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All About ‘World Book Day’ – Snow White and other Book Character Fancy Dress Costume Ideas

All about World Book Day!

Today marks ‘World Book Day’ here in the United Kingdom & Ireland, as we celebrate it each year on the first Thursday of March. It is a day to celebrate all things books – reading, authors, illustrators, book characters, etc. With the aim of encouraging more children to discover more books and the joy and pleasure that can come along with reading.

Primary schools in the UK have a fancy dress policy on World Book Day where all staff dress up in fancy dress as book characters and the children also come into school dressed up as book characters too. I personally feel this dressing up element, also invites children into some of the imaginary worlds that these stories create for these characters to live in.

Read more about world book day & let me know if you like my costumes

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Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume D.I.Y Tutorial Guide

‘Do It Yourself’ Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume Tutorial Guide:

When it came to choosing a costume for the latest fancy dress party I attended, I decided to choose an English favourite; Mary Poppins!

Even you are unfortunate enough not to know who Mary Poppins is, click here for all the info about the movie off IMDb.

Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume DIY by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com
As you can see I don’t do superstition about opening umbrella’s indoors.

I already had the basics of the outfit which I’m sure most people would also with it being a white shirt and black skirt. So it turned out to be an easy option and something that’s easy to put together last-minute or when short of time to organise and search for a complicated outfit with lots of things to source out.

Items needed for Mary Poppins DIY Fancy Dress Costume:

  • White skirt
  • Black skirt
  • Black tights
  • Red bow tie
  • White gloves
  • Black hat with white flowers and red berries
  • Long umbrella
  • Mary Poppins magic bag

DIY Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com
Why not pin this image to have this costume ready and waiting for your next Fancy Dress Party

DIY Mary Poppins Hat:

  • Black hat
  • White flowers
  • Red berries

The choice is yours if you decide to use plastic flowers and berries, real ones or you could even draw them on as an option. I decided to go down the real route and took some scissors outside and cut myself some white flowers and some berries. The berries were green and purple, so my creative compromise was to use a red permanent marker and colour in the berries to make them look red.

DIY Mary Poppins Hat for fancy dress costume tutorial by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com

I felt like the outfit came together really well. If I wanted to make it even more fitting to the real thing I could have used an all black umbrella instead of a white and black one and I could have searched for a bag with a pattern closer to the one used in the movie.

However, considering I came runner-up in the costume competition I’m still proud of the job I did, especially the creative effort I put into my hat & the imaginative idea to use a red bow hair slide clipped onto my shirt instead of buying a red bow tie.

Here is how it looked – Do you agree it all pulled together well? Let me know in the comments what you verdict is…

get into character with this DIY Mary Poppins Fancy Dress Costume tutorial blog by Helen's Journey www.helensjourney.com
I did a drama degree so character role play feels like part of my DNA make up 😉

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DIY Mary Poppins Hat for a Fancy Dress Costume by Helen's Journey Blog www.helensjourney.com
I enjoyed being ‘PRACTICALY PERFECT IN EVERY WAY’ for the night 😉