How to Make Fake Elf Ears

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How to Make Fake Elf Ears
Elves are most commonly said to dwell in forests (garden elf on swing image by Lynn M. Johnson from

Elves are said to be small, dwarf-like creatures with pointed ears. Folklore tells us they are immortal, have magical powers and can be both mischievous and helpful. A popular choice for Halloween, elf costumes are relatively simple to make. In fact, you do not even have to rent or construct a full suit--you only need a pair of pointy ears to be recognised as an elf.

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Things you need

  • Paper grocery bag
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Clear tape
  • Plastic head band
  • Glue

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  1. 1

    Use a pencil to draw four elf ear outlines onto a paper grocery bag, making them as identical as possible. When you are satisfied with the size and shape of the ears, add 1/4 inch all around with the pencil. This will be your cutting line.

  2. 2

    Form floral wire into elf-shaped ears using the inside pencil drawing as your pattern. Make two wire ear shapes.

  3. 3

    Cut out all four ears drawn on the grocery bag with scissors. Be sure to cut the outside pencilled drawing.

  4. 4

    Lay the two wire ear shapes over two paper ears. Fold the ends of the paper over the wire and carefully secure all around with clear tape.

  5. 5

    Cover the taped side of the ears with another paper ear shape. Fold the ends to the other side; secure with clear tape.

  6. 6

    Adhere the ears to the base of a plastic headband with glue. Allow several hours for the glue to dry before you wear your elf ears.

Tips and warnings

  • If you would like your ears to be a colour other than that of the paper bag, use crayons to colour in the ears before you cut them out.

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