Are you throwing a unicorn birthday party? Or maybe a unicorn themed baby shower? Well, the one thing your party has to have are these DIY unicorn horns! Kids and adults will love wearing them. I know, since they were an epic success at my little lady’s first birthday party. They add just the perfect amount of whimsy to the party for adults and kids alike!
This project came together way faster than I thought, which is always a plus and not usually the case in my world. 🙂 So, without further ado, I give you my super easy, super quick plush unicorn horn tutorial!
First, I purchased a package of felt pieces that were 6×6 inches. I got a rainbow assortment pack, because the party is rainbow themed. Pick whatever colors will suit your party or costume needs. The key to using a 6×6 pre-cut piece of felt is it makes the perfect size horn. If you wanted to make mini horns I would suggest using 4×4 inches. Those can also be purchased pre-cut!
Start by taking one felt square and fold it in half.
Now, you want to start at the top of the felt near the fold (about 1/4 in away from the fold) and cut toward the bottom outer corner of the felt. Make sure to save the scraps (on the right in the picture below) as we will need those later to finish up the project.
If you were to unfold your felt now it would be a triangle (with a flat top) and look like this:
The triangle is great, but to get the perfect look for our horn, we want to round those bottom edges. So, fold your felt back in half and cut a slight curve on the outside edge of the felt. It should look something like this:
OK, so that wasn’t hard at all, but if you want to make it really easy, sign up for my newsletter at the end of this post and you will receive the PDF pattern for the unicorn horn headband FREE! The pattern is scaled for using felt pieces that are 6 inches by 6 inches. You can always scale the pattern when you print to fit the size you need.
If you do opt to use the PDF pattern, all you do is cut the pattern out and then trace it onto your felt. Don’t worry if your lines are there after you cut it. You won’t see them once the unicorn horn is finished 🙂
Alright, now the fun really starts. Get out that hot glue gun and glue the two long edges together. Be careful!! I may have burned my fingertips off doing this step! I find it easiest to start at the top of the horn and work my way down as I glue it. That way I get a nice point on top. See how nice an pointy it is? Perfect! What a beautiful unicorn horn this will be!
I made these horns in assembly line mode, so here is a shot of all of my hollow unicorn horns after the glue step!
Next, take some fiber fill, I picked mine up at Walmart, and stuff each horn. This is no time to be stingy! Use lots of stuffing! Lots and lots! And then add a little bit more 🙂
OK, now do you remember those scraps I told you to save? Well, its time to use them! Take a piece of felt the same color as your horn and cut out a circle-ish shape (doesn’t need to be perfect) the same size as the opening of the bottom of the unicorn horn. Set your circle aside for now.
The horns are now ready for a little sculpting. I used embroidery floss (mainly because I already had it at home), but you could use any heavy duty thread you would like. I, personally, like to use contrasting thread, but you can also match your thread to your horn if you prefer it to blend in. Start at the top of the unicorn horn and work your way down wrapping the thread around the horn at an angle. I secured the thread by making a stitch at the glue seam each time around the horn. Keep tension on the thread to get that definition look. The more tension the more definition the horn will have.
Once you reach the bottom of the horn, adjust the tension of your thread along the horn to the desired tightness. Make a stitch at the very edge of the horn and start sewing the felt circle to the bottom of the unicorn horn. You will have to squish in the stuffing as you are doing this step. Sew around the bottom of the entire horn and tie off your thread.
You could stop here, but I thought these horns needed a little more pizzazz. So, I decided to use some colored feathers that I picked up from Michael’s to give each unicorn horn a little tuft of hair. I just hot glued the feather to the bottom of the horn. Easy peasie!
The final step is to cut a piece of elastic the desired length. I hot glue the two ends together and then hot glue that to the bottom of the horn!
Here is a great reference chart for the length of elastic needed for a headband based on age.
Now we have some beautiful unicorn horn party hats! I can’t wait till party day to see everyone wearing these. I think they could not have come out cuter!
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For the birthday girl, I did add a little extra to her horn. I purchased this floral headband on amazon. I just hot glued the horn into the middle of this headband and my little miss had a rainbow crown of roses to wear with her unicorn horn.
It was the cutest little unicorn horn headband ever. Just like her!
Make sure to share with me if you tackle this project! I would love to see how your unicorn headbands turned out!
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