Take the Stress and Cost Out of World Book Day

Out of all the dress down and dress up days that school throw at us, World Book Day causes the most stress in our house. Although the sprogs enjoy dress up at home, finding something in the costume box that is relevant and that they will be comfortable in for the whole 6 hours of their school day can be a real challenge. This year World Book Day is on 2nd March, so there is still time to get creative.

Here are some frugal ideas that show that less can be more and you don’t have to spend a fortune on West End worthy costumes.

Mr Men and Little Miss

With loads of characters to choose from there will be a Mr Man or Little Miss that sums up your little person. By making use of clothes that you already have in your wardrobe, Coco mamma Style shows you how to put together a simply costume that will be comfortable all day long and look great.

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl created so many classic characters. You could wear some old clothes and messy hair to be one of the Twits or a dressing gown and round glasses to be Sophie from The BFG.  One of the easiest makes I found was for George from George’s Marvellous Medicine. Simply make a necklace from some string and attach a wooden spoon and an old, empty  oversized medicine bottle. Bambino goodies has a great blog full of easy craft ideas.

George’s Marvellous Medicine by Bambino Goodies

David Walliams

A growing favourite in todays primary schools are the hilarious books written by comedian David Walliams; they are full of weird and wonderful characters.  The Made for Mums blog has a free template you can download to guide you through making your own Gangsta Granny costume props.


David Walliams’ new book Blob is out now. Follow this link to buy it for only £1!

As part of the celebrations, schools will be giving children a £1 book voucher which they can exchange for either special commissioned publications (like Blob) or it can be used against the full price of any other book. You can search for participating bookshops local to you on the Bookseller association website.

The World Book Day official site is also full of inspiration to get your family reading and ideas for those all important costumes.

I would love to see your creations!


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