Cow ears are an essential accessory for any cow costume. You might be inspired to try this tutorial if your kid is playing a cow in a Christmas pageant or production of "Charlotte's Web" or they have requested a cow Halloween costume.
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A fun couples costume for a Halloween party might feature one person dressed like a cow and their other half as a cowboy. A cow ears headband is also just a fun item to have in a dress-up box. These DIY cow ears are affixed onto a headband base, so they are comfortable and will fit anyone. The crafty project is fun, easy enough for kids to assist with, and requires only inexpensive supplies.
Things You'll Need
Cow print, black, brown or white felt
White glue or fabric glue
Draw a template
Draw a cow ear shape on paper or card stock. Cow's ears are oval shaped and tapered at the top. Use a picture as a guide, or search online for a printable if you're having trouble getting the shape right. Make the ear about 4 inches long for a child's cow ears costume or longer for an adult's animal ears. Cut out the shape with scissors.
Pin the pattern to the felt
Fold a sheet of felt in half and place the pattern on the upper layer with the base of the ear along the fold. Pin the pattern to the felt, pinning through both layers.
Cut out the pattern
Start at the fold and cut around the pattern. End your cut at the fold, leaving about an inch along the fold uncut. You will have two felt ears joined at the base.
Cut out the other ear
Cut a second ear from the sheet of felt in the same way that you cut the first one.
Spread the glue
Spread a thin layer of white or fabric glue on one side each felt ear, making sure to spread the glue all the way to the edges.
Wrap the felt ears around the headband on each side. Cows' ears stick straight out from their heads at the sides. Glue the two halves of the ears together tightly to the headband, matching the edges. Use a clothespin to hold the base of the ears firmly against the headband until it dries.
Wrap the ears around the headband
While the glue is still wet, wrap each felt ear around the headband on one side in a position just above the costume wearer's own ear. Cows' ears stick straight out from their heads at the sides. Press the two halves of the ears together tightly, enclosing the headband at the base.
Secure the ears with clothespins
Use clothespins to hold the base of the ears firmly against the headband while the glue dries.
Shape the ears
Shape the ears into a slight lengthwise curve while the glue is wet by pinching the back of the ear with a clothespin. You might also sew a few small stitches in the back of the ears at the base to hold them in a curved shape.
Let the glue dry
Allow the ears to dry overnight.
- Glue lighter-colored, smaller, felt ovals inside the fronts of the ears, if desired.
- Use paint or glue additional felt shapes to the ears to create a black and white or brown and white cow print.
- Tie strands of fluffy yarn to the middle of the headband to form a "cowlick."