23 World Book Day costume ideas that are cheap, quick and easy

World Book Day 2019 is right around the corner, and schools across the country will be encouraging pupils to dress as their favourite book characters.

Monday, 4th March 2019, 3:36 pm
Updated Monday, 4th March 2019, 5:52 pm
World Book Day 2019 is right around the corner, and schools across the country will be encouraging pupils to dress as their favourite book characters.

Stuck for ideas? We've put together a list of 23 quick and easy potential costumes for Thursday's festivities. Remember to send us your pictures on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday morning!

A blue shirt and some carefully placed toilet paper can easily become a makeshift Mr Bump, or, if you're feeling a little more creative, try repurposing an old cardboard box into a bulkier design.
If you can pick up a pair of white dungarees and some orange face paint (try a costume or party shop), you're almost there. For the hair, pick up a green wig, or buy coloured hair spray from a chemist.
Alice in Wonderland is a simply costume to pull off. If you're lucky, you might already have a costume, but if not, a blue dress, white apron and ribbon for the hair will have you all set.
Another effective option is the Dr Seuss classic. Red and white card can be used for a makeshift hat (as tall or short as you fancy), and a black jacket, white shirt and red tie will complete the look.
With a book, a film and now a musical to draw upon, there's no shortage of potential Matilda costumes. A blue dress and red ribbon will make a perfect book character outfit, or try a grey blazer and skirt for the musical approach.
Be it Marvel or DC, superheroes are all the rage right now. Ask a friend if you can borrow their little one's costume for the day. In a pinch, try a printed superhero logo pinned to the right coloured shirt.
Disney's 101 Dalmatians was an adaptation of a 1956 book. If you don't have a blanket or costume to hand, try marking a plain white top with permanent marker. Great for matching costumes for siblings or friends.
There's a whole host of Gruffalo items around these days, but if you don't have a onesie or costume to hand, why not try a brown dressing gown and a handmade mask?
If your child loves to dance, and you've got a spare tutu or two in the cupboard, why not attend World Book Day as Angelina Ballerina? Add a nose and a few whiskers to complete the look.
It's world book day classic, and a simple one at that. From Luna Lovegood to Cho Chang to Ron Weasley, every child has their favourite character. If you don't have a Hogwarts robe to hand, try a black dressing gown.
We all love a good costume, and a pirate is no exception. A stripy shirt, black bandana and eye patch completes the look. Try customising the look with colours or accessories from your child's favourite series.
Another Julia Donaldson favourite, this costume gives you a new lease of life for your old Halloween costumes. The kindly witch originally wears a long-sleeved red shirt and purple skirt, but nothing's stopping you getting creative.
Another star of Dodie Smith's 1956 novel, Cruella De Vil has a unique appearance. Try a wig or coloured hairspray for her hairstyle, and match a black dress with a white, cream or spotted jacket to complete the look.
A purple jacket, black top hat, yellow waistcoat and green trousers make up the look of the original illustration, but Johnny Depp's black outfit and red coat might be easier to find on a short deadline.
Before the musical, before the film, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz was, of course, a book. Whether you go for Dorothy's plaid dress, the lion's tousled hair or the tin man's silver sheen, the Wizard of Oz leaves you plenty of options.
The famous character has made plenty of appearances in children's books. If you're stuck for time or money, try folding a green sheet of paper into a hat, and pairing with a green shirt or top.
It's one of the simplest and most effective costumes out there - a red-and-white stripy shirt with blue trousers or jeans will instantly transform your little one into Wally - or his friend Wilma.
The Dr Seuss characters were originally identical twins, but there's nothing to stop siblings or friends dressing up as the duo. Try a red onesie with a printed number, or see if you can pick up official Thing 1 and Thing 2 shirts.
If you're stuck for ideas or stuck for time, Paddington Bear is an easy option. Start with a blue coat and red hat and, if you've got time, add red wellies, a brown suitcase and maybe even some face paint.
For this classic comic book character, who became popular again following 2011's The Adventures of Tintin, try a blue jumper, white collared shirt, brown trousers and, if you have one to hand, a trench coat.
From Fairy Godmothers to Tinkerbell, there's no shortage of fairies in children's literature. Ask your little angel to choose their favourite, and set about matching their fairy wings with the right coloured outfit.
A kids' comic book classic, rebellious Dennis is an easy outfit to master. A black and white striped top (jumper, shirt or hoodie will do) and dark hair make this a simple and budget-friendly costume.
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