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How to Make Your Own Mickey Groom Tuxedo Ears

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It was a sad, sad day when Disney decided to discontinue their very popular Mickey groom tuxedo hat ears …

(Image from Polyvore.com)

… and replace them with these tuxedo shirt ears.

(Image from DisneyStore.com)

The general consensus in the Disney weddings community is that the new ears just aren’t as classy looking.

SO, even though our own Disney wedding has come and gone, I decided to attempt to make my own Mickey tux hat ears to show you all how easy it is.  And it was very easy!

Here’s what you need:


  • Tuxedo hat. There are lots of options on Amazon! But I found one at a year-round Halloween costume store for under $10.
  • A pair of Mickey ears.  Disney used to sell just the ears but seems to have discontinued them.  So I had to buy an entire hat.
  • Needle and black thread
  • Pliers
  • (optional) Ribbon in the color of your choosing.
You may notice my supplies picture includes snaps.  My original idea was to snap the ears on so they could be removed.  But the execution of this was proving to be difficult, so I decided to sew the ears directly to the hat!

Step 1 – Cut the ears off your Mickey hat.  This may be emotionally painful for some people.  But I promise it will be okay.

Step 2: Use a pair of pliers to pull the excess fabric out from under the grommets.  You will have to tug at it with some force.

Step 3 – Line the ears up on the sides of the longer side of the hat.  You can move the ear up or down, depending on how you want it.  Once you have it where you want it, carefully attach the ear to the hat with the needle and thread. Use as much thread as you feel you need, since this will be hardly visible.

Step 4 – Repeat with the second ear after you’ve made sure it is lined up evenly with the first ear.

Step 5 – (Optional) Add a ribbon trim in white, black, or one of your wedding colors.

Also optional – If you feel your ears are too “floppy,” you can add a bit of fabric glue to make the ears more stable.  But only use the glue on the BACK of the ears so the glue isn’t visible from the front.
And that’s it!  I made these in under an hour.  It was so easy, and I think they look so much better than the current Groom ears.
So tell me, which Groom ears do you like better, the old ones or the new ones?  Now that you know how easy it is to make your own tux hat ears, are you going to tackle this DIY?
About Mindy

Mindy Marzec is a life-long Disney fan who grew up in Los Angeles. She started This Fairy Tale Life to share Disneyland travel tips for adults. When not at Disneyland, you can find Mindy at home snuggling with her cats and re-watching Thor: Ragnarok for the billionth time.