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DIY Strawberry Costume


DIY Strawberry Costume

Better late than never I say! After last year’s pineapple costume was a hit, I’ve had a few requests for more fruit costumes. And, well, I listened!! So here’s a quick and easy little strawberry costume you can whip up with some paper and a red dress. Just make sure you find a partner in crime (partner in fruit?) to be the pineapple, too!

DIY Strawberry Costume
DIY Strawbery Costume

DIY Strawbery Costume

Red Dress
White Seeds
Strawberry Hat Template (Printed on 11×17″ Paper)
Green Poster Board or Cardstock
Small Cup, Candy Cup or Small Round Box (I used one of these!)
Computer Paper
Hot Glue Gun

DIY Strawbery Costume DIY Strawbery Costume
DIY Strawberry Costume DIY Strawbery Costume
DIY Strawbery Costume DIY Strawbery Costume
DIY Strawbery Costume DIY Strawberry Costume

1. Cut out several leaf shapes from your poster board/cardstock using the template provided. Cut a 3″ slit in the bottom of each.
2. Overlap the pieces on each side of the slit to give shape to the leaf. Secure with a bead of hot glue.
3. Run your fingers over the leaves several times to curve them more.
4. Poke a hole on each side of your cup or box. Cut two pieces of ribbon, long enough to tie around your head and string one through each hole, tying a knot to secure.
5. Starting at the front of your cup, hot glue one leaf to the center front.
6. Glue a second leaf right next to it, and continue gluing leaves on (one by one), working your way around the cup until it’s covered.
7. Cut a tall stem shape out of your poster board/cardstock.
8. Fold over about 1.5″ to form a tab at the bottom and glue to the top of your cup. If your stem needs support, cut a small strip of poster board and glue it to the stem and to the cup, letting it curve in the middle to stabilize the stem.
9. For the dress, cut out a bunch of tear drop shapes from computer paper. Place a tiny bit of hot glue on the point of each and glue to the dress. If you’re looking to be able to remove the “seeds” afterwards, you can handstitch them on instead or just forgo the seeds altogether!

DIY Strawberry Costume
DIY Strawberry Costume
DIY Strawberry Costume

All Photos by Jeff Mindell

And that’s a wrap! Take your new fancy costume out for a spin! Like, literally, a spin. Jeff called me “The Dancing Fruit” when we photographed this.

Don’t forget! If you make a costume this Halloween from Studio DIY, be sure and tag #studiodiyincostume on Instagram to share it with everyone!


  • Kathleen

    That last picture of you is my favourite by far! I don’t know you personally, but I really wish I would – you seem like such a fun person!! (creep alarm, sorry :D)
    And that costume is just as awesome as you!!

    • Kelly

      Aw thanks Kathleen! Sometimes when you’re dressed like a strawberry.. you just gotta dance! 😉

  • Brittni

    So awesome, Kel. I think I love this strawberry costume even more than the pineapple one. That dress is pretty great!

  • Lu

    Such a great costume! I was one of the people who requested this and you listened so thanks! I will for sure put this on my costume list!

    • Kelly

      Yay! If you make it, be sure to share a pic with #troopstudiodiy!! Would love to see!

  • Christina

    I love this! Maybe I missed it above, but can you please let us know where your cute red dress is from? Thank you!

  • Leah

    Yes Kelly, yes! This reminds me of a grown up Strawberry Shortcake…my childhood fave. 🙂

  • Suheiry Feliciano

    You’re so creative! What a fun costume. And I can’t get over how easy it is to make.

  • Amber

    I love this 🙂
    The shoes are perfect too! Where did those come from?

    • Kelly

      Thanks Amber! The shoes are from Zara. I got one of the last pairs at mine this summer, so not sure if they’d still have ’em! These are pretty similar!

  • Mintwich Design | Jordan

    Just ordered the dress and making this for Halloween! Do you think the hat would work with felt? I just want it to hold up through our party. Fantastic, cute idea!!!

    • Kelly

      Hi Jordan!

      Great question! I think felt would work, however I don’t think it would stand up very well let the cardstock does here. I think the cardstock would hold up just fine, unless you were outdoors in the rain. Perhaps craft foam would be another option? Another reader made my pineapple costume using craft foam last year and said it worked!

      Hope that helps!


  • Mollie

    Work it, girl! Love this cute costume. 🙂 This would make the cutest mommy/daughter matching costume!

  • Christine

    This is awesome. I think fabric tape would be a good way to stick the seeds to the dress. 🙂

  • Nancy

    Making this for my 15-year-old daughter. Wear do you tie the ribbon to keep the headpiece on? Around the back of your head? Hard to tell from the pics. I found a great green fez at Goodwill — we’ll use that. Thanks!

    • Kelly

      Hi Nancy! I tied it around the back of my head because I didn’t want the ribbon showing and it stayed on pretty well. It is definitely more secure if you tie it under the chin though!

  • Helen

    How big are you little white drops?

  • Katie

    How many inches wide were each leaf?

  • Priyanka

    I made a slight modification – instead of using white paper and glue gun, I simply bought a stack of self-adhesive white labels. I cut them out to look like ‘white drops’ and they happily stuck on my dress. It was mainly because I didn’t want glue on my dress- which would be hard to take off earlier 🙂

  • Sophie

    Hi, Kelly! I’m trying to make this for my halloween costume and I was wondering if you could tell me where to find a red t-shirt dress? I really want my strawberry costume to look like the one in this picture:


    • Kelly

      Hi Sophie! Perhaps this could work? (If you bought a size larger than you usually wear it would be looser!) Otherwise, try buying a large men’s t-shirt and wearing it at a dress. Hope that helps! Be sure to share your costume on Instagram + tag #studiodiyincostume when you do!

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