Republishing this Donald Duck costume tutorial for the 20th Anniversary of the Walt Disney World Half Marathon- also known as the Donald. See you on the course!
This one quacks me up.
Sorry, you know the pun had to be used, so I figure it’s best to get it out of the way early.
I’ll admit I was stumped this year for the Disneyland 10K. I had no idea what I wanted to run in this year. I think the summer just overwhelmed me on a multitude of levels and my creativity was overwhelmed with it!
While at Disneyland in July I thought maybe I’d try a Daisy Duck 60th Anniversary costume. I could bedazzle a shirt or something and make this work.
I was digging those shoes! How cute could those be?!
It didn’t work. It was pretty unrecognizable, and I threw the shirt in the trash after ruining it with a hot glue gun. The good news: it was a cheap one off Amazon, so I wasn’t out too much.
And my girls love the jewels (have at ’em, girls!), so it’s all good here.
Instead, I went another direction and chose classic Donald. He’s always been a fave- and I’ve been collecting pieces for his costume over time. I mean, why else does one buy bright yellow Zensahs?
My buddy Julia is wearing Donald for the 5K and had an adorable bow made for herself.
Annnndddd… she said I could borrow it.
I’ll pick that up after she runs and add it to my costume. But just in case there’s a costume mix up or something happens, I came up with a DIY Donald at home.
It was shockingly easy!
Donald Duck Costume Tutorial
This is a running costume for the Disneyland 10K coming up soon. But it could be easily tweaked for a Halloween or Disney Bounding costume.
- White bottoms (I used a running skirt) but shorts or a regular skirt would work as easily
- Solid blue shirt
- Yellow socks, compression sleeves, or tights depending on your needs
- Red ribbon
- Black ribbon
- Blue Beret
- Craft foam with adhesive backing
- Peel and Stick fabric fuse
If this looks easy, it’s because it is.
I started by making the red ribbon into a bow and pinning it to the shirt with a safety pin.
I added the yellow strips of adhesive craft foam to the shirt at angles to mimic the sailor look on Donald’s shirt. Craft foam is amazing: don’t underestimate its uses! Most of my costumes end up with craft foam in some shape or form. For a few hours, it will hold. Even when you are running.
I decided to make some duck feet for fun.
There may be a limit to craft foam, so I’m not sure how long they will last on race day. But I’ll probably stick them to the tops of my shoes and maybe use a safety pin to hold them down on the tongue of the shoe.
If they come off, well, hey, I tried!
Craft foam is durable enough to hang on with pinning, so don’t be afraid to use one if you need it.
I just did a quick tracing on the back and cut out something that could be feet.
It’ll work for my purposes!
The real challenge came in making the hat. I Etsyed and Amazoned and wasn’t coming up with anything that would work as a classic Donald hat.
Guys, when all else fails, check and see what those girls at Sparkle Athletics have done. I remembered Kelly ran as Donald one year, and sure enough- there she was with a blue beret.
Off to Amazon I went. (Affiliate link) It was $7, and I had free shipping with Prime.
The beret works, but I wanted to add a little extra to it. Donald’s hat has a black hat band and a bit of ribbon hanging off the back.
I measured my head with the hat on. I’d suggest also adding about an inch and a half to your measurements to make sure there is give in the ribbon as it goes around your head.
Cut the ribbon to size needed to go around the rim of the beret.
Lay the ribbon flat and stick the fabric fuse tape directly onto the back of the ribbon. You’ll pull the paper backing off and apply it along the rim of the beret.
The fuse tape is magical. It held the ribbon to the hat without any issues.
Pull a little of the paper off and go slowly around. When you get near the back, be sure to add in a little give by leaving a loop like I did below.
That’s going to account for the give you’ll need when you put the hat on your head. If you don’t give a little extra ribbon to the hat, you will end up with a super tight beret.
I don’t recommend that!
For the top ribbon, I cut a piece long enough to hang off my head.
I repeated the step with the fuze tape, but only needed tape for about half the length of the ribbon.
Then I cut a notch in the top to go around the beret stem (no idea if that’s the technical term!) and a V in the end that hangs off.
Peel and stick and your hat is done!
This was by far the easiest costume I’ve put together.
I already had most of the pieces, which helped.
And the rest was just some arts and craft time!
Donald Duck, reporting for duty at the Disneyland 10K (and also the Walt Disney World Half!). See y’all real soon!