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We are Disney fans over here….totally not obvious, right?! I had made a Disney themed gallery wall in my home but I had this vision of some kind of cute mickey ears wall hanging to make it complete. I don’t have tools or skills to make it out of wood so that was out. But the light bulb went off when Meghan and I went to Snap Conference and we saw the Floracraft booth and saw all their amazing things. That’s when I decided my mickey ears would be made of Styrofoam!!
Supplies you will need:
- Floracraft Styrofoam Sheet, White, 1 in.
- Floracraft StyroCutter Plus
- Floracraft Smooth Finish
- Template of mickey ears hat
- Icing spatula
- Acrylic paint in black, white, and gold
Can I just say I’m totally obsessed with the StyroCutter? It’s pretty stinking cool. That rod heats up and you stick it right in the foam and can cut any shape. It also smooths off the edges as you “cut” it. Have you ever cut foam with a knife? It’s crazy messy! Vacuum anyone? This eliminates all of that mess! Oh, and the Smooth Finish right there goes in all the holes of the Styrofoam to make it easy to paint on…. or whatever you are going to do with it.
Print and trace that template, girl!
Aww, the best part: “cutting” it out with my favorite new tool! You can use that on any shape. Imagine the possibilities!
Wola! Just that easy folks!
I took some fine sandpaper and rounded the edges out and made the sides smooth.
Take your Smooth Finish and spread it like frosting. I actually found that this tool was too big and ended up using the smooth side of a butter knife…because I don’t have an icing spatula….because I don’t bake. An icing spatula would be perfect. Also, those black specks are left over sharpie. If that bugs you, just make sure you cut inside your lines. Completely cover your mickey ears with Smooth Finish and let dry. Sand it all over to get any bumps or nubs off. Once totally dry you are ready to paint.
And, BAM, it’s painted! You can obviously use whatever color you’d like but I love the classic black mickey hat.
I used PicMonkey.com to create my last name and flipped it backward. Just print out and cut to size.
I did this trick before in our DIY height chart post. I placed my paper and used some washi tape to hold it in place. I scribbled on the back to transfer the ink onto my ears.
Now, I know what you are thinking, “Black on black? Is that going to work?” I was worried too. I was experimenting to see if it could, all I wanted was a faint outline. Can you see it there? It’s faint alright. It was a little hard to see it but it did the job. I recommend tracing it with a pencil because it was a pretty hard to paint. These eyes ain’t what they used to be…ok maybe it was just hard to see period. Trace it!
I started with white paint because I felt like the gold wouldn’t show up as well on the black by itself.
This was my first time ever hand painting lettering like this. Props to people who do this all the time. It wasn’t fast and it took concentration.
Repeat with the gold…or whatever color you want. I won’t tell you what to do.
It’s not pretty back here but I wanted to show you that I used my favorite thing ever, Command Strips, to hang it up. I use this stuff as much as possible to hang things in my home.
I love it!!
I have a dilemma, though. Where do I put it?