I wanted to make my own centerpieces for my little girl's birthday party and I wanted them to reflect her colors and go with the polka dot theme I had. I have to say, they came out better than I thought they would and were really easy to create! Here's what you need to make your own!
-(1) Big Styrofoam ball
-(2) Small Styrofoam ball
-Thin Wood Stick (Any size. I bought a long one and cut it in thirds.)
-Small Bucket for base
-Tull or anything else you want to decorate the base with
*If you're making more than one head, make sure you get enough materials for each!
1) Mickey/Minnie Heads. Paint all your Styrofoam balls and the wooden sticks any color you want. I painted my styrofoam pink and black and all my sticks pink.
The easiest way to paint them without getting it everywhere is to get a small box (I used the ones that come on the bottom of water bottle packs), stick a toothpick through your styrofoams and then stick the toothpick into the box. They can stand freely and you can move them around easily, plus it's better for them to dry. I had to do 2 coats of paint for these.
2) Bucket. You should purchase extra of the small styrofoam balls and cut them in half. These will go inside the bucket you chose, so make sure you pick a size that fits snug halfway inside. You will be putting the glass stones on the bottom of this bucket to weigh it down, then placing the styrofoam on top so the round part of the ball is facing up and the flat side is right on top of the stones but still touching the sides of the bucket.
After you have the glass stones and styrofoam ball in place, get your hot glue gun out and go into the space between the styrofoam and bucket to secure it in place (as you can see in the pic above).
3) Putting it together. Place the wood stick into the middle of the styrofoam in the bucket. Don't glue it in yet. I had to learn the hard way to leave the gluing for the end.
Place the big styrofoam (head of Mickey/Minnie) at the top of the stick. When you have it in place, take the stick out from the base of the bucket and turn it upside down to glue the stick to the big styrofoam ball. When it dries, place the stick back into the bucket and glue it down too.
Take two tooth picks and stick them into the small styrofoam balls. These will be the ears. I just eye balled it and kind of placed the end of the toothpicks where I wanted them and hoped they looked even. The toothpick holes are so small though, you won't be able to tell if you take them out and move them again. Also, I placed the ears slightly farther back from the center to make room for the bow to sit on top.
If you want to secure the ears, you can glue them down with your hot glue gun. I just left them alone because they were well secure to me.
4) Decorate! Now it's time to decorate your Minnie Mouse! I used the same bow technique from the Minnie mouse ears I made from the video I found here. If you're just interested in the bow, you can skip to 11:20 into the video. I then placed the bow on top and hot glued it in the back so it can stay.
I used tull and pink burlap from Hobby Lobby to decorate the base. All I did was cut two square pieces of tull and one square piece of burlap and stack them on top of each other, then stuck them into the styrofoam. Here is the finished product once again...
You can decorate these however you like and make any changes you feel fit. The bases can be bigger and you can even use a planting pot and paint it, which might eliminate the use of the glass stones because of it's weight.
Be creative and know you can't mess up! This project is easy and little mess up's can always be hidden and fixed. No matter what the turnout is, it will be awesome!
What do you think of this project? Will you be creating a Minnie/Mickey Mouse centerpiece for your little one's party?
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