Last-minute Book Week costume ideas that work!

Don't panic your way through Book Week. Here are some easy ideas you can make in minutes, without hitting the shops...

If you have a child in school or daycare, you may well be panicking that the Book Week parade is just around the corner, but you have no time to create a costume.

So, to save you from that dreaded last-minute panic, here are some cheap, quick and memorable Book Week costumes you can pull together fast.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar


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This amazing costume from Aussie mum-of-three @mrssheemsherk ticks all the right boxes. Green plates, cardboard legs and a card hat with eyes stuck on - done! The plates are all attached with string so it just goes over the head. Amazing!

Hagrid from Harry Potter

This mini-Hagrid won the approval of Harry Potter author and creator JK Rowling when she posted it on her Twitter account.

All you need is an adult-sized waistcoat or vest which you tie with a black belt and add a long black or grey wig.

You could always draw a beard on with facepaint to save trawling the stores for a fake one that a toddler won’t throw off!

Sam I Am from Green Eggs and Ham

This genius idea comes from who created a super simple tribute to Dr Suess with this Sam I Am costume.

Just take a yellow t-shirt, a red beanie or hat and you could always make the green eggs and ham out of Play Dough! Or, just cut some out and stick them to a white paper plate.

You could even add a 'Sam I Am' cardboard sign if you have an extra ten minutes to spare.

Fancy Nancy

Let your imagination go wild with this one... because Fancy Nancy wears whatever she likes, whenever she likes!

Sun glasses, a feather boa, a princess dress-up dress... Raid the dress-up box and add costume jewellery and a handbag.  

Fern from Charlottes Web

Rolled up jeans? Oversized check shirt? A cuddly pig? Thanks to Pinterest, we found this perfect Fern from Charlotte's Web.

Put your little girl’s hair in pig tails and you can be out the door in five minutes!

Greg Heffley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Possibly the easiest costume of all - and the idea comes courtesy of Pinterest.

Black jeans, white t-shirt and black backpack. If you’re feeling a little creative and you have time you could even create a Greg mask.


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