Halloween is right around the corner, y’all! For those of you who’ve yet to choose a costume, I have a cost effective solution for you: be a pineapple. As the saying goes, stand tall, wear a crown, and be sweet on the inside. Oh, and do it for less than $3. I saw this idea for a pineapple topper headband on Pinterest sometime last summer, and I couldn’t allow myself to be anything. In case y’all haven’t seen my DIY Pineapple Champagne Bottle or 25+ Housewarming Gifts for Pineapple Lovers, I consider myself to be somewhat of a pineapple aficionado. Making a DIY pineapple costume was my destiny this October.
Aside from things I had lying around in my closet and craft bin, this entire ensemble cost me less than $3. To be specific, I bought three pieces of green felt from Michael’s for around 90 cents per sheet.
Here’s all you’ll need:
- 3 pieces of green felt
- hot glue gun (this one is perfect)
- thick old headband
- toilet paper roll
- old yellow dress (or, if you don’t have one, you can find cute affordable options here and here)
DIY Pineapple Costume
Once you’ve gathered all the supplies, take a pen or sharpie and start sketching a leaf garland on one of the pieces of felt. You’ll want to make sure you leave at least 4-5 inches at the bottom as a base for the toilet paper roll.
Cut out the leaf garland and hot glue it to the toilet paper roll.
Continue cutting out leaves from the felt, varying the leaves in length and size.
Hot glue each layer of leaves on top of the base. Position each new layer in varying positions about half an inch apart to give the appearance of a tiered pineapple topper.
If you need to give your pineapple topper more height, glue some individual leaves inside the top of the toilet paper roll. The smaller and skinnier, the better.
Once you’re happy with the fullness of your pineapple topper, hot glue it to an old headband you have lying around. The thicker the headband, the more surface area there is to apply glue. Patiently apply pressure for a few minutes before giving it a test run. The topper should be relatively heavy, so the glue needs sufficient time to dry.
Once it’s bonded, give your DIY pineapple topper a final look. Using your discretion, take a pair of scissors and cut any leaves that look out of place or too long/fat/weird. Use a photo of a cartoon pineapple as a guide. If a certain area of the roll looks barren, cut out individual leaves and glue them where more volume is needed.
Last but not least, grab an old yellow dress from your closet. It doesn’t need to be fancy– it just needs to be yellow. Accessorize with all the green statement jewelry you own. Prepare yourself to win every costume contest you enter. Oh, and have fun!!!
I’ll be debuting my DIY pineapple costume at Halloween block party in Columbia next week. I have a striking suspicion I’m going to win. If not, it’s rigged, and I wasn’t really trying (my typical response to losing anything). What are you being for Halloween this year? Share with me in the comments!
PS- For another quick and easy Halloween costume, check out this fun DIY pink flamingo costume! It’s the cutest thing ever (excluding this pineapple costume), and it looks adorable on both kids and adults.