Easy DIY world Book Day Costume’s

World book day is just around the corner and some parents are a lot more organised than others and have already started to plan their kids costumes well in advance, or, some parents are like me and like to leave it to the last minute and then start to panic. I have two kids in primary school and for the short few years that they have been there we have only been able to choose a book our self as the school usually picks one.

The first year we could pick our favorite book and at the time Lydia’s was ‘Dear Zoo’ by Rod Campbell. I browsed Pinterest, as you do and I came across something completely different to your standard costume and she won the best costume in her year group. Find out how I made this here.

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In 2019 the girls school chose the book ‘ The day the crayons quit’.  I had never read this book before then and what a wonderful book it is to read. The costumes were also so easy and cheap to make.

Another Book idea was from Roald Dahl Day when Lydia dressed up as Miss Honey wearing a pretty dress she already had, clear glasses from Claire’s accessories and I had printed out a book cover and stuck it over the top of a  McDonald book that she had got in her happy meal. Emily dressed up as Matilda and all we did was print out a picture of a lizard and stuck it on a clear bottle filled with a little bit of water.

Here are some more fun and fantastic idea’s from other parents.

Thing 1 and Thing 2 by Boo Roo and Tigger Too

Ella from Typical Mummy Said:

I always have to think of ideas whereby he can wear his own clothes so he feels like he isn’t “dressing up”, but then he takes in some props so he is still joining in. One year he took a bucket of dinosaurs with him, so was “Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs.” He’s also been Charlie from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and I made him a Wonka Bar (by decorating a bar of Dairy Milk) and a Golden Ticket. Last year he was the Mad Hatter so I bought a cheap hat on eBay and added ribbon and feathers and a 10/6 note.
All very simple and easy, meaning he could still join in without feeling like he was properly dressing up!


Emma from All she loves has put together an easy guide for last minute world book day costumes made from things at home which is very useful and handy with really good idea’s.

Tina from Mother Geek has made Mog from Meg and Mog.

Andrea from Bluebearwood has some fantastic idea’s over on her blog.

Emily from EmilyandIndiana dressed up as Kittie Lacey from The Fairytale Hairdresser.


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