Here are some fruity headgears I made recently. I first painted the fruits on felt with acrylic paint and water color, then I glue them onto a cardboard base.
This is the first one I made, I painted the smaller kiwi first to see how well acrylic and water color work on felt. I found that the best way to paint felt is paint the fuzzy general color part first using water color on wet or damp felt, then paint the hard-edged details using a small pointed brush with acrylic paint. I made the larger kiwi into a kiwi cocktail hat.
...while the smaller kiwi was made into a strawberry kiwi headband. I painted the strawberries directly on red felt.
Finally, a granny smith apple cocktail hat. The base is a little hard to make.
Traditional material for making cocktail hats like sinamay and buckram are hard to come by, so you can use alternative materials such as cardboard for the base. You can use any cardboard box such as cereal box.
First cut a circle or teardrop shape out of the cardboard, cut a slit along the radius. Next overlap the two cut edges, glue the sides together to form a shallow cone.
Cover with fabric, sequins, or other material and it is ready to decorate.
I really like veils with dots on them, but they are hard to come by and some websites sell them as much as $32 a yard. Recently I discovered the "velvet dots" on birdcage veils are neither velvet nor dots. They are just made from pipe cleaners. (Pipe cleaners does not seem to hold any high esteem in adult crafts.) All you need to do is cut pipe cleaners into 1/3 - 1/2'' long pieces and fold the wires around the net. Add as much or as little as you like.