Your girl is extremely fortunate this year! I’ll visiting the Disney parks three different times in 2019 – Disneyland in Anaheim twice with some girl friends, then Tokyo Disney Sea in Japan with my husband later this year (eeep!). If you’ve ever visited a Disney park, you will notice that mouse ears are basically an outfit staple. You will also notice that almost everyone is wearing the same few ears that are sold at the souvenir shops. Of course I was NOT just going to rock any basic souvenir shop ears.
I am no stranger to using crochet flowers in my projects. I even had crochet flowers in my wedding bouquet! They are quick and easy to make, and add a unique, pretty touch to any project – including a mouse ear headband!
I began with the ears, wrapping gold wire around a round object then attaching them to a store-bought headband. I then added some faux greenery. Using green yarn, I crocheted around the headband. Lastly, crochet flowers were sewn to the stitches around the headband. The end result: one-of-a-kind mouse ears to wear all over the Disney Parks! Here I am rocking my ears in front of Pixar Pier at Disney’s California Adventure.
For this project you will need a total of five crochet flowers: one blooming rose and four rose buds.
For the blooming rose: I used the Free Easy Rose Crochet Pattern from Skip to my Lou. The pattern has several rose sizes. Use the smallest rose pattern beginning with ch 21.
For the rose buds: I used the “Crochet Rosette or Rose Bud” from My Merry Messy Life. The rose buds need to be smaller than the one from this pattern. Begin with ch 12, then follow the rest of the pattern as written.
Once you have crocheted up your roses, it’s time to assemble the headband! Before we get started, let’s talk about some skills you will need for this project. You should be able to single crochet around an object. You should also have some basic stitching skills (i.e. be able to sew two crocheted items together. Being comfortable using a hot glue gun and wire cutters is also a must.
- 1 crochet rose (see above)
- 4 crochet rose buds (see above)
- Headband – I used the Scunci No Slip Most Comfortable Headband
- Hot glue gun
- Gold wire, 12 gauge
- Wire cutters
- Floral tape
- Branch of faux leaves
- Green yarn, worsted weight
- Size G (4.5mm) crochet hook
- Tapestry needle
- Ruler or tape measure
- Using wire cutters, cut a 12 inch piece of floral wire.
- Wrap floral wire 3/4 of the way around a round object, then bend the ends outward. The round object should be approximately 10 inches in diameter. I used a round storage container I had at my desk, but a water bottle or canned good should do the trick as well.
- Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the second ear.
- Using a hot glue gun, glue bent out ends of the ears to the headband. The rounded portion of the two ears should be approximately 4 inches apart.
- Reinforce the hot glued ends by wrapping them to the headband with floral tape.
Adding the Leaves
- Using wire cutters, cut a smaller branch of leaves from the larger bunch. The branches should be approximately 4-5 inches in length.
- Using the hot glue gun, glue one of the cut branches to the headband in front of the left ear. Repeat, gluing the second cut branch in front of the right ear.
- Reinforce by wrapping branches to the headband with floral tape.
Adding the Crochet Flowers
- Using green worsted weight yarn, single crochet around the headband, beginning where the first branch was glued.
- Place slip knot on to your size G crochet hook.
- Place crochet hook under the headband and working yarn on top of the headband.
- Yarn over, moving the hook under the headband towards you, and then to the top of the headband. There should be two loops on the hook.
- Yarn over, pull through two loops. Pull tightly so stitches sit snug against the headband.
Continue this process, working stitches around the floral tape/branches/wire. Don’t worry if your stitches don’t completely cover the headband. The purpose of adding these stitches is to create a base to sew the crochet flowers to.
This may take some practice! If you need a visual of how to crochet around a headband, check out this video by YouTube user, S.S.
2. Once you reach the end of the second branch, cut and tie off yarn. Weave in ends using your tapestry needle.
3. Time to sew on the flowers! Cut a piece of green yarn and attach it to your tapestry needle.
4. Begin sewing the first blooming rose or rose bud to the headband. The needle should be passed through the back of the flower and through the green single crochet stitches on the headband.
4. Once the flower is secure, cut and tie off yarn and weave in ends. Continue adding flowers where you please around the headband. There is no right or wrong placement from your flowers!
Once your flowers are stitched, your headband is ready to wear!
Make a second pair for your bestie and go rock your one-of-a-kind ears at the Disney Parks!
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