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DIY Pineapple Costume


Here we have it folks, the final DIY costume of the 2013 season. And, yep, I’m going out with a classic Studio DIY fave… a pineapple! You may not think it, but this is the PERFECT last minute costume that is easy to make, and brings a whole lot of impact! If you can find yourself some green poster board and a toilet paper roll, you’re all set! I’m pretty obsessed with how this turned out, if I do say so myself, kinda wishing I could wear it every day…

DIY Pineapple Costume

…perhaps I should replace my typical bows with pineapple toppers!? Hmmm…

Pineapple Costume Tutorial

Yellow Dress
Pineapple Hat Template – Printed on 11×17″ paper (Download template below)
Green Poster Board (You can usually find this in the multi-color packs at office supply stores.)
Toilet Paper Roll (I used a craft cardboard tube but it’s the same thing!)
Headband or Ribbon
Hot Glue Gun

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Cut out all your leaves from your green poster board (one large sheet was all I needed) using the template provided above. Curl each of the top of the leaves slightly by running your fingers over the tips. Once everything is cut, it’s time to start gluing! Hot glue the four largest leaves around the cardboard tube, covering the entire tube. Curl each leaf around the tube and hold until dry.

Pineapple Costume How To

Now move to your second largest leaves. These should be glued just below the top of the cardboard tube (not all the way to the bottom of it like the first ones). Repeat the same steps you used for the first set, placing each leaf so it covers the seams from the layer before.

How To Make a Pineapple Costume Pineapple Costume DIY Tutorial

Repeat this process, using consecutively smaller leaves and working your way down the cardboard tube until you reach the bottom. So you can actually wear it, I recommend using ribbon or a headband. For the headband, simple hot glue the tube to the headband (use a lot of it!). For ribbon, which I found a bit easier in the end, hot glue or tape a piece of ribbon to each side of the inside of the tube. Tie under your chin to wear (recommended), or behind your head, securing with a lot of bobby pins.

DIY Pineapple Costume Tutorial

Pair with anything yellow you own or can find, and you have a costume, my friends!

Easy DIY Pineapple Costume

Pineapple Costume DIY

Pineapple Costume Topper

DIY Pineapple Costume

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You know, carrying around this pineapple pumpkin wouldn’t hurt either!

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  • lyndsay // coco cake land

    yesssss! i love it, kelly! hey, i think if anyone could pull off being a pineapple every day, YOU could! xoxo

  • Kari

    Another awesome idea!! Love this–you look so cute and should definitely wear a pineapple topper every day!

  • Jan

    awesome! and lyndsay is right – you could!

  • Brittni

    I love this! The dress is adorable on it’s own, and when you add the headpiece it turns into an amazing costume! So clever.

  • Jess

    LOVE this. So cute and easy. Totally has a retro feel too!!

  • Lindy

    Um this is fantastic! Truly!

  • Brittany

    You are too much! Briliant!

  • Mimi

    Very impressive headpiece. Amazed that you got it to stand upright. that’s always the tricky part.

  • Anna

    Fantastic! Is very funny.
    Have a nice day!


  • Terrie

    Super adorable! Love the dress; what a fun costume!

  • Michi

    I made it! I did this costume last night! Thank you so much!!!!! I got so many compliments, you are a true talent!!! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!!!!!!!

  • The Maid Of Honor Speech

    So simple yet amazing – made me smile so much… love your site..

  • Sarah

    You look hilarious! Great costume. You made me laugh, thank you!

  • doro von Hand zu Hand

    didn’t know that an ananas could be that chic.

    I linked to your tutorial on my blog – thanks for sharing!

    ♥, doro von Hand zu Hand

  • Margie

    You have never failed me! So cute.. great job once again.

  • Diane Collins

    This is great! I don’t want to try to make it. I want it to be perfect. Can I purchase this from you?

  • Alex Harvey

    I just want to say thanks for such an amazing idea! I made my pineapple headress out of foam craft sheets instead (it’s been super rainy here) and wore it to Disney’s Halloween party last night. It was a hit!! 🙂

  • Emily

    Going as this for halloween — can’t wait for tomorrow!!! Thanks for being awesome!

  • Amanda @ A.Co est. 1984

    This is adorable!! What a fantastic idea–a job well done! (Found you today via Smitten Studio)

  • Ella

    I was this for Halloween and got so many compliments! Everyone thought it was such a cute costume ( Although I was called a banana, corn and a palm tree…) Thanks for this super cute diy and I recommend as a Halloween costume!! 🙂

    • kelcy parrish

      Hey Ella! How did you get the piece to stay on your head? Were you able to walk around normally, or were you constantly having to balance it from tipping over (which was my experience)… I love this piece and am so proud of my execution, but when I go to put it on, it does not stay on my head for longer than 2 seconds. I did the ribbon approach instead of the headband and am now looking for success stories of how they got it to actually be wearable. Thanks for any tips!

  • Liz

    Or – maybe this pineapple. This costume is adorable as the height of pineapple leaf. Very creative and fun! I love the color!

  • dawn

    I saw this last year and saved it for this year… found a great yellow pant suit and just finished making the head piece – SO CUTE!! Love it… great tutorial!

    • Kelly

      Oh my gosh, how amazing!!! I would LOVE to see it! Be sure to share on Instagram with #studiodiyincostume or send me an email if you have a pic to share!

  • Rachel

    I am OBSESSED with this pineapple hat. I think this is the perfect costume idea for halloween. However, I am the worst at arts and crafts. Terrible. It’s embarrassing. I was wondering, is there any way I can buy this pineapple leaf hat, or at least something similar?

    • Kelly

      Thank you!! Unfortunately I’m not able to sell the hats at this time, but I promise it’s SUPER super easy to make!

  • Grace

    This is such a cute idea! but making the hat was WAY harder than it seems in the picture. I bought xl posterboard and only the big and first layer of medium sized ones fit on it. my neighbor came over to ask if I was okay BC I was screaming from stress ?

    • Kelly

      Hi Grace! Oh no!!! I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had so much trouble with it! The tallest leaf should be about 20″ tall, and the poster board I used was standard size which is about 22″x28″ so it should definitely fit! If your poster board is smaller, perhaps just make the hat with slightly smaller leaves, it would like just as awesome I’m sure!! Hope that helps!

  • Stephanie

    I just made this and the first leaves were a little tricky to get on but easy peasy from there. Took me s out an hour and a half when all was said and done. I attached two sets of black ribbon to the base and plan to tie one under my chin and one behind my head under my hair. Seemed secure when I tested. I’m very excited to wear it out tomorrow! Thanks for the idea!

  • fran

    hi was wondering where u bought this dress i cannot find one like this one
    thank you:)

  • Noa

    Where did you get the pink sunglasses for the pineapple costume?

  • Olivia

    I was just wondering how we can get the printable template? I’ve tried to get it, and I can’t seem to find it. Are we even supposed to have one?

  • Susie

    For the headband, what if you just cut two small slits in the sides of the headpiece, thread your headband through, and THEN hot-glue it on? That way it would stay upright more stably. Just a thought.

    • Susie

      Wait I just realized if I was to do that, the headband wouldn’t fit on my head. haha

  • Alexandru Guzi

    Ups I think this type of costume is not for me 😀 But, It seems at the end it’s looking great! 😀

  • Go Keyboard Download

    The is an amazing and inspirational article. Thanks so much for sharing.

  • Cindy Davis

    Kim, you are one clever girl!! I LOVE this pineapple!!
    You’re so smart and creative!

    Cindy, DIY Bohemian

  • ECM Services

    Great artwork. thank you

  • Solana

    What an amazing costume! So much fun to make, and goes great with any yellow dress. Thanks you so much!

  • Lucky

    Wow… its awesome

  • Kamie

    Beautiful ideas I can’t wait to try, Thank you for share! i like this


    Kids loved it. very good and easy, Thank you for these details,

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