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14 last-minute costume ideas for World Book Day

Have you left it to the last minute to find a costume for World Book Day? No time for emergency online orders or a dash to the shops? Take inspiration from other Mumsnet users' DIY ideas that require nothing more than the sort of stuff you can find lying around at home – and which you can pull together in under 10 minutes.

By Mumsnet HQ | Last updated Jul 15, 2021

When is World Book Day 2021?

World Book Day this year is on Thursday 4 March. Find out more and discover what the £1 books are for 2020 on the World Book Day website.

Whether the day is already here, looming or you simply don't fancy fussing around with glue guns and needles, here is our list of DIY World Book Day costumes that you can make at home without sewing.

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No-sew costumes for World Book Day

1. Paddington Bear

Blue duffle coat + hat + wellington boots

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2. Diary of a Wimpy Kid

White t-shirt + black shorts + black backpack

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3. Where's Wally

Stripy top + bobble hat + glasses

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4. Mr Bump

Bandages (or loo roll) + plasters + blue clothes

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5. Captain Underpants

White pants worn over clothes + red cape or sheet

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6. Goth Girl

Purple dress + umbrella + cape (optional)

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7. Pippi Longstocking

Stripy socks or tights + dress + plaited pigtails

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8. Tintin

High socks + any clothes (jumper, shirt, coat) + gelled hair

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9. Room on the Broom

Witch's hat + red top + purple skirt

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10. Clarice Bean

White shirt + pinafore dress

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11. Harry and His Bucketful of Dinosaurs

Normal clothes + bucket + toy dinosaurs

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12. George's Marvellous Medicine

Normal clothes + small bottle labelled 'medicine'

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13. Just William

Dirty school uniform + baggy socks + cap

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14. 101 Dalmations

Draw black spots onto a white T-shirt + black or white jeans + face paint (optional)

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Need more World Book Day ideas?

If none of these take your child's fancy, don't despair – there's still time to dress them to impress. If you're after something with a little more finesse, discover our list of 75 World Book Day costume ideas or check out our handy video instructable below.

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DIY World Book Day costumes video