Set aside the traditional angel or star and give Minnie or Mickey the premier spot atop your Christmas tree this year. A Mickey-or-Minnie-themed Santa hat will give your tree that special touch of Disney magic.
And after the holidays are over, pack it away with your favorite Christmas ornaments to make it a family tradition for years to come.
Time: 45 minutes
What You’ll Need
- Regular paper (white)
- Black felt
- Red felt
- White felt
- 9-inch papier-mache or foam cone
- Red paint
- Craft knife
- Hot glue gun
- White faux fur
- White pompom
- White or silver puffy fabric paint (optional)
How To Make It
- Download and print the Mouse Ear Tree Topper printable on regular paper. Cut out the two ears and Minnie’s bow.
- Place the cut-out ear shapes on top of a piece of black felt and trace around the edges with chalk. Mark the left ear with an “L” and the right ear with an “R.” You will brush the chalk marks off later. Cut out the ears and put them aside for now.
- For Minnie:
Place the bow shape on top of a piece of red felt, trace around the edges with chalk and cut out the bow. Draw five or six small circles on a piece of white felt and cut them out. Set the bow and circles aside.
Optional: For a quick alternative, instead of cutting out the white polka dots, use white or silver puffy fabric paint to paint (or dot) the polka dots on. This is a great way to get the children involved too!
- Paint the whole papier-mache cone with red paint. Let the paint dry and apply a second coat. Children might enjoy helping with this step.
- Cut a strip of white faux fur about 1- to 2-inches wide and long enough to wrap around the base of the cone. Squeeze a zigzag of hot glue around the base of the cone and stick the strip of fur over it. Apply a little more glue under the edges of the fur, if necessary.
- Squeeze a blob of hot glue over the pointed top of the cone and immediately press a white pompom onto the glue. Hold the pompom in place with your fingers until the glue has dried. Be careful not to touch the hot glue with your bare fingers.
- Draw a 1-inch long pencil line on each side of the cone, just above the top edge of the fur trim. Cut along the two lines with a craft knife, cutting all the way through the papier-mache walls of the cone into its hollow center.
Test whether the edges of the felt ears fit inside the cuts on the sides of the cone before applying glue. If you used thick felt the ears might not slide in easily. In this case, widen the cuts slightly with the craft knife. Once they fit, then squeeze a line of hot glue along the cut line on the right hand side of the cone, then immediately press the inner edge of the black felt ear marked “R” into the cut. Only the very edge of the felt ear should go inside the cone. Hold the ear in place until the glue has dried. Repeat this process with the left ear.
Optional: If the ears are flopping forward, place a small dot of hot glue close to the back base of the ear and push the ear back slightly. Hold there for a few moments until the glue dries. The glue will help the ears stand up straighter.
- For Minnie:
Apply little blobs of hot glue to the backs of the white felt circles and press them all over the red felt bow. Let the glue dry. Apply more glue to the center of the reverse side of the bow, then immediately press the bow onto the front of the cone. Center the bow between the two ears and position it just at the top of the fur strip. Hold the bow in place with your fingers until the glue has dried.
- Top your Christmas tree with your new Mickey or Minnie Mouse Ear Topper by placing the cone over its uppermost vertical branch. If the papier-mache cone you used has a solid base, cut a hole in the center using a craft knife.
Cutting and hot gluing should only be done by an adult.
If you don’t have a white pompom, have the children make one from white yarn. Alternatively, use a handful of cotton balls instead of a pompom. You can also glue a row of cotton balls around the base of the cone instead of the faux fur.