How to make a Toddler Russell and Carl Up costume

Everything you need to make this adorable DIY Russell and Carl Up costume. I made sure to include where I got all the materials and how you can put it together yourself!

I loved the idea of doing a themed costume from the Pixar movie Up. I love a good themed Halloween costume. If you are interested in how I made the UP house costume you can check out my tutorial blog post HERE.

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Russell Up Costume

The Russell Up costume was fairly simple. I was lucky because I had the shorts and the boots already. Everything else I bought or made! I included the steps in how I put this costume together below!

DIY Up Costume

Materials Needed:

  • 1 Yellow Toddler Shirt
  • 1 yellow hat (I bought mine on Amazon)
  • Orange Bandana
  • 1/2 Yard of brown fabric
  • Brown Shorts
  • Brown Boots
  • Tall socks

Step 1: Buy clothing

If you already have these items that is great, but I had to buy some things. Its cheapest and easiest to buy the shirt from Hobby Lobby. You can also buy t-shirts on Amazon that are pretty cheap as well as the yellow hat.

I also bought a orange handkerchief from Hobby Lobby as well.

I already had the boots and the shorts, but I included some options of where you can buy some below.

Toddler Kaki shorts

Toddler Boots

Step 2: The hat

You have two options on how to get the logo on the hat. The easier way is to print the logo onto transfer paper and iron it on.

The second option will take a little more work, but will look more like it was patched on. You will need yellow, brown, and orange felt squares from Hobby Lobby. I used a can to make a perfect circle and used that as my base.

It really helps to trace everything out onto printer paper before you trace them onto the felt. I drew everything out and then cut it! Glue all the pieces together and then glue it onto the hat!

Step 3: Pins for sash

I love the pins that Russell has all over his sash and I think they make the costume. I found a free print off of the pins. I printed it onto cardstock and cut them out.

I then glued them onto a yellow felt piece of fabric and cut those out as well. Make sure you leave some yellow on the edge of each pin.

Step 4: Sash

I went to Hobby Lobby and got 1/2 yard of brown fabric. It doesn’t really matter what type of fabric you use.

You will need two rectangle strips of fabric. Make sure the width of the fabric is wide enough to fit 2 or 3 pins across.

Make sure to measure the desired length before you cut the rectangle strips out. You can sew the two ends together.

Here is a video that might help with the sash part.

YouTube video

Carl’s Up Costume

Carl’s Up costume is super easy to put together. It was easy because I already had the suit and by adding the cane it really completed the costume. I included all the steps below so you can put this together yourself.

The Outfit

For Carl’s outfit I used one of the boys suits they wear for church. I found one at Target that looks similar and would work just as well. Adding the bow tie and doing his hair really made the costume. I also took kid sun glasses from the dollar store and pushed out the lenses to make glasses. I tried to get my son to wear them for the photo, but he kept taking them off.

The Cane

The cane will really make Carl’s costume complete. I included all the materials and steps it will take to make one yourself!

Materials Needed:

  • 1 of the pre cut 2inch pipe
  • 5 of the 3/4 inch elbow pieces
  • 1 cross 3/4 inch piece
  • 4 tennis balls
  • Silver or grey spray paint
  • Drill
  • Glue Gun

Step 1: Cut Holes in Tennis Balls

Take a black marker to trace the elbow pvc pipe on the tennis ball. I used scissors to cut a hole so the pipe fits in perfectly.

LAST STEP: DO NOT glue the tennis balls until you have spray painted the whole cane!

Step 2: Lower Base

Take the long pvc pipe and first measure how tall you want the pipe to be. I held the pipe up next to my son to get a good idea. I use a hacksaw to cut the desired length. Take into count that the handle and the base will add length.

The extra PVC pipe will be used to connect the tennis ball pieces with the cross piece. You can glue them together to make sure they fit.

Step 3: Connect base to long PVC pipe

You will need to use a drill to create a hole big enough to slide the pvc pipe into it. Just move the drill in a circular motion to create the hole. I would start small and try it as the hole gets bigger. Once the hole is big enough you can glue it together.

Step 4: Connect the handle

The last part is to connect the last elbow pice to the top of the PCV pipe to create a handle. You can glue it so it will stay.

Step 5: Spray Paint

Once its all put together you can buy silver or gray spray paint and paint the cane. Make sure you put the tennis balls on last so you don’t get paint on them.

I tried my best to document and help you create this fun Halloween costume. If you have any questions as you go through the process to make the Carl and Russell Up costume comment below and I will do my best to reply and help out!

If you want to see more of my DIY projects check them out HERE.


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