How to Make Puppy Ears

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How to Make Puppy Ears
You can make your own puppy ears at home. (Pixie image by Emma Louise from

Whether you are looking to make a costume for Halloween, a play or just for fun, puppy ears can help make your puppy costume more realistic. You can buy puppy ears from a costume shop, but these can be expensive and you may have trouble finding ears that match your costume exactly. If you want to save money and have a more exact match, you can make your own puppy ears at home with little effort.

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Things you need

  • Headband
  • Fabric
  • Hot glue
  • Scissors

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    Choose the breed of puppy you want to recreate and use that as your inspiration. Different breeds of dogs have different-shaped ears. For example, a Basset Hound has long hanging ears, a German Shepherd has short pointy ears and a Cocker Spaniel has long, curly-haired ears.

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    Purchase a headband that fits your head. Choose a headband in a colour that will match the colour of the ears you will be making. For example, if you are making black and white Dalmatian ears, choose a black or white headband. If you cannot find a headband that fits your head in the right colour, you can cover the headband in fabric and glue it in place with hot glue.

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    Draw the shape of the puppy ears onto a piece of fabric. You can use solid coloured or patterned fabric. This choice is up to you. Use brown, black and white for realistic-looking puppy ears and brightly coloured and pattered fabric for whimsical puppy ears. If you are going for a furry puppy, such as a Poodle or Cocker Spaniel, consider using textured fabrics. The shape and size depends on the breed you are trying to look like. Keep in mind that if you want pointy ears, you should use a stiffer fabric.

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    Cut out your puppy ears with scissors. Make sure the part of the ear that would be attaching to the puppy's head is flat.

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    Apply a line of hot glue onto the puppy ear along the flat line of the ear.

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    Press the hot glued puppy ear to the headband. You want the ear positioned where the ear would be on the puppy's head. For example, if you are making long, droopy ears, glue it on the side of the headband. If you are creating, short pointy ears, glue it on the top of the headband.

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    Apply a line of hot glue to the second puppy ear along the flat line of the ear and press it onto the headband as you did the first.

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    Allow the glue to dry before wearing your puppy ears.

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