Naturally, there are lots of ideas out there on the internet for dressing-up ideas for children. But what about World Book Day costumes for adults who need to dress up for the day? I’ve come up with 5 quick and easy costume ideas for you.
First up, going back to traditional fairy tales, I’ve donned a red dress and borrowed my daughter’s Hogwarts cape. Luckily for me the cape has a red lining and a hood, so is perfect for Red Riding Hood. Add a basket and if you have time to bake cakes for Grandma then it’s even better!
Flipping the Hogwarts cape back round the right way and wearing a plain black dress, I’m now a witch. It’s hard to see it in the photo, but I’m using a chopstick for a wand. Maybe I’m a teacher from Hogwarts or Miss Cackle’s Academy for Witches? Add a broomstick and if you have soft toys of a cat, a dog, a frog and a bird then you’re ready for Room on the Broom (one of my favourite Julia Donaldson stories).
This one took a little longer and I’m not sure I’ve achieved the effect I was going for when I started – I am sure you can do better! Cut out a big red circle, two small yellow ovals and two smaller green ovals. Stick them on a head-size piece of cardboard with a stick to hold in front of your face. Wear with a green dress adorned with the food from The Very Hungry Caterpillar – or even better, bring along a selection of goodies to share. I feel that a lot will be forgiven if you’re offering chocolate cake!
This one is super easy! If you have a soft toy dalmation, find yourself a black and white dress, whiten a stripe in your hair (I used talcum powder) and voila! you’re now Cruella de Vil. Just remember not to smile at anyone – it really ruins the vibe!
If all else fails, buy a book-themed dress and carry your favourite book with you.
This one is from Popsy Clothing and I’ll be wearing it this World Book Day when I visit a local primary school.
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