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How to make a Fruit Headpiece

August 11, 2016by jenniep

With the Rio Olympics already in full swing, Brazil is definitely in the spotlight as are all things Samba-licious! Rio themed costume party’s are big this month and they don’t get any bigger! Rio is all about carnival, tropical fruit, samba beats, beach holidays and FUN FUN FUN!. For inspiration for a rio themed party, look no further than the queen of Rio, Carmen Miranda. Born in Porto, Portugal, she moved to Brazil as a child and her unique sense of colour, style and energy turned her into a local and Hollywood superstar. Her costumes are amazing in particular her outrageously adventurous headpieces. Why not try to make your own headpiece? They take no time to make and are definitely lots of fun to get you into the Rio festival spirit!

How to make a Fruit Headpiece “Rio” Style:

You will need:

  • A selection of fake fruits: (I used Pineapple, Grapes, Apple, Banana, Mango, Orange)
  • Head Turban (available in lots of different colours on eBay)
  • Fake flowers
  • Glue gun (a cheap option from a discount shop is fine)
  • Spare glue sticks
  • Styrofoam mannequin head (also available on eBay – As an alternative you can also try using a vase/bowl)


  1. Plug in your glue gun for 5-10 minutes to heat up the glue.
  2. Place your glue stick into position.
  3. Place your head turban on your mannequin head or vase prop.
  4. Choose your centre piece. I chose the pineapple. Choose the heaviest fruit to centre the headpiece ready to wear. Apply glue to the base of the fruit and position at the top of your turban. Hold for up to 60 secs to allow hot glue to set.
  5. Start arranging your other fruits and glue into place.
  6. Add some fake flowers for extra colour
  7. Leave your completed headpiece to dry for at least 24 hours.
  8. Tip: Go for light fruits. Remember you’ll have to wear the head piece for a few hours.

Have fun!

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