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Our District Cub Camp has different themes each year, and this year it is Harry Potter.

We decided right away that our pack will be Slytherin House (we're always the baddies at camp; we're the Dark Side when the theme is Star Wars), and our activities and leaders' costumes will reflect this.

At Camp, we often have Cubs with special jobs, so it was obvious* that, on a Harry Potter camp, those helpers would actually be house elves, selected from the smallest Cubs at camp. It was also obvious that our house elves had to look like house elves. That job fell to me, and this is what I came up with.

*to us
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Step 1: Materials and tools.

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The main parts of this are:

  • A plain "Alice band"
  • Elf-coloured felt - I bought two squares approx 25cm across from our local knitting shop, but only needed one.
  • PVA glue (or whatever suitable adhesive you have available)
  • The template.

Step 2: The Template

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I googled for a suitable still of Dobby, imported it into Inkscape, and then drew roughly around the ear in straight lines, which I then bent to match the ear more closely.

I added extra parts for the folds, got rid of the actual photo and re-arranged the drawn lines to make a net I could cut out of a piece of felt.

I only made one template, because the ears are mirror-images - I just need to turn one cut-out piece over.

I've added the template as a PDF and a PNG file to do with as you please.

Step 3: Cutting

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Simply cut out the template, draw round it on the felt, then cut the shape out of the felt.

Of course, pencils don't work on felt, but you can scribble over the edge of the paper with chalk or some kind of fibre-tipped pen.  I used an ordinary ball-point pen.
M!key3 months ago

This is excellent, well done Kiteman, especially given the timescale. It's a shame I've only just noticed it, I would definitely have voted. Oh and the bumpy bit by your ear-hole is called the antitragus :)

Kiteman (author)  M!key3 months ago

Thank you (you learn something every day, eh?)

I'm entering this in the laser cutter contest..
hunter9991 year ago

This is an awesome idea Kiteman! Very cute and an original idea. Thank you for sharing, you got my vote! :-)

Kiteman (author)  hunter9991 year ago

Thank you!

No problem! :-)

Oh this is super cute. Thank you kiteman for sharing.
Kiteman (author)  Tarun Upadhyaya1 year ago

You're very welcome.

kdurae0801 year ago
HAhaha!! :)
kdurae0801 year ago
I LOVE the sock pic at the end :) might try this for halloween!
Kiteman (author)  kdurae0801 year ago

I'm planning on answering the door to trick or treaters like this...

Eeeeeeeeee! So cute. :D

Gonna have to make some of these!

Kiteman (author)  jessyratfink1 year ago

They are, aren't they?

(I tried modelling them myself, but Conker-X is a lot more photogenic than I am...)