The list of Dynamic Disney Duos is long... but, if you know me, I prefer to think a little outside of the box. I came up with a list of characters that I would love to run as and then widdled down my ideas when I looked at what running in their 'costumes' would entail.
- Buzz and Woody
- Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket
- Ariel and Flounder
- Dory and Nemo
- Mary Poppins and Bert
- Joy and Sadness
- Carl and Ellie
- Wall*E and Eva
- Mike and Sully
- Mr. Smee and Captain Hook
- Peter Pan and Tink
- Alice and the White Rabbit
- Jack and Sally
Although I would have been okay with any of them, I finally decided on Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket for the 10K (and, SPOILER ALERT, I went as Peter Pan and his shadow for the Half Marathon).
I thought the costume was pretty simple to throw together so figured I'd share a little bit about the DIY process in case you ever need a similar costume.
First, I started with an image of Pinocchio so I knew what I was going to need.
Then it was time to look in the closet to see what article I had, what I could easily make and what props would put the costume 'over the top'. I already had a red Sparkle Athletic running skirt, a yellow running skirt (I learned at the 2014 Disneyland Half Marathon to avoid running in cotton shirts at all costs), some Pro Compression socks that I could make work and an assortment of accessories that would go with the theme (such as a Road ID, a Handful bra, two QALO wedding bands, a couple Momentum Jewelry wraps, etc in the prop color scheme). Oh yeah, and the hubby happened to have red suspenders in the closet for a 'scary hillbilly' costume he wore a couple Halloween's ago.
Once I saw what I had, it was time to do hit up the Dollar Store to grab some things that I didn't already have... like the hat, vest, and bow! I did a little before and after of the accessory so you could see what it started as and how I edited it slightly for my Pinocchio purposes.
The hat was pretty easy, I painted the existing ribbon a light blue color and added a red feather I bought from Michaels.
The vest was actually a kids' Star Wars type vest that I covered in a 'Fourth of July' type duct tape.
The bow was another Fourth of July item, a 'festive bow' that I covered in the same blue paint as the hat ribbon.
I also made an over-sized collar because for some reason Pinocchio thought that was cool. (I've used a similar design for my Pilgrim costume as well as my Christmas Elf.) It is two pieces of felt that I cut and hot-glued together (because when costuming, hot glue is my BFF - although my finger tips are less than thrilled with it).
And to make the costume a little more authentic, I ordered a Pinocchio nose from Amazon and made a 'flat Jiminy' to carry along the course. (I had him laminated at FedEx for $2.89 and then hot glued him to a piece of dowel rod.) (In case you were wondering, YES, I did wear the nose for the entire race, YES, it did fill up with lots of 'condensation' and I had to pour it all out afterwards, YES, I was left with the elastic marks on my cheeks for at least 12 hours, YES, I do have a slight bruise on the top of my nose from the pressure and rubbing, and YES, it did make the costume!)
For only a few dollars and minimal work, my DIY Pinocchio Running Costume came together great! Although there were a few layers (sports bra, shirt, vest, collar, etc), I didn't overheat (but that could also be thanks to the 5:30am start time for runDisney races and Mother Nature cooperating) and everything stayed together perfectly the entire 6.2+ miles!
This actually may be one of my favorite costumes I've done to date... But with so many to choose from it's hard to pick :)
What's your favorite costume you've ever worn?