Bringing Books Alive With Creative & DIY Book Character Costumes For Teachers!

Bringing Books Alive With Creative & DIY Book Character Costumes For Teachers!

Tired of the same overpriced and generic store-bought costumes? Then why not make your own? With a few easy items and a bit of creativity, you can quickly create fun book character costumes for teachers that will stand out in the school hallways and help bring characters and stories to life.

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Easy Book Character Costumes For Teachers

With these ideas for homemade and easy book character costumes for teachers, you can whip up the perfect outfit in no time and create an unforgettable learning experience for your classroom. 

You don’t need to break the bank or your budget – all it takes is a bit of creativity and a few items from your closet or local thrift store to become the favourite character from your students’ favourite books.

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Bringing Books Alive With Creative & DIY Book Character Costumes For Teachers!

Homemade Easy Halloween Costumes of Book Characters

Thinking About Your DIY Book Character Costumes

After looking through the book character costumes below, think about who/what you want to dress up as. 

  • Will it be a real-life or fictional person, an animal, or an object? 
  • Who will you enjoy being for an entire day?
  • Who will your student be excited to see you dressed up as?

Once you know your character, you need to consider your costume. Raid your school dress-up box or rummage in your wardrobe (or family and friends) for costume ideas. 

Many book characters are regular people but have something distinctive about them. A specific piece of clothing or a handmade prop will highlight the essence of a character and make your costume recognisable.

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Inspire Students (and Parents) to Create Homemade Book Character Costumes

Preparing your costume and spending little or no money will inspire your students to do the same. Emphasise to parents that a book character outfit doesn’t need to cost much at all. 

Encourage parents to spend time with their child discussing their favourite books and characters. With adult help, children will create their own costumes by considering what and who they love reading about.

Benefits of DIY Book Character Costumes

Making homemade book character costumes can be important for several reasons:

Encourages creativity: Making homemade costumes requires creativity and imagination, which can be a fun and rewarding process. It helps children develop their problem-solving skills and think outside the box.

Fosters a love of reading: When children dress up as their favourite book characters, it helps bring the story to life and make it more real and tangible. This can help children develop a love for reading and a deeper connection to the characters and story.

Personalised and unique: Homemade costumes are often more personalised and unique than store-bought costumes, making the experience more special and memorable.

Cost-effective: Homemade costumes can be made using materials around the house, which is more cost-effective than purchasing a pre-made costume.

Bonding experience: Making homemade costumes can be a fun and bonding experience for families and friends as they work together to bring the character to life.

Creative Book Character Costumes For Teachers

I hope these book character costumes will inspire your own costume ideas.

Creepy Pair of Underwear!

A Stack of Alpacas

The Paper Bag Princess


Ada Twist, Scientist

If You Give a Dog a Donut


The Day the Crayon's Quit

A Bad Case of the Stripes

The Legend of Rock Paper Scissors

Chicka Chicka Boom Boom

No One Likes a Fart

Piranhas Don't Eat Bananas

The Book With No Pictures