Giant Pineapple Costume
Added Oct 29, 2012
by Sarah Conley
San Diego, Calif...
This was my costume last Halloween and it was a lot of fun to create. I used all kinds of materials, which I will detail below. But the message I most want to share with everyone is that there is a way to make whatever costume you want. If you don’t know how, just try, and if one technique doesn’t work, try something else. I’d never made anything similar to this pineapple before. I hadn’t used wire mesh and I wasn’t sure how it would turn out. My first attempt did not work out well, but my second (using the mesh) did. Fear no costume project!
I used wire mesh from the hardware store to create the spherical frame for this costume. I covered it with yellow fabric, which I secured to the frame by hand-sewing it in places, and hot gluing it in others. I devised a hexagonal shape for the pattern on the pineapple, and I repeated it all over the pineapple. Once my hexagons were drawn in, I painted each hexagon with a mix of pale green, bight yellow and brown. The headband was a piece of elastic, covered with green felt. I made long leaf-shapes from green felt, which I hot glued pipecleaners into so they would stick up. I glued the leaf shapes to the elastic headband and voila! The pineapple has its green leafy hat.