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Last Minute Make-It-Yourself Ideas For World Book Day

March 4, 2020

Surprise! It’s World Book Day Tomorrow! If you’ve just picked your child up from school and they’ve asked you about that all important costume, but you haven’t even come up with an idea yet, don’t panic!

Creating your own costume can be cheaper, incredibly fun and will also keep your little ones entertained for hours. It will also give you and your child some one-to-one time, which is always great for the physical and mental development of children. All they need is determination, imagination and a sprinkle of World Book Day magic.

Here at CBC we believe that every child should be able to live out a whole day as their favourite character, so we’ve lined up our top 5 picks of World Book Day costumes that you and your child can make together.

Horrid HenryHorrid Henry

Eureka! That’s it!

Henry is as horrid as they come. And luckily, his outfit is rather simplistic. All you will need is a pair of blue trousers, and a blue long-sleeved T-shirt. As you’ll probably recall, Henry wears that iconic blue T-shirt with a yellow stripe going across the chest – if you don’t have a top in this style, get some paint and make it extra horrid!

Your little one will love getting their hands dirty in creating this. If you had some purple paint, you could even get your child to dip their hand right in and plaster it on the T-shirt as well. They will then be certified Purple Hand Gang members.

This costume is so simple to make but could have the other children at school feeling as jealous as Moody Margaret! Finish the outfit off with some messed up hair and your child will be looking as horrid as Henry.

The Mad Hatter The Mad Hatter

Alice in Wonderland is a much loved tale that embraces differences and explores the imagination. The Mad Hatter is a lover of silliness, randomness and nonsense, but he is still one of our all-time favourite characters.

The most important part of a mad hatter costume is the top hat. If you have one of these or are able to get one in short notice, let your child’s imagination run wild as they customise the fabric with paint or felt – let them add glitter, ribbons or feathers. Remember, the wackier the hat, the better.

Once you have your out-of-this-world top hat prepared, pair this accessory with a three piece suit and a pocket watch.

Gangster Granny Gangster Granny

David Walliams books have soared in popularity over the last couple of years, and everyone is a lover of Gangster Granny, right?

Transport your little one through time with this easy to make granny costume, you could even visit the grandparents and see what you could borrow. All you would need to achieve this look is some tights, a pink or purple knee-length skirt with a pink or purple jumper, a grey wig and a black eye mask.

Not many of us have inconspicuous eye masks lying around the house, so it might be a good idea to get your little one to make their own. All you’d need is a bit of black felt, cut into shape, and some string. If you have some glasses, or a walking stick that you could add to the costume, then why not.

Where’s Wally? Where's Wally?

Where Wally is an iconic character that we’ve all grown up trying to find.

If you want an outfit that is simple yet recognisable, all you would need is a white and red striped top. It’s as simple as that.

Matilda reading a bookMatilda

Roald Dahl is the master storyteller who created some of the much loved characters from our childhood. One of whom, is Matilda.

Creating a viable Matilda costume is probably easier than some of the other ideas listed above. As long as you’ve got that all important piece of red ribbon to go on the hair, then your child is sure to avoid the choky. Pair the ribbon with a dark coloured dress and a white cardigan, and you could even have them carry some Roald Dahl books to keep in character.

Did you make your own costume this world book day? If you did, let us know which character you recreated.