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How to Make Costume Elf Ears by Zeldaness How to Make Costume Elf Ears by Zeldaness
Hooray! My first tutorial!
Inspiration: I was looking to buy elf ears, saw the prices and Bam! Inspiration. In my first attempt I used aluminum foil, double stick tape, and plastic wrap. Later, as I got addicted to craft foam by making armor, I came to this method. I just had to make this tutorial for the good of my fellow deviants (and for fame and fortu...well, fame.)
But enough of my silliness, here's the link to my patterns: [link]
I hope this tutorial is helpful, and if you have any questions, just comment or note me.
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Julianbenson Featured By Owner Nov 23, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
The eyes look weird somehow........... super black....
lilyflower332 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2016
do you have references for how each style looks while worn?

I plan on modifying some for Marshall Lee.
SirLadySketch Featured By Owner Feb 17, 2016  Student Artist
This is such a useful, easy to follow tutorial! I was able to whip up a pair of elf ears for MAGfest this weekend, and I think they'll work even better than the store-bought ones I initially had. One thing I found super helpful in finishing my ears was using colored pencils to shade in shadows and highlights, to give it a more natural coloration. I also used blush/toner on the ears to soften the shine and get it even closer to my skin coloration.

Thank you for such a great tutorial! :D
Pretty-LittlePsycho Featured By Owner Dec 31, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is really good! Thank you! <333
AimsterSkitz0rz Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2015  Hobbyist Artist
Love Thank you for this tutorial I did not want to pay $30 to buy some.Sweating a little...  I had a lot of fun making these ears for my Legend of Zelda Great Fairy Cosplay! :happybounce: 
IDreamOfTheWind Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm considering cosplaying as Medli, so this will be useful!
OceanPirate Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is it possible to make them longer and add the details of the ear in it,without falling of or making them look floppy?
Zeldaness Featured By Owner May 12, 2015
Length is no problem. Two thicknesses of craft foam is very sturdy, and it's very possible to add designs in the top part. Making designs where the foam covers your ears is trickier, though. I have not yet found a good method. You might experiment with heated tools—craft foam becomes quite malleable when heated.
OceanPirate Featured By Owner May 12, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm going to try that for my upcoming project,thanks for the advice!
MeraHunt Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Ah, this was very helpful.  However, it was a bit hard to attach to my ear with the double stick tape so I used spirit glue instead.   It's still /really/ good and I love them.  Thanks for having this up here.
popperbooty Featured By Owner Feb 14, 2014  Hobbyist
Both of my Ocs (Well, still being designed OCS..) have elf ears, so if I want to cosplay one of them then it'll be quite useful! Thanks!
AlternitiveUniverse Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Would it be to hard to make it look like the internal bit of a normal ear down near the base (where it attaches?) thank you for the tutorial. Might use it for a few cosplay's.
amorsnoir Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
wonderful!! I will definitely use this strategy for my Soraka ears. They are large, and cost like $50 to buy, which isn't happening lol~ thanks ^_^
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014
Ha, I know the feeling. It looks like you're going to have fun with colors! Heads up: craft foam generally revolts against being colored a shade lighter or duller than its original shade, so you might want to test around with different foam and coloring devices before gluing the whole ear together.
Have fun! :)
AskTheBaltics Featured By Owner Oct 23, 2013
(( Thanks a bunch for the advice! I kind of used a variation of them for Homestuck ears and they turned out really cool! )) 
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Nov 19, 2013
Wow, cool! I'm glad you could make it your own.
jay-ultica Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2013

 I cant wait till Monday (when I walk into school with ears like its nothing XD)

MissPandaFairy Featured By Owner Aug 12, 2013  Student General Artist
Definitely going to use these for my Skyward Sword Zelda cosplay!! :D -Thanks for sharing
KawaiiRussia-chan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Hello, I hope you don't mind that I translated your tutorial to Slovak language and posted it on my blog  (… )! I gave you full credit! :33 I had to translate it, since it was on request from a person who doesn't speak English + this tutorial is really good and useful! ^_^
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013
Wow! I think that is great!
KawaiiRussia-chan Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Yay! I am glad! ^^
Awesome! Thank you!
Aventureira16 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
Nice! ^^
Thanks for the tutorial....I'll make cosplay of Grimmjow Ressurection(Bleach) version girl and after see this, will be easy to make the cosplay :)  
*-* Thanks Thanks Thanks! *-*
Salaura Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Hahaa! Just what I was looking for!
Renin-Sa Featured By Owner May 22, 2013
Ha, cool. I should do this some time.
Kyraktos Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2013  Professional General Artist
Wow, this tutorial is extremely insightful and useful as well. I was hoping I could find this again, I was for sure I had lost it. But quick question, did you use chalks and paints for a proper skin tone as well as the blush around the ridges and tips?
whaleyousea Featured By Owner Jan 3, 2013
what fabric did you use to make the ear?
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Jan 5, 2013
It's craft foam.
GabyBrod Featured By Owner Sep 8, 2013  Student Artist
Hi, it's awesome. But I've one question. Where I can buy it?
geneseepaws Featured By Owner Dec 26, 2012
Hey, thanks for the tute. Gonna try it tomorrow.
AverageCosplays Featured By Owner Nov 21, 2012
This is unbelievably good looking, cheap and simple. Thank you so much!
Sonic-Freak Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2012
Craft Foam is the greatest substance known to man! These actually look pretty good for a low-budget solution. I like it. Can you hear well enough out of them? Do they stay on pretty O.K.?
coffeelunatic Featured By Owner Oct 13, 2012
I'm going to use this for my Vidia cosplay! I've been looking all over for an easy tutorial for elf/pixie ears, thanks!
Shaneroma Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2012  Hobbyist Artist
gonna use this for my Prince cosplay ;P
tnx so much for the tutorial :heart:
AlbinoOtaku Featured By Owner Aug 29, 2012
Perfect for my up coming Link cosplay! Thanks a bunch!
Botanya Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
Looks great; I'll have to remember this . . . . :)
IzabelaDeLima Featured By Owner Jul 30, 2012  Student Artist
I just loved this tutorial, I'll try to make my own hobbit ears following this tutorial, 'cause I searched for "how to make hobbit ears", and nothing was found.
Kisses :3
superstarsagal12 Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
this tutorial will be PERFECT for my D-chan the SEGA otaku cosplay (my OC)
AxelofEaldormere Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
Those ears are really neat....Ive created a facebook group known as the Imagination Trading Post (feel free to join, its an open group) to share tutorials, patterns, finished project pictures, advice, from costumed enthusiasts from various fandoms from historical reinactment and SCA to Larp, cosplay, steampunk, or theatre groups. We intend on making a website if the facebook group is a hit.

2 Questions:
1) Do you want to join and/or know anyone who would wish to join?
2) Would I have permission to place your pattern(s) on the site, as they may be helpful for those wishing to create such aunique costume piece, such as your ears
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2012
I'm sort of retiring from costuming, but you're more than free to use my patterns! Good luck!
reikkou89 Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2012
thank you , you have save me tons of time!!
RosaCosplay Featured By Owner Jun 13, 2012
I used this tutorial and made this: [link]
I've credited you ^_^ thanks!
LastDitchEfforts Featured By Owner May 30, 2012  Student General Artist
:D neat-o. should probably give this a try then!
SerahSerrin Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Genius <3
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2012
Aww, thank you. :meow:
Skymone Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Wow, awesome! I've spent hours browsing around Chinese cosplay pages for a pair of cheap ears, and turns out I find the solution right here on DeviantART! Thanks for sharing this technique, I will def try it out - if it works out for me, I will put a link to it on my blog! :)
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2012
Cool! Thanks! :)
ManiQuinn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
You can make these smaller right? I mean they look amazing but for my costume they're going to have to be a little smaller
Zeldaness Featured By Owner Feb 6, 2012
Thank you!
The reason I made the patterns this size was because it was the smallest I could get of the shape I wanted. So, yes, but if you change the pattern, you will also have to change the shape. (unless your ears are really small) it will end up being more round-ish with a smaller tip at the end. Plus with a smaller tip, you may not be able to put in as many designs.
In general, when you get the pattern, cut as much as you want off the tip, and then perhaps a little off the sides. (don't cut any off the bottom) and if you want to do any more than that, test around with it to see if it still works.
Happy cosplaying! :D
ManiQuinn Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012
Oops! I really need to learn how to read xD
Sorry! You can make them small (Im just a moron!)
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