Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Minnie & Mickey Mouse Centerpieces

I have been getting a ton of requests on how to create the Minnie/Mickey Centerpieces I featured back in November. The site where I originally found the image  is under construction, but you can find them on Facebook here:  Lil Bella Boutique



What You Need:
  • Large Styrofoam ball (this will be Minne or Mickey's head)
  • Two smaller Styrofoam balls for the ears.  
  • Wooden dowel, up to 1” thick and approximately 15” long
  • Wooden dowel 1/4" thick or less cut into two six inch pieces
  • Flower pot or vase
  • Moss, faux grass, or shredded paper (optional)
  • Floral foam (available at your local arts and crafts store)
  • Toothpicks, broken in half
  • Gumdrops in many different colors
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Licorice (optional)
What You Do:
  1. Cut a block of floral foam to fit inside the flower pot or vase and place it inside.
  2. Insert the dowel into the center of the Styrofoam ball about 3” deep.
  3. Insert the other end of the dowel into the floral foam all the way down so that it touches the bottom of the vase. Make sure the dowel is stable.
  4. Use the 2 smaller dowels for the ears.  Insert one end into the small ball, and then the other end into the large ball used for the head.  Repeat for other side.  (You may find doing this step closer to the end is easier when you already have some gumballs on the head part). 
  5. Stick a gumdrop onto one end of the toothpick and push the other end of the toothpick into the Styrofoam ball. Working in rows, continue placing gumdrops all the way around the ball.
  6. Once the Styrofoam ball is completely covered, you can place moss, faux grass, or shredded paper into the vase to cover the floral foam.  In this example, assorted colors of Twizzlers where used.  They were simply wrapped around the base.
  7. Tie a bow around the dowel with the ribbon (optional).
Doing this with toothpicks lets the gumdrops remain edible.  If you don't care about that or want a faster way to create this Minne/Mickey centerpiece, a glue gun on the low setting works just as well!


Happy Crafting!

12 comments:

Amy @ Blowout Party! said...

These centerpieces are just adorable!

Tini Posh said...

How cute!!

Di@n@ Rdz. said...

thank you so much.... i really appreciate the step by step... your arrangements really are beautifull... i look forward to seeing more creative little ideas on you blog.... thanks again!!!

sunflower said...

These are adorable-we are planning a Mickey party and I want to use this idea. Question-do you make these up and sell them? I do not know if I am crafty enough to make them myself! I live in MI.

sunflower said...

Is there a way I can contact you? For some reason when I click on contact, it won't let me send an email. Thanks.

My2PinkLadies said...

@sunflower - you can reach me via My2PinkLadies@gmail.com Thanks!

Camille Deal (yes it rhymes LOL!) said...

How adorable! I'm panning a Disney party in the summer and you just gave me a bunch of ideas. I love this!

Omi said...

What size do you suggest we buy for the head and what size for the ears? Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Great idea! What size are the flower pots that you used for the centerpiece and where did you find them if you don't mind me asking?

JuliettesMama said...

These are adorable! Approx. how many gumdrops did you use per centerpiece?

Thanks!
Dianne

My2PinkLadies said...

Thanks for the comments - these are great, aren't they? As stated in my post, I didn't make them so I do not know how many gumdrops it took. I would imagine a few packages.

Since I have gotten so much feedback on this, I just started buying the supplies and I am going to start making one and I will post a tutorial with all of the info.

Thanks!

Mari_LilBellaBoutique said...

Hi there! That pic is actually from my company, Lil Bella Boutique. We are still around, you can see our gallery on facebook here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/LilBella-Boutique/118408221513756

Thanks!
Mari