For a lot of parents, World Book Day acts as more of a creative threat than a literary celebration, with the pressure to send your child out to their peers looking like a dead ringer for their favourite character. With a new age of at-home teaching and virtual classes, you may have breathed a sigh of relief and assumed that you may be off the hook this year. Well, unfortunately that’s not the case. So, grab the glitter glue and an old t-shirt, ’cos it’s time to craft!
Ahead of the big day – falling on Thursday 4th March this year – you might find yourself searching through your child’s dressing up box in the hopes that there will be something you can pull together and present as a costume. In a survey conducted by the independent nursery brand Kiddi Caru, it was revealed that 52% of parents spend just 1-2 hours on their little one’s costume, with 57% admitting to not even enjoying the creative process. With this struggle in mind, allow us to give you a helping hand and talk you through some costume hacks for World Book Day.
Your Child’s Own Clothes
From that same survey, results showed that Harry Potter is still a popular choice, with 30% of parents predicting that he would be the most popular costume choice this year. Potter is also quite an easy character to put together, especially if you’re running out of time or money. Grab your child’s school uniform and any kind of red face paint – or an old lipstick if you’re really in a pinch – and draw that iconic lightning scar onto their forehead. Glasses are arguably optional, although you can find cheap options online. A magic wand is a great way to add to this character, as well as being easy to make or buy on a budget. Lastly, as you’re about to find out, a witch’s cape can also be adapted, in a whole host of ways. And if you’re a stickler for the details, you can easily buy Hogwarts patches online to glue or stitch onto the cape, if you think that your child might make a habit out of playing a Hogwarts’ student.
As with dressing your child up as Hogwarts’ most successful wizard, a Halloween witch’s cape is always going to be your best friend when World Book Day rolls around. The key criteria for any superhero costume are undoubtedly the cape, so your child’s cast offs from a previous costume could very well be your saving grace. Whilst there’s always a bit of drama surrounding whether or not superheroes are appropriate for the literary celebration, the survey found that a whopping 68% of parents asked thought that characters from DC and Marvel were an acceptable costume choice.
If you’ve got a little bit of time on your hands then you can elevate this look with a mask – either store bought or handmade. If creativity isn’t your strong point, then you can easily download a template here and print out a paper mask. Then, all you’ll need to do is cut the shape out and attach a piece of string or elastic. For an added element of fun, why not crack out the felt-tip pens and let your little one colour in their mask, to give it that personalised edge.
A Princess Costume
Depending on the colour of the dress, your child can easily transform into just about anyone. If it’s the night before, then the detail will have to be in the hair style. However, if you have a few days at your disposal to wait on a delivery, but you’re still on a budget, simply buy an accessories pack online that represents the desired princess character and you’re on the home stretch!
With Elsa being voted the most popular character concept by 23% of parents, now would be a good time to show off your braiding abilities or dust off that one blonde wig from Halloween’s past. If hair styling isn’t your forte then there are multiple tutorials out there that can guide you through the process, as well as pre-styled wigs if you’re willing to spend a couple of pennies on your child’s World Book Day transformation.