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Russell the Wilderness Explorer-DIY Costume

Updated on November 17, 2014

Adorable DIY Costume

Our Little Wilderness Explorer
Our Little Wilderness Explorer

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!

Meet Russell

Dyed the polo yellow. I wasn't concerned about the logos because other pieces of the costume would cover them up.
Dyed the polo yellow. I wasn't concerned about the logos because other pieces of the costume would cover them up.

The Basics!

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 Badges

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3 Wilderness Badges complete and the beginning of the badges of the sashLots of felt and puff paint were used
3 Wilderness Badges complete and the beginning of the badges of the sash
3 Wilderness Badges complete and the beginning of the badges of the sash
Lots of felt and puff paint were used
Lots of felt and puff paint were used

Badges

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

Puff paint was used to create each individual badge for the sash.
Puff paint was used to create each individual badge for the sash.
35 badges complete!!!!
35 badges complete!!!!

Russell's Backpack

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The pocket and 2 straps.I attached the straps with a few stitchesI started with an old pair of khaki shorts and removed the pocket for the backpack.
The pocket and 2 straps.
The pocket and 2 straps.
I attached the straps with a few stitches
I attached the straps with a few stitches
I started with an old pair of khaki shorts and removed the pocket for the backpack.
I started with an old pair of khaki shorts and removed the pocket for the backpack.

The backpack

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

The completed Russell costume
The completed Russell costume

Our Little Wilderness Explorer

This picture always cracks me up…his expression is priceless!!!
This picture always cracks me up…his expression is priceless!!!
Our little man hanging out with his daddy at the fall festival!
Our little man hanging out with his daddy at the fall festival!
Our Little 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.

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      Melanie 

      22 months ago

      Any chance you're interested in selling any parts of this costume?!

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