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Bring your favourite character to life with our fancy dress idea

Get all dressed up and ready to read this World Book Day! We’ve got a crafty guide for a last-minute Birthday Thief costume, just using things from around the house – it’s an absolute steal!

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You will need:

  • A red top
  • Some red leggings
  • A party hat
  • Spotty stickers and other decorations (optional)
  • Colourful numbers and sneaky bandana templates (just download and print them out)
  • Elastic
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or pen
  • Don’t forget your book!

Find yourself inside the story this World Book Day

Step 1

Step 1

First things first raid your home for all of the materials on our handy list. Download and print out the colourful numbers and sneaky bandana templates.

Step 2

Step 2

Grab some scissors and carefully cut around the dashed lines so you have a selection of colourful numbers ready for sticking. Don’t forget to cut out the middles.

Step 3

Step 3

Using the stickiest sticky tape you can find stick the colourful numbers to your red outfit and ta-da!

The transformation begins!

Step 4

Step 4

There’s just one more thing to do. Carefully cut out the sneaky bandana (don’t forget the eye holes). Using a pencil or pen press a hole through the circles marked and tie some elastic to each side with a strong knot.

The Birthday Thief is born!

The Birthday Thief is born!

This World Book Day we’d love to see you celebrate in style – share your photos on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #lostinthestory

4. The little details will make their day.

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