Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Princess Half Marathon Costume Reveal

I've been going back and forth in my mind for what seems like forever over my Princess half marathon costume ideas. Sad to say, sometimes the creative side of my brain doesn't quite kick in and fully function all of the way until the last minute has approached.

This past weekend, all of the pieces and parts finally came together to make my princess half marathon costume and I seriously love it! To me, it's practically perfect in every way! (Ok, I had to!)

The first place I always look to for costume ideas is Pinterest. Seriously, there's a world of inspiration out there on Pinterest, so if you're in a creative slump and don't have any ideas, check out Pinterest!

If you saw my "sneak peak" on instagram and guessed that Mary Poppins was the theme, you were (and are) correct!

In my initial brainstorming on this costume idea, I knew I somehow wanted to include the bird umbrella. (Y'all know me and my props!) Well, I knew I didn't want to run the half carrying a real umbrella (and I'm pretty sure that's not even allowed?). I couldn't think of anything to make a "fake" umbrella out of, either. It was during a run one evening when the inspiration hit me - what if I made the end of my GoPro the bird? Then my GoPro could act as the "umbrella"?! Genius.

While gathering supplies to create  this costume, I was so excited to see that I had most of them on hand, too! Score!

Mary Poppins Costume Supplies:
  • Black top hat (ordered from Amazon) and affixed to a black headband I already owned
  • Flowers (I had these white flowers already on hand - Mary's hat actually has daisies on it!)
  • Red berries for the hat (I made these out of pipe cleaners and red ribbon!)
  • White shirt (purchased from WalMart)
  •  Black Running Skirt (already owned) from
  • Red bow for shirt (purchased for $1 pre-made at Walmart!)
  • Red ribbon for "belt" around the bottom of the shirt
  • Felt and ribbon to make the bird (also already owned!)
  • Black compression sleeves from Legend Compression (already owned)
Putting this costume together literally took an entire Sunday because I also had to figure out how to hem a shirt on my own. I knew I waited until the VERY last minute and didn't want to put that on my mom, so I asked for her advice and I'm pretty pleased with the outcome!

Here's a closeup of the top hat. It did not come with the headband so I glued that one on myself. However, it did come with feathers and a bow that were already hot glued on, so my OCD self had to cover those glue marks with flowers!

Lastly, here's a closeup of the Mary Poppins bird. He is made entirely of felt (except the red ribbon). I used the outline of a bird I found online, cut out the outline with my silhouette machine on cardstock, then eyeballed and hand trimmed all of the rest of the pieces with scissors.

I also used hot glue to put it all together. He feels pretty secure, so here's hoping he stays on the bottom of the GoPro for 13.1 miles! We shall see what happens, I guess!

If you see me out there, please say hello! I'd love to meet you! :)

Happy running, Princesses! I hope all of your race dreams come true!


  1. You always come up with the most clever costumes!

  2. This is great! You are always so creative! I usually know I am running a Disney race almost a year in advance yet I too wait till the last minute to complete my running outfit.
    oh BTW, I did see a lady running as Mary Poppins ( in the white dress) and she was carrying a parasol. I do believe it was during the 5k.


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