Whip up a costume in minutes with these super easy, no sew animal ears. You can make these ears for cat costumes, bat costumes, bunny costumes, and more…
I love to make simple costumes for our kids.
This year, I made bat costumes for our girls. And while I am too behind to get my bat costume tutorial up before Halloween, I did shoot a short video about how to make quick, no sew animal ears.
For the girls’ bat costumes, I sewed ears using the fabric I used for their bat wings. Since I was already sewing their bat wings, a little extra sewing was not an issue for me.
But, for those of you who might not want to sew or don’t have time to sew, I decided to also make up a pair with a NO SEW method, using felt instead of fabric. (You could also use a thick fabric that doesn’t fray or a material like leather.)
This method works for all kinds of costume ideas — you can make bat ears, cat ears, bunny ears, pig ears, etc.
Watch How Easy It Is
What You Need
You may already have everything you will need for your animal ears at home. But if not, a quick stop at a dollar store or a craft store will get you ready.
2. Felt (in the appropriate color for your costume)
3. Two pipe cleaners (these will allow you to bend and shape your animal ears)
4. Glue gun
Use pipe cleaners to form two triangles. Size and shape the triangles according to your costume – small triangles for cat ears, larger triangles for bat ears, and long skinny triangles for bunny ears.
These triangles will serve as the “skeleton” for your ears, allowing you to shape and bend your finished animal ears.
Fold felt in half and use the pipe cleaner triangles as a template to cut out your felt ears.
Make sure you cut your felt ears about 1/4 inch larger on each side than the pipe cleaner triangles, and place the bottom of the triangle about 1/2 inch from the fold of the fabric so you have room to fold the bottom of the ears around the headband.
Glue pipe cleaner triangles to headband.
Before you start gluing, make sure you decide where you want your ears on your headband.
Cat and bat ears need to be further apart, almost on the sides of the headbands, otherwise they will look more like bunny ears.
Place felt ears around headband, sandwiching the pipe cleaner ears. Glue in place.
Trim any rough or uneven edges and then bend and shape your new ears.
Enjoy your ears — and let us know below what animal you created…
More Costume Ideas
Check out our DIY Cat Costume for Girls with Video Tutorial.
And this easy DIY Pink Panther Costume Tutorial.
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