So, You’ve Forgotten Your Child’s World Book Day Costume

Last minute World Book Day fancy dress costume ideas

Planning ahead is oh so easy on paper, isn’t it? Of course, in reality life can quickly distract you from your little one’s hectic school calendar. What we’re trying to say is; if you’ve forgotten about World Book Day, don’t worry! It’s not too late to rescue the situation, and we’re here to help you.

This handy collection of DIY dress up ideas and last minute outfits will make sure your child is ready for all the World Book Day fun! Here’s what you can do.

1. Make Your Own Fantastic Mr Fox Mask

Fantastic Mr Fox mask on a table

When time is of the essence, making an outfit might be your best hope. This DIY Fantastic Mr Fox mask is a last-minute option that’s quick to make and looks great, too!

The good news is, we’ve done all the design work for you with this easy printable template. Once you’ve got that sorted, all you need is a bit of card, some paint, a pair of scissors and our simple step-by-step guide.

There we go. Mask done. Now how do you complete the transformation? Luckily, Roald Dahl made sure Mr Fox was a pretty sharp dresser, so just rustle up a nice shirt, jacket and trousers and you’re good to go!

2. Make Your Own Gruffalo Mask

Making a Gruffalo mask

Who said there was no such thing as a Gruffalo? Using this printable template, a few pieces of coloured felt and some glue, you can recreate Julia Donaldson’s classic character in under an hour.

Once again, we’ve created a handy how-to that’ll walk you through the process from start to finish.

3. Try this DIY Cat in the Hat

Home-made Cat in the hat top hat with a piece of red felt

It’s not just masks you can make yourself! You can try your hand at any fancy dress accessory, and in this next example, we’re going to suggest a hat.

Not just any hat, either. This one belongs to Dr Seuss’s mischievous cat, and you can make it from an old baked bean tin, a hairband and some coloured felt or card. There are just six simple steps between you and World Book Day success, and you can find them here.

4. Create a Quick and Easy Witch Costume

Girl wearing DIY Witch costume

Witches aren’t just for Halloween, you know. They’re in plenty of books, from Dahl’s The Witches to Room on the Broom and The Wizard of Oz.

But what do you do if you’ve only realised this at the last minute? Luckily, we’ve spelled it all out for you with this DIY witch outfit, which you can put together with just a couple of bin bags. Of course, it’s not a witch costume without a hat, so we’ve shown you how to make one of those, too. Magic!

5. Invest in an Animal Onesie

Child wearing bear fancy dress onesie

When it comes to last-minute World Book Day outfits, it really depends on just how late you’ve left things. For example, if you’ve still got a couple of days to go, you can take advantage of our next day delivery service to secure a suitable costume in time.

If this is the route you’re going down, it doesn’t get much simpler than one of our animal onesies. Kids love animals, which is why they’re so often used as characters in classic children’s stories.

They’ll certainly feel like a great idea on World Book Day morning! Your little one can wear it over their usual clothes and be ready for school in a matter of minutes. Job done!

Got your own World Book Day ideas?

We’d love to hear them! Why not share them with us on Facebook or Instagram and join the World Book Day conversation? If you think you know your stuff, challenge yourself to our Free Printable World Book Day Game – we’d love to know how you do!