Make me a Costume! Make at Home Costume Ideas for Book Week

Make me a costume Mummy!  Sound familiar?  It’s that time of year again, Book Week!  With Book Week comes the yearly mayhem of costume making!  If you think making a costume for a child is hard, imagine what the teachers go through! Some book week costume making tips

  1. Does your school have a theme? Many schools make it a little easier by having a theme such as nursery rhymes or fairytales 
  2. Is it a book character?  The line between book and movie character has become a bit blurred.  Rule of thumb was the character first found in a book?  Does your child know the “real” story (the book version) if so…go for it! 
  3. What do you have at home?  Home made costumes do not need to be time consuming or require loads of creativity but always look more effective!  Every year I see a million store bought Disney princesses and it just melts my heart to see a homemade costume lovingly made (it’s must be love if you made it at midnight the night before!)

So get the glue gun ready, here is this years compilation of easy to make at home, book week costumes.

Caterpillar or Butterfly
The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Just use your child’s ordinary clothes and add some cardboard painted wings!

The Owl and The Pussy Cat
The Sleepy Owl
Owl Moon


Isn’t the first little owl tooo cute to hoot!  The key to the owl costume is definitely the scalloped fabric and a very simple mask.  As you can se by the gorgeous pink costume, it can look effective without being realistic!

Lamb or Sheep
Where is the Green Sheep?
Baa Baa Black Sheep
Mary Had A Little Lamb
Russel The Sheep

Take an old shirt and cover it with cotton balls.  Wear all black or white underneath (or green if you are the green sheep) and you have an easy costume!  Don’t want to spend all day gluing cotton balls on?  Cut out a piece of contact the same size as your shirt and staple it on with sticky side up.  Push the contact into a pile of cotton balls and there you have it!  They wont last a lifetime but will last a day!
Hav an old wool pillow case at home?  Cut some arm holes pop it over your plain coloured clothes and instant sheep! 
Incy Wincy Spider
Charlotte’s Web
One Hungry Spider
So many easy variations of this Spider costume!  The first picture is a simple black outfit (that you probably have in your cupboard) and add some string web to the sleeves!  If you have extra time the spider hairband would be easy to make and really sets off the cute factor!  
The second picture is a black outfit, with two pairs of blackstockings stuffed with newspaper and attached to the back of shirt.  I love the googly eyes glued onto the beanie!
The Third uses black socks to make the spiders legs and how gorgeous is the Mother’s costume
Little Red Riding Hood
Three Little Pigs
Where the Wild Things Are
Hattie and the Fox
Enter the hoodie!  This has to be one of the easiest costumes for boys!  Plain brown or even grey tracksuit with hooded sweatshirt.  Cut out some white teeth.  Staple them on and maybe add some big eyes!  Wolf or fox or even monster form Where the Wild Things Are?
Eloise WAS A BOOK CHARACTER long before Disney kidnapped her.  This is an easy outfit that requires no glue gun!  A simple black skirt, black suspenders, white shirt, knee high socks and of course the trademark red bow!  
Puff the Magic Dragon
Rascal The Dragon
Dragon’s Dinner
That’s sponges cut up into triangles!  Simply hot glue them down the back of any plain outfit and you have instant dragon (or even a Dinosaur)!  Even better if you can glue them onto the head part of a hooded sweatshirt or beanie!
Safari or Jungle Explorer
Walking through the Jungle
Rumble in the Jungle
The Jungle Book
This is exactly what I am talking about when it comes to simple and yet so effective.
You would have all of this in your house!
Tiolet paper rolls, brown paper bags and a bit of string!
Paper Bag Princess
A teacher favourite!  Take a large paper bag cut some arm holes in it, add a tiara or crown and you have a “Paper Bag Princess!”  These extra large paper bags can be hard to find in Australia but you can use butchers paper (ask your child’s teacher to borrow some!) or even  brown paper off a roll cut and stapled into a dress shape!
Chika Chika Boom
This is a much loved Early Childhood Children’s book that teaches the alphabet.  If you don’t have overalls like the picture above.  Brown Pants (for the trunk of the tree) and a green shirt (for the branches) and just add some alphabet letters!
I had my heart set on wearing the Paper Bag Princess costume this year, but the Spider Web String arms with cute hairband has my name on it!

Edited to add a READER REQUEST –
Kelly is looking for a costume for an “Outerspace Theme”
White long sleeved shirt, Grey pants, gumboots a painted box and a hole cut in a bucket! Instant Astronaut!
With a few colour changes he could be an out of space robot!



  1. I LOVE the green sheep one!!! Despite being a teacher myself, Im cheating for my son’s first book parade (tomorrow) and just sticking him in a Woody costume he had at home (hope it fits)! But I have a soft spit for the handmade costumes…my mum always used to sew us book week costumes.

  2. Aaw the sheep is so cute. This is such a great resurse Larissa! We went shopping yesterday for book week dress ups. The twins r going as hansel and gretel. And miss 6 daisy head maisy.

  3. These are fantastic. I stress every year at this. I don’t have an artistic bone in my body. I can’t sew. I’m (have always been) TERRIBLE at any kind of craft activity.

    Some of these are too cute for words!

  4. What lovely and gorgeous ideas! I think even I who can’t sew could do some of these

  5. Great ideas!!! I’m going to add your link to my Book Week post!

  6. These are terrific! I love the little sheep! How cool would the mum one be with a baby in a carrier?!

  7. Great ideas there. My kids’ school are doing a book week dress up thing. No theme, just a character from a book they love. The girls (unfortunately) will be going as a character each from Monster High. Yes Miss 9 has read the book. And thankfully they won’t be dressing like tramps – phew! But Master 9 wants to dress either like Obi Wan Kanobi, Anikin or Yoda from Star Wars – again, they’ve got the books out now. Sigh…no idea HOW to dress him though? Any ideas?

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  9. What awesome ideas! The owl costume is my favourite, so cute & simple. What a great idea, using contact to stick things to, I would have never of thought of that. Thanks for sharing these timely costumes.

  10. They are great ideas. Anyone got ideas for outerspace theme?

  11. Kelly- your wish is my command! I have added a quick and easy astronaut or robot costume using things you most probably have at home!

  12. Love these ideas I must come back and pin them for next year.

  13. Oh I’m so glad I found your site. Little Drummer Boys sent me by the way. I put out a ‘HELP’ on facebook because I need to make a dragon costume for book week this week and LDB sent me here – thankfully. Great ideas here. Thanks so much. Jac

  14. anonymous says:

    The owl is FANTASTIC!!! Way to complex for my little brain though. Like, seriously. I could never do that.
    Try a pippi longstocking or harry potter themed costumes– it would be cute 😉

  15. These costumes are gorgeous! What a great way to celebrate some lovely books …. I shall have to share this on our Facebook page.

  16. Haley Nunn says:

    Hi these are amazing any ideas for The Rainbow fish?

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  19. OMG last year i got a prize for that spider but This year no offence it’s useless love the ideas though

  20. I’m not an artistic person but this has made my life so much easier. My son was wanting the costume as “Where’s the Green Sheep”. I am feeling so much more at ease now with your ideas of the Sheep/Lamb idea. Thank you!!

  21. Claudia Varley says:

    The owl costume is too cute!! It looks comfortable to use as well!! I am actually planning to hunt for costumes online, but it seems this website has panda and kangaroo ones, not the owl (… any suggestion where can I find the owl costume?

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