DIY Disney: Vanellope Von Schweetz Costume

Hello everyone! I am Dana, Storybook Erin’s sister. I ran the 2017 Goofy Challenge, with our older sister and had an adorable costume inspired by Wreck-it Ralph so, I was asked to share how I completed the look while sticking to a very small budget!

Character Inspirations

  • Vanellope von Shweetz
  •  Taffyta Muttonfudge

After hours of searching the Internet for easy costume ideas and only finding 2 tutorials, (Both were outside my current skill level, and more effort than I wanted to put into a costume). I realized that I could just paint on the details!

  My solution for the shirt was simple and cost less than $5.

The Shirt

My local Salvation Army sells all clothing for 50% off on Wednesdays, so two Wednesday in a row I went and scoured the racks. I found a short sleeve shirt with a v neck design similar to a hoodie. Next, I purchased fabric paint and polymer clay from Michael’s, so I could put the finishing details on the shirt.


  1. Lay the shirt on the table and use a sheet of paper to help with placement and sizing
  2.  Fold a corner of the paper down to choose the angle of the pocket
  3.  Folded the paper in half and cut the angle. 
    • Now you have a pocket stencil!
  4. Put a piece of cardboard or paper bag inside the shirt 
    • This prevents the Sharpie from bleeding through
  5. Unfold your newly made custom stencil and place on the shirt
  6. Draw a line around the stencil with Sharpie
    • PRO TIP: To prevent the sharpie from catching on the fabric, try to stipple the line on. 
  7. Paint on additional details with pink fabric paint and let dry! 

I have continued to use my Vanellope shirt for several training runs and the paint is holding up well, even with an accidental trip through the dryer!

The Hair Accessories

I used polymer clay to make the hair candy according to the direction on the clay packaging and super glued the pieces on to clips. The super glue did not hold well. I had enough usable pieces on race day, but I do not recommend using super glue for the accessories. A glue gun may have worked better, but I did not have access to a glue gun while crafting my hair pieces.

Another option I thought of for the hair pieces would have been to sew buttons onto a sweat band and use two red pipe cleaners twisted together for the look of red licorice.

Supplies Needed w/ Cost!

  • Shirt ($2.00)
    • Thrifted
  • Pink Fabric Paint ($1.39)
    • Michaels 
      • Don’t forget to grab a coupon from their website!
  • Hair Clips ($3.50)
    • Walgreens
  • Polymer Clay x 3 ($5.07)
    • Michaels
  • Red Pipe Cleaners (FREE)
    • Personal Craft Supplies 
  • Sharpie (FREE)
    • Personal Craft Supplies
  • Brown Sparkle Skirt ($25.00)
  • Silver Sleeves ($22.00)
  • Visor ($25.00)
  • SockWell Compression Socks ($25.00)

Shirt and Craft Supplies Total 
11.24 + tax

COSTUME TOTAL 83.94 + tax

Total I spent almost $100 on my outfit. However, when you remove items purchased from Sparkle Athletic, the total cost was less than $12.00.  

Sparkle Skirts, Socks, Sleeves and Visors are absolutely reusable, and the quality of Sparkle Athletic items is excellent! Be sure to subscribe to their mailing list to be alerted of any sales or new products, I purchased my first sparkle gear during a Christmas in July sale.

I hope this post inspired you to think creatively when putting together a costume, I’d love to see your creations! So please tag my sister’s Instagram if you decide to make this costume!

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