If your child is playing a puppy in an upcoming preschool musical, puppy dog ears help identify the character on stage. Although you could buy a pair of premade ears, making your own is economical and allows your child to have a unique costume element. One idea is to make the ears out of construction paper and allow the child to decorate them himself. The other option is to make the ears out of faux-fur fabric and make a lasting set of ears your child can play with at home.
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Things you need
- Flexible measuring tape
- Construction paper
- Faux-fur fabric
- Fabric glue
Measure the head of the child to wear the ears using a flexible measuring tape. Cut a headband out of construction paper that is as long as the measurement you just obtained plus an extra 2 inches for stapling. The headband should be 3 to 4 inches wide.
Create a circle out of the headband. Place it on the child's head. Staple the headband to itself where the two ends overlap. Be sure to staple so the flat edge of the staple is on the side that will touch the child's head. It should be snug on the child's head but not tight. Remove the headband.
Draw the shape of the desired ears on a piece of construction paper. Depending on the type of dog the child is supposed to be, they may be long and floppy or short and pointy. Cut out one ear. Use the ear as a template to draw a second ear on a piece of construction paper. Cut the second ear out, as well.
Staple the ears to the side of the headband wear a dog's ears would be. Decorate the front of the headband as desired with stickers or markers.
Draw the shape of the desired ears on a piece of paper. Cut the paper out. This is your template for the ears.
Place a piece of faux-fur fabric fur-side down on your work surface. Trace the ear template twice on the back of the fabric. If the shape is not symmetrical, turn the template over after the first one is drawn.
Cut out the ear shapes from the piece of fabric using scissors.
Use a needle and thread or sewing machine to attach the two ears to either side of a knit winter hat. Alternatively, use fabric glue or hot glue to attach the ears.
Tips and warnings
- Draw inspiration for the ear shape, colour and pattern from real dog breeds.
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