How to Create a Mickey Mouse Shape Using Your Silhouette Software

Remember back in June I posted about Ryan’s Mickey Mouse Birthday Party?!?  Well today I am going to share how I made the MickeyMouse Head shape for all the decorations!!!  I used the same principal in Photoshop Elements also, so you can adapt if you aren’t needing one for your Silhouette!

Here is a quick tutorial on how to make a Mickey Mouse Head shape using your Silhouette Software.  You can certainly adapt this method to make other shapes than Mickey…but Mickey was what I happened to be making so Mickey is what you get today :)

(I have the designer edition so my screen might look a bit different than yours, but I didn’t use anything fancy to do this so you should still be able to follow along!)

–  Select the Ellipse Tool.  To make a perfect circle, you have to hold down the shift key while dragging your shape.  If you do not do this you will get an ellipse (oval) not a circle!

How to Draw a Mickey Mouse Head - Circle

–  Next make a smaller ellipse for one of Mickey’s ears.  (Don’t worry if it isn’t perfect size, we will resize/reshape it later! )  While the ellipse is selected you will see a green dot.  Use that to rotate the ellipse to the correct angle for Mickey’s Ear.

How to Draw a Mickey Mouse Head - Ear

This next screen shot has several steps!

  • 4.  First Re-size your ear now that is is positioned correctly.
  • 5.  While you have the ear selected, click the “duplicate button” which resembles 2 boxes.  (you can also right click the shape and select duplicate also)
  • 6.  Move the duplicated ear over to the other side of the circle and then you will need to flip it vertically so that it is a mirror image of the first.  You can do this by right clicking the duplicate ellipse and then selecting “Flip Vertically”  Make sure the two ears are level.

How to Draw a Mickey Mouse Head - Rotated Ear

–  Now you want to make all 3 shapes into 1 shape. To do this, click the “Select All” button and then click on the “Weld” button.  This will weld all 3 shapes into one single shape.

How to Draw a Mickey Mouse Head - Select All

Now you can resize the single image (Mickey’s Head) to any size you need for your different projects.  I did this once and used the same shape for everything I made for Ryan’s Party, including the cute chalkboard labels for the Mason Jar Lids, his Mickey Birthday Banner , the Food Tent Cards and the Mickey Head on the Water Bottle Lables!

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12 Responses
  • Hayley
    August 9, 2012

    I got a silhouette last year tried it once with the vinyl and it didn’t work. If I try again and have trouble can I chat with you about it?


    • Cheryl
      August 10, 2012

      ABSOLUTELY! cheryl (at) thatswhatchesaid (dot) net

      • Hayley
        August 11, 2012

        Thanks so much!!!

  • Donna O'Neil
    August 9, 2012

    That is really cool! I haven’t had much time to play with the Silhouette software. It is so versatile!

  • Ashleen Moreen
    August 15, 2012

    Oh I really didn’t know that there’s a silhouette software.
    I find it hard to create silhouette image using photoshop!

    • Cheryl
      August 15, 2012

      Ashleen, It is the software that comes with a Silhouette Cameo cutting machine. It’s a brand name, not a specific software to make silhouettes. :)

  • Ally
    January 4, 2013

    I am planning my son’s birthday party for next Sat.
    Can I pay you for the printables? I am really not good at these things

    Will you email me so I can give you my no. To call??

  • Pia
    March 11, 2013

    Thank you so much for these directions. I am a newbie user of the Silhouette cameo and this was super helpful!

  • Carrie
    May 31, 2013

    Thank you so much! I am learning the Silhouette software on the fly, and this is very good practice!

  • Bethany
    August 10, 2014

    Thank you! I’ve been wanting a Mickey shape for awhile! We are going to Disneyland next year for my son’s birthday and this will come in handy! :)

  • Patty
    October 9, 2014

    Thank you so much for this! I love learning new things on my silhouette. Just finished a banner. :)

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