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Last minute World Book Day costume ideas

World Book Day is just around the corner, as it falls on the first Thursday of March every year.

If you are in a last-minute scramble to create a costume for your child, there’s no need to panic. It’s pretty common to be caught off guard by the event. In this situation, it’s best to utilise items you already have at home to create a DIY World Book Day costume that won’t break the bank.

To assist you in this endeavour, we have compiled a brief guide on creating costumes inspired by your child’s favourite books.

Alice in Wonderland

What you will need:

  • Blue dress
  • White apron
  • Hair bow

Mr Bump

What you will need:

  • Blue top and trousers
  • Bandage if you have any around the house or toilet roll to wind around your child’s head and middle

Wally from Where's Wally?

What you will need:

  • Stripey hat
  • Stripey top
  • Stripey socks or tights
  • Round glasses you can make yourself from tin foil or paper

Any Character from Harry Potter

What you will need:

  • Homemade glasses or drawn-on glasses
  • A large black jacket or gown to use as a cape
  • White shirt
  • Normal school trousers/skirt
  • Wooden stick or twig for a wand
  • Stripey tie or scarf for house
  • For Harry: red paint to draw a scar on your child’s forehead