Five easy World Book Day costume ideas

Leave last year's desperate last-minute scramble behind - these easy character costumes from Puffin Books are bound to impress on World Book Day

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Follow our video instructions to make any one of the five simple costumes



Daisy costume

Daisy

Time required: 10 minutes 

Difficulty rating: Easy

What you need:

- A piece of string or elastic big enough to fit around your child's head 
- A pair of scissors 
- Daisy mask template  

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid costume

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Time required: 10 minutes

Difficulty rating: Easy 

What you need: 

- A piece of string or elastic big enough to fit around your child's head or a piece of white A2 card 
- A pair of scissors 
- Greg Heffley mask template 
- Black jeans/shorts 
- White T-shirt 
- Black rucksack 
- A slice of cheese (optional) 


Tracy Beaker costume

Tracy Beaker

Time required: 10 minutes

Difficulty rating: Easy

What you need:

- A red jumper 
- Blue trousers or a skirt 
- Black curly wig 
- Add some round rosy cheeks for true Nick Sharratt-illustrations style  

The Very Hungry Caterpillar costume 

The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Time required: One hour (plus time for paint to dry)

Difficulty rating: Medium

What you need: 


For the body: 
- Green top and trousers/tights 
- Light and dark green paint 
- Paintbrush 
- A2 cardboard x 2 or use an old box flattened down 
- Scissors 
- Ruler 
- Pencil 
- Brown card 
- Double-sided tape 
- Sticky fixers 
- Strong tape e.g. gaffer tape 

For the head: 
- Red wool beanie hat 
- 2 x lilac pipe cleaners 
- 2 x pink beads 
- Green and yellow card 
- Scissors 
- Pencil 
- Double-sided tape 

For the food:
- White card 
- Felt pens, oil pastels or crayons 
- Scissors 
- Pencil 

The BFG costume

The BFG

Time required: One hour (plus time for paint to dry)

Difficulty rating: Medium

What you need:

To make the ears:

- Paper plates 
- Pencil 
- Masking tape 
- Hair band 
- Double-sided tape 
- Glue 
- String 
- Scissors 
- White, yellow and a little pink paint 
- Paintbrush 

What to wear:
- Light blue top 
- Green trousers 
- Brown waistcoat or you can make your own with a white T-shirt and some brown clothes dye 
- Sandals (if you have them) 


Don't forget to look out for the £1 World Book Day books: Kes Grey's Daisy and the Trouble with Jack and Roald Dahl's The Great Mouse Plot.


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Last updated: about 2 months ago