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How to Make Horton the Elephant Headband Ears

Updated on August 21, 2014

Be Horton for Dr. Seuss Day or Halloween

It's easy to become Horton Hears a Who for Halloween, for a costume party or for Dr. Seuss's Birthday. All you need is a headband, a few pipe cleaners, some blue paper, yarn or a large pom pom and a little time. With a few cuts of paper, foamie or felt, some twisting and turning you'll soon have your own Horton Ears Headband in blue or grey.

These Horton Ears Headbands were ones that I created for my daughters when we went to see the new Horton Movie. Since then, these easy to make ear headbands have become very popular dress-ups for Halloween and Dr. Seuss Day.

Put on your homemade Horton the Elephant ears with blue clothes (or gray clothes if you want to be more incognito) and you'll have one of the best (and easiest) costumes at the office party.

Make Horton the Elephant Ears © Kirsti A. Dyer

What is that on your head,

my dears?

Are you really wearing

elephant ears?

Homemade Horton Blue Ears Headband

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Our homemade version of the Horton Hears a Who Headband Ears

made using felt, pipe cleaners (chenille stems) a headband and some fuzzy yarn.

Blue Horton Ears Headband © Kirsti A. Dyer

Blue or Gray ?

Vote on the Best Elephant Ears Color

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Available on Amazon

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I meant what I said,

and I said what I meant:

These ears are awesome one hundred percent!

Horton Hears a Who Hat

Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Plush Costume Hat by elope
Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Plush Costume Hat by elope

Like to make more of a Horton Statement?

Try this licensed adult sized Dr. Seuss Horton Hears a Who Hat.

 

Make Blue Elephant Ears

Original Horton Ears Headband

Originally Available on Amazon
Originally Available on Amazon

The headband ears that inspired my crafted version. Originally available on Amazon.

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Supplies to Make Your Own Horton Ears Headband

Our homemade version of the Horton Hears a Who Headband Ears made using a few basic supplies as seen in the picture to the right:

  • 1. Light blue felt, paper or foam sheets (foamies)
  • 2. 10 - 11 pipe cleaners also known as chenille stems
  • 3. Light blue Headband
  • 4. Light blue Fuzzy yarn or a pom pom for Horton's tuft of hair
  • 5. Glue or Glue Gun

After you have assembled your supplies read on to download the ear pattern and get started making your ears.

Blue elephant ears supplies © Kirsti A. Dyer

Headbands, Yarn, Pom Pom, Chenille Stems and Paper Supplies

Some of the supplies you might need to make blue Horton ears.

Lion Brand Fun Fur Yarn: Bright Blue
Lion Brand Fun Fur Yarn: Bright Blue

Wrapping blue fun fur yarn around the headband is probably the easiest and fastest way to make Horton's hair tuft.

 
Pom Pom 1" Acrylic Lt. Blue 40pc/Pk
Pom Pom 1" Acrylic Lt. Blue 40pc/Pk

Pom poms can be glued to the headband to simulate Horton's tuft of hair.

 
Light Blue Plastic Hair Hoop Headband Ornament for Lady
Light Blue Plastic Hair Hoop Headband Ornament for Lady

This slightly wider plastic headband makes for a more substantial base for the ears.

 
100 Light Blue Chenille Stems (12" x 6mm)
100 Light Blue Chenille Stems (12" x 6mm)

You need at least 10 Chenille Stems to wrap around the headband, so be sure to order enough for everyone.

 
Roselle 9x12 Vibrant Construction Paper, 50 count, 9 x12 Inches, Light Blue (CON0591250)
Roselle 9x12 Vibrant Construction Paper, 50 count, 9 x12 Inches, Light Blue (CON0591250)

Blue construction paper is the least expensive material to use for ears, just be sure the paper doesn't rip or tear when working with it.

 
Acrylic Felt Sheet 9” X 12”: 25 PCS, Light Blue
Acrylic Felt Sheet 9” X 12”: 25 PCS, Light Blue

Light blue felt is one of the the easiest materials to use to make ears and is less likely to tear.

 
Rainbow Classic Felt 9"X12"-Crystal Blue  24 per pack
Rainbow Classic Felt 9"X12"-Crystal Blue 24 per pack

Crystal blue felt is a colorful choice for making Horton's ears.

 
Bulk Buy: Darice Foam Sheet 9"X12" 2mm Baby Blue 1040912-57 (12-Pack)
Bulk Buy: Darice Foam Sheet 9"X12" 2mm Baby Blue 1040912-57 (12-Pack)

Light blue foam sheets is another one of the the easiest materials to use to make the ears that is less likely to tear. Sheet measures 9 x 12 inches

 

Steps to Make Horton Hears a Who Headband

Making your own Horton Hears a Who Headband ears is pretty simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Cut Horton ears out of blue construction paper or foamie sheet using the paper model. The ears can be attached by gluing or by catching with chenille stems.
  2. If you start with a blue headband, then glue the Horton ears in place.
  3. If you are going to catch the ears with the chenille stems, then punch out the holes where indicated.
  4. Wrap the Chenille Stems around the Headband catching the ears in the holes so you cover the headband and attach the ears.
  5. Glue the Blue Pom Pom or Yarn on the top to create hair.
  6. Admire your Horton Ears.

Cut out the Horton Ears

Choose your material. You can make the Horton ears out of:

  • 1. Construction Paper
  • 2. Felt
  • 3. Foamie Sheets
Pick your Ear Pattern and cut out two matching ears.

Choose an Elephant Ear Pattern

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Pick the elephant ear pattern that you like the most then print from the images that follow.

These ears were sized for an 8 and a 6 year old.

The image may have to be enlarged or shrunk depending on the size of the children.

Elephant ears patterns © Kirsti A. Dyer

Horton Ear Pattern 1 - For the Blue Version

Drawing by Kirsti A. Dyer
Drawing by Kirsti A. Dyer

Horton ears pattern © Kirsti A. Dyer

Horton Ear Pattern 2 - Another Blue Version

Drawing by Kirsti A. Dyer
Drawing by Kirsti A. Dyer

Horton ears pattern © Kirsti A. Dyer

Elephant Ear Pattern - For the Gray Version

Elephant ears pattern © Kirsti A. Dyer

Attach the Ears

  1. If you start with a blue headband, then glue the Horton ears in place.
  2. If you are going to catch the ears with the chenille stems, then punch out the holes where indicated.

Punch holes in the Ear Tabs

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Punch 6 - 7 holes in middle of tab evenly spaced.

Punching holes in felt ear © Kirsti A. Dyer

Decide on Position of Ears

Start wrapping the headbands with the pipe cleaners (chenille stems).

Decide how far to position ears on the headband.

Positioning earsy © Kirsti A. Dyer

Start Wrapping Ears with the Chenille Stems

Start wrapping the ears around the headband by going through the punched holes.

Wrapping with chenille stem © Kirsti A. Dyer

One Ear Attached to the Headband

One side of the ears attached. Attach the other ear in the same manner.

One attached ear © Kirsti A. Dyer

Glue or Wrap Pom Pom or Yarn in Place

Decide on including pom pom or yarn.

Glue or wrap pom pom or yarn at the top of the headband.

Pom Pom or Yarn © Kirsti A. Dyer

Admire Your Blue Elephant Ears

Pom Pom and Yarn versions © Kirsti A. Dyer

Finished Blue Horton Ears Headband

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Try on your Ears. Adjust the headband and the ears as needed.

Blue Horton Ears Headband © Kirsti A. Dyer

These ears you ask,

I am proud to say

Are my costume

for Dr Seuss day.

Horton Hears a Who Hat on eBay

You can still find the Horton Hat on eBay complete with a pink clover.

Horton Hears a Who Squid

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer

Who Squid © Kirsti A. Dyer

Make a Pink Clover Headband

Make a Who Hat or Pink Clover Headband

Image by Kirsti A. Dyer
Image by Kirsti A. Dyer


Another Horton inspired easy Halloween costume or fun dress up for Dr. Seuss Day are the Who Hats that we created for my daughters' Horton Hears a Who Party.

They are simple to make from a few pipe cleaners (or chenille stems) and pink Pom Poms.

Who Clover Headband © Kirsti A. Dyer

Make Gray Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears Headband

Available on Amazon
Available on Amazon

Gray Elephant Ears available on Amazon

Make Your Own Elephant Ears Headband

Making your own Elephant ears Headband is also pretty simple. You only need a few supplies.

  1. Headband.
  2. Ten to Eleven Gray Chenille Stems.
  3. Elephant Gray Paper, Felt or Foamie Sheet.

Headband, Felt, Chenille Stems and Paper Supplies

Making the elephant ears headband in gray just requires a few supplies all in gray

You need a headband, chennile stems and paper, felt or foamie for the ears.

Girls Gray Plastic Hair Hoop Headband Ornament w Teeth
Girls Gray Plastic Hair Hoop Headband Ornament w Teeth

This gray plastic headband is a good base for the elephant ears.

 
Roselle Vibrant Construction Paper, 50 count, 9 x12 Inches, Gray (CON0791250)
Roselle Vibrant Construction Paper, 50 count, 9 x12 Inches, Gray (CON0791250)

Silver or gray construction paper is the least expensive material to use for ears, just be sure the paper doesn't rip or tear when working with it.

 
Caravan Wide And Comfortable Leather Basket Weave Headband In Colors
Caravan Wide And Comfortable Leather Basket Weave Headband In Colors

With this wide gray leather headband you'll make more elegant elephant ears.

 
Rainbow Classicfelt 9 x12'' Craft Felt Cut Silver By The Each
Rainbow Classicfelt 9 x12'' Craft Felt Cut Silver By The Each

Silver or gray felt is one of the the easiest materials to use for making ears and is less likely to tear.

 
Foam Sheet 9"X12" 2mm-Grey
Foam Sheet 9"X12" 2mm-Grey

Gray foam sheets or foamies is another one of the the easiest materials to use for making ears and is less likely to tear.

 
Tinsel Stems 6mm 12" 25/Pkg-Silver
Tinsel Stems 6mm 12" 25/Pkg-Silver

Use glittery silver chenille stems to wrap the ears or gray ones if you can find them.

 
Package of 144-Silver Metallic Twisted Tinsel Stems for Christmas Crafts
Package of 144-Silver Metallic Twisted Tinsel Stems for Christmas Crafts

This package of 144 silver metallic stems can make up to 14 pairs of gray ears.

 

Step to Make Your Own Elephant Ears

Making your own elephant ears is pretty simple. Just follow the steps below:

  1. Cut Horton ears out of gray construction paper or foamie sheet using the paper model. The ears can be attached by gluing or by catching with chenille stems.
  2. If you start with a gray headband, then glue the Horton ears in place. Fold where indicated. Gluing works best with paper ears.
  3. If you are going to catch the ears with the chenille stems, then punch out the holes where indicated.
  4. Wrap the Chenille Stems around the Headband catching the ears in the wholes so you cover the headband and attach the ears.
  5. Admire your Elephant Ears.

Cute Elephant Ears

Elephant Ears Headbands on eBay

These colorful Elephant Ears Headbands available on eBay may inspire you to try different color combinations and fabrics when making your own elephant ears.

Ready to Watch Horton Hears a Who?

Horton Hears a Who is on Amazon

Horton is a great movie to watch for Dr. Seuss Day fun. Grab your new Horton Ears and get watching.

Horton Hears a Who! [Blu-ray]
Horton Hears a Who! [Blu-ray]

The Blu-ray multi-format version

 

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 3 years ago from Northern California

      @Cari Kay 11: It is fun seeing just how young my daughters were at the time. They are modeling the ears.

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      Kay 3 years ago

      These are just too cute!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice as visit

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @knitstricken: Giraffe ears could be fun. There are all kinds of possibilities.

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      knitstricken 4 years ago

      This is a darling idea along with an excellent How To! I look forward to expanding on the idea! Hmmm.... giraffe ears? I think I can! :o)

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 4 years ago from Northern California

      @sharonbellis: Thank you. These were fun and pretty easy to make, since my kids helped when they were 6 and 8 years old.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 4 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      Great craft for kids. I love Horton!

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      Ben Reed 4 years ago from Redcar

      I am now - great instructions.

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      Kirsti A. Dyer 5 years ago from Northern California

      @anonymous: Glad to know this is helpful. Hope you son has fun playing Horton.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      There are just some great people in this world who are willing to share their knowledge and tips. Thank you, my son plays Horton in a couple of weeks, this is a life saver.....

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      dawngibson lm 6 years ago

      Top notch instructions. That takes patience and skill! Thanks.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 6 years ago from United States

      Fabulous directions and photos! Angel blessed and featured on Squid Angel Mouse Tracks in Crafts.

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      Evelyn Saenz 9 years ago from Royalton

      Another super simple costume. The Horton Hears a Who Ear Headband will be fun to make.

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      Mortira 9 years ago

      Another super project for kids! The original Horton is a big hero at our house.

      5 stars, and welcome to Family Time!