Over 100 Homemade Costumes for World Book Day

February 11, 2020

World Book Day love it or hate it?  I really don’t mind the day that much.  Mainly because I don’t feel the need to go all out and try for costume of the year!  I much prefer to keep our costumes fairly simple and use things we can easily find that are homemade or are inexpensive to source.  It’s aways a bonus when they can make a costume up from their dressing up box.

I do understand that for some it’s a day that some children can find a little stressful.  For parents of children who aren’t fond of dressing up it can make the school run a bit more fraught than normal.   Our third child frets a little when school deviates from wearing uniform and so finding outfits that he feels comfortable in can be a little challenging.  So with this in mind and the need for some inspiration for this year’s costumes I turned to some fellow bloggers for some simple ideas as well as compiling a list of my own ideas.

Homemade Costumes for World Book Day using everyday clothes

Captain Underpants

Jenny who blogs over at The gingerbread House shows you how to create a Captain Underpants costume with just a plain t-shirt and fabric pens

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Sophie – Sophie’s adventures by Dick King-Smith

Thing 1 and Thing 2

Sarah who blogs at Boo Roo and Tiger Too  gives us a set by step tutorial on how to create a simple Dr Suess costume for one or two siblings!

Max – Where the Wild things are

Lucy from the Creakers

Tom Gates

Charlotte – Charlotte’s Web

Christopher Robin

Harry and his bucket full of dinosaurs

Mary Poppins

Bert – Mary Poppins

Emmeline Pankhurst

Geek Girl

Amelia Earhart

Pip or Posy

Highway Rat

Peter Rabbit

The Jolly Postman

Hetty Feather

Aslan – The Chronicles of Narnia

Super Soccer Boy

Frankie – Frankie’s Magic Football

Crayon – The day the crayons came home

Hungry Caterpillar

Pippi Longstocking

Anne of Green Gables


Raimonda who blogs at Cosmo Mum shares with us this adorable Elmer the Elephant costume.

Bear Grylls – Bear Grylls Adventure Books

Violet – Violet Mysteries

Costume inspiration for children who don’t enjoy dressing up

Emma over at Bubbablueandme has some lovely ideas for children who prefer a simple costume and has ideas for costumes for characters Mike Teevee, Stick Man, Katie Morag and more.

Ella who blogs at Typical Mummy  has some good advice for children who find dressing up on World Book Day a bit tricky.  They choose characters where he can wear his own clothes for, so he feels like he isn’t “dressing up”, but then use props so he is still joining in. One year he took a bucket of dinosaurs with him…so was “Harry and his Bucketful of Dinosaurs;” another year I made him a Wonka Bar and a Golden Ticket and he was Charlie from “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory” and he’s also gone as the Mad Hatter for which I bought a cheap hat on eBay and added ribbon and feathers and a 10/6 note.
All very simple but meant that he could join in without feeling like he was properly dressing up.

Making easy costumes and accessories for homemade World Book Day costumes

Ali who blogs at We Made This Life shares with us how she made a no-sew Princess Leia costume and even has a handy YouTube tutorial for you to watch. Any costume that means I don’t have to break out the sewing box is a bonus!

Emma over at all she loves has some simple yet effective ideas for making robes, headbands and armour.

Farm Themed Homemade Costumes for World Book Day

I love these fun farmyard ideas from Emma  who blogs at Farmer’s Wife and Mummy with Tractor Ted, the thief from What the Ladybird Heard, Supertato or even Chicken Licken there is a costume for any farmyard obsessed little.  Really perfect for nursery, preschoolers and infant school aged children.


Roald Dahl Inspiration

Beth who blogs over at Twinderelmo shows us how simple it is to create 3 Roald Dahl costumes – Fantastic Mr Fox, George from George’s Marvellous Medicine and Veruca Salt

Charlie Bucket- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Big Friendly Giant – BFG

Erin who blogs over at Yorkshire Tots shares her Sophie from the BFG


Enormous Crocodile


David Williams Costumes

Gangsta Granny

Mr Stink – David Walliams

Boy in a dress

Billionaire Boy

Midnight Gang

Characters that wear Nightwear

Tom – Tom’s Midnight Garden

Wendy – Peter Pan

Grandmother – Little Red Riding Hood

Little Princess


Alice in Wonderland

Dorothy – The Wizard of Oz

William from Goodnight Mr Tom


Burglar Bill

Boy – Lost and found

Where’s Wally

Dave – Dogger

Horrid Henry

Dennis the Menace

Scarecrow – Scarecrow’s Wedding or the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz

Paddington Bear

Ladybird – What the Ladybird Heard

World Book Day costumes you may already have in your dressing up box

Mary who blogs at Over 40 and a Mum to One  shows you how to recreate a Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III costume

Funny Bones -Skeleton Outfit leftover from Halloween

Witch – Worst Witch, Witch from Room on the broom. Meg, Professor McGonaghal or Hermione

Harry Potter

Cat Costume – Mog or Tabby McTat

Pirate Costume – Captain Hook or various other pirate tales.

Fairy outfit – Tinkerbell , Rainbow Magic Fairy series

The Tiger who came to Tea – Tiger Costume or Onesie

Donkey Costume – Wonky Donkey

Star Wars outfits – Storm trooper, Chewbacca or a Jedi with a lightsaber.  You could always make a cardboard lightsaber if school don’t allow real ones.

Knight costume – Arthur and Tom by Beast Quest

Dragon onesie – Zog

Animal Onesie – Dear Zoo

Last Minute Costume Ideas

I love this idea of Flying Fergus from Jenni who blogs over at The Bear and The Fox 

Lucy from The Parent Game Blog has over 50 last minute ideas for us, from characters from The Magic Faraway Tree to Squash and a Squeeze to Dr Doolittle you will be sure to find a costume that your child will be happy with.

I do hope that this list gave you some inspiration for your little one for this year’s World Book Day.


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