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Elephant Ear Animal Costume Headband: Kids Birthday Party Ideas – Crafty Dad

What could be more fun than having a real baby elephant at your kids’ birthday party? Having lots of pretend ones instead! Okay, so maybe not more fun but definitely less poo to clean up at the end of the day. Hrmm… toddlers. Maybe not.

Here is a cool animal costume headpiece that I conceived for Little E’s 2nd birthday party. It was supposed to be part of an elephant-themed version of Simon Says, but the kiddlywinks put that idea in the trash. At least they thought the headbands were cool.

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“My god. Those are real? I thought you were wearing one of Dave’s awesome elephant ear headbands.”

How to make your own Elephant Ear Headband:

You will need:

  • headband
  • grey corrugated cardboard
  • packing tape
  • thick needle
  • wool or thick string
  • someone else to do all of the stitching work

Start by freehand drawing an elephants ear onto the back of the corrugated cardboard. If you don’t remember what they look then direct your peepers here:

elephant ears

Cut this out.

Now lay it corrugated-face down on the back of the remaining cardboard and trace around the ear-shape. This will give you the opposite ear, so that both can have the corrugated side facing forward.

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Fold a piece of clear packing tape over the flat side of the ears; half on top, half on the bottom. Punch holes through the tape and cardboard with a pen or metal punch.

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Hold an ear against the headband and, using a needle, thread the wool through the holes and around the headband. Fancy people call this stitching or sewing. I call it a job for someone else.

Luckily my Mum was in town when I embarked on this venture, and she got stuck with this fun job. Thanks Mum!

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Do the same with the other ear and then BAM! You’ve created the greatest corrugated-cardboard-elephant-ears-on-a-headband known to man. They have a home-made look, but are absolutely ridiculous, which is what we’re after!

But don’t let the toddlers have all of the fun:

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David Hawkins

Half nerd, all Dad & Founder of Big Kid Little Kid, the go-to blog for Awesome Dads. David is on a personal mission to become a more awesome dad to his two sons and teach them all the facets of being a major nerd. NES-off anybody?