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DIY Mickey Ears: a The Little Mermaid craft

Let’s make these DIY Mickey Ears. This The Little Mermaid craft is perfect for summer creativity!

This is a project from years back, but I’m refreshing it in honor of the new The Little Mermaid movie, starring Halle Bailey and Melissa McCarthy!

It’s too good, I loved the live action version and knew I wanted to share this DIY Mickey Ears tutorial with all of you. Special thanks to my friend, Meghan for creating this lovely The Little Mermaid craft for us!


DIY Mickey Ears: The Little Mermaid


You can wear these to the movie, or to a Disney trip like Disneyland or Disney World, or throw your own The Little Mermaid themed party!

The classic storyline, musical numbers and loveable characters are high-ranking of course, but you know what I love best about The Little Mermaid? The color combo of RED, TEAL, and PURPLE! And there are plenty to be found in the move, as well as this project. 

So let’s get started on this DIY Mickey Ears project, it a super easy craft you’ll love!

NOTE: You can repurpose a set of your own Mickey ears if you don’t want to start from scratch. For the supplies below, check out the craft or fabric store or even the dollar store, like Dollar Tree.

Supplies for this The Little Mermaid craft

Plain headband

Two round box lids for the ear shapes (found at the craft store)

Hot glue gun, glue sticks, and white craft glue

Fabric piece for the backs of the ear pieces

Pictures of Ariel (either version, your choice!), printed on heavyweight glossy paper

Teal glitter

Teal yarn



Seashells or starfish

Ruffled red satin ribbon and bow

Supplies to make a set of The Little Mermaid Mickey Ears.


Directions for this DIY project

A great way to start is to work on a clean table top and all your supplies nearby. It makes for easier crafting!

Start at one end of the headband and wrap the teal yarn all the way around and around until you reach the end of the headband. Use scissors to snip the year. Glue down the ends.

Paint the box tops with teal paint. Find the center of your headband. Hot glue the box pieces to the top of the headband so they are evenly placed. Use clips to hold them in place while the glue dries/cools.

Coat the insides of the box lids with white craft glue and pour on the glitter. You can also use glitter foam as a substitute. Shake away excess and let dry. 

Hot glue the sea shell and embellishments in the lids.

Put a line of hot glue around the back of each lid and press on the red ribbon. You can use white felt to cover the back of each lid (or another color!)

Hot glue the seashell/starfish, the bow and picture. Use a metal adhesive and clothespins (to hold it in place) to affix the fork.

Mix and match the embellishments, just stay with the teal, red, and purple color combo and you can’t go wrong with these sets of ears!

And there you have it! A super cool set of Mickey Mouse ears inspired by The Little Mermaid!

Helpful tip: Before you wear it, go through and make sure everything is securely fastened.

My favorite is anything with Sebastian, lol! I loved him so much I wanted to name our son after him, but my husband was like…NO.

​Another creative way – 

There are so many different ways to do this! Use sequin fabric, a glitter sheet of cardstock instead of craft paint, silk flowers. It’s so much fun to come up with your own creations! You can wear these Ariel ears to theme parks, to your next Disney vacation or just for the heck of it.

How to make The Little Mermaid Mickey Ears!

Instead of a photo of Ariel, use a small figure of her! Even if this is your first time crafting, I know you can make this project! After this you’ll want to make even more of your own DIY Disney Mickey ears, that’s the fun part!

More Disney crafts:

Beauty and the Beast Mickey Ears
Beauty and the Beast Mickey Ears DIY

Beauty and the Beast DIY Mickey Ears

7 Snow White DIYs


Are you planning on seeing the movie? Let me know what you think!


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20 thoughts on “DIY Mickey Ears: a The Little Mermaid craft”

  1. The first time i saw the little mermaid i was 7 and i fell in love right away! My favorite scene has always been when Sebastian sings under the sea. I’m a big Ariel fan???? i have so much stuff of hers.

  2. I was in high school and watched it for the 1st time at a friends house after school. We watched it so much we know all the words! My favorite scene was the part of your world song. It is my favorite to sing along with and act out.

  3. ohmygosh! thanks for the tutorial! I get to go to DL in May this year and I am excited to go on the LM ride again!!! I think my favorite scene isn’t in the movie… Ariel blows Eric off and starts her own business repurposing her stash and selling her creations on Ebay!!! She figures out how to have dual citizenship so she can live on land and in the ocean 😛

  4. Honestly i don’t remember the first time i saw this movie but i do remember the last time i did watch it. It was with my nieces about a year ago. They loved it and became one of their favorites too! My favorite scene is dingle hopper.

  5. My brother and I saw this movie together while my grandmother was babysitting us. I had bedroom sheets as she was my favorite princess. Our scene that we loved was when she goes in the boat with Eric and they start to sing kiss the girl. Fast forward my daughter loves her now. She enjoys watching this movie. I tell her about her uncle and I and our memories

  6. I was a senior in high school and I made my boyfriend take me to see it! I have loved the fairy tale since I was a kid. It’s my favorite Disney movie.

  7. I love Little Mermaid! Can’t wait to make the Ears with my little one. Can’t pick a favorite scene we watch and rewatch while singing our hearts out. Making memories ❤.

  8. I was born in 1998 so I have been watching The Little Mermaid for as long as I can remember! ????????‍♀️

    My favorite scene is when Ariel sings Part of Your World (Reprise). You can hear Ariel’s yearning for love in Jodi Bensons voice and it’s incredibly beautiful. The movie and soundtrack are masterpieces.

    It’s almost hard to pick a favorite scene because the art is immaculate and the music is perfectly composed.

  9. I grew up watching the Little Mermaid everyday. It was so bad that my parents had to buy 2 copies of the VHS because I burned through the first copy. My dad knows all the words to all the songs.

  10. Such cute little ears!! I need to make these for my twin toddlers. My favorite part of the movie is when Sebastian sings under the sea! I would love to win this as my little ones have never seen this movie. Thank you for this generous opportunity!

  11. I never need the Little Mermaid in the theater however I remember staying home from school because I didn’t feel good and I asked my friend to bring her VHS to my house on the way to school so I can watch it.

  12. My favorite scene in the movie as a kid was Under The Sea. My favorite scene as an adult is Part of Your World. I remember seeing this in the theater when I was eight years old with my parents. It was the last Disney animated film that I saw with my parents before my Father died. It has a special meaning to me for that reason.


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