Light Up Unicorn Horn Tutorial

Unicorn Costume with Light-Up Horn

I’ll be sharing my entire DIY Unicorn costume in another post, but below, I’m showing how I made the best part – the light-up horn.

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Here’s a short video of how it looks in the dark:

Isn’t it magical?!?

DIY Lighted Unicorn Horn Headband Tutorial

Materials:

  • 3 Felt Sheets (1 stiff, 1 soft, 1 “pretty”)
  • Multi-colored LED Lights (I used 2 strands)
  • Glue Gun (or fabric glue)
  • Thread / Needle
  • Ribbon
  • Decorative Trim (I used faux fur)
  • Scissors

I started by rolling this sheet of CPE Stiffened EasyFelt into a cone shape, and cutting off the excess pieces.

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Then, I hooked the end of one of the LED light stings to the top of the horn. I rolled the cone shape around the lights, and stuffed the excess light wires into the horn.

Next, I traced the round opening on the bottom onto some of the excess felt, and cut out a piece to close off the bottom (with wings to tuck in and glue to the sides of the cone’s interior).

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I glued the battery packs side by side to the bottom piece, then tucked everything into the cone and glued into place, making sure the ON/OFF switches were still accessible.

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Next, I covered the cone shape with 2 more pieces of felt – 1 that was really soft and cushy, and one that was a little stiffer with pretty sparkles.

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It’s important to make the inside piece slightly smaller than the outside piece so that the bottom/inside one won’t be exposed once you roll it around the cone (see the arrow below – that’s what you don’t want – I didn’t cut it down enough).

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Next, use a needle and some strong thread to wrap very tightly around the horn. You want to create indentations with the thread.

I used the needle to secure the thread to the top, wrapped it tightly around the cone, then used the needle again to secure it at the bottom.

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The strongest thread I had on-hand was gray, but if you have white, you may want to use that so it’s less visible.

Next, use your glue gun (or a fabric glue) to carefully cover thread with a pretty ribbon (pulling tightly as you go).

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Next, you’ll attach your horn to either a hair clip or headband.

I added some gold glitter paper to this kitty cat ears headband from Charlotte Russe (which I already had on hand). Then paired it with a 2nd headband that has white fluffy ears.

I attached the pair of headbands together using a piece of leftover felt, then glued the horn to the felt on the top of the headbands.

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Once the horn has been glued to a headband or hair clip, you can dress up the bottom with some trim. I used some faux fur from an old Santa hat.

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Here is the completed headband with ears and the light-up horn:

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Looking forward to wearing it this weekend.

And can’t wait to share with you the rest of the costume, including custom glitter hoof shoes, gold unicorn hooves gloves, multi-colored hair extensions and a light-up tail!

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