Russell the Wilderness Explorer-DIY Costume
Adorable DIY Costume
Russell from the movie "Up"
I love the movie "Up" and one of my favorite characters is Russell. Wasn't he so cute?! Back in 2011, I needed a costume for my almost 4 month old. I knew I wanted to make something and thought it would be adorable to dress my son as a little wilderness explorer. I took the character Russell and used his outfit as a template for creating our own. Here's a quick run through of how I made his costume and the materials I used!
I began to gather the basic articles of clothing for the costume. I couldn't find a yellow polo so I bought a cream colored one and dyed it a bright yellow. I took a pair of cotton brown pants and simply cut them off to make shorts. We already had a pair of soft sole brown boots and a small khaki color hat that were perfect for the costume.
Beginning the BadgesClick thumbnail to view full-size
Next I worked on the badges. I created them using felt and puff paint. I started by making 3 of the Wilderness Explorer badges. One would be placed on the polo, one on his hat, and one on a little orange flag. The flag was made from a small dowel rod and orange piece of felt.
Next I began making all the little badges that go on the brown sash. I started by cutting out all the appropriate colored circles. I then puff painted all the different designs onto the little circles. It was time consuming, but the end result was worth it :).
Puff Painting the Badges
Russell's BackpackClick thumbnail to view full-size
There was just one more component left to make…the backpack. I had no idea where to find a tiny backpack for a 4 month old. I figured I'd make my own, but then came up with a great idea. Rather than start from scratch with fabric I used my husband's shorts…he had a pair of old shorts that he no longer wore. I cut off the back pocket and then made straps from the shorts material. It was perfect…the right size and I didn't have much sewing (just attached the straps with a couple stitches.)
Russell-The Wilderness Explorer
Our Little Wilderness Explorer
What kind of costumes have you made for your little ones? This one was very time consuming with painting each individual badge, but I LOVE how it turned out. He was so cute and was a good sport letting his momma dress him up for our church's fall festival.