My daughter’s second grade class recently put on a rainforest musical. It was simply adorable. Of course, when the call went out to help make costumes for the production, I was happy to volunteer. I ended up designing a DIY monkey ears headband based off the Minnie Mouse Ears I made for my daughter’s second birthday.
DIY Monkey Ears Headband
Although these were a performance costume, they would also work for a monkey or jungle themed birthday party or even as a Halloween costume. The no-sew monkey ears are easy to make and are very sturdy. The Minnie Mouse Ears these are based off of still get regular play 6 years after I made them, so I expect these monkey ears to be around for a long while too!
- Brown Felt
- Tan Felt
- Sticky Foam Sheets (color does not matter)
- 1/2 inch Pink Grosgrain Ribbon (girls)
- 1/8 inch Pink Ribbon (girls)
- Hot Glue
- Sharpie (I used brown)
- Sharp Scissors
Download the monkey ears template here. (When you click on the link the image will open in a new tab. Right click the image to save it to your computer then print the template directly from your computer.)
Cut out the pieces of the template. Use a Sharpie to trace the Front of Monkey Ear and Back of Monkey Ear onto brown felt. (We used 8×10 felt sheets from Hobby Lobby.) You can get three ears per 8×10 felt sheet. Remember, you need two ears per headband. Cut out the ears – be sure to cut a slit up the middle of the ear as indicated on the template.
Use a Sharpie to trace the same Inner Monkey Ear onto tan felt. Cut out felt inner ears. (You can get 15 inner ears from one 8×10 felt.)
Peel and stick the foam Inner Monkey Ear to the Front of Monkey Ear just above the slit. (Tip stick foam to the side that has Sharpie lines to hide them.)
Run hot glue along bottom edge of foam and place headband so that it sits under the curve of the inner ear. Pull the flaps created by the slit in the ear up over the headband and secure with hot glue.
For Girl Monkey Ears
Form two loops with a 10 inch piece of 1/2 inch ribbon. Pinch in the middle, and use a 6 inch piece of 1/8 inch ribbon to tie a knot around the middle leaving three-inch tails on either end.