How to Make a Dog Ear Headband

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Whether you're pulling together a last-minute costume or adding something new to your child's dress-up box, dog ears on a headband are quick and easy to make. You don't even have to sew anything, so they really are perfect for last-minute parties.

Things You'll Need

  • Scrap cardboard or copy paper

  • Felt

  • Tailor’s chalk or marker

  • Scissors

  • Fabric or hot glue

  • Craft stick (optional)

  • Headband

Step 1

Draw the ear shape on the cardboard or paper to make a template.


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Step 2

Trace the template onto the felt and cut out the pieces. You need four ear pieces.

Step 3

Glue two ear pieces together, fabric glue or a hot glue gun. If you prefer, stitch them together, providing a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Repeat with the other two pieces. Glue on felt spots, if you are using them.


  • Add some personality with different colors of felt. Cut two pieces from a dark color and two from a lighter color. For example, make Dalmatian ears with a black and a white piece for each ear. Cut spots from the darker color to put on the top.

  • If you are making large ears and want them to stand up, slip a craft stick between them before gluing them up.

Step 4

Put the headband on and mark where you want the ears. Remove the headband, and glue the ears in place with the bottom edge on the underside of the hairband.


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