wrapper party favor candy bars as a fun takeaway:

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If you were to take a trip for a destination birthday party, where would you go?

Painted Door Makes Wall Pop

Back when my husband and I added board and batten to a wall in our kitchen, I decided all that white was too much and painted the entry door from our garage to our kitchen black.

This is a slightly late reveal, since you can see the black door in our Simple Kitchen Command Center post.

The contrasting color looks phenomenal. It ties in with our black kitchen appliances, black kitchen table, and the top section of our command center.

Here was the white door before we added the command center, but after the board and batten went in:

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It’s so simple to paint a door – just remove any locks and knobs, tape it off, and paint it. (Find door painting tips on Pinterest here).

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When we first painted it, every time we walked into the room and saw the “black void” we thought someone had accidentally left the door to the garage open. But, we’ve since adjusted and we just love it.

Here’s the before and after (I think my phone’s camera lens had a smudge – these pics didn’t come out well!):

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Learn about our easy DIY kitchen command center for small wall spaces here:

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