With our trip to the most magical place on earth quickly approaching, I wanted to get a custom pair of ears for everyone in our party. There was a problem though, the average pair of custom ears on Etsy was going for close to $60 and had almost 3 week lead times (For fully custom ears with fancy fabric, a nice bow, all the bells and whistles etc...), that wasn't going to work for me. So, instead of spending $180 on ears we decided to make our own and they came out fantastic if I do say so myself!
Obviously this tutorial will work for whichever fabric you choose but here is what we used to make this pair above:
-Fabric (of your choice)
-Bow (you can make your own but I bought mine)
-Hot glue gun
Step 1: This is the template I used to make my ears. Print it out just on a normal 8x11 sheet of paper.
Step 2: Once you've printed out your templates, cut them out and trace them onto your foam board,you WILL NEED 2 layers per ear so 2 for the left ear and 2 for the right ear. We marked the ears for the top and bottom but you don't have to.
Step 3: Cut out all of the ear layers with your exacto knife. This is by far the hardest part, take your time. We recommend cutting in stages, only cut through half way the first time and come back around a second time to go all the way through. We got our best results doing it this way.
Step 4: Next glue the 2 pieces for each ear together.
Step 5: Now we need to get our fabric ready. Use your ear template to draw cutting lines that are slightly larger than your original template, you want it to be just slightly larger so they are able to wrap around the edges of the ear. You will need 4 pieces of fabric as well, 2 for the front of the ears ad 2 for the back. (do it on the back side of the fabric)
Step 6: For this step you need to cut out all the pieces you traced and cut it as smooth as you can. (it doesn't need to be perfect). If your fabric is wrinkly we suggest ironing them before you glue them on, making ears takes a fair bit of time and there is no sense in ruining them with wrinkles! (Ask us how we know this...)
Step 7: Glue the fabric to your foam board ears. I used hot glue the first time but I would suggest using something like Elmer's Craft Bond Glue or spray adhesive if i where to do it again. The hot glue dried to fast and you could feel the bumps through the fabric. For whichever glue you choose to use just make sure you get a good bond between your fabric and your ears and make sure to smooth out all the bumps and creases before it dries.
Your ears should look something like this now....
Step 8: Next we used hot glue to glue down the sides of the fabric to the ears. We ran a bead of hot glue down the middle of the ears and pressed the fabric into it. Please note: Hot glue is hot, like really hot, be careful when doing this step. Your ears should now look like this:
Step 9: Now you need to glue the ribbon on the outside of the ears. I found it best to glue one end down and work my way around rather then trying to do it all at once. We used hot glue for this step as well. The ears now look like this, we're almost done!
Step 10: Now Glue your ears to the headband, we used hot glue for this step but super glue would probably work just as good.
If you know what you're doing you can certainly make your own bow out of ribbon but we just bought some pre-made bows from walmart and cut the tassles off. Glue these to the top of your headband between your ears and you're done!
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