World Book Day is a great way for kids to celebrate their favourite stories and authors.
Many schools encourage children to dress up as their favourite characters which is a great way for them to get involved, but can lead to high stress levels for parents (especially when it’s last minute!)
Panic over - we’ve got some great no-sew world book day costume ideas for you. Why not try these easy to make outfits:
Roald Dahl characters costume ideas
Everyone loves Roald Dahl and his vibrant characters - the good, the bad and the ugly! There’s a wealth of fantastic dressing up options:
Charlie Bucket (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Wear some old clothes (if they’re bound for the rubbish, scruff them up even more), get a piece of cardboard and cover with gold paper/paint/, or cut up an old brown paper bag, to make his Golden Ticket.
This one seriously couldn’t be easier. A blue dress, a red ribbon, white socks and a pile of books tied up with string. Boom.
Fantastic Mr Fox (Fantastic Mr Fox)
Trousers tucked into socks, an old waistcoat and school shoes. The creative bit is making a tail out of an old pair of tights stuffed with newspaper and some homemade cardboard fox ears. A touch of facepaint would set it off a treat.
Take a look here for even more inspiration for no sew Roald Dahl character costumes.
Harry Potter characters costume ideas
J.K Rowling has given us a plethora of dressing up options with her Harry Potter books. From hero to villain, there’ll be a character for your child:
Red and gold scarf/tie, school uniform, facepaint scar and wand. You could try a Quidditch version with a red dressing gown, broomstick, fingerless gloves and snitch made from a gold painted ping pong ball with some gold painted wings stuck in it! Or you could give this homemade version a go.
Brightly coloured mismatching clothes, long blonde wig, or mess up your child’s own long hair, and wand! If you want to get a bit more creative, try this.
Starts of a villain and ends up a hero - what’s not to like here? This easy world book day costume couldn’t be simpler! Think ‘scruffy’, mess up the hair, get the gardening gear out - an oversized coat would finish the look off nicely, and thread some string through a piece of cardboard with his prisoner number written on and hang it around the neck. You could do a real Prisoner of Azkaban version if you have black and white striped jumper and trousers.
And for more homemade Harry Potter character costume ideas for kids take a look at Pinterest. The options are endless!
David Walliams characters costume ideas
Dennis (The boy in the dress)
Raid the wardrobe of any females in the family and you’re good to go!
Granny (Gangsta Granny)
Facepaint is your friend… paint on an eye mask and wrinkles, grab a wig, or spray your child’s hair grey add some fake glasses and pop on a dress and a cardy.
Grab an old pillow and squeeze it under a stripy red and white T-shirt (you could paint the red stripes on an old white t-shirt if you don’t have one) and accesorise with dark glasses and a black wig. A bit of facepaint stubble will finish the look off nicely!
If none of these appeal to your child, why not take a look at these easy World Book Day costumes. Good luck to you all - hope we’ve helped!