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Thursday, July 28, 2022

39 Easy World Book Day & Book Week Costume Ideas for 2022

Probably the most stressful time of the year for any school parent is the lead up to Book Week or World Book Day. First your child needs to decide what character they want to dress up as {and hopefully they don't change their mind a million times} then you start frantically scouring shops like Spotlight for premade costumes or craft pieces to make DIY costumes. Book week can be exhausting and overwhelming for parents....

But it doesn't have to be! I've put together a huge list of easy book character costumes for girls and boys, with DIY instructions and links to premade costumes, to make your Book Week or World Book Day run a lot smoother.

kids dressed in diy book week character costumes
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WHAT IS BOOK WEEK?


If this is your child's first year of school you may not have heard of book week before, so let me give you a quick run down. Each year in Australia, book week is celebrated in August at schools, kindergartens and daycares across the country. In 2022 book week is August 20-26.

Book week celebrations usually include book related displays and activities throughout the week, with the main event being a whole school parade where children dress up as a book character, with prizes for the best costumes. Book week celebrations are a great way to encourage children to love reading, and bring stories to life outside of books with hands-on literary activities.

book week 2022 theme dreaming with eyes open

Each year a specific theme is set by The Children's Book Council of Australia, the 2022 book week theme is Dreaming with eyes open. The theme's are deliberately broad and can be interpreted in numerous ways to allow for a wide range of literary costumes. A lot of schools aren't strict on students sticking to the annual theme, so don't worry if the character your child wants to dress up as doesn't fall within the theme.



WHEN IS WORLD BOOK DAY?


World Book Day is celebrated in countries all over the world, however some celebrate it on different days. In most countries it's celebrated annually on April 23rd, however in the UK and Ireland it's celebrated on the first Thursday in March. The next UK/Irish World Book Day will be Thursday 2nd March 2023. You can find out more about the history of World Book Day here.


EASY KIDS BOOK CHARACTER COSTUME IDEAS


Remember you don't need to go all out creating the most fabulous homemade costume, but if you want to by all means go ahead. This post includes heaps of easy book week costume ideas that can be replicated as a DIY costume, or in some cases purchased as premade costumes online or in department stores. 

So whether you're super prepared and planning weeks ahead of time, or looking for a really easy last minute idea, you'll find something in this list.

Tips to make Book Week & World Book Day easier

  • Decide on a character early. Get your child to pick out what character they want to be at least one month out from book week or world book day, because it can very easily sneak up on you.
  • Make sure you have the book. If you don't either buy a copy, borrow it from a library, or print out a full page image of the cover as kids will usually have to have the book during the parade.
  • Decide if you're going to do a DIY costume or buy one. This can be very dependant on whether there is a premade costume for the character. If you're going to make one put together a list of everything you'll need.
  • Get creating! If DIYing a costume start collecting the fabric or items you'll need for the outfit asap - craft shops, thrift stores, dollar stores and department stores are all great places to look.
  • Try on the costume before the parade. Make sure you try on the finished costume prior to the parade to ensure it fits well and no pieces or props are coming loose. 

Bonus tip - cardboard is your best friend! If you can't find the perfect costume and need a quick fix, draw the face, book cover or whole life size image of the character onto cardboard and wear it as a sandwich board costume.


Classic Children's Book Character Costumes


Anne Shirley - Anne of Green Gables



Anne Shirley is the protagonist of the famous 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables. Set in the late 1800's Anne is an orphan who's sent by mistake to live with elderly siblings to help run their farm. The book and it's sequels follow Anne's life living with the Cuthbert's, making friendships, attending school and growing up in Green Gables.

To make a DIY Anne of Green Gables costume you'll need an Edwardian style floral dress with puff sleeves as shown above. Add a straw hat, hair in braids and mary jane style shoes with high socks to complete the look. Alternatively you could use a white puff sleeve blouse layered under a blue pinafore dress with black boots. If you're having trouble finding a dress there are pioneer floral dresses here.

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Mae - Florette


florette diy costume
Image: @kyliegregson

When Mae moves from the country to the city she longs for a lush green garden instead of bustling streets and small spaces. Eventually she discovers Florette a place exactly as she imagined. She takes a sprout and is able to grow her own garden.

To make a DIY Mae costume you'll need a white t-shirt, denim or blue short overalls, brown shoes and a sprout for her to carry. You can use any type of plant leaves for the sprout as it's not specified what type of plant it was in the book.

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Fern - Charlottes Web


fern charlottes web diy costume
Image: Emma Steendam

Charlotte's Web is a classic children's book studied by almost every school child at some point throughout their schooling. Fern is a young farm girl who begs her father to let her take care of the runt pig from their litter of piglets. Fern looks after Wilbur until he's sold to her uncle's farm.

To make a DIY Fern costume you'll need a plaid button up shirt, a pair of overalls, some boots and plaited hair. If you have a stuffed pig and spider toy you can add them too like Emma did above.

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Some Pig - Charlotte's Web


charlottes web some pig spiderweb costume
Image: Oh So Busy Mum

If you want a really simple, cost effective and no sew costume, send the kids as Charlotte's actual web. In Charlotte's Web, Charlotte draws attention to Wilbur by writing words in her web overnight. Some of the words she writes are Some Pig, Terrific, Radiant and Humble.

To make this costume you'll need some white fabric, a black pen and a plastic spider. Cut a hole in the centre of the white fabric for their head then cut the fabric at arms length in an inverted scallop pattern to mimic the edges of a spiderweb. Then draw the web lines and words with black pen. Glue on a black plastic spider at the end of one of the words.


Pippi Longstocking


pippi longstocking diy costume
Image: Kat Lebrasse

Pippi Longstocking is a rambunctious, care free, red haired girl with freckles who refuses to act the way society thinks she should. She's also really strong and can lift her horse with only one hand. She has tattered clothes and her wild red braids stick straight out from her head.

To create a DIY Pippi Longstocking costume you'll need a red and white striped top, overall shorts and mismatched striped stockings or long socks. To recreate her crazy braids thread some florist wire into plaits and then bend them outwards. If you need to add freckles use an eye liner pencil or face paint.

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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings


little girl from in my heart book
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In My Heart: A Book of Feelings is a gorgeous picture book that helps children navigate their big emotions and gives them new words to describe and communicate their feelings. It's widely recognised as it features a colourful cut out heart throughout each layer of the book.

To make a DIY In My Heart costume you could simply create a colourful cardboard heart boxtume. Or, you can also replicate the little girl in the book with black and white striped socks or stockings, a white dress with red spots, a black t-shirt and a big red hair bow. You can also combine both as shown above.

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Queen of Hearts - Alice in Wonderland


queen of hearts diy costume
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The Queen of Hearts is the main antagonist of Alice in Wonderland and her catch phrase is offfff with their head! which she likes to scream at the top of her lungs whenever she gets angered. The queen of hearts is characterised by her red and black outfits featuring hearts. 

In the movie adaptation she also has extremely oversized blue eyeshadow and small pursed heart lips. You can recreate her outlandish makeup with face paint. If you want to make the costume even more amazing, make a cardboard queen of hearts card cut-out and add some heart playing cards as shown above.

You can also get premade queen of hearts costumes from Amazon AU and Amazon

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Alice - Alice In Wonderland


alice in wonderland diy costume

Get lost in wonderland as Alice. She traditionally wears a blue dress with a white apron, black headband with a bow, white stockings and black shoes.

If you want to make your own DIY Alice in wonderland costume {like the one shown above} you can follow the tutorial at Artsy Fartsy Mama. I promise it only requires basic sewing skills. If you prefer to buy a premade costume you can get them from Spotlight, Amazon AU or Amazon.

Alice stuck in the White Rabbit's house


alice stuck in the white rabbit house costume

One of the most iconic parts of Alice in Wonderland is when Alice eats a cookie inside the white rabbit's house and suddenly grows into a giant, becoming trapped in the house!

To recreate the scene you'll need a box and some paint to make the white rabbit's house. Follow the tutorial at Simplify Create Inspire to make an easy white rabbit house boxtume, and there's also instructions for another DIY Alice costume too.


Dorothy - Wizard of Oz


dorothy wizard of oz diy costume
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Follow the yellow brick road to the emerald city as Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz. To make a DIY Dorothy costume you'll need a sleeveless blue and white gingham dress, a puff sleeve white blouse, sparkly red ballet flats and a wicker basket. Complete the look with side plaits and a small stuffed dog to carry as Toto. 

If you can't find sparkly red shoes, you can make your own with some mod podge and some red glitter. You can also buy premade Dorothy costumes at Spotlight, Amazon or Amazon AU

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Glinda "The Good Witch"


glinda the good witch diy costume

Glinda, originally the good witch of the South in the Wizard of Oz book, but known as the good witch of the North in the movie, looks out for Dorothy while she's in Oz. She wears a full length light pink gown with puff sleeves and lots of sparkles and silver butterflies. She also has a tall silver crown and star wand.

To make a DIY Glinda costume as shown above, follow the step by step no sew tutorial at Simple as That Blog. Or you can buy a premade Glinda costume from Spotlight, Catch or Amazon.

Wicked Witch of the West


the wicked witch diy costume

Of course you can't have a good witch without a bad one and the Wicked Witch of the West is definitely the antagonist of the Wizard of Oz. She swears revenge on Dorothy after she inadvertently killed her sister the Wicked Witch of the East when her house fell on top of her during the tornado.

To make a DIY Wicked Witch costume you'll need black clothing, a witches hat, broomstick and black and white striped socks. Follow the tutorial at Simple as That Blog to create the Wicked Witch costume shown above. To make it even more amazing use green face paint to cover your face and arms and add a wart near your chin.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar 


the very hungry caterpillar diy costume ideas
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a staple character each year and thanks to the caterpillars transformation in the book, there's a few different ways to do a Hungry Caterpillar costume. Kathryn has done a caterpillar version and butterfly version above for her two boys.

To replicate the caterpillar costume you'll need 10 pieces of cardboard cut into oblong shapes and painted green. Secure them together {5 for the front and 5 for the back} with split pins so they can wiggle as you walk and then add some black straps to turn it into a sandwich board style of costume.

To make the butterfly costume stich together different coloured pieces of felt into a butterfly shape. Then attach the edge of the wings to the sleeves of a shirt to make the costume easy to wear. Make sure the butterfly wings are oversized so they're fully expanded when arms are opened wide.

For both costumes you'll also need a red beanie. Add some felt pieces for the eyes and nose. Then make some black felt antennas and use pipe cleaners to reinforce them and help them stay upright.

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Stickman


stickman diy costume
Image: @mahachalkalot

After being separated from his family, Stickman goes on a wild adventure to return home to his family tree for Christmas. Along the way Julia Donaldson highlights just how many imaginative ways children can use sticks for play, but Stickman doesn't want to be anything else but him. "I'm Stick Man, I'm Stick Man, I'M STICK MAN, that's me, and I want to go home to the family tree!" 

To create a DIY Stickman costume you'll need lots of cardboard, start collecting those empty boxes! You'll also want some brown or beige clothing to wear underneath and a few leaves to hold in your hands and add to Stickman's head. To make Stickman's head 3D use polystyrene balls for his eyes and an empty cardboard tube for his nose.

If you want to save time you can buy premade stickman costumes from Catch or Etsy.

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The Gruffalo


the gruffalo diy book week costume
Image: supplied

The Gruffalo is one of the most popular book characters and rightfully so as The Gruffalo is probably the most popular Julia Donaldson book of all time. 

The Gruffalo has terrible claws, and terrible teeth, in his terrible jaws. He has knobbly knees and turned out toes, and a poisonous wart on the end of his nose. His eyes are orange, his tongue is black and he has purple prickles all over his back.

To create an easy Gruffalo costume make a face mask out of felt, some cardboard hands and cardboard knees. Pair it with some brown or orange clothes {ideally a hoodie} and add some purple triangle felt prickles to the back. If you'd prefer to buy a costume you can buy premade Gruffalo costumes from most department stores or costume shops.

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Where The Wild Things Are 


where the wild things are diy costume

If your children are wild, dress them up as Max or a Wild Thing from Where The Wild Things Are. Max goes on a crazy adventure across the sea for almost a year and finds an island full of wild things. Soon Max is crowned the king of the wild things.

You can DIY a wild things costume with some faux fur trim and a bit of sewing onto regular clothes. To recreate the costumes shown above, follow the instructions at Emelbe Design.

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Wild Things Masks


where the wild things are diy masks

If you prefer an even easier option try making a DIY Max or Wild Things mask with cardboard, paint and pasta. Follow the tutorial to make the masks at Hello Wonderful.


Paddington Bear


paddington bear diy costume
Image: Natasha Scholl

Everyone's favourite bear, Paddington Bear first came to life back in 1958. After leaving darkest Peru he ends up being found by the Brown family at Paddington station, who take him home and adopt him into their family.

To make your own Paddington costume you'll need a navy duffle jacket, a red hat, suitcase and a neck tag that reads Please take care of this bear. Thank You. You can also add a jar of marmalade, his favourite food in the whole world.

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Green Sheep - Where is the Green Sheep?


where is the green sheep diy costume
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To make an easy green sheep costume cover a hooded vest with green dyed cotton balls or green pom poms. Then layer underneath with plain black or white clothing.

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Greg - Diary of a Wimpy Kid


diary of a wimpy kid DIY book week costume
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Diary of a Wimpy Kid is a really popular series of books written by author and cartoonist Jeff Kinney. The books are written from the point of view of American middle school student Greg Heffley as he records his daily struggles with friendship, family and school life.

To make an easy Greg Heffley costume simply cut out a cartoon face from cardboard to use as a mask, as shown above, then pair it with a white t-shirt and black shorts or pants to complete his signature look. If you're feeling extra crafty you can make a paper mache Greg head instead of a mask, follow the instructions here.

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Captain Underpants


captain underpants kids DIY costume

Most children will be familiar with the unlikely hero Captain Underpants, who is in fact George and Harold's principal Mr Krupp who's transformed into the bumbling crusader with a click of their fingers. The Captain Underpants book series follow George and Harold's comic book adventures with Captain Underpants and his hilarious escapades.

If your child wants to Tra La Laaaaa their way through the day as Captain Underpants you can make a DIY costume like Where the Smiles Have Been with a nude body suit, some white briefs and a red cape {you can get a proper Captain Underpants cape here}. Or if you want to go all out, you can get a deluxe Captain Underpants costume here.

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Where's Wally / Where's Waldo 


kids dressed in where's wally book week costume
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One of the most popular characters each year is Wally from Where's Wally. You're sure to see at least a few Wally's in each parade. Where's Wally is probably the most iconic I-spy picture book series for children and was first published back in 1987 in Britain. In America the books are published as Where's Waldo and in other countries he's known as Walter, Willy and even Charlie.

To make a Wally or Waldo DIY costume you'll need a red and white striped long sleeve top and beanie, some blue pants {jeans work well}, a pair of black plastic glasses and a walking stick. Or you can buy premade Where's Wally costume sets similar to the ones shown above at Spotlight, Catch or Amazon.

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Aaron Blabey Book Character Costumes


Aaron Blabey is a well known Australian picture book author and illustrator with many popular children's books including Thelma the Unicorn, Pig the Pug series and The Bad Guys. He uses humour, witty rhymes and cartoon style illustrations to captivate young readers and bring his stories to life. Our very favourite book of his is Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas {if you haven't read it you totally should}. Now that Bad Guys has been turned into a movie and a Thelma movie is in the works, I predict his characters will be even more popular choices at parades.

Thelma the Unicorn


thelma the unicorn diy costume

Thelma was very plain and desperately wanted to be amazing and special. One day a truck spilled pink paint and glitter all over her and everything changed. She was a unicorn!

Thelma is a popular book week choice here in Australia and she's really easy to recreate. We used pink clothes, grey sneakers, a silver unicorn horn and silver glitter hair spray. You can also buy Thelma boxed dress up sets or a Thelma premade hat costume.

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Pig & Trevor - Pig the Pug 


diy pig and trevor costumes from pig the pug
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Pig is the greediest pug in the world! He's rude and selfish, and doesn't like sharing with his sausage dog friend Trevor.

The easiest way to create Pig and Trevor costumes is with a cardboard mask, then pair it with matching clothing - grey or beige for Pig and brown or orange for Trevor. You can also buy a copy of Pig the Pug that comes with a mask from Amazon AU.

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Mr Wolf - The Bad Guys


mr wolf from bad guys diy costume
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If your kids want to be bad guys, they can dress up as Mr Wolf from Bad Guys, or Mr Shark, Mr Snake, Mr Piranha or Ms Tarantula. Mr Wolf and Mr Shark are the most popular characters for book week parades because you only need a black suit and tie, white shirt and a cardboard mask.

To add more personality to your mask use polystyrene balls as bulging eyes. Or if you want an easier option you can print off and cut out a free Mr Wolf mask from Scholastic here. If you want to look more like the movie version of Mr Wolf, dress in a white suit and you can get a felt mask here.

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Gwen - Wolf Girl


diy wolf girl book week costume
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The Wolf Girl series of books are another great Australian series aimed at slightly older kids. In the Wolf Girl books Gwen and her pack of stray dogs {including a wolf} go on different adventures in search of her parents.

To make a DIY Wolf Girl costume all you'll need is a khaki hoodie, red gloves and a black backpack. If you want to take it next level you can draw a cardboard cut-out of her pack including Sunshine, Brutus, Pirate, Nosey and Tiny {and Eagle} like Victoria did above.

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Roald Dahl Book Character Costumes


Roald Dahl is one of the most iconic children's authors of all time and many of his books are studied in schools across the globe and have also been turned into movies. His stories are very unique and fantastical, often featuring child protagonists who triumph against mean adults.

Roald Dahl day is celebrated annually on September 13th {Dahl's birthday} in countries across the globe. These costumes are also perfect to use on Roald Dahl day.

Willy Wonka - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


willy wonka day costume

Willy Wonka owns the chocolate factory in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He takes the children who found golden tickets on an adventure filled tour through the factory.

To make a DIY Willy Wonka costume you'll need a brown top hat, purple jacket, floral vest, white shirt, gold bow, beige pants and a walking stick. Read how Katie put together the Willy Wonka costume shown above here.

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Violet Beauregarde - Charlie and the Chocolate Factory


violet from charlie and the chocolate factory diy costume

Poor Violet was too impatient and doesn't listen to Willy Wonka when he tells her not to chew his 3 course dinner gum. Once the flavour turns to blueberry things go very wrong and Violet starts turning blue and puffing up like a big blueberry.

To make a DIY Violet costume like the one above you'll need an inflatable blue bodysuit, gold buttons, red ribbon and blue face paint. Follow the tutorial at Meaningful Mama and remember don't inflate the costume until you get to school.


Matilda


matilda diy costume
Image: @lungevem

Matilda is a special girl with neglectful parents. She is very smart and has telekinetic powers which she uses at home and school.

To create a DIY Matilda costume you'll need a blue dress, grey or white cardigan and big red hair bow. If you want to go the next level hold a glass of water with a plastic lizard inside.

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The Big Friendly Giant - The BFG


the big friendly giant diy kids costume

The BFG is gentle and nice despite being an imposing 24 feet tall. He has a white top, brown vest, big ears and a dream catching net.

Visit Desert Chica to see how she made the amazing DIY BFG costume above on a budget. She even made homemade felt ears, however you can get oversized ears from Amazon AU or Amazon.

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Fantastic Mr Fox


fantastic mr fox diy mask

Mr Fox's life is fantastic. He's a very classy thief who likes to dress smart in suits. He's also a very easy character to choose as you only need some smart clothes and a mask.

To make a DIY fantastic Mr Fox mask, follow the step by step instructions at Red Ted Art. All you need is an empty cereal box and some paint. If you don't want to make a costume, you can buy premade Mr Fox costumes from Catch and Amazon AU.

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Dr Seuss Book Character Costumes


Dr Seuss {actual name Theodor Seuss Geisel} is a famous American children's book author and illustrator who published over 60 books. His books feature bright wacky cartoon style characters, nonsensical storylines and humorous rhymes. His characters are whimsical and often have strong personalities. 

Dr Seuss' birthday happens to be March 2nd which is also Read Across America Day, so many schools now refer to it as Dr Seuss Day. The costumes listed below are also great for Dr Seuss Day when children dress up as Dr Seuss characters to celebrate his many books.

The Cat in the Hat


diy cat in the hat costume

The Cat in the Hat is mischievous and loves to play wacky tricks, but in his quest to be funny and entertaining can leave a trail of destruction behind, especially when Thing 1 and Thing 2 are let loose.

The Cat in the Hat is black and white with a big red bow and his famous oversized red and white striped top hat. To make a DIY cat in the hat costume follow the instructions at Desert Chica, or if you prefer to buy a premade costume you can get them at  Amazon AU or Amazon.

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Thing 1 & Thing 2


thing 1 and thing 2 diy costumes

Thing 1 & Thing 2 are the restless, energetic twins released from Cat in the Hat's box. They also like to cause mischief and leave destruction in their path. This is a really popular costume choice for twins and siblings.

Thing 1 & Thing 2 are red with bright blue hair. They also have their names in circles on their outfit. It's pretty easy to make a DIY Thing costume, you'll need an iron on patch and a crazy blue wig. Head over to Must Have Mom for the instructions to make her DIY costumes {shown above}.


One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish


one fish two fish red fish blue fish DIY costume

One fish, two fish, red fish, blue fish is a story of discovery where 2 young children discover all the amazing things that live in the world around them and what makes them different.

To make an easy DIY costume of the book cover, you'll only need a yellow shirt, some coloured felt pieces, googly eyes and safety pins. Follow the instructions at Glued To My Crafts Blog.

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The Lorax


the lorax diy costume
Image: @bysarahyoub

The Lorax, a furry little orange character, defends the forest and speaks for the trees. In The Lorax Dr Seuss introduces children to the plight of the environment and how harvesting trees for industrial gain could easily lead to environmental destruction "unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It's not".

To create a DIY Lorax costume you'll need orange clothes, some sunglasses and yellow yarn. To make the Lorax's big bushy eyebrows and beard tie some yarn in the middle and then glue it onto the top of the glasses and bottom of the sunglasses as shown above. If you don't want to use yarn you can use yellow craft foam and cut it into the shape of the eyebrows and beard then stick it to the glasses.

To make the costume even better, cut out a speech bubble sign that says "I'm the Lorax. I speak for the trees" and add a Truffula tree. To make a Truffula tree you'll need a plastic stick or cardboard roll then add a fluffy tissue paper pom pom on top. You can also add stripes onto the tree with tape or marker.

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Harry Potter Costumes


Harry Potter is without a doubt the most prolific book represented in book week parades each year, with many Harry's and Hermione's running around. If you want an easy option you can buy one of the costumes below, or make one of the DIY ideas from the bloggers featured.


Harry Potter


harry potter diy costume

If you don't want your little Harry to look exactly like all the others then make a DIY Harry Potter costume following the tutorial at Craftivity Designs. It includes instructions on how to sew your own robe with a Gryffindor house patch. You could also add a toy owl to take it next level.

Luna Lovegood


luna lovegood diy costume

Luna Lovegood is Harry's eccentric and quirky friend and her dress sense is just as quirky. She's famous for her accessories including dirigible plum earrings, a butterbeer cork necklace, colourful spectre specs, crochet messenger bag and a copy of Quibbled magazine.

To recreate the DIY Luna Lovegood costume above head over to Artsy Fartsy Mama she even has instructions to make your own DIY earrings, necklace and spectre spec glasses.  

Rita Skeeter


diy rita skeeter costume

Rita Skeeter is a witch and journalist at the Daily Prophet. Her stories are usually sensationalist and not based on truth. Rita has short blonde hair, red rhinestone encrusted glasses, loves wearing green and magenta and always carries a quill to write her next exposé.

To make a DIY Rita Skeeter costume like above, you'll need a green dress, purple jacket, a blonde wig, red cats eye glasses and a feather quill. See how Peanut Blossum created their costume {shown above} for Halloween here, she also created a Daily Prophet costume too.

Golden Snitch


golden snitch diy costume

The golden snitch is the third ball used in a game of Quidditch. It's essentially a golden round ball with wings that flies. However, the real golden snitch is only the size of a walnut and very hard to catch.

If you want to be a life size golden snitch then follow the DIY snitch costume tutorial at Overstuffed Life.


PREMADE BOOK CHARACTER COSTUMES TO BUY


Here's some more character inspiration if you want to buy a costume instead of making one. Please note these are Amazon links, you can get similar book week costumes from Spotlight and Amazon AU.


easy to recreate book week costume ideas


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