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Carmen Miranda Costume

Today we’re continuing our Homemade Halloween series with a costume inspired by Carmen Miranda. This is really easy to make from items you can find at a thrift store. We made the headdress using plastic fruit that we hot glued to a paper bowl. I think this costume would be a great idea for adults too. Find full instructions below and click here for the whole series.

Carmen Miranda Costume | Oh Happy Day! Carmen Miranda Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Carmen Miranda Costume | Oh Happy Day! Carmen Miranda Costume | Oh Happy Day!

Materials: Plastic fruit, paper plate, elastic, turban (or scarf), pineapple sunglasses, plastic fruit candy, peasant blouse, tropical pants, maracas (optional: fruit toothpicks, drink umbrellas, & fake flowers)

For the headdress:
Step 1: Use a hot glue gun to attach the larger pieces of plastic fruit to the paper plate in the shape of a tower. Let dry.
Step 2: If you’d like your headdress to be a little more eclectic, use hot glue to top the fruit tower with food picks, drink umbrellas, plastic fruit candy, & fake flowers.
Step 3: Punch small holes in the sides of the paper plate and attach elastic so that the strap fits snugly around your chin.

Carmen Miranda Costume | Oh Happy Day!Carmen Miranda Costume | Oh Happy Day!


Photography by Sarah Hebenstreit of Modern Kids Photography for Oh Happy Day
“Materials” photograph by Paul Ferney
Art Directed by Fergi Johnson
Produced by Alison Piepmeyer
Thanks to Arden for modeling!

  1. Leticia

    September 16, 2014

    it’s so funny!!! I like it!

  2. Jessica

    September 16, 2014

  3. Kate

    September 16, 2014

    Love this! Arden is too cute! <3

  4. Ageeth

    September 16, 2014

    Absolute fantastic!!!

  5. Alexia

    September 16, 2014

    Do you know of Lisa’s paper version of the fruit head gear ?

      • jordan
      • September 16, 2014

      No, I hadn’t seen it. But it’s super cute!

  6. Nicki Rochead

    September 16, 2014

    Fantastic. If only I was going somewhere at Halloween!

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