This method lets you make a pair of comfy animal ears with a realistic shape in about half an hour. It's pretty flexible - whether short dainty cat ears or giant swaying bunny ears, they'll come together in a jiffy! Mine are pretty bright, but switch out the fabrics with fun fur and vinyl for a more realistic look.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Wide, strong plastic hairband (to be nice and stable on your head)
- 8 Cable or Zip ties (these provide the structure)
- Fabric scraps
- Hot glue gun (and glue sticks)
- Fabric scissors
- Strong snips (I used metal snips, but you could also use wire-cutters or really strong scizzors)
Step 2: Design Your Ears & Build the Structure
Mark the middle of the hairband, and add the cable ties symmetrically. I've only shown making one ear here, but it's a good idea to make both at once, so they match.
The innermost cable tie should stand up at the front, and the others at the back to add depth to the shape of your ears. Place the last one a little further apart from the others.
Step 3: Shaping
Twist the innermost tie to lay flat on top of the other ones - this will help make a little pocket at the front.
Push and pull the individual ties to settle the shape of your ear. When you're happy with it, add hot glue to the cable ties below the rubber band.
When it's set, trim the ends off, and add more glue to reinforce the join.
Step 4: Add Outer Fabric
Once it's fixed to the outside, trim the fabric down to leave a nice wide hem around the structure, then glue that down. Trim the fabric around the base of the ears.
Step 5: Lining