How to Make a Banana Costume

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Feeling fruity? Looking for a fun Halloween costume that you can make easily? This Halloween, try going as a bunch of bananas. It's a costume that looks intricate when it's finished, but is actually not that difficult to put together. You might have to dye some old white sheets yellow to get the bright, vibrant banana yellow you're looking for. Also, you'll need to be handy with some fabric glue or a sewing machine to sew up a few seams. "Going bananas" is a great look—especially if you go with someone dressed as a monkey.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 queen-sized flat yellow sheets
  • 2 green pillowcases
  • Pencil
  • 3 bags of cotton batting
  • Fabric glue or sewing machine
  • Scissors
  • Tape measure
  • Safety pins
  • Green or black leotard and tights

Fold the first sheet in half and cut out approximately 15 crescent shapes (to look like bananas). Make each one about 24 inches long for an adult costume. Repeat with the second sheet.

Sew or glue around the sides of each banana, leaving the top end open. Turn the bananas inside out. Stuff them with cotton batting. Sew or glue the top section of each banana closed. Now you have a bunch of squishy bananas.

Draw a circle the diameter of your neck (a 12-inch diameter should work for most adults) in the center of one of the green pillowcases to simulate a collar of leaves. Draw another circle about 2 inches around the first circle. Draw spiky leaves around the outer circle—they will look like triangles. Cut out the inside of the inner circle and along the outside of the leaves, cutting through both sides of the fabric at once. Sew up the edges, leaving open a 4-inch section. Turn the collar inside out and stuff it with cotton batting. Sew the opening shut. When you get dressed in your costume, you'll place it around your neck and secure it with a safety pin.

Cut through the stitching and up the sides of the other green pillowcase, starting at the open end. At the closed end of the pillowcase, cut a hole big enough to fit your head through. This fits over your torso, under your collar.

Use safety pins to attach each banana to the front and back of the torso pillowcase. Attach the bananas, facing the curved sides inward, so the bananas lie together in a bunch. Start with five bananas on the top row. Attach four in a row underneath, then three, then two and then one at the very bottom. If you have more bananas, add more! But angle them heavy at the top, tapering down to one banana at the bottom.

Put on your green or black leotard and tights, and then your bunch of bananas. Put the collar on last. You are officially fruit.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make the bananas 12 inches long for a kid’s costume.

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