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World Book Day: 6 Super Easy Children’s Book Character Costumes

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Looking for easy and cheap kids’ costumes for World Book Day fancy dress?

World Book Day, or International Day of the Book, is a yearly event celebrated on April 23rd, and organized by UNESCO to promote reading for children. Schools often ask children to dress up as their favourite character from a book they have read. Which means mama (or dad) needs to get a costume ready! Here is some inspiration for kids’ costumes for World Book Day — most of these ideas are easily put together with items you may have at home already or that are easily bought. Read on for super easy and cheap costume ideas.

World Book Day Fancy Dress Tips

– You can find face paint, wigs and other accessories at SpotlightParty City, or Daiso.
– Figure out what costume props you have at home already, THEN decide on the book (not the other way around, which may mean starting from scratch on a costume)! You can always borrow the book at the library if you don’t have it at home already (cheaper than buying a whole new costume for a book you have at home)!

world book day costume the bfg

The BFG

Roald Dahl’s The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) is a classic costume that is easy to mock up with materials you might have at home. Here we used some old pirate trousers and a brown waistcoat (a cowboy jacket turned inside out maybe?) from the dress up box. If you’re feeling crafty you could sew some small dolls into the pockets to be Sophie. For the ears you’ll need a headband and some card or foam to fashion large BFG ears. Extra points if you can make a dream-blowing trumpet (just fold some card over into a cone shape and staple together).

world book day little bo peep costume

Little Bo Peep

Pair a tiered floral dress and oversized bonnet from your little girl’s cupboard with a few cuddly sheep, and you’ve found Little Bo Peep!

oompa loompa costume

Oompa Loompa (or Willy Wonka)

Back to Roald Dahl! For fans of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, get your little dressed up as an oompa loompa with white shorts, a brown t-shirt and a lot of face paints (orange face and big bushy white eyebrows), plus some green hairspray (or a green wig). If you are feeling crafty cut out two strips of white cloth and crisscross them over the t-shirt to connect to make the shorts into dungarees. You could also go straight to the source for a Willy Wonka costume — just leave time for shipping!

lorax costume

The Lorax

Head to toe orange with a homemade Lorax mask and a Truffula tree and your little one will be Eco Warrior ready! For the mask, buy a cheap pair of sunglasses and remove the lenses. Use a sheet of orange foam and yellow foam to cut out the eye frame, eyebrows and moustache. For the truffula tree, a cardboard gift wrap center works perfectly for the trunk.  Draw on some stripes and top it off with a colorful tissue paper pompom.

jack and the beanstalk costume

Jack and The Beanstalk

Every kid should have Jack’s clothes in their wardrobe (and if not they’re easily sourced from Uniqlo, CottonOn or Giant). Make sure to include a little pouch for magic beans and a great beanstalk. Daiso has garden poles and foliage that work great.  Just hot glue the foliage around the pole.  A 3D felt cloud at the top finishes it off.

jim lad jolly rogers costume

Pirate Jim Lad

This outfit for Jim Lad from the popular Jolley-Rogers series was pulled together from old clothes and dress up gear. The belt is homemade out of foam for the skull, felt for the red backing and an old black sash from mama’s wardrobe. The secret was the double sided Velcro for quick sticking of the foam to the sash.

Read More: Where to find Kids’ Costumes in Singapore

Little Bo Peep illustration by Ruth Sanderson via Richard Daybell
Jack and The Beanstalk artwork by hextupleyoodot

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