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Faux fur animal ears

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These faux fur ears are perfect for cosplay and costumes! They're easy to put together (even though I admit they're a little time consuming!), and pretty cheap as well. I've included a template for the ear shape I went with, but I think these faux fur ears could be easily modified to look like cat, fox, wolf, or dog ears! Using fur also allows your ears to look much more realistic - now you can cosplay in style. No more lumpy cloth ears for you!

They're also perfect for cosplay because they can be attached using only hair clips - I was afraid they'd be heavy enough I'd need to use a headband, but that's not the case. They'd also look excellent sewn onto a wig. (which I had originally planned, but couldn't find the perfect wig!) :D

So go ahead and cosplay as a fancy space cat or a warrior fox! You can do it!

(more photos on the last step, too! :D)

Oh, and if you're looking for a tail to go with the ears, check out my faux fur tail tutorial.
 
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Step 1: What you'll need:

Picture of what you'll need:
  • cardboard (I used a cereal box)
  • faux fur (longer fur works best)
  • trimmer/shaver
  • 20 gauge wire
  • a new razor blade
  • thread & needle
  • pins
  • glue gun + sticks
  • hair clips or headband for attaching
  • pink felt for inside of ears
  • ear pattern, included on this step
As you can see, the list of things needed is pretty small. :D I already had most of them around my house.

Step 2: Cut out cardboard ear bases

Picture of cut out cardboard ear bases
You'll need two of these!

Print out the template and cut it out. Trace around it and then cut it out of the cardboard. :)

This looks great and I want to use it for my next cosplay. I'm having a little trouble as to finding the fur though, so I would like to know where you got yours and how much it cost?

kenbob6 months ago

Looks great:) , now to add a sensor, some servos, ... ala

http://www.necomimi.com/ (one of my favorite concept products )

Mille_7 months ago
How cool :)
DaFluffehOne9 months ago
Awesome ^_^
Planning on making the tail later today, love the tutorial ^_^
stackerjack9 months ago
LOVE IT !!!!
Well Done Jessy, and Thank You.
abunda9 months ago
Niice!!
finton1 year ago
Great set of ears! For those of us who are iggerant, "cosplay" is short for "costume play".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosplay
These ears look Awsome!! Good Job
Klappstuhl1 year ago
Daaawwww, so cute! :D
NOODLE!1 year ago
thank you for making so many awesome ibles! I made your Max hat, and i LOVE it! your instuctions are really clear, which makes the project super easy. (^-^)
lovely idea!
jawasan1 year ago
Cute for sure!
Stop trying to close your eyes to make them not seem big. lol
These are Super Cute!!!!!
This is simple, and the outcome looks awesome!

Would you use foam for the inside?
jessyratfink (author)  ShadowJesus1 year ago
Carving a piece of foam would probably work pretty well for the base of the ears. I'm not sure it would play well with the hot glue, though, ha! You'd have to improvise that bit. :D
PitStoP1 year ago
That's cute Jessy. =) Looks nice on you and the pink goes well with your skin.
jde moraes1 year ago
Oh, nice!
You look great wearing them!
mikolynn1 year ago
Can't wait to see the complete costume!
yeah me too! cute!
HMice1 year ago
Great! Can you show us an image of the whole costume, tail AND ears! Fantastic ible!
jessyratfink (author)  HMice1 year ago
It's coming! I'm running a little behind this year. :)
Sorry, we all get a bit flustered around Haloween. Take your time, and once again, great ible!