This year World Book Day is Thursday 5 March. No need to get in a tizzy about making a costume, as we’ve got 10 easy (yes that means no sewing) costume ideas.
Plus if you keep an eye on the Mumbler Facebook Group, we’ve created a swap shop post. So if you’ve bought or made a great costume last year, how about swapping it with another Mumbler? Not only saving money, time and effort but also better for the environment!
10 easy and no sewing costume ideas 📚📚📚
1. Where’s Wally (or Wenda)
If you’ve got a red stripy jumper – brilliant! Failing that you could stick or draw some red stripes onto a white t-shirt! Dig out a red or white knitted hat (add a bobble if you can) and add some round black glasses made out of cardboard. Jeans or blue trousers will finish off the look. We found this guide and template for glasses.
2. Harry Potter
If you’ve got a cape hanging around from a Halloween costume, then you are halfway there with Harry! You’ll need some round glasses and some face paint for his scar. The rest can be school uniform with the addition of a stripy tie and maybe a fancy looking stick as a magic wand!
3. Diary of a Wimpy Kid
Super easy this one and hopefully just a case of digging out the PE kit! White t-shirt, black shorts and a black rucksack or bag if you have one. If you are feeling creative there are some great Wimpy Kid masks on the Wimpy Kid Club website which you can download and print!
4. Winnie the Witch or Room on the Broom
Another good one if you have plenty of Halloween outfits and bits & bobs is a Witch. If you have a witches cape and hat, all you need to do is find some colour matching clothes. So red top, purple skirt or trousers. If your child has long hair, then a plait is in order. Make a simple wand with a yellow star on the end out of cardboard and job done! Just make sure they don’t take the cat to school.
5. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Easy this one! Get some old, scruffy clothes – ideally trousers and a shirt and make a golden ticket to carry.
If you have a blue dress already, then this one is straightforward! All you need is a red ribbon for your child’s hair and maybe take a pile of books along – perfect for World Book Day.
7. Angelia Ballerina
If your child is a ballerina then hopefully you have everything for this already? Failing that if you have a pink dress, white tights and a hair bow you should be able to pull this one off easily.
8. Alice in Wonderland
Another one where a blue dress comes in handy! Just need a black hairband or ribbon and a white apron that you could cut out of an old white sheet.
9. Horrible Histories – Rotten Romans
The Romans is probably the easiest costume to pull off from the Horrible Histories books. If you’ve got an old white sheet, you’ll need to learn how to wear it as a toga. The internet really is a wonderful thing 😀
10. The Tiger Who Came to Tea
Admitted those tights could be hard to pull off, but if you have a purple dress or even large T-shirt you can cut into a tunic and a blue top you are pretty much there with your Sophie costume.
If your child isn’t keen on dressing up 📚📚📚
Characters that wear ‘normal’ clothes like Horrid Henry, Daisy or Tracy Beaker are great ideas. Just wear your preferred non-school clothes and take in your favourite book!
More ideas and inspiration📚📚📚
📚 There are lots of fantastic DIY ideas with downloadable pdf guides on the World Book Day website. Ideas include ‘The Day the Crayons Quit’, ‘Gangsta Granny’ and ‘Supertato’. A good excuse to do some crafting together.
This Not for Profit community group is where parents can hire children’s costumes throughout the year for things such as parties, Easter, Christmas, World Book Day and more. The aim is to reduce costs for parents and reduce waste. Fancy dress costume rental is £1, and depending on the costume chosen, will require a £5 or £10 deposit (fully refundable on return of the complete undamaged outfit). All funds raised will be used to buy more outfits.