One of Miss G and my favorite ways to get excited for an upcoming Disney vacation is to make our own DIY Disney Headbands. These Moana Mickey Headbands are perfect for a young wayfarer on her way to Cinderella’s Castle – or just for adding to a dress-up trunk at home.
Disney World has quite a few cute ear hats and headbands for sale – many of which you can have embroidered with your name – but Miss G and I love having a unique set of ears when we hit the parks. It’s so much fun planning our headbands and preparing them for our trip – I always say that half the fun of a vacation is in the planning, and doing these pre-trip crafts together is a wonderful way to build excitement as a family while often saving money. (Although, if you’re not careful you can easily go overboard on craft supplies making these DIY Mickey headbands…)
After we get back from vacation, we add our new ears to our dining room wall. It makes for a unique collection and you can also remember all of the memories from your trip every time you walk by, or you could just add it to your child’s dress-up clothes or accessories bin so they can continue to relive their vacation well after it ends.
Our Moana headband gets it’s inspiration from the Island of Tefiti after Moana and Maui restored it’s heart. It is lush with fake moss and pretty tropical flowers with a nod to the sea with a few small seashells. While my daughter loved the additional hanging leaves that blended into her hair and looked like the Goddess Tefiti’s flowing green locks, you could definitely skip that if you don’t like the look or the sensation of the plastic leaves on your shoulders would bother you.
While my daughter has used a hot glue gun for years, adding the moss to this headband should be left to an adult as it could be really hard to avoid accidentally touching the glue. To keep kids involved, have them help with the layout of the embellishments, deciding on the size of the ears, tracing the ears onto the felt (which will be covered up with the moss so no worries if they make a bit of a mess), and adding some of the bigger elements to the headband. Or you could make this yourself and surprise them with it!
Watch the video to see just how easy this DIY Moana Disney Headband is to make, and then scroll down to grab your printable craft instructions to make your own:
Materials for DIY Moana Ear Headbands
- 1 bag light green moss
- 1 bag dark green moss
- 1 pink hibiscus flower
- 1 bundle small purple flowers
- 1 bundle hanging vines
- Seashells, as desired
- 1 headband
- 2 8-10″ pieces floral wire
- pliers or sharp scissors
- 2 pieces felt
- 3 hot glue sticks
- hot glue gun
Tip: use plastic flowers and moss for this craft – fresh moss would make a disaster of your hair.
How to Make DIY Disney Moana Ears
Shape floral wires to look like Disney mickey ears, holding them up in front of a mirror to ensure you like the proportions. Trim with pliers or wire cutters, leaving an extra 1-2″ to wrap around the headband. You will need 2 wire ears.
Place the formed wire on the felt and trace the shape of the ears. You will need 4 felt ears.
Wrap the wire ends around the headband and secure in place with glue.
Glue the felt to the wires and let dry as you assemble your embellishments.
Glue the moss all over the felt, completely covering it.
Assemble your embellishments as desired – we placed a large hibiscus flower in the center and made a cascading crown of flowers and hanging vines, gluing the vines to the back of the headband so they could be pushed back from the face.
Let the craft set for several hours before wearing or packing.
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Do you have an upcoming Disney trip planned? Let me know what kind of crafts or DIYs you’ll be doing to make your Disney trip more special.