It’s that time of year again! World book day approacheth . . . the day we are supposed to celebrate our love of literature by dressing our offspring as a book character, but usually cop out and get a pre-bought princess style dress or spiderman costume from the supermarket. And can you blame us? After all, we’re not all a whizz with a sewing machine, we don’t always have a whole lot of spare time, and an expert hand made costume really is no reflection on how much we read with our little ones.
But for those inclined – I thought I’d share our idea for this year. It honestly was super simple.
The Witch from “Room On The Broom” by Julia Donaldson.
Gibby LOVES this book – and although her clever Grandma did manage to run up a purple skirt on the sewing machine, we did have one from a pre-bought Halloween costume on standby.
Any witchy costume would work for this – but the witch in the book has a red top, purple skirt, black cloak and hat. I made a brooch from painted cardboard with a hair grip superglued to the back , and cardboard buckles painted gold to stick onto her plimsoles. The key thing was the soft toys (cat, dog, bird and plastic bathroom-toy frog) unceremoniously elastic-banded onto the broomstick. Voila:
For extra finishing touches, we had a yellow ribbon bow in her hair, and a magic wand (art straw and coloured paper.) Honestly – pretty easy. And I have to say, SUPER cute watching her act out the story . . .
“The Witch tapped her broomstick and WOOSH . . . they were gone!”
(She never has been that princessy to be fair.)