World Book Day isn’t far away and if you still need a costume for your little one, you’ll be glad to know you can always put one together, with minimal effort or cost.
Easy DIY costume ideas to make at home from your children’s favorite books
World Book Day is an annual event dedicated to inspiring children to enjoy reading for pleasure. This year, it takes place on Thursday, March 3.
To mark the day, children are encouraged to dress up as their favorite book characters. While it’s fun for them, it can be a bit of a nightmare for parents.
This is especially the case if you have a few siblings to dress up. Costumes can be expensive, and many of them end up in the back of the wardrobe after they’ve been worn once, so they don’t always pay off.
You’ll be happy to know that you can give your child a brilliant World Book Day costume using clothes they already own.
Here’s our guide to the best and easiest costume ideas for kids of all ages, and how to make them.
Alright, this one might be a bit of a cheat, but we know that many little girls already have a princess costume in their wardrobe and won’t need to be asked twice. a whole day wearing it.
Certain princesses can be the focus of a movie, especially when you think of those much-loved Disney Princesses, but there are also plenty of books about them, which always counts, right.
It wouldn’t be World Book Day without at least one child dressed up as a favorite wizard from JK Rowling’s iconic fantasy book series.
If you have a Halloween cape left, you can easily reuse it to become Harry’s cape. Or, if you don’t have a cape, simply dressing your child in an all-black outfit will do.
The most important thing about Harry Potter, of course, is his signature glasses and scar. Both of these things can easily be drawn on your child’s face in moments using your eyeliner pencil.
If you can add scarlet or gold accessories for those classic Gryffindor colors to finish the look – or if you have yellow and black accessories they can become a Hufflepuff wizard, or with blue and bronze they can belong to Ravenclaw, or green and silver, they can be part of Slytherin.
A wand can be quickly made from a tube of toilet or kitchen paper, and if they have time, kids can make it their own with whatever craft materials you have at home.
This is another classic World Book Day costume, but so easy to pull off.
Matilda is, of course, the sweet girl who loves books from the classic children’s book of the same name by Roald Dahl.
To make your little girl look like her, all you need is a blue or denim dress and a red ribbon to tie in her hair. If you don’t have ribbon, you can buy one for pennies at your local market or craft store, but if you don’t have time to go buy one, you can even get the felt Red. markers on a white ribbon or place a red hair clip in her hair.
Give her a stack of her favorite books to take home too to finish the look. She can then share these stories with her friends, and that’s what World Book Day is for.
Another costume inspired by a book by iconic children’s author Roald Dahl. This one is the titular character of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.
Charlie Bucket is the poor boy who finds one of chocolatier Willy Wonka’s famous golden tickets which grants him exclusive access to the chocolate factory – along with four other children.
Now, as Charlie comes from a family with very little money, you don’t have to worry about what your kid is wearing – a basic t-shirt and a pair of jeans will do just fine. They don’t even have to do their hair if they don’t want to, their messy bed hair will complete this look!
The most important thing is that golden ticket, which they can easily make themselves the night before using a piece of golden or yellow cardboard. You can encourage them to get creative with all the craft supplies they have to create their own special invitation. Just add a string so you can hang it around his neck.
For little ballerinas, it’s the ideal disguise without the fuss because they just have to put on their pink leotard and tutu, as if they were getting ready for their dance class, and that’s it.
Angelina Ballerina is the titular character in a book series of the same name and is a mouse who dreams of being a prima ballerina.
If you have face paints, you can paint your child’s face with a little mouse nose and whiskers, but if you don’t have them, these features can be drawn quickly and easily using a eyeliner pencil.
Finish with a pink ribbon tied in a bow in her hair, or any sort of pretty hair clip. Soft and easy hold.
Another super easy costume, all you need for this one is a basic white t-shirt and a black felt pen.
Just draw a few dalmatian spots on the t-shirt and you’re done. It really is an outfit that you can quickly put together the night before, even if it’s 11 p.m.
If you have face paint, you can also paint spots on his face, but that’s not necessary. Maybe you just use a black pencil to draw a Dalmatian nose.
The Paper Dolls is a popular children’s book by Julia Donaldson about a young girl who creates a chain of five paper dolls and then takes them on many adventures around her house.
The little girl depicted in the book wears a classic school dress, with a red cardigan and tigger slippers, her hair pulled back in a ponytail.
So all they have to do is put on their regular school uniform and cut themselves up to make their very own string of paper dolls. Tiger slippers are not mandatory.
The boy in the dress
This one is pretty self-explanatory. ‘The Boy in a Dress’ was the first book written by comedian David Walliams and is about the school football star striker who feels different and just wants to wear a dress.
All that is required for this one is a dress that will suit your son. If he has a sister, she might be able to lend him one for the day, but if there isn’t one in your house that’s suitable for him, a quick trip to your local supermarket will surely supply you with one. lower cost.
To make the costume a bit more obvious, he just needs to carry a soccer ball too.
Tracy Beaker is the main character in Jacqueline Wilson’s best-loved book “The Tracy Beaker Story.” She’s a young girl who lives in a children’s retirement home she calls the dump.
The character is known for wearing striped tops, especially red and blue, and a denim jacket. Pair it with denim jeans and you have an outfit.
Tracy is also known for her dark, curly hair, so if your child has that naturally, it’s another easy win, but if not, you can always curl her hair in the morning before she leaves for school using your straightener or curling iron.
Room on the Broom
This is another super easy costume choice if you already have a witch costume lying around from Halloween.
The Room on the Broom is another book by Julia Donaldson. This one is about a kind witch and her cat who invite three other animals to join them as they travel on her broomstick.
There’s a cat, a dog, a bird and a frog, so – to make the costume more believable – encourage her to take stuffed animals of all these animals if you have any.
The broom can of course be a classic household broom that we all have in the basement or in a closet somewhere.
If you don’t have a witch costume, you can still achieve this look using a classic black dress.
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