|I added my 50th birthday tiara, I think it's the perfect accessory.|
What you will need:
- 1-4" Styrofoam Ball
- 2-2.5" Styrofoam Balls
- 1000-4 Cup Coffee Filters
- 1000-Small Straight Pins
- 1-Corsage Pin
- 1-Tiara (optional)
|I am recycling Styrofoam balls from another project, no need to paint them black.|
Step 1. Fold your coffee filters in this manner:
|Unfolded Coffee Filter|
|Fold Coffee Filter In Half|
|Fold Coffee Filter In Half Again|
|Fold In Half Again|
|Fold In Half One More Time|
|Bend & Crease The Pointed Tip Of The Coffee Filter (approximately 1/4" from bottom)|
*Note: I made the tip fold longer on the coffee filters for the ear (approximately 1/2")
Step 2. Repeat the folding process making 750 for Mickey's Head and 125 X 2 for Mickey's Ears.
Step 3. Push a straight pin through the coffee filter in the middle of your creased fold. My straight pins would bend so I (my hubby) used a corsage pin to make the hole and inserted the straight pin.
Step 4. Pin the coffee filters to your large Styrofoam ball. I would pin in sets of 25-50.
|I started pinning at the top of the Styrofoam ball.|
|Here's a top view of my first pin.|
|I continued pinning in a circular motion until I got all but approximately 3" area of the ball covered. Like you see in the bottom view of the Ear below.|
Step 6. Insert a wooden skewer into each Ear making a hole, then remove them.
Step 7. Insert the skewers into the Head at the approximate spot you want your ears. *I placed mine wide apart to make room for the tiara.
Step 8. Mark the skewers approximate 2-1/4" above the coffee filters, remove them and cut where marked.
Step 9. Fill the hole made in the Ear with hot glue and insert the cut skewer, repeat with the other Ear and allow to cool/dry.
|Bottom view on completed ear.|
Step 11. Accessorize and admire your hard work.
It literally took me a week to get all of the coffee filters folded and pinned. This is not a "finished in an hour" type of project. That being said the end product is AMAZING!! To display the topiary you can use a cake stand like the original Mickey Topiary, a candle stick or just place it on the table without a base. The completed topiary is approximately 10" in diameter by the way.
Now, I know the one from the Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Party Board is red and you can't find red coffee filters. You can dye your filters with paint (see this tutorial) or food coloring and water (see this tutorial). Allow them to dry overnight. You can also cut circles out of tissue paper, these would look awesome but I cannot imagine cutting 1000 circles!! Besides, I really like my white Mickey topiary and white goes with everything - right??
Hope you have enjoyed this 18th installment of Creative Disney Inspiration, as always if you make any of the projects please share them on the Disney Donna Kay Facebook page. I would love to see them!!
By the way, if you are interested in purchasing one of these adorable Mickey Topiaries they are available in my Etsy store Magical Creations & Celebrations.
Have a Magical Day!!