DIY Pineapple Dress


Holy moly, it’s a pineapple dress! All summer I’ve been wanting to make a pineapple dress. I thought about stamping it, stenciling it, but then I got those pineapple printables from Kate in my inbox and I knew they had to make the dress of my dreams come to life. I had actually never used iron-on transfer paper and I was quite nervous with how it would turned out but I am pretty darn excited about the results! I took a simple little dress and jazzed it up with my favorite motif of 2013 and it is oh so summer party perfect! Here’s how to make your own…

DIY Pineapple Dress

FYI I’m never taking this dress off…

DIY Pineapple Dress and Free Printable

…no, really.

Iron On Transfer Pineapple Dress Printable Pineapple Dress DIY

Cotton or Cotton/Poly Dress (I bought this one from Forever 21 and it was perfect!)
Free Printable Pineapples**
Iron-On Transfer Paper (I used Office Depot brand.)
Iron + Ironing Board
Painter’s Tape (Optional, for placing pineapples.)

**FYI The printable looks slightly different than the one above as I modified it after I saw how many pineapples the dress took. I used 20 pineapples (two sheets). Also, you could totally use all the color pineapples in the original pineapple printable, I just provided the two colors here because that’s what worked for my dress! For all the pineapple colors, head over to this post to download + print them out. (Do note that they are slightly larger than the ones pictured here.)

Print out your pineapple printables onto your iron-on transfer paper following the paper’s directions. Cut out the pineapples right around the edge (don’t leave a border like the paper instructions probably tells you to.) To get the proper pineapple placement on my dress, I actually put the dress on and used painter’s tape to tape the pineapples to my dress where I wanted them. Carefully take the dress off and lay it on your ironing board. Take one pineapple and flip it over so the printed side is facedown.

Pineapple Party Dress DIY DIY Pineapple Iron On Transfers

Iron over your pineapple according to the paper’s directions. For mine I used firm, even pressure for about 20-30 seconds. Then let it cool for two to three minutes. After it’s cool, carefully lift up one side of the paper and peel it off.

How To Make a Pineapple Dress DIY How To Use Iron On Transfers

Voila! Repeat with all the pineapples on your dress, being very careful not to touch any finished pineapples with the iron!!

Pineapple Dress DIY Tutorial DIY Pineapple Party Dress

Put on your dress, grab a pineapple and party on! Ok, don’t actually drink from a pineapple like this, but you could hollow one out and use it as a fancy schmancy glass!

DIY Pineapple Dress Tutorial

Pineapple Dress DIY and Free Printable

How To Make a Pineapple Dress

Pineapple Dress DIY

Pineapple Printable by Striped Cat Studio, All Photos by Studio DIY

And there you have it, with just a month left of summer I finally made my pineapple dress a reality. I can’t wait to try this technique with all different shapes and symbols! It is so darn easy, the hardest part was finding the plain dress! What kinds of DIY dresses would you guys like to see?

For more fruity DIYs, you should probably head here and here. For more DIYs all around, head on over here! And be sure to check out all of Kate’s awesome work over at Striped Cat Studio

Psst… isn’t that straw awesome!? It was a gift to me, but you can purchase your very own right here. I want one for pretty much every occasion in my life.


  • juni // hej juni

    that is an amazing dress! don’t blame you for not wanting to get out of it

  • Brittni

    LOVE how this turned out. The dress is awesome…and I need one of those straws. ASAP.

  • Chelsea C.

    oh. my. gah. i’m dying over here!

  • Aida

    I’ve been deep deep into a fruit obsession all year and I have no idea where it came from but I’m enjoying it! I’m planning on throwing a fruit party and wearing this dress sometime in the next two weeks. Thank you for sharing these fantastic fruit-themed posts, I hope to see many more 🙂

    • Kelly

      Love that, Aida! If you make the dress, I’d love to see a pic! Happy fruit partying! 😉

  • HydrangeaG

    I actually have a dress like that, instead it’s somewhat pinkish orange, i’d love to try it, but i dont think my mom would allow me to. but in case i get to use the pineapple printables on the dress, i just wanna ask what would happen to the dress if i washed it and then ironed after its dry? 😀 thanks a bunch

    • Kelly

      Hi there! The iron-on transfer paper you use will come with instructions for washing/drying/ironing, so I would be sure to follow those. For the paper I used, it said to wash inside out and never iron directly on the pineapples, but rather use a piece of fabric in between when ironing. Hope that helps!!

  • Jamie

    Ahem, you’re the cutest and that dress is incredible! And now that I’ve seen it, I must have me a Jamie straw.

  • Rach

    Adorable! Sometimes it’s the simple projects that take our breath away with the end result. Love!

  • Anna @ IHOD

    Get out! Your the cutest! This is ridiculously fun. The straw takes the cherry!

  • Sarah

    This is amazing and you’re adorable!

  • Lana Vickridge-Smith

    Oh dear, I’m going to end up putting a pineapple on everything now that I’ve seen this.


  • Stephanie Fig

    Can I do a lovely golden brass pineapple box giveaway for your readers. I love this post! Darling!
    Stephanie Fig
    “Vintage for the Design Obsessed”

  • Veka

    ola me encanto la idea quien haya creado esto es un genio bravo enserio me fascino felicidades

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