vanellope von schweetz costume tutorial — part 1 — the hair

Making my own DIY Vanellope Von Schweetz costume was not an easy undertaking, at least not for me, the least crafty mom on the block. Halfway through, I felt WAY in over my head and wanted to chuck the wig stand right through the window as I was trying to make the hair clips. But, I persisted and am happy that I did. Check it out, it turned out pretty well, if I do say so myself.

How to make a Vanellope costume

If you have no idea who Vanellope is, she is the adorable little girl in Wreck it Ralph. If you haven’t seen that movie, then stop what you are doing and check it out, because it’s adorable! 

I had to buy several little things to put this costume together, but nothing was very expensive and the only things that took some craftiness were the wig, the lollipop and the tights. Today I am covering the hair so come back later this week for more on the rest of the costume.


 DIY Halloween costume Vanellope from Wreck it Ralph

Since Lexi’s hair is light brown and pretty short I decided to go with a wig. The wig was tricky because the kid’s sized wigs that I found were not well made and looked weird when they were put in a ponytail, so I went with an adult wig from Party City.

To assemble the hair you will need:

  • Wig, wig cap, black bobby pins & wig stand (or full head of black awesome hair and if your kiddo has that already, lucky you!)
  • Black hair clips
  • Colorful hair clips
  • Colorful buttons or other decorative items
  • Hot glue gun
  • Red pipe cleaners
  • Red licorice

For the colorful hair décor, I used an assortment of colorful mini-claw clips that I found at Target for a few bucks and some decorative buttons and mini candy Christmas ornaments that I found at Michael’s in the Holiday section (yes, Xmas stuff is out already!) I used a glue gun to attach the ornaments to the hair clips. WARNING: They do not so Super Glue might have been better?


Check out this video to see how we assembled everything.

Stay tuned, in the next week I will do a post and vlog about how we made Vanellope’s over-sized lollipop.



  1. 1
    Benjie says:

    So Awesome!!! LOve it! Makes me want to dress up for Halloween!

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    Kristi Smith says:

    I love this!!! My daughter wants to be Vanellope as well and I was thinking of doing the same sort of things for the candy in her hair!!! Thank you for posting this! It doesn’t look as daunting as I thought!!!

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    Connie J. Estrada says:

    Hi, I liked your version of Vanellope Von Schweetz. I love how there is really no order to placing candy in the hair. My 10yr. old wants to do this for Halloween, and I think is such a cute costume. We have bought some candy for her hair and I am going to hot glue them on alligator clips and baretts, then anchor lolly pops in her ponytail. I am looking like crazy for the mint hoodie that Vanellope is wearing. Any clues? please let me know. Thanks.

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    Jamie says:

    Wow, you’ve done such a great job with the hair pins and decorations :).

    Lexi is such a natural on the camera too, keeping you right! :P

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    […] 5. Wreck-It Ralph (get those oversized hands here!) and Vanellope Von Schweetz […]

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    karin angel says:

    Great tutorial , this year i want to try this. this is one of my favorite movie character.

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