Simple DIY World Book Day Costume Ideas

February 27, 2018 2 Comments
DIY World Book Day Costumes

World Book Day is just around the corner, and even though there is very little time, a fab costume does not have to cost you the earth. If you are stuck for inspiration for a Simple DIY World Book Day Costume then read on.

There is nothing like a good book to inspire children’s imagination, and my kiddos love their story books. This is one of the reasons why I have whole heartedly embraced World Book Day since the children started school. Ours is a small village school and they actively encourage the kids to get dressed up into their favourite characters from their favourite books.

You may have seen the recent article in The Sun about some schools telling parents not to encourage dressing up on World Book Day, for fear it may offend poorer families.  I get that there is sometimes an added pressure with ‘fancy dress’ but I couldn’t disagree with this more. World Book Day is all about encouraging creativity and imagination in children, so why not the parents too!  Lots of costumes can be created costing very little other than a little time and imagination. If you’re stuck for both, then these Simple DIY World Book Day Costume Ideas may just be for you.

Up until now I have kept it simple and stuck with costumes we have already had: Cinderella, Tinkerbell, Lazy bones (recycled halloween costume- winner!), the Gruffalo- you get the idea.

World Book Day

This year I had planned to go all out use my craft skills and make elaborate costumes. However, here I am 2 days from World Book Day and no costumes organised.  Isla has decided she wants to dress up from Princess Mirror-Belle and The Dragon Pox, easy enough just a hat to make and a recycled princess dress.  Oliver on the other hand wants to go as the crab in Sharing a Shell. Hmm does anyone have a spare human sized sea shell lying around? Stuck for ideas I have turned to my blogging friends, and if like me you’ve left things a bit late here are some Simple DIY World Book Day Costume Ideas.

Simple DIY World Book Day Costume Ideas

If you want to keep it super simple, then rather than go for a full costume, why not make a book hat. I think this a great idea from Ethan & Evelyn who made a fab party hat inspired by the book Harry and the Dinosaurs have a Happy Birthday.

Making a Book Hat from Ethan & Evelyn

If you are looking for full costumes that are quick and simple then head over to The Newby Tribe, they have come up with some great ideas for Super Quick World Book Day Costumes including two of my son’s favourites The Stick Man and Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs. Also included is the classic Matilda.

The Newby Tribe aren’t the only fans of Roald Dahl characters. With so many fabulous books and characters to choose from, they seem to be popular amongst my blogging friends! Costumes from Fantastic Mr. Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The BFG to name but a few.

DIY World Book Day Costume
Fantastic Mr. Fox from Twinderelmo
DIY World Book Day Costume
Veruca Salt from Twinderelmo

I absolutely love this simple DIY BFG idea from Life in the Mum’s Lane. There is a really simple tutorial of how you can create your own. She also has a fab tutorial on how to make a DIY mask from Diary of a Wimpy Kid.

If you’re feeling a bit crafty, then head over to The Mini Mes and Me and check out their tutorials for making costumes from What the Ladybird Heard and The Wizard of Oz using cardboard boxes and duck tape, genius!

Ladybird Costume from The Mini Mes and Me

The Harry Potter stories are great for slightly older primary school children, and this amazing Hermione costume from How to Rock at Parenting cost next to nothing to make. I am slightly envious of her knitting skills, and am loving the wand idea!

DIY World Book Day Costume
Hermione Granger costume from How to Rock at Parenting

My favourite though has to be this light up jelly fish costume from Monkey and Mouse, from Comotion in the Ocean. What a fab idea! If you want to give it a go head over to their blog and check out the step by step tutorial.

Light up Jelly Fish costume from Monkey and Mouse

So what’s your view on dressing up for World Book Day? Whatever it is, I hope you can agree that there are some great ideas here to spark everyone’s imagination!

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Happy World Book Day!

Kerry x


I would like to thank the following bloggers for their contributions to this post:

Kati from How to Rock at Parenting

Beth from Twinderelmo

Cherry from The Newby Tribe

Emma from Life in the Mum’s Lane

Jenny from Monkey and Mouse

Emma from The Mini Mes and Me

Su from Ethan and Evelyn



  • Su {Ethan & Evelyn} February 27, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Thank you so much for including us! These ideas are wonderful! I love Veruca Salt from Twinderelmo. Very nice! xx

    • Kerry February 28, 2018 at 8:02 am

      You’re welcome, thank you for your input! Yes there are some great ideas x

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    Hi I'm Kerry, Wife to James, Step Mum to one, Mum to two and more fur, feather and winged babies than I can count. I have a passion for crafts, encouraging creativity and inspiring imagination especially in children. So if you are looking for some inspiration, ideas and resources to inject a little creativity into your family life, then you've come to the right place. Read More


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