Homemade book character costumes

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Homemade book character costumes
Safety pins are useful in homemade costumes. (safety pins image by Alison Bowden from Fotolia.com)

Nearly any book character can be turned into a costume. A simple choice is a character with the same outfit all the time, such as Olivia the Pig. Another option is a character that wears everyday clothes with an extra accessory or two, such as Harry Potter. Little Red Riding Hood is an example of a classic storybook character that can be interpreted in many ways. With some fabric scraps, old clothing and accessories and a little imagination, you can become your favourite book character in no time.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Old clothes and accessories
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Felt or foam
  • Headband
  • Safety pins
  • Glue
  • String
  • Markers
  • Round glasses
  • Double-sided tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Wear a short red dress or a large red T-shirt.

  2. 2

    Wear black-and-white striped tights or knee socks. You can also paint black stripes on white tights.

  3. 3

    Cut white fabric with scissors to make Olivia's collar. Cut black stars out of fabric to glue to the back of the collar.

  4. 4

    Cut pig ears from foam or felt.

  5. 5

    Attach pig ears to a headband with safety pins or glue.

  6. 6

    Cut a circle out of felt or foam and draw two nostrils with markers to make a pig nose. Tie the pig nose on with string.

  1. 1

    Wear a white collared shirt with a tie, black trousers and black shoes.

  2. 2

    Drape a large piece of black fabric around your shoulders, gathering it at the neck. Pin the fabric to secure.

  3. 3

    Pin the fabric together under your wrists to make sleeves.

  4. 4

    Wear round glasses with the lenses removed.

  5. 5

    Accessorise with a stuffed owl, a wand or a broom.

  1. 1

    Wear a plain dress or skirt and top. You can also wear a white apron around your waist.

  2. 2

    Tie red fabric around your shoulders to make a cape.

  3. 3

    Wear white knee socks. These can be taped into place with double-sided tape.

  4. 4

    Wear black patent leather shoes or other shoes that suggest a little girl.

  5. 5

    Carry a basket with a picnic cloth, a dish towel or pretend food.

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