Since our family loves Disney and get to attend many Disney events, one way I have tried to make them more fun and memorable is to let the kids dress up. But what if you don’t have a costume? Perhaps there’s no time or you just can’t find one? Or maybe you just don’t like being in a full costume. This is where Disney Bounding is a great alternative.
What Is Disney Bounding
Disney bounding is a great way to dress up as your favorite Disney characters but without a full costume. Instead, you take everyday fashion items and put them together to resemble the characters look. This allows you to wear them anywhere and anytime. From THE Mouse to live-action, like Mary Poppins or one of the VK’s in Descendants. After being invited to a Disney party, this was the perfect solution for the kids and me to dress up. DIVA really love the Descendants movies and wanted to go as Evie.
Where To Start
Once you have chosen your character, look at your clothes to see what you have that resembles in color and or pattern. Accessories also can really put the look together. It can be as simple as a white top, ice blue cardigan, and a snowflake necklace and you have an instant Elsa. So for Evie, her signature color is blue and has a heart box-shaped purse. DIVA already had a leather jacket and blue suede boots which we knew we would use. For the purse, after doing some google searches I decided to make it.
Buying What You Need
If you don’t have the needed pieces for the character you really want, remember you don’t need to spend a lot. Remember the Elsa idea I mentioned above? That was what I choose and just needed the sweater. I found the perfect one on Amazon for $12! We took a trip to Walmart and found the perfect blue top to wear under the leather jacket for the Evie look. The cost was $7.
Next, we went to Micheals and I must have spent about an hour in there. I searched the isles to get ideas of what may work and how I could create the look from what they had in stock. DIVA and I both finally agreed upon a small wooden hinged box. We bought blue and red paint to paint the box. We found a red heart sticker in the scrapbooking section that would add some bling and a gold rope chain in the jewels section for the strap. Spent $27 but much cheaper than buying ones I saw online and it gave DIVA and I a project to do together.
Accessories And Make-Up
Sometimes all you need is just one small thing to create the look that says who you are. I once bounded as Rapunzel with a simple light purple shirt I already owned and made out of markers and cardboard, a sun pendant to put on a necklace I had as well. Everyone knew exactly who I was dressing as with just those two items.
For Evie, her look also includes blue hair. I didn’t want to dye DIVA’s hair or get a wig. But I remembered a make-up hack I had seen about a way to temporarily color your hair-with eye shadow! Yup, you just run your hair against the palate and the color sticks to your hair. The best part is it washes out very easily since it’s just powder.
Add some blue eye-shadow and a few hand gloves and we had Evie.
If you’re like our family and love visiting Disney parks, Disney Bounding is a great way to get into the spirit without a full hot costume. And since kids only are allowed to wear costume’s (except for special events, like Dapper Days and Mickey’s Not So Scary Halloween Party) this allows us grown-ups to get in on the fun.
Another plus is this is autism-friendly. Since many kids don’t like strange clothes or costumes, by wearing their own everyday items helps them to feel comfortable and still able to take part in the fun. Such as Lil Man in jeans, a black tee, and some Mickey Ears.
Don’t Be Afraid To Think Outside The Box
One of my favorite bounds was at a Star Wars Rebels party we were invited to. As the event had costumed Storm Troopers as well as some of the ‘new’ characters, we dress DIVA as Darth Vader-with a twist. She already had a pink and black tutu. So I bought a simple black tank top and duct tape that matched the hot pink in the tutu. Then I cut and placed the duct tape on the shirt to create the ‘voice box’ and added a lightsaber from Target and spent less than $25.
Have you ever Disney Bounded before? If not, will you try it?