I have a niece who is grown up but has always been a collector of everything Mickey Mouse. We love to buy her items to add to her many collectibles. But as you know all the cute Disney collectibles can be a little expensive. This year I made an easy holiday craft to give to her for a present. Here are the directions on how to make an unique, personalized Mickey Mouse Christmas ornament.
Styrofoam Ball (About six inches in diameter this is for Mickey Mouse’s head)
Two Styrofoam Balls (About 2 & ½ inches in diameter each, these are for Mickey’s ears)
Hot Glue Gun
Foam Paint Brushes
Black Paint Pen With A Medium Tip
Ribbon ¼ an inch wide
1) Your first step to make your Mickey Mouse ornament is to paint the Styrofoam ball for Mickey’s head. To do this use red craft paint and a foam paint brush, and paint the largest of the Styrofoam balls. A foam brush helps you to get better paint coverage since these balls have little holes and bumps. If you paint liberally you should only need one coat of red. A tip for when it is drying I place mine on a plastic soda bottle cap. This will keep it from rolling around or sticking to anything while it is drying.
2) While Mickey’s head is drying you can go ahead with step two and paint his ears. Before you paint a tip to help the ears easier to hot glue to his head it to take each ear and gently push it against your counter or table just enough to make a small spot that is flat. Then when it is time to attach them they will glue flat against Mickey’s head. Again using a foam paint brush paint the two smaller Styrofoam balls completely in black. I did two coats, I wanted the ears of the Christmas ornament to be very dark.
3) Once Mickey Mouse’s head and ears are dry you can begin to assemble your ornament. Using your glue gun you can glue on his ears. Be sure to glue the flattened spot up against the head. It will not take very much glue since these Styrofoam balls are lightweight. Be sure to hold each one a minute or so until the hot glue has time to dry and harden.
4) Now you are ready to attach the ribbon hanger to your ornament. I used a thin ¼ inch black ribbon, you can use any color you like with your ornament, it can even be larger. Cut the piece about seven inches long and fold it in half. Use the glue gun to affix it to Mickey’s head almost right between the ears. This way when you hang it from your Christmas tree it will hang evenly. All you have to do is hang it up with a inexpensive ornament hook from the ribbon.
5) Now you are ready to personalize your Mickey Mouse Christmas ornament. Take your black paint pen and paint either the date, name or whatever sentiment you want on to the front. As you can see in my photo I picked the year. I wanted my niece to remember which year I gave the ornament to her as a present. Now your unique and fun Mickey Mouse ornament is ready for the holidays.