Disney Countdown Chain Tutorial with Mickey Ears Template

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If you are planning a trip to Disneyland or another Disney location, and have looked around for a countdown chain idea, chances are you have seen this one on Get Away Today.  I saw it and loved how fun it was.  I decided to make it for my kids.  This will be easy, right? Paper chain, learned that in kindergarten.  That is when I really looked at it and wondered how they attached the ears to the Mickey chain.  Different ideas poped into mind until I decided that I would just make my own Mickey Ears Template.  I turned to my Cameo and came up with this.

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It worked perfectly.  Now I was ready to get started.  First I gathered supplies and cut up my paper strips.

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You will need black paper to cut out the Mickey Ears Template, 1.5 x8.5 inch red strips of paper, 1 x 8.5 inch yellow, 1.5 x 8.5 inch white strips of paper, White paper circles (mine were just under .5 inches each), glue for the circles and a stapler.  Assembly time!

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Cut out your Mickey Pieces and flip the ears up.  Glue on the white dots to the red strips.  Start stapeling your chain pieces together.  You want to go in this order so that it looks like Mickey Mouse: black ears, red chain, yellow chain, white chain.  Repeat.  You can choose to have Mickey’s ears facing the back or facing the front.  Just make sure you do them all the same.  When I first saw this, I didn’t realize that it was supposed to look like Mickey.  Look how cute it is! The black are his ears (obviously), the red his shorts, yellow his shoes, and a white chain to separate them.  Am I the only one who caught on to that late?

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Keep assembling your chain until you have the number of days left until your family goes to Disneyland or Disney World or wherever you are going!

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**UPDATE: Do you want to download the pdf of the Mickey Ears Countdown Chain Template? I would love you to!

You can download it HERE.

I would also give you an air fist bump if you would pin an image from the post so others can find it too.  Thanks!

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  1. This is so stinkin’ cute! I’ll be featuring this on my blog a little later today. Hope you stop by and grab a featured button 🙂


  2. I did something very similar here: http://takingtimetocreate.blogspot.com/2012/09/disneyland-countdown.html

    I love your version!

  3. I just love this! Please send me the .pdf template for the ears! Thanks so much!

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  5. Please send me the .pdf at ksuvetwife@gmail.com. Thanks!

  6. i would love a .pdf file at annafarmer.30@gmail.com. Thanks!!

  7. I helped co-host Ginger’s link party, and am featuring your post today! Be sure to stop by 🙂


  8. Carolee- Send me your email address so that I can get you the .pdf file. greyluster@gmail.com . Thanks!

  9. Ill make these next time we go to Disneyland!

    I discovered your blog not too long ago and I wanted to give you an award for it. This award is a fun way to know and connect with other blogs. Check it out here –> http://creativecatart.blogspot.co.uk/2013/04/liebster-award-for-creative-cat.html All the best! Helen xx

  10. i would love a .pdf file at dopeyfordisneyworld@yahoo.com please! Thank you for sharing this!

  11. This is too cute and glad I found this just in time. I’m throwing a Mickey Mouse party this year for my boys. I would love the silhouette studio file please. Thank you so much!

  12. (from previous post)…guess you would need my e-mail to send it to me 🙂

  13. This is too cute and glad I found this just in time. I’m throwing a Mickey Mouse party this year for my boys. I would love the silhouette studio file please. Thank you so much!

  14. Best Disneyland idea ever. May I have a .pdf file please? maria.omara@gmail.com

    Thank you!

  15. I love this. Can you email me the download? tifftennis @ gmail dot com

  16. I would love the template in pdf. Pretty please. It would be a perfect way to count down to our Disney cruise. pigs4tm@yahoo.com

  17. Hi! I would love the template in pdf… my kids will go crazy! Pls email at alexryan428@gmail.com

  18. Hi I would love the template, I do have a cameo but if pdf is easier that would be great. Thanks for offering it.

  19. We’re headed to DL in 20 days with our 2 year old and extended family {group of 20}!
    Would love the template in pdf!


  20. This is SUPER cute!! Could you please send me the pdf template?! We are making our first family vacation to Disneyland with my 6, 3, and 9 month old boys in six weeks!!

  21. berenique says:

    Awesome! Can I have PDF version, please.

  22. This is so cute. I plan on making it this weekend for our trip. Would you please send it to me as a pdf?
    Thank you!

  23. So cute!!! could you email me the PDF please!! Thank You!!!


  24. Ooooh, perfect timing!! We’re going to Disney in 2 weeks and my 4 year old asks about 10 times a day when we’re going!! This would be great for him to SEE how many days we have left!! I’d like a cameo copy, please?? Thanks!!!

  25. Stephanie says:

    I’d like the PDF file. We’re going to Disneyland in just over a month. Perfect countdown for my 4 year old.

  26. i would love the ears file in pdf.. this is awesome !!

  27. Juanita says:

    I love this idea! I am so excited to make one. Can please 🙂 you send me the pdf template for the Mickey ears?

    Thanks a bunch!!!! 🙂

  28. I’m a new blogger and used your great idea to make my own Fab Five Countdown Chain. Just wanted to tell you I added a link here so people saw where I got my original idea! Thanks!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Your chains were so cute Esther! I liked how you had a mixture of characters all in one!

  29. I love this idea! We are taking my son, for the first time, to Disney later this year. I would love to get your PDF version so I can make this countdown chain for him.


  30. Thanks for the great idea, by the way! We are thoroughly enjoying our countdown chain!

  31. I would love the PDF file.



  32. I think this is the cutest countdown I have ever seen! Would you please send me a pdf file? I would be ever so grateful!

  33. Jessica says:

    This is such a cute idea! I would love the .pdf file as well please!!

    Thanks for sharing~


  34. This is so cute.
    Could you share the pdf with me?
    Thank you

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Janayra! You can now download the pdf from the original post. It is toward the bottom. Let me know if it doesn’t work for you. Enjoy your trip to Disney!

  35. joan nichols says:

    Just loved this chain-I’m sure others have thought of this but I trimmed my black construction paper down to fit my printer & I printed Mickey “ears” out on the black using grayscale. Still need good light to cut out, but lots less time than tracing each set of ears. Thanks again for such a cute idea-I’m sure my 4 yr. old granddaughter will enjoy it.

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks for sharing this tip Joan! I didn’t even think of doing that so I glad you shared!

  36. My family is going on a Disney cruise in 30 days & I would love to do this chain for my kids! I tried clicking on the link & can’t get the template to pull up. Would you mind emailing it to sdrawdy@kw.com? It’s just too cute!!

  37. This is awesome! I’m trying to plan a trip for November and this would be such a cute idea. I’m so glad to stumble upon your blog! You’ve got a new follower!

    • greylustergirl says:

      YAY! Thanks Andee! So happy to have you! I have TONS of Disney ideas so make sure to look around!

  38. SO cute! I would love the pdf template please! kristid.white@gmail.com THANKS!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks for your comment Kristi! Your can now download the pdf file from the Disney Countdown Chain post. It is towards the end. Let me know if you have a problem downloading it. Thanks for stopping by and have a SUPER fun Disney vacation!

  39. LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the countdown for Disney! Would love to have the template!



    • greylustergirl says:

      Thanks Holly! There is a download link for the template at the bottom of the post. Enjoy your Disney trip!

  40. I love your chain and when I downloaded the ears, they are huge and print off the paper. I then printed landscape, but only got 3 ears. Is there a way to make it smaller so it fits on a page? (or is my printer/computer aka me retarded?)

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Laura! Sorry it isn’t working for you! As far as I know, no one else has had a problem printing it. You could try adjusting your printer settings by telling it to print “fit to page” or printing without a fixed margin. Hope that helps!

  41. It did work at home. My work printer is retarded. 😀 Thanks again! We’re super excited!!

  42. Any chance you still have the silhouette file? I’d love to use this on my Cameo. s_paster@hotmail.com Thanks!

  43. Amanda Swenson says:

    I would love a .pdf file! aswenson5@gmail.com. Thank you!

  44. Jennifer says:

    Thanks so much for the great idea and template. I even modified it slightly to include a Minnie version with polka dots and bow. The big countdown starts soon!!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Great idea Jennifer! I too had thought about doing a Minnie one when we went to Disney this year but laziness won out and I just did Mickey again. I would love to see how you put yours together!

      • Jennifer says:

        Not sure how to attach a pic but I added a pick now between your template of Mickey ears using wither a stapler or glue stock and them instead of a red strip with buttons I did a pick with white polka dots and a white belt line using white out and hole punch outs and solid pink instead or yellow shoes. You could do with red too but I did it to march the shirt I made and my daughters had a pink bows. Sooty I couldn’t attach a pic to make more sense. FYI totally under achieving as a sahm hit thanks to all the blogs I found with DIY projects from the countdown to shorts I feel like I’m step up my game so thanks so much!

  45. Hi! This is so adorable. Could you possibly email me the pdf? Thank you so much!:)

  46. Oops, sorry about that. I didn’t see that you posted a link. Thanks again!

  47. I would love to have the pdf file for this chain….Taking my grandchildren to Disney for the first time and we are super excited. I let him pick out which one he wanted and he liked yours best 🙂 Thanks!

  48. I would love the pdf file, Im hosting my nephew’s 1st birthday party, and this would look amazing. Thank you!!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Suzan! You can find the link to the pdf file at the bottom of the post. Hope it helps with the birthday!

  49. Does the pdf work to cut on the silhouette? Or can you provide the file to me that I could use on to cut the ears on the silhouette? Thank you!

  50. I would love a PDF file

  51. Savannah Hedges says:

    Thank you so much for the downloadable Mickeys! It saved so much time! I just went ahead and printed them out on black construction paper to save even more time! Thanks again for a wonderful idea 🙂

  52. Can you please send me the template for the Disney Countdown chain. We are going to Disney World in 2015 and I want to make this for my daughter. Thank you!

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Rhianna!
      You can find the link to download the template at the bottom of the post. Have fun in Disney!

  53. This Mickey Mouse chain is super cute! P lease send me a pdf file. Thank you so much! Katherine

    • greylustergirl says:

      Hi Katherine!
      I can’t remember if I responded to you already or not so I thought I would just shoot over a quick reply to say that the download for the pdf file is located at the bottom of the post. If I already emailed you, then please disregard this! Thanks!