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World Book Day Costume Ideas

Is your school dressing up for World Book Day? Read on for some easy costume ideas...

As with all "quick" and "easy" plans, preparation is key! We still have a month before the big day so investing in the “core” items soon will ensure that you will pull off every World Book Day without a hitch! These core items are:
1. A set of face paints
2. Scissors
3. Velcro tabs (or double-sided tape, but this will not be as secure)
4. A pack of different coloured card

All these items are readily available online or at your nearest major supermarket. Once you have your core items, the world is your oyster! Here are some easy/last minute costume ideas:

Funny Bones

You will need:

  • Black long-sleeve t-shirt
  • Black jeans/leggings
  • White paper to cut out bone shapes
  • Scissors
  • Velcro tabs
  • Face paint


  1. Draw and cut out bone shapes on white paper. Don't forget the hip-bone, ribs, leg and arm bones!
  2. Attach Velcro tabs (or double-sided tape) to the black, long sleeve t-shirt and black trousers according to where you would like all the different bones to go.
  3. Attach Velcro tabs to the back of the “bones” you have cut out and attach to the outfit.
  4. Use the face paint to create a “skull” look. You can search the internet for how to face paint a skull if you get stuck.


Mr Bump

You will need:

  • Blue t-shirt
  • Blue jeans/trousers/leggings
  • Bandage or toilet paper to wrap around the costume and head


  1. This costume is so easy. Once your child is dressed in their blue t-shirt and blue trousers (of any variation), raid your first aid kit to find a bandage to wrap around your childs waist and head. If you don’t have a bandage in your first aid kit, toilet paper is a great alternative!


Angelina Ballerina

You will need:

  • Ballet costume (great for if your child already takes part in ballet outside of school)
  • White paper
  • Tape
  • Scissors
  • Face paint 


  1. This idea is great for all the children who take ballet as an extra-curricular activity. Dress up your child in their regular ballet costume
  2. Use face paint to add a mouse nose and whiskers.
  3. If you don’t have a ready-made mouse headband with mouse ears, you can make a paper mouse crown easily. Measure around your childs head and cut a white paper band 1cm larger than the measurements you’ve taken (you might need to tape two pieces of paper together). Draw and cut out mouse ears and secure them to the crown.


101 Dalmatians

You will need:

  • White t-shirt
  • Black or white trousers/leggings
  • Black card
  • Scissors
  • Velcro tabs 
  • Face paint 
  • White paper
  • Tape


  1. Cut out black spots from the black coloured card.
  2. Use Velcro to attach the spots to your child’s clothing.
  3. Face paint a dog nose, whiskers and tongue onto your child’s face.
  4. Make a white paper crown. (Follow the instructions from the Angelina Ballerina costume)
  5. Draw and cut out dog ears from the black card and attach to the paper crown. (Don't forget to add black spots to the crown!)


Stick Man

You will need:

  • Brown t-shirt
  • Brown trousers/leggings
  • Green card for leaves
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Velcro
  • Brown paper


  1. Make a brown paper crown by measuring your child’s head and ensuring that the fit of the crown will be 1cm more than the measurements for your child’s head.
  2. Draw and cut out green card for the leaves and attach to the crown. (You can also make additional leaves and Velcro them to your child’s outfit.)
  3. You can use black marker pen to add detail to the leaves and crown.


Alice in Wonderland

You will need:

  • Blue dress
  • White pinafore/apron/pillowcase
  • Black hair bow
  • Make cardboard cookies that say, “eat me” (optional)
  • Scissors (if you need to DIY your pillowcase)


  1. Dress your child in their blue dress. 
  2. If you have a white pinafore/apron; fantastic! If not, you can use an old white pillowcase for a pinafore (simply cut out head and arm holes and adjust as necessary!).
  3. Add a black hair bow to your child’s hair and you’re done!

And of course, if creating/making is not your thing, you can buy read-made costumes from your nearest major supermarket or online!

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