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14 Easy World Book Day Costumes for Teachers

This blog post has been written by experienced primary school teacher Heather.

If you’re anything like me, you leave your World Book Day costume to the last minute and then you need something quick, easy and cheap to make – but what? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered!

We’ve been searching the webisphere for the best DIY World Book Day costumes for teachers and we think we’ve come up with some great World Book Day costume ideas that anyone can do.

Making a World Book Day costume is not only fun but can be budget friendly too!

There’s no need to buy a costume from eBay or the supermarket.   You can create something totally original from odds and ends around the house,  you could ask friends, or scour the local buying and selling sites to see what other people no longer need.  You help save the planet by being resourceful too.

Here are some of our favourite World Book Day costume ideas from around the web:

Mr Bump Costume

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If you’re expecting, then this is the costume for you!

Emma made this Mr Bump costume when she was 8 and a ½ months pregnant from a black t shirt and bandages. It really couldn’t be easier!

We suggest keeping a copy of “Mr Bump” around your neck just to make it SUPER clear that you haven’t just been in an accident!


Golden Ticket Costume

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We love this idea from teacher Kat – go as a golden ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory! SUPER EASY!

Simply cut an old yellow pillow case in half, and using fabric pens or sharpies, draw on the wording and designs you see in the picture. Then using safety pins, simply pin it to a black t shirt and you’re done!


Oompa Loompa Costume

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A firm favourite in schools all over the world. Become an Oompa Loompa for the day from family favourite Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

Simply use face paint to make your face orange, wear a brown polo neck jumper, not forgetting the white trousers. If you’ve got white braces, even better!

If you dare, you can spray paint your hair green to complete the look.

Where’s Wally Costume

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I love this photo. The reluctance of one and the exuberance of the other! Not everyone likes dressing up though.

For this costume it couldn’t be easier, simply use a red and white stripy t shirt, add blue jogging bottoms and a red bobble hat. Add hilarious glasses to complete the look!


Matilda Costume

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Nice and easy idea from Mummy Mummy Mum!

All you need is a blue-ish dress with a collar and a red hair band. A white cardigan with just the top button fastened completes the look!

Don’t forget to carry round a pile of books…


The Night Pirates Costume

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See how to make this easy DIY costume from Blue Bear Wood.

Either make or wear a blue hat, then using a flattened brown cardboard box, cut out and draw on the outline of a house.

Add cardboard loops to the back to help carry it around. Done!


Winnie The Witch Costume

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Luckily there are lots of books with witches in, so if you want to go to World Book Day as any sort of witch, there’s loads of scope here.

For full instructions on how to make this costume, head over to Blue Bear Wood, but a witch’s hat, dark dress, stripy tights and broom stick should complete the look!


Mary Poppins and Bert Costumes

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For a chimney sweep costume use a white shirt, waist-coat and neck-tie. Add a flat cap and some “smudging” to cheeks and you’re there! Thanks @clarkeymebo.

For Mary Poppins all you need is a white shirt, a black skirt and a red bow tie! Add a black umbrella, hat and enormous bag for the full effect. DONE!


Rebel Stories for Girls Costume

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Jen from My Mummy’s Pennies said, “My daughter dressed as Cora Coralina from her Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls book last year. She even wrote a poem out and took in a fake cake as part of her costume!”

Works for teachers too – a really popular book and a bit “different”.


BFG Costume

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Another great idea from Mummy Mummy Mum, using a plain white t shirt with a patch sewn/stuck on and a pair of pirate trousers (or cut/rip a pair of old trousers), then create a head band using old elf ears – or make your own from felt. DONE!


Harry Potter – Slytherin Costume

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There are lots of options for buying a ready made Harry Potter costume – and there are plenty around.

But if you want to make your own easy Slytherin costume like @worldaccordingtobraxton, you just need a black cape, wand, white shirt, green tie and grey jumper!


Rainbow Fish Costume

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A costume with a bit of glam from teacher Kat that also works well everyone.

Cut out felt circles or semi circles in various colours and stick to a green t shirt – covering the front of the t shirt is sufficient.

Add a multi coloured tutu and green tights and that’s it, DONE!


Grandpa’s Great Escape Costume

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Jen from Just Average Jen said, “my son dressed as Grandpa from Grandpa’s great escape by David Walliams!

To make this costume we used black trousers, cheap braces, flat cap and v neck jumper and don’t forget the trousers tucked into his socks!”

A great World Book Day costume for anyone!


Demon Dentist Costume

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Jennifer from My Mummy’s Pennies came up with this ace idea for a demon dentist costume from David Walliam’s book The Demon Dentist.

Use a science coat, head torch, face mask and tomato ketchup (if you dare!) to complete the look.

Send us a picture of you in your World Book Day teacher’s costume and the Kapow Primary team will choose their favourite.  The winner will receive a voucher for a year’s free individual membership for Kapow Primary.

With you and the children all dressed up and ready for action, you will all look just the ticket to take part in some World Book Day cross-curricular activities.  Read our blog  here to get some ideas.

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Kapow Primary