I’m so excited to finally be able to share this post with you guys! I teamed up with 6 other bloggers and Shabby Apple to do a dress-turned-costume shoot! Shabby Apple has some of THE CUTEST dresses around- especially dresses with a vintage/retro vibe, which I love! It was so fun coming up with ideas for costumes using these pretty dresses. I finally decided on doing a DIY strawberry costume, and I love the way it turned out! All of the other bloggers were so creative as well!
I know I’m not a DIY blogger, but I did try to get some photos of how I made the costume. Sorry they aren’t the best DIY photos you’ve ever seen haha. I’ll work on that. But first, a sneak peek:
DIY Strawberry Costume
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I chose this pretty Shabby Apple red wrap dress for my DIY strawberry costume. I wanted more volume under the dress so I could create a “strawberry shape”, so I added a petticoat underneath! It worked perfect. I made the green leaf hat (tutorial below), and used white cardboard for the seeds, which I stuck on to the dress using toupee tape. Here is the “tutorial” I made for the green hat:
DIY Strawberry Costume Tutorial:
- Red Dress
- White Poster board (Or construction paper)
- Hot glue and gun
- Toupee & Clothing Tape (or double sided tape- I think toupee tape is stronger though)
- Heavy green fabric (like felt)
- ***Note: I couldn’t find a shade of heavy green felt that I liked. I wanted a bright green color, and could only find dark forrest green. So, to compensate, I bought green fleece (shown in the photos) and a heavy white structured fabric that is made to give material more shape. I used this white material as a middle layer between two green fleece layers, so that the leaves would have more shape and structure. If you can find a felt color that you like, I don’t think you would need to do this step, since felt is already pretty thick.
Step 1: Cut a strip from the white poster board. This will be used as a band to wrap around your head and attach the leaves to. Wrap the strip around your head where you’d like the headpiece to fit. Leave a little extra room, though. Once all the leaves are glued on, it will fit a lot tighter- so take that into account. Glue the ends of the poster board where you like them to create the base. Step 2: Make seven leaves:
Again, I used the white middle layer to give my leaves more structure. Skip this step if you find a thick enough material in a color you like.
I made the leaves on my hat pretty big- I mean, if your going to be a strawberry, BE A STRAWBERRY. Amiright? But, if thats not your thing- you can always make them smaller 🙂 My leaves are about 9 inches high and 5 inches wide. I didn’t use a stencil for each leaf- I wanted them to vary a little (like a real strawberry would) so I just eyeballed it each time. My steps:
- Cut out 7 white leaves
- Cut out 14 green leaves
- Layer one white leaf inside two of the green leaves
- Hot glue each of the layers together (trim edges if necessary so it looks neat)
- Repeat until you have 7 leaves
I put three leaves on the inside of the headband, and four leaves on the outside. Because the leaves are pretty wide, you will overlap them (about halfway) while gluing in order to fit them all on. The inside is finished! Because of the thick white layer in the middle, the leaves don’t just sag over, which I like! Now for the outside layer. Again, I used four leaves on the outside. I glued one at 12:00, one at 6:00, then glued leaves at 3:00 and 9:00 (see how I used a clock for position reference, eh? Eh??)
Step 4: Cut out the seeds! I didn’t count how many seeds I cut out… but it was a lot. Probably at least 40. Again, I didn’t use a stencil (ain’t nobody got time for that) and I just eyeballed each one. I cut them into teardrop shapes about 3″ long (At first I liked the seeds a little bigger, but once I put them on the dress I changed my mind. I went back and trimmed them all a little smaller, and also not quite as round on the bottom). Step 5: Once all the seeds are cut out, its time to put them on the dress! Position all the seeds on the dress before taping them on, so you can get them just where you like them. Once you like where they are all placed, start sticking a little piece of toupee tape on each one. I put seeds on the front and back of the dress. Step 6: FLAUNT YO’ STRAWBERRY STUFF!
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