How to Make Homemade Elf Ears

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How to Make Homemade Elf Ears
Elves are incomplete without pointed ears. (elf image by Rick Sargeant from Fotolia.com)

Whether it's Christmas or a fairy tale, elves are popular creatures. They are intelligent, beautiful creatures in the famous "The Lord of the Rings" trilogy, common and gentle characters in the mythological world and, in reference to Santa, they work busily all day making toys. Thus, there are numerous desirable roles of elves people attempt to play all year long. If you're working on a Christmas elf, anime convention or "Lord of the Rings" character costume, you will need a pair of elf ears.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Liquid latex
  • Scissors
  • Spoons, 2
  • Fake skin
  • Baby powder
  • Spirit gum
  • Spirit gum remover
  • String
  • A wire or rod
  • Cling film

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare an area with cling film to catch latex drippings. Using cling film will allow you to pour excess liquid latex back into the container. You also need to put up a rod, string or wire to suspend stringed spoons over.

  2. 2

    Tie each end of the string to one of the spoons' handles. If you have larger ears, you will want to use tablespoons instead of standard spoons. Suspend the stringed spoons over the rod or wire at varying lengths. The spoons will stick together if they touch.

  3. 3

    Dip the spoons into the liquid latex about halfway up. The extra latex will run to a point off the upside-down spoons. You may have to dip the ear up to 20 times. Dip it less and less deep at the end to create a thin, malleable edge.

  4. 4

    Leave it to dry once you've attained adequate thickness.

  5. 5

    Apply baby powder to your elf ears after they dry. This will prevent the latex from sticking to itself. Peel the ear from the spoon, adding powder as you go.

  1. 1

    Try the elf ears on momentarily to decide on any necessary trimmings. Use scissors to cut folds or curvatures. You can drip on more liquid latex to adjust the tips of the elf ears.

  2. 2

    Apply spirit gum between the elf ear and your ear. Hold while it dries.

  3. 3

    Use fake skin to blend the elf ear with your ear. You can also apply drips of latex to your ear.

  4. 4

    Remove the ear with spirit gum remover. Save the ears for multiple reuses. You will need to apply new spirit gum for each use.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a blow dryer to speed up the drying process. Avoid touching the latex as it dries, though, or you will cause indentations.
  • To achieve one congruent colour on the ear, use a "rubber mask" grease paint. Other make-up will discolour the latex.

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