You dont need a sewing machine to make a simple eye-patch for a pirate costume. Follow our video tutorial below to help your child look his swashbuckling best - complete with an authentic pirate eye-patch.
Dressing up like a clown is easy because the only rule is: there are no rules. However, as a guideline, it should be eclectic, mismatched and completely without logic. You should be able to find enough pieces of clothing in your child's drawer or dress up box to cobble together a clown outfit.
If you are looking for Book Week ideas or Halloween costume ideas, how about this cute but simple owl costume? If you're making it for Book Week, it's from Owl Babies by Martin Waddelll and Patrick Benson. For Halloween, practise your "hoo hoo" for a scary night owl!
Easy costumes like this Prince Charming costume from Sleeping Beauty or Cinderella, are all about the accessories. Watch the video below to see how you can cobble together a last minute costume the night before Book Week from stuff in your own wardrobe.
Dressing up like Harry Potter doesn't have to mean buying expensive fancy dress costumes. You can put together your own Harry Potter costume with just a few simple wardrobe items. It's a great Book Week idea, Halloween costume or just a fun dress up idea.
St Patrick's Day parade at school? Channel the luck of the Irish and dress up as a leprechaun. All you need for this fun dress up is some coloured paper and string – we've even included these FREE printable templates to help you along.
Bargain shops are full to bursting with el cheapo, same-same witchy dress ups. It's so much more impressive and original to make your own, and it doesn’t have to be hard or time consuming. This witch's hat with its jazzy buckle detail is worth the extra effort, and is the crowning glory on any witch's costume.
Need a magician costume? You've got two options - either buy those cheap nylon capes that everyone has, or make your own unique personalised magician's cape. Just watch this step-by-step video to find out how to make an easy no-sew cape for a magician's costume.
You don't need sewing skills to make your own cute ballerina costume. This no-sew tutu will delight your little dancer and will have her pirouetting all day. It's the best no-sew tutu around. Just watch the step-by-step video to find out how to make it.
Dress up games, Book Week ideas and Halloween costumes don't have to break the bank. A few simple accessories can turn ordinary wardrobe items into a Harry Potter dress up costume. Try creating this Hermione costume for your little girl by tweaking our Harry Potter version.
Why not dress your little girl as Olivia, the red and white striped piglet, from Ian Falconer's Olivia books? This cheap costume idea requires a little bit of glue and toilet roll craft, plus some stripy things from your little girl's wardrobe.
If you have a little girl who wants to take a break from all things pink and sparkly, or who happens to feel a bit more witchy poo, you could encourage her to indulge her mischievous side by dressing her up as a cute witch in this easy witch costume. The perfect Halloween costume!
Little girls love to dress like a fairy princess. You can make your little girl a gorgeous homemade fairy princess costume by combining four of our no-sew dress ups: fairy wings, a no-sew tutu, a wand and a princess tiara. It makes a great Book Week costume too!
Before you throw out last night’s pizza box, think of all the fun kids could have with it! It’s the right size to create a knight’s essentials: a shield and sword. So recycle that pizza box into a cool knight's costume. How the kids decorate it is up to them, but here’s how to get them started. Try it as a Book Week costume!
Making your own masquerade masks at home will provide two fun activities for your kids: an easy craft project followed by some fun dress up and imaginative play once the masks are finished. Just print out the masquerade mask templates below and get started.