Don’t laugh. Promise you won’t laugh…Bing Bong is heartwarming ridiculous as Riley’s imaginary friend. My Inside Out Bing Bong costume is just as ridiculous. 😉
How To Make a Bing Bong Costume
That’s ok because Halloween is supposed to be silly and fun, right? Check out how I pieced my Bing Bong costume together. Most of my costume was homemade from resale shops or the dollar store! I have included a few amazon affiliate links to make things easier for you if you want to try and recreate it.
Bing Bong Dress & Jacket
Bing Bong is arguably the most loved character from Inside Out. My kids definitely thought he was awesome and so did I. Originally I thought the costume would be too hard to pull off but I honestly brainstorm costume ideas 24-7 most of the time. I just couldn’t shake the idea of a Bing Bong costume.
The project was a go after finding the perfect pink dress at a local resale shop. I needed a dress or a skirt in order to showcase his amazing striped legs. The dress was the right color, fairly comfortable and had pockets. It was perfect! I also found a short brown jacket at a resale shop. Bing Bong wears more of a sports coat but that would be way too hot to pull off in Arizona or for Mickey’s Halloween Party in California which is where I plan on wearing my costume.
Bing Bong Socks
In my attempt to be frugal and also get the “perfect” Bing Bong socks, I tried to make them. It was kind of a fail. Ok, a big fail. 😉 FYI – Fabric paint doesn’t apply or adhere well to tights.
My back up plan was these awesome striped socks from Amazon. They were my biggest splurge for the costume and totally worth it. I spent quite a bit of time searching for the right color combination and I think these socks are perfect!
Bing Bong Flower Pin
I shared my DIY Flower Lapel Pin last month before I committed to making a complete Bing Bong costume. I figured it would be a fun craft project for any Inside Out fan! It just takes an old button and some craft foam! It’s also a perfect addition to my Bing Bong Costume!
Bing Bong Bow Tie
I think my Bing Bong bow tie is the coolest part of the costume. Originally I searched and searched online for the perfect Bing Bong bow tie. Amazon has a big selection of purple polka dot bow ties. I almost bought one online but I found these amazing purple leggings with pink polka dots at the 99 Cents Only store. I figured I could make my own bow tie for much cheaper with them and I was right. Of course, much cheaper is relative and this DIY is also dependent upon finding the right materials. I definitely got lucky with this find.
You can find lots basic bow tie tutorials online but the gist of it is folding up a rectangular piece of material and then wrapping a strip of material around the middle to secure it together. I hand sewed my bow tie but a glue gun could work too. I also found a fabric headband that was the same shade of pink as my polka dots. I decided to make it a bow tie “necklace” by attaching the bow tie to the headband. This made my bow tie so much easier to make and also easy to wear, simply stretching the headband over my head. Both the leggings and headband were only $1 each!
Bing Bong Hat
I found tiny hats (with hair clips attached) in the costume section at the 99 Cents Only store. They had several colors but no brown so I made do with a black one. I took off the fancy embellishment and added a blue ribbon and green feather with a glue gun. It’s not perfect but I thought super cute for under $2! This brown one on amazon is also super cute.
Bing Bong Gloves
I already owned a pair of fingerless knit gloves. They aren’t perfect but I dig ‘free’ any day of the week. I think these gloves on amazon are perfect but buying a pair of $1 knit gloves and cutting off the fingertips would be cheaper!
I ALMOST attempted a purple raccoon tail but decided it wasn’t a necessary costume accessory. I didn’t find any purple tails online but you might be able to dye the light stripes of this raccoon tail and make it work. Instead, my tennis shoes bring in a pop of purple to the costume.
DIY Bing Bong Costume Costs
In total, my Bing Bong costume cost about $35 to make. A little pricer than I would have liked but half the items were actually purchased using credit at a resale shop, so really it was under $20 cash.
- Dress $9 – Resale shop
- Jacket $8 – Resale shop
- Socks – $12 – Amazon
- Hat – $2 – Dollar store supplies
- Flower Pin $2 – Dollar store supplies
- Bow Tie $2 – Dollar store supplies
- Fingerless Gloves – Mine (because I am that awesome 😉 )
- Purple Tennis Shoes – Mine