Disney/Pixar’s Up is one of my favorite Pixar movies! I know we could’ve easily dressed up as Carl and Ellie or as Carl and Russell for Halloween but I wanted more of a challenge so I decide we could be Russell and Kevin the Bird (Snipe!) Most of the female Kevin costumes involved wearing a colorful tutu, but I wasn’t a fan. Then I stumbled up on this version that Creatively Christy made for her kids and I decided I wanted to make an adult version!
Since this post is quite long, here’s some quick anchors to the different parts of the two costumes:
Side note: Forgive me for the low quality photos! I made this costume back in 2013, before phone cameras were crystal clear >.<
Supplies for Kevin Costume – Body:
- Several 9″ x 12″ craft felt sheets – You can get an assorted colors set if you plan on doing more projects or just buy the sheets individually at an art store
- One 36″ x 36″ black craft felt sheet OR an old black shirt/hoodie
- One black T-shirt (not needed if you use the hoodie method)
- Fabric scissors (Regular scissors don’t cut through felt as cleanly! I recommend a big pair of fabric scissors if you want to cut multiple felt sheets at a time (see step 2’s note!)
- Hot glue gun + several glue sticks (I definitely used more than pictured here 😅)
- 2 fabric straps
- Several large safety pins
1. Cut a half circle out of the large black felt sheet. I folded the sheet in half the diagonal way and used chalk to mark a consistent radius from the top corner to make a quarter circle. Once you cut along that radius, you’ll end up with two quarter circle sheets and you’ll need to just sew the straight ends up together.Note: After I realized how long it would take to make enough feathers for my entire cape, I enlisted the help of my then boyfriend (now husband!) Jeff to help me stack 2 folded sheets of felt to cut 4 rows of feathers at a time. Here’s where having a thick fabric scissor really makes a difference. Also, check out the amount of felt scrap leftovers there were! Definitely enough to make a small rainbow something…
6. Now that the cape is done, time to make the body! Repeat steps 3 and 4 on the black t-shirt/front of hoodie in the pattern you want.
- Navy cap
- Cotton balls
- Hot glue gun or safety pins
- 2 foam paint rollers
- Peacock feathers
- Blue pipe cleaners
- 3 Yellow felt sheets
- Red paint
- White foam sheet or thick card stock should work too
- Black and green markers
Unfortunately I don’t have many photos for this section because it was late at night and I was pretty much winging it because nobody at the time had a tutorial for how to make the head without either 1) wearing the actual beak on your nose or 2) making it out of paper maché.
2. Wrap the foam rollers with the yellow felt and glue gun the two pieces to form the shape of the beak. You can also use red felt to do the front of the beak but I didn’t have any so I painted the front of the beak with red acrylic paint.
3. Stuff the beak with extra cotton balls so that it looks more rounded and then attach it to the cap using a hot glue gun. I think I ran out of glue towards the end so I had to safety pin the last piece of yellow felt (the eye shape)
4. Fold your pipe cleaner in half and twist it around the base of the feather’s stem. The peacock feathers I bought were a bit large so I plucked off the bottom feathers to make this stem. I forget how I secured the pipe cleaner to the back of the cap but I’m going to guess by glue gunning a small piece of felt across the pipe cleaners and onto the cap.
- Yellow polo
- Orange bandana
- Brown shorts
- Long hiking socks
- Hiking boots
- If you want to go the extra mile, you can also probably find kids camp for the rest of his backpack accessories.
Supplies for Russell’s Accessories:
- 1-1/2″ Heavy duty self-adhesive felt furniture pads (if you want to wear all the badges, you’ll need at least 35, but you can feature less if you don’t feel like going all the way)
- Several sheets of sticker paper
- Brown fabric (for the sash)
- Safety pins
- Yellow cap
- 2 Orange, 1 yellow, 1 green, and 1 brown felt sheet(s)
- Hot glue gun
- Short wooden dowel
1. Print Russell’s Wilderness Explorer badges on sticker paper. I went with clear matte sticker paper because I didn’t mind the texture of the felt pad showing underneath.
2. Cut out badge stickers and stick onto the felt furniture pads. As you can see from the photo, I forgot to measure the size of the badge before printing it so there is a little beige border around the actual badge sticker. Since it was such a thin line, I didn’t think it was a big deal but if you want to be exact, be sure to size up/down your badges to match your felt pads width!
4. Stick the felt pad badges to your brown fabric in the right order, leaving the space for Ellie’s badge. I would test how well the felt pad adhesive sticks to your sash – I’ve seen some people use a hot glue gun the badges when they’re using a felt sash. The heavy duty felt pads I got stuck pretty well to my window drape fabric without any additional adhesive.
5. Print the Wilderness Explorer Logo and cut the pieces out to trace on your colored felt. Cut the different pieces of felt and assemble 2 badges. Use the hot glue gun to attach the badge to your yellow cap.
7. Put on your outfit! Finishing touches: tie the orange bandana around your next, tuck your wooden dowel into your backpack with it sticking out, and put on a winning smile 😀