DIY | Paper Disney Ears

Hi everyone! I’m so excited to share this DIY with you – paper Disney ears!

Now, I own quite a few pairs of ears myself, that I’ve both bought and made. When Plaid Crafts reached out to me to work with them, I knew I had to make something Disney-themed and perfect for a casual cosplay. These ears are so easy – there’s no sewing involved, and it’s a cheap project that anyone can do!

Kyla Is Inspired | DIY Paper Disney Ears
Kyla Is Inspired | DIY Paper Disney Ears

YOU WILL NEED:

Kyla Is Inspired | DIY Paper Disney Ears

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Download the ear & bow template
  2. Cut out 2 ear shapes of your foam (I recommend using an x-acto knife)
  3. Cut out 4 ear shapes of your paper. This will be the “base” and will be covered up by the addition of more paper.
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  5. Cut out shapes to layer over your base layer. Because mine are Ariel-themed, I’m cutting out water droplets, some fish, and sparkly blue “bubbles”
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  7. To attach the base paper to the ears: Apply a thin coat of Mod Podge onto the foam. Then, lay the paper on top and gently apply pressure (it’s ok if some paper hangs off; you can trim it once dry). Once dry, apply to the other side.
  8. To layer your shapes, apply another thin coat of Mod Podge to the ears. Then, arrange your shapes and apply more Mod Podge on top to adhere them. Make sure you apply the Mod Podge liberally and avoid streaks – it will dry clear and glossy. For my ears, I applied the “droplet” shapes first, and layered the fish and sparkly bubbles over the droplets once dried.

    Note: While you don’t have to apply decorations to both sides, I like to so I can choose my favorite side to face forwards.
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  10. For the edge of the ears, I cut a strip of 1/4″ glitter paper and glued it in place. Don’t worry if there are some edges that don’t match up – that’s what the next step is for!
  11. Using a combination of rhinestones and sticker “gems”, I created a border around the edge of the ears both for decoration, and to cover up any imperfections of the paper lining up.
  12. Next, cut out the bow shape on contrasting paper. I used a pink/silver holographic paper. To assemble the bow, bend (but don’t crease) the outer edges together, and secure with tape or glue. Then, wrap the smaller rectangle of paper around, and secure.
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    Kyla Is Inspired | DIY Paper Disney Ears

  14. Hot glue your ears to the headband – the spacing is up to you! I put my ears towards the back of the headband so there’s room for the bow to sit. Then, glue the bow to the headband, gluing the flatter side to the headband.
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    And that’s it! A DIY, relatively easy (and cheap!) alternative to buying a pair of ears. Have you made your own Disney ears? Will you be creating your own paper ears next time you travel to the parks? If you use this tutorial I’d love to see the results!

     

    Note this post was sponsored by Plaid Crafts, who provided the materials to create this project

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What I Wore | Casual Harry Potter

It’s been a while since I’ve done a style post, huh? I was so excited when a few months ago my friend Nate Buchman asked to shoot with me, and we did two fun outfit shoots in Providence!

I’ve known Nate through cosplay that dates years back – we met at Boston Comic Con in 2014, and he’s shot some of my costumes like Alice Late But Lucky and Fashion Wario! I was so excited to do some “real life” photos with him.

What I Wore | Casual Harry Potter

Today I’m sharing a mini mini Harry Potter-inspired look, with a skirt I made from HP fabric! Somehow I always forget that making actual clothes for myself is an option, so I was really excited to make this and wear a normal look, outside of cosplay. I also got to use my Fleur Delacour wand from Universal studios, so that was a plus.

What I Wore | Casual Harry Potter

What I Wore | Casual Harry Potter

What I Wore | Casual Harry Potter

If you aren’t following Nate and his photography, be sure to check him out on Twitter and Instagram!

Do you ever make yourself clothes based on your favorite fandoms? Because I feel like I want to make skirts with any nerdy fabric I can find!

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Lumos vs. Nox

Today is Harry Potter’s birthday! In honor of the day I thought I’d post some of my latest Harry Potter doodles, Lumos and Nox. These might be two of the most classic spells, and are extremely handy. In fact, Lumos is my personal favorite spell in the whole HP universe!

This got me thinking – which spell do you prefer? Lumos or Nox? Let me know in the comments!

Kyla Is Inspired | Lumos vs. Nox

Kyla Is Inspired | Lumos vs. Nox

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Cosplay | Casual Rosalina

Last year I made Peach’s Mario Odyssey casual outfit, and I thought, why not make a Rosalina version??

In order to save money, I decided to create this from materials I already owned…though it definitely helped that I had the wig from when I cosplayed Rosalina in 2015, and her tennis version in 2016 :)

Kyla Is Inspired | Casual Rosalina

The Costume Elements:

Wig & Luma plushie: From my original Rosalina cosplay.

Blouse: From Odyssey Peach

Skirt: This is Ariel’s skirt, which I shortened. I used heat n’ bond to attach the stars using white fabric I had laying around

Bow & Necktie fabric: Leftover from either Elsa, Rosalina, Tennis Rosalina, or Ariel :) The white fabric paint was leftover from mixing color’s for McCree.

Wand: I 3D printed the star, painted it gold, and attached it to a dowel I had. Super simple!

Rhinestones: I had so many leftover from Snow White!

Kyla Is Inspired | Casual Rosalina

Have you made costumes from scraps you’ve had leftover before? What did you make?

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Eco Point Mei Cosplay Work Log | Part II – Boots

I’m back with part 2 of Mei’s cosplay breakdown! This time I’ll be sharing her boot process. Part I covers her jacket if you want to check that out!

Kyla Is Inspired | Ecopoint Mei Cosplay Work Log
Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

SUPPLIES:

  • 4 sheets EVA Foam – 1/2″ thickness
  • 1 large roll of thin foam (can be found at Michael’s
  • 2 yards of blue spandex
  • 1/4 yard of red spandex
  • Leftover fur from Mei’s jacket
  • Worbla
  • Yellow and silver acrylic paint
  • Silver buttons

Honestly, the boots were the last project I started, but the first to finish! I was the most terrified of making these, but I’m very happy with how they turned out. My biggest concern was that I needed to be able to wear my comfortable Clark’s shoes (I’ve fractured my foot twice over 3 years, so supportive footwear only!) and slip into the boots, so the structure was going to be key.

The main structure is all EVA foam – we bought a pack on Amazon for $20. Sam really helped with this part :) The bottom base is just an oval, traced over my shoe so there is about 2-3 extra inches of surface area around the sole. It has little raised pieces of foam on the toe and heel where I need to slip my foot in, so when I walk I’m not kicking around in the boot. It’s nice and snug so the shoe doesn’t have any wiggle room. We made a “cage” over the toe of the foot to create the large rounded look of the toes.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial
Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

The back portion of the boot is the thick EVA Foam, but the entire boot is wrapped with a large sheet of thin craft foam (look for a roll like this). Everything is glued together with hot glue. To cover the toe of the boot, I cut a diamond notch out of the front so it could form around the round end.

Then came the most tedious part of the project, which is covering the boots. I had this great blue spandex fabric, but I didn’t want to just wrap it around the boot – I wanted it to be smooth. So, I ended up covering pieces of foam and sewing the spandex on top. Then I could wrap and glue the foam to the boots. The fabric/foam pieces were layered over a strip of fur, and I added silver buttons for accents.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

The silver back piece of the boot is 1/4″ foam that was painted silver and glued to the fabric parts. The last bit of detailing I did was the bottom yellow – it’s worbla that I shaped over pieces of foam, so the bottom of the boots wouldn’t bend at all during the stress of wear. I painted it all yellow with acrylic paints. Then I just glued the fur to the top of the boots.

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

And voila! I’m extremely proud of these boots; it’s one of the strangest projects I’ve worked on and they came out great. While I am able to slip my foot into the boot, they’re impossible to wear for more than a few yards – they’re clunky and very hot! So I ended up carrying them most of the con and slipping into them for photos :)

Hopefully this tutorial was helpful!

Kyla Is Insipred | Mei Boots Tutorial

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