The first time we ever saw the Osborne Light Show at Disney's MGM Studios I was like a little kid. As we walked through the back lot all I could think of was to have a little bit of that magic at our home during the holidays.
The following summer we were on one of our many trips to the Shipshewana Flea Market in Indiana when I spotted this huge Mickey's head made out of steel rod. It reminded me of one of the light shapes that we had seen at Disney.
These Mickey heads are made of ½" steel rod and then painted black. The first one we bought that trip measures 25" across just the circle of the head and it is 55" tall from the top of his ear to ground level. There is probably a good foot that is also anchored in the ground.
We purchased ordinary rope lighting and my husband fastened it around the ears and head with zip ties that matched the rope light. Our first lighted Mickey's head was born!!
Over the next few years we found more in different sizes, the smallest head is just 10" across and stands 21" tall. We brought them all home and put rope lighting on them and finally have an entire family lit at Christmas time. We have them timed and they go on and off in random order.
The only problem we have had is some of the paint wearing off. My husband cuts through the zip ties holding the rope light on and cleans them up and repaints them with rustoleum black paint, reattaches the lighting and we're back in business.