DIY: elf ears

Updated April 17, 2017

Elves are important characters for Christmas, Halloween, and even Saint Patrick's Day. Santa's elves can be distinguished from leprechauns and other woodland sprits by their costumes, the ears are similar. If the ears are perfect, the rest of the costume--the elf waistcoat and breeches, for instance--falls into place easily. Making distinctive and instantly recognisable elf ears is easy to do.

Draw your pattern on the brown paper bag using the straight edge to draw a triangle. The base of the triangle should be at least 10 cm (4 inches) and the height of the triangle should be at least 12.5 cm (5 inches). Cut out two of these triangles and pin them to the brown material.

Draw a second set of triangles on the brown paper that is 13 mm (1/2 inch) smaller all around than the first triangles. Cut out two of these triangles and pin them to the pink material.

Cut out the brown and pink pattern pieces. You should have two brown triangles and two smaller pink triangles.

Place the pink triangles so that they are perfectly centred on the brown triangle. Pin into place.

If you are using broadcloth, stitch the pink cloth to the brown cloth. If you are using felt, you can either stitch or glue the material together. When you are done with this step, you should have two triangles.

Fold the triangles in half lengthwise, with the pink material on the inside. Pin the bottom edge (the short edge) and stitch them together. Repeat with the other ear.

Stitch your elf ears to a cloth headband or hat, making sure that the pink sides face forward. Experiment with mounting the ears at different angles before you stitch.


Vary the shape of the triangle pattern. Short squat triangles are good for leprechauns. Tall triangles are good for woodland elves.

Things You'll Need

  • 1/4 metre brown felt or broadcloth
  • 1/4 metre pink felt or broadcloth
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil
  • Brown paper bag
  • Elf hat or headband
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Glue (optional)
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Shelly Morgan has been writing and editing for over 25 years for various medical and scientific publications. Although she began her professional career in pharmacological research, Morgan turned to patent law where she specialized in prosecuting patents for medical devices. She also writes about renal disease and hypertension for several nonprofits aimed at educating and supporting kidney patients.