August 10, 2014

DIY Vanellope and Fix-It Felix Jr. Costumes for Kids

Did you ever have a favorite movie that you loved watching over and over as a kid? Well, my kids absolutely love watching Disney's Wreck It Ralph movie.  They love that movie so much that I decided last Halloween to make their costumes as characters from the movie.

My daughter Amaris (4 yrs old) was Vanellope Von Schweetz and Carter, my youngest (9 months old) was Fix It Felix Jr.  Unfortunately my oldest son Brendan who was 7 yrs old, didn't want me picking out his costume which would have been Wreck It Ralph.  He wanted to be something scary for Halloween.  We actually ended up having to return his scary bleeding pumpkin skeleton costume on the day of Halloween since the bleeding pump was broken.  All the costumes had been picked over by that time and he ended being Batman again.

Vanellope Von Schweetz "The Glitch" Costume
  • Turquoise Hoodie
  • Pink Ribbon 
  • Brown Ruffle Skirt
  • Black Boots
  • Striped Vanellope Tights 
  • Candy Hair Accessories (scroll down for instructions)
  • You're My Hero Cookie Medal (I will be posting tutorial soon)

A few months in advance, I searched and searched online and at different stores to find each of the pieces to make her Vanellope costume.  I was able to find a plain turquoise hoodie online and luckily found Vanellope tights online too.  (Click Here to see where I purchased these tights)  The brown ruffle skirt was from a second hand kid's clothing store and Amaris already had the black boots.

Vanellope Von Schweetz Costume
Vanellope Hoodie

I cut pieces of pink ribbon and attached them to the jacket with safety pins. I didn't want to attach the ribbon on permanently, so I chose to use safety pins instead of sewing on the ribbon onto the jacket.  I cut longer pieces of ribbon for the "drawstring" around the hoodie and used the safety pins on the inside of the jacket.  For the X and 2 strips around the pockets, I also pinned the ribbon from the inside of jacket so the safety pins wouldn't be too obvious.

 DIY Vanellope Candy Hair Accessories


  • Black Clips
  • Circle Foam Stickers
  • Peppermint Ornaments
  • Red Pipe Cleaner
  • Hot Glue Gun

To make the candy hair accessories, I found colorful foam stickers and peppermint miniature ornaments at Michaels. I also purchased plain black clippies at my local grocery store. I had bought several different types of stickers since I wasn't sure how they would stick to the hair clips, but I ended up just using the foam stickers and peppermint ornaments.  You'll also need red pipe cleaners for the red licorice hair tie.

DIY Vanellope Candy Hair Accessories 
Candy Hair Clips

For the foam stickers I used the circle shapes, peeled the paper backing and placed them randomly to the hair clips.

The peppermint ornaments had tiny little eye hooks on them, so I removed the eye hooks.  It's best to bend open the clips before you attach the peppermints. Then hot glue the peppermint to the larger ends of the hair clip.  Be sure to allow the glue to completely dry before bending the clips and testing out in your hair.

Peppermint Clips

Vanellope Candy Hair Accessories
Red Licorice Hair Tie

At first I had no clue what to use for the licorice hair tie, and then when I was strolling through the craft store I had an epiphany!  I wanted something that was bendable and red pipe cleaners was just the perfect solution.  I used about 6 pipe cleaners, twisting 3 sets of two together.  Then I twisted all six to make the licorice rope.  To attach to her hair, I twisted it tightly around her pony tail.

Red Licorice Hair Tie
DIY Vanellope Candy Hair Accessories

Vanellope "The Glitch"

Fix-It Felix Jr. Baby Costume 

Fix It Felix Jr Baby Costume
  • Blue Collared Shirt
  • Felix Name Patch
  • Dark Denim Jeans
  • Work Boots
  • Toy Hammer
Optional Accessories:
  • Tool Belt 
  • Blue Baseball Cap with FF Patch
I lucked out since I already had the blue collared shirt, jeans and work boots before I even decided on creating their costumes.  I couldn't find a small enough blue hat to fit his size at 9 months.  Plus he probably wouldn't have kept the hat on for more than 5 seconds anyways, so I didn't do the Felix hat. I didn't have a tool belt either, but his outfit worked without it.  

Fix It Felix Jr Costume

Felix Name Patch

You can purchase embroidered Felix name patches online, but I wanted to keep the cost down and make my own "patch".  I took some blue and white felt that I already had in my craft stash, and cut oval shapes with the white oval slightly larger than the blue oval. 

I painted the name with white acrylic paint which took a few coats to make the white lettering thick enough on the felt.

I hot glued the blue oval over the white oval.  Then once the glue dried, I attached the patch to the shirt with safety pins on the inside of the shirt.

DIY Felix Name Patch-Painted Felt

Carter wasn't quite standing on his own yet here, so we cheated by propping him against the ottoman.

Fix It Felix Jr and Vanellope Costumes

You could spray paint the hammer gold to make it more like Felix's hammer in the movie. Since Carter was was at the age where he puts anything and everything in his mouth, I didn't want him chewing on a spray painted toy.

Soon I will be posting the tutorial on how I made the Hero Cookie Medal and a Wreck It Ralph jack-o-lantern.  So stay tuned for more Wreck It Ralph ideas!  (UPDATE: Click Here for the tutorial)



  1. Where did you find the socks for Vanellope?

    1. I purchased the tights from and search "vanellope"

  2. If you still have these tights, is there any way you would be willing to sell them? My daughter is being Vanellope for Halloween this year and no longer has these tights :(

    1. I do still have the tights, they are size 4/6...message me to discuss

    2. My daughter is also being Vanellope for Halloween and a 4/6 is the right size. Please contact me if it did not work out with the other Mom. :)

    3. Hi Tara, sorry the tights have been sold

  3. Hi! Where did you get the skirt? I can't find anything like it anywhere!

    1. Hi Nicole, I bought the skirt about 2 years ago in a 2nd hand kids clothing store called Kid 2 Kid. Good luck in your search! :)

  4. We did it as a diy also although I saw the full costume with hair and all for 40 bucks. I probably spent just as much if I add it all up. I will being using your patch idea, thanks so much for sharing. Found it on pinterest.


  5. This diy looks great and pretty simple to follow. The supplies required are easily available as well. Thank you for posting it. Hope your daughter loved the medal.


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