Fruity concoctions | Tuning Carmen Miranda

April 07, 2016

What can you do with a vintage tea towel and some plastic fruit purchased off eBay? My latest craft venture was a total treat and involved a few hours of upcycling and a trusty $10 hot glue gun. An invite to a Latino party prompted me to purchase some plastic fruit from eBay - 23 pieces for $23 for which I had big plans. Here are the simple materials...
I had no idea whether it would work but I pulled a dress-up fascinator out of my wardrobe as the structural foundation for a fruity mountain. I needed to create some space to attach fruit to, so I began deconstructing.
This little something I had bought for a Melbourne Cup fiasco came in handy. I removed one flower and readied my hot glue gun. 
Next I realised the banana could easily mould to the headband so I glued it with glee. From there I kept adding to my fruit stack with successive plastic perishables, taking time out to try the construction on periodically to check for stability and uniformity. Check out the cherries - they are incredibly realistic.
Although relatively heavy, I realised that a tea towel tied around my head could help maintain stability by keeping the headband in place and prevent my fruit from dangling and prematurely falling to a squishy end. I think even Carmen would've been impressed with the end result although I had to keep clear of Zorro's sword to avoid instant fruit salad. What a pear....



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