I’d like to preface this post by saying that, while I’m super proud of this pineapple costume concept, it’s very plain to see what (or who) truly is the star here. I have to admit, I had my doubts about setting a 1.5-foot-tall pineapple crown on a 14-month old… but to my surprise, she wore it like a pro. This costume was super easy and inexpensive to make, and can be adapted to make all sorts of fruit (I’m dying to create a felt strawberry counterpart to pair with this pineapple)… I only hope your toddler is as receptive to the headpiece as Phoebe was! Keep reading for the step-by-step, and more realistically, more sweet Phoebe eye-candy…
- 1 yard (for a toddler) felt fabric in “honey” color
- 5 sheets of felt in yellow, honey, goldenrod and brown
- green bulletin board border
- faux plant with long, skinny leaves
- hot glue gun
- With a pencil, free-hand draw a pear-shaped body suit twice on felt fabric, and cut out as pictured.
- Place one pear-shaped panel directly on top of the other. Draw a line of hot glue along the edge of the bottom panel as pictured (from just beneath the arm-hole to half-way into the bottom curve) and press top panel to adhere. Repeat on the other side. At this time you may choose to glue the tops of the “sleeves”, or you can add velcro there or snaps for easier removal.
- Once hot glue has dried, turn pear-shaped bodice inside-out.
- Cut felt sheets into small, pointed tear-drop shapes.
- Arrange felt tear-drops in a layered pattern on the front side of the bodice, as pictured. When you’re satisfied with the design, use hot glue to secure.
- Cut the ends of of some of the faux plant leaves, and glue around the neckline.
- Use the green border to measure the size of your child’s head and cut the border to size. Glue to create a crown.
- Pull remaining leaves off the faux plant, and glue around the paper crown. Alternate between gluing forward and backwards to create a pineapple-like bushel of leaves.
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