Amazing Book Character Costumes You’ll Want to try for Yourself

Amazing Book Character Costumes You’ll Want to try for Yourself

Violet from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

This little lady’s parents made this giant blueberry creation using papier maché wrapped around an inflatable exercise ball, then cutting the ball away and adding holes for her arms, legs and body. She gets extra points for her terrifying Violet stare – it’s like she was born to play the role!

Frodo Baggins from The Lord of the Rings trilogy

How adorable is this little hobbit? From the wig to the little green badge, the attention to detail here is what really makes it work – although we think he could have ditched the trainers for an even more authentic hobbit look!

Tintin (and Snowy!)

Ready for his next adventure with his trusty steed Snowy in tow, this guy has the Tintin look down to a tee. This is a really easy one to re-create at home, particularly if your child has red hair!

Thing 1 and Thing 2 from The Cat in the Hat

Like we said, why be another Cat in the Hat when you could do something different this year? Thing 1 and Thing 2 is a great costume idea for twins, siblings or even best friends! This mum made the tutus herself by tying strips of tulle onto an adult-sized headband – ingenious!

Greg from Diary of a Wimpy Kid

A great one for slightly older boys who might be starting to think they’re too cool for fancy dress! This was actually worn by a teacher, which we think must have earned her some serious brownie points with her students! She cleverly used white stockings on her arms and legs to get a ‘cartoon’ feel.

Paddington Bear

This guy looks pretty happy about being everyone’s favourite bear! Make your own suitcase by painting a cardboard craft case brown, before adding stickers or homemade labels. Don’t forget a ‘Please look after this bear’ tag – this mum even copied Aunt Lucy’s handwriting to the letter! Marmalade sandwich optional.

Mary Poppins

If your little one is practically perfect in every way, Mary Poppins makes for an easy and effective costume. You’ll need a white blouse and skirt, coat, red bow tie, a handbag and an umbrella – oh and don’t forget a jaunty hat!

Alice in Wonderland

We’re not quite sure how your child would get about at school wearing this, but we do love how her parents have gone the extra mile by making this house out of a cardboard box! And look how happy she is; who cares if it’s totally impractical?!

Burt from Ratburger

We think this dude looks part Burt from Burt’s Burgers/part rock star, but the little foam burger ties it all in perfectly! We just hope there’s not a real rat in there…

The Mockingjay pin from The Hunger Games series

Another one for the older kids (or adults perhaps!) This guy perfectly demonstrates how you can take one small part of a book and turn it into a whole outfit – what a source of inspiration for us all!


Matilda is the archetypal book-lover, so this costume makes a great option for celebrating World Book Day! All you’ll need is a cute dress and cardigan, a red bow for her hair and a big stack of books – all by Roald Dahl, naturally.

Hairy Maclary (from Donaldson’s Dairy)

These parents made a quick DIY dog costume by cutting up an old rug and stapling it into the right shape, complete with matching tail and paws. Also note the googly eyes and tongue stuck onto the black cap!

Hagrid from the Harry Potter series

“Yer a wizard, Harry!” Instead of dressing as Harry, Ron or Hermione why not go as Hagrid? J.K. Rowling herself even tweeted this photo during last year’s World Book Day, in appreciation of its awesomeness – and if it gets her approval, it certainly gets ours!

Elmer the Elephant

Have you ever seen a more colourful costume? Even down to her bright pink trainers! This looks like one for those parents who are good with a needle and thread…

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III from the How to Train your Dragon series

Dress your little viking up as Hiccup by picking out some clothes in various shades of green and brown, and adding a few key accessories. You can make a simple waistcoat from felt or faux fur – just make sure that axe is faux, too!

The Book Fairy

If you really want to outdo yourself this year, make like this mum and recycle an old, unwanted book into a whole outfit! Oh what we wouldn’t give for a pair of book page wings!

Pippi Longstocking

How tough does this young lady look? She captures Pippi’s attitude and super-strength brilliantly, and we love those pigtails! Re-create the look yourself using wire or pipe cleaners, braided through the hair.

The Golden Ticket from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

There are plenty of great characters in Roald Dahl’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, but we love the idea of going as the ticket itself! This one is made from an old pillowcase spray painted gold – and it gets a double thumbs up from us!

Sherlock Holmes and Dr Watson

This duo may not be able to solve any crimes, but they certainly look the part. Fish out some old second-hand suits and hats, and if you can’t find a cape you can fashion one with some patterned sheet and ribbon – elementary!

Mr Twit

This friendly-looking teacher got into the spirit of things by donning this mega Mr Twit beard, complete with sardines and maggots. Even his name – Mr Fudge – sounds like something from a Roald Dahl book!

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