How to make your own World Book Day costumes

Every year Roo’s school has celebrated World Book Day, alongside having a book fair where the children can select a new book using their £1.00 book token they also hold a World Book Day costume competition.  The idea behind the competition is simple, come to school dressed as a character from a book.  This is where you have two options you can opt to dress you little one in their favourite character fancy dress outfit or you can opt to have a go at being a little more original and making your own costume.

Roo has dressed up as a couple of different characters, most notably last year when she and her best friend Niamh dressed as Thing 1 and Thing 2 from the Dr Suess books.  A little bit of creative flare can really see a character come to life and the girls got some great comments from this costume choice.

How to make Thing 1 and Thing 2 costume - Niamh and Roo

I can remember dressing up as a Christmas tree when I was younger, my Mam made the costume out of a pair of old green curtains.  The outfit was complete with tinsel, baubles and even a star on my head (sadly no photos of that creation available).  Coming up with a book day costume doesn’t mean that you need to run out and buy lots of bits and pieces either, in fact you will find that many of the outfits that your children already own can be made into the perfect outfit.  Take a look at a couple of my suggestions…

Little Miss Muffet Costume

Little Miss Muffet Costume

This simple but effect Little Miss Muffet costume can be put together in minute, which is great if you get given short notice for a school dressing up day.

Dorothy Costume

Dorothy Costume

This is a photo of my best friend’s little girl taken a couple of years ago but what a great costume to dress up in and with items that you have around the house.

Angelina Ballerina

(Sorry no lovely photo for this one) If your little one does ballet then you will pretty much have this costumes sorted, simply add some cardboard ears to a headband and some whiskers on their face and you have a ready made Angelina Ballerina.  If they don’t do ballet no need to worry… A pair of cream, white or pink tights with a long sleeved top of a similar colour with their swimsuit over the top.  If they have a little tutu that pop that on too and hey presto you have a little ballerina.

What will your little ones be dressing up as this World Book Day?


Disclosure: This post is brought to you in collaboration with Matalan



  1. Donna Wishart
    February 19, 2014 / 10:38 pm

    You are so creative! Such cute costumes!! x

  2. February 20, 2014 / 9:47 am

    These are awesome! For some reason our school never does this (so at least I don’t have to panic about a costume) but is is a shame for the children!

  3. Mammasaurus
    February 20, 2014 / 10:15 am

    Mine have never dressed up for World Book Day – it’s not been something their schools have done sadly and not something that’s crossed my mind to do at home – mainly because I am uselss with dates and it’s usually the day itself before I realise!

    LOVE the outfits! x

  4. HPMcQ
    February 20, 2014 / 10:44 am

    this is going to be with us before we know it! better start getting prepared!

  5. Pinkoddy
    February 20, 2014 / 11:55 am

    So simple but so effective! I have pinned and tweeted my pin 🙂

  6. Stacey Corrin
    February 20, 2014 / 6:59 pm

    These are great suggestions! My three aren’t at school just yet but my eldest starts in September so no doubt I’ll swiftly become inundated!!

  7. February 20, 2014 / 9:09 pm

    I remember your brilliant costumes last year!

    I hope our school does it again this year, although they haven’t mentioned it yet…

  8. February 20, 2014 / 9:12 pm

    We have had Dennis the menace and Horrid Henry, do you see a pattern forming here 😉 x

  9. February 21, 2014 / 6:52 pm

    i wish there was a world book day in romania x great costumes

  10. February 23, 2014 / 9:15 am

    Oooooh, fab ideas. I need to be a bit more creative I think. x

  11. March 6, 2014 / 1:52 pm

    What great costume ideas. I LOVE Dorothy!

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