Brilliant last-minute world book day 2018 costume ideas that you can create at home – devon live cinnamon roll icing recipe with cream cheese

But fear not. If you delve into your cupboards far enough, you’ll be able to find enough material to put some pretty awesome costumes together.

Just put your daughter (or son) in a blue dress, with a red ribbon in her hair and carrying a pile of books. George from george’s marvellous medicine

All you need is a black eye mask but if you don’t have one of those you could use face paint – or mascara, if you have an old one knocking about.

Add a pink hair bow and some ears if you have them but if not, simply cut out some pink ears from a piece of car and tape them to a hairband – the perfect little dancing mouse. Read more

All you need is a blue jumper, some hair gel for his famous quiff and if you’ve got a white stuffed dog to be snowey, even better. Where’s wally

If you child is a fan, you will need a duffel coat, a black soft hat, red welly boots, an old suitcase and a marmalade sandwich.


Harry & his bucketful of dinosaurs

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Harry wears a red top and blue trousers and walks around with a bucketful of dinos. If you have a bucket and some toys dinosaurs, you’re laughing. Captain underpants

You need a big pair of white Y-fronts, a red cape and a very brave boy to carry this one off. Or he could, of course, pop the pants over his trousers!

Got a witches hat in the attic? Yes, then all you’ll need to finish the look is a red top and purple skift. You could use a sweeping brush as the broom and a bucket as the cauldron.

This is great for football fans who don’t really like dressing up. They just need white shirts, a red or navy football shirt and a black cape.

For the pig’s snout, just use a takeaway cup, paint it pink with two circles at the front for the nostrils. Put two holes in either side, add some elastic and make sure it fits around your child’s head.

Just put your daughter in a flowery dress or a navy pinafore dress, with a white shirt underneath and you have one of her looks.Blue trousers charlie bucket from charlie and the chocolate factory

If you haven’t got the props to dress them as willy wonka, charlie is an easy option. All they need is scruffy clothes and a handmade golden ticket. Mr greedy

Another of the mr men classics, they will need an oversized pink jumper. Fill it with a cushion and then belt it underneath to keep it in. Rapunzel

Got some yellow wool that granny gave you and you’ve never learnt to knit with? Then, make a long plait out of the wool and attach to a ponytail for a quick transformation. Mr bump

If you’re happy to part with some of the house supply of loo roll or kitchen roll, dress them in blue and then get creative. Use bandages or plaster if you’d prefer but loo roll is a good last-minute choice. The cat in the hat

Use black tracksuit bottoms and white T-shirt, with a black cardigan (and white gloves if you have them). Make a red bow out of ribbon and construct a mini top hat if you can.Your child’s paint your child’s face white and add whiskers. Burglar bill

Maybe you have an old eyemask from an aeroplane they can use – if so, cut holes into it so they can see and give them a swag bag for a number one thief. One of the 101 dalmatians

If your son is older and is a 007 fan after reading the novels, and you are lucky enough to have been to a wedding or posh event recently, then dress him in his smartest togs as the super spy. Mary poppins

Have your child wear a black skirt with a white blouse tucked in. They’ll also need a little white maid-type apron and an umbrella for extra effect. Pinochio

Then add a blue ribbon around the collar and make a long nose by rolling a piece of paper into a cone shape and securing with elastic bands. The BFG

We wouldn’t recommend stilts for this one but you can still get them to look like the lovable roald dahl character with some baggy trousers, a brown waistcoat and a big baggy shirt

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Make some big ears by cutting out an ear shape using pink paper, then stick them onto a headband. Find a little doll to be sophie for them to put in their hand or shirt pocket. Horrid henry

If you have a blue and yellow stripy jumper, you’re sorted. If not, try and add some stripes yourself and match them with blue trousers and trainers. Queen of hearts

Cut out some red paper hearts and stick them all over the outfit, then fan out the heart cards from the pack and stick them together with tape.

Then, stick some ribbon or string to the corners, tie your child’s hair into a bun and clip the card crown in piece, tying the ribbon around the bun. Read more