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Easy DIY Book Week Costume Ideas For Kids

Book Week 2018

Book Week 2018 is August 17 – 24 and this year’s theme is Find Your Treasure. Book week is dedicated to celebrating books, their Australian authors and illustrators.

Book Week costume ideas for kids are popular in classrooms as dressing up is a great way to get kids and their teachers excited and have fun with their favourite book characters.

Easy DIY book week costume ideas for kids

DIY Book Week costumes

There are so many characters for children to choose from and if you are like me, you may not be very efficient with a sewing machine. With simplicity in mind, here are some NO SEW and very easy DIY costumes that look amazing! Check out this roundup of book week costume ideas to inspire you and your child.

easy DIY book week costumes ideas | old man from up

UP costume – Little Old Man

This little old man from UP costume is so easy. It is simply genius for those lacking time and want minimum effort with big results.

What you need:

  • Tracksuit pants/trousers
  • Grey cardigan
  • White shirt
  • Baby powder to brush through hair to make it grey
  • Handful of helium balloons on ribbon

Credit – Costume idea supplied by Mum Central. Check out other great DIY book week costumes here.

 no sew DIY gumnut babies costume May Gibbs

Gumnut Babies costume

We just had to include the iconic May Gibbs Gumnut Babies because it is an absolute favourite in our house. Plus this is a no sew costume that is super easy to make!

What you need:

  • Yellow crepe paper
  • Green tissue paper
  • Disposable plastic bowl to fit your child’s head
  • Egg carton (pointy part of it)
  • Double sided tape
  • Hat elastic
  • Ribbon
  • Green fel
  • Pompoms
  • Hot glue gun
  • Shirt in skin colour
  • Tights in skin colour
  • Yellow tutu

Credit – The Craft Train on behalf of May Gibbs. You can find the step by step instructions (with pictures) here.

DIY costumes for book week | Underpants Wonderpants costume for kids

Underpants Wonderpants costume

This book is truly a classic and one that I have read to my children hundreds of times over the years. The Underpants Wonderpants costume is perfect for Book Week, Halloween or any other day your child feels like dressing up.

What you need:

  • Blue long sleeved shirt
  • Blue long pants/tights
  • Red underwear
  • Red cape
  • Dog ears and tail (optional)

Most of these things kids will generally have at home already so it is such an easy costume to pull together. The dog ears and tail (not pictured) were purchased for a few dollars from the $2 shop.

Credit – This quick and easy Underpants Wonderpants costume idea is courtesy of Emily from EmHawkerBlog.

no sew DIY dinosaur costume

Dinosaur costume

There are so many great children’s books that include dinosaur characters and good news for parents, this is a no sew dinosaur costume!

What you need:

  • Hoodie
  • Felt
  • Hot glue gun
  • Googly eyes

Credit – To see the step by step instructions for this easy dinosaur costume, check out the ‘How To’ by Shannon over at Forty Up.

easy DIY mexican costume no sew

Mexican costume

I’m not sure of any Australian books that have a sombrero and poncho wearing character but this Mexican inspired costume was used for Multicultural Day at school. Very easy to make and no sew!

What you need:

  • Sombrero
  • Fabric (enough to wear as a poncho)
  • Jeans
  • Shirt
  • Mascara / eyeliner

Instructions: Step #1 – Get dressed in a shirt and jeans.
Step #2 – Cut a neck hole in the fabric and put it on.
Step #3 – Draw on a moustache with waterproof mascara or eyeliner.

The whole costume takes approx. 5 minutes to make.

easy DIY Gruffalo costume for kids

Gruffalo costume

Everyone knows the Gruffalo character and what kid wouldn’t want to dress up as him? A win for parents as well because it is super easy to make and another no sew costume. This Gruffalo costume is nothing more than some cutting and gluing, woohoo!

What you need:

  • Paper plate
  • Felt
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Hot glue gun

Credit: Shannon from Oh Creative Day. Check out the instructions here to make your own Gruffalo costume.

EASY No sew unicorn costume

Unicorn costume

Unicorns are so popular right now and Emily has wowed us with another simple and cheap costume idea. This costume immediately made me think of the book ‘Thelma the Unicorn’. Love that book so much!

What you need:

  • Hat/helmet (from Kmart $5)
  • Pink shirt
  • Pink leggings
  • Sparkly shoes
  • Pink cotton or wool

Credit: Emily from EmHawkerBlog. She does some great children’s book reviews, check them out here.

DIY handmaiden costume


One for the older kids… this book is suited to high school aged children and older. The Handmaid’s Tale has become highly popular again thanks to the TV series based on the best-selling novel by Margaret Atwood.

What you need:

  • Long red dress
  • White cap
  • White lampshade
  • Tape

With some creative cutting, bending and taping down you will have yourself a fantastic looking bonnet!

Credit – This fantastic handmaiden costume is courtesy of Amy at Handbag Mafia.

Bring literary characters to life in time for Book Week 2018 by making one of these awesome DIY Book Week costume ideas. They would also be a great option for Halloween and dress up parties.

What are your Book Week costume ideas?


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  1. 21/08/2015 / 4:30 pm

    Love these costumes – we did thing 1 and thing 2 a few yrs ago with my twins.

  2. 30/07/2018 / 6:19 am

    What age can you send them to school as a Handmaiden? That would be sooooo hilarious!

  3. 30/07/2018 / 6:58 am

    The handmaiden is great!
    Our kids don’t dress up for Book Week at school and I am pretty hopeful it stays that way!

  4. 30/07/2018 / 10:22 am

    Omg these ideas are just adorable – that Up costume 🙂 Cassie is only 2 so we aren’t there yet. Can’t wait!

  5. 30/07/2018 / 11:59 pm

    Some great ideas! It’s going to be hard to decide what to pick for my son this year.

  6. 31/07/2018 / 9:40 am

    I didn’t realise Book Week was so close! Thanks for the inclusion x

  7. 06/08/2018 / 12:37 pm

    I love seeing pictures of kids in Book Week costumes (although I usually see a lot of them dressed as footy players too?) It’s something I’ll look forward to participating in when my boy is older 🙂

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