Snail and the Whale fancy dress costume

Cute Snail and the Whale World Book Day Costume

My Son Austin isn’t a big fan of dressing up and it’s World Book Day on the 1st March (ahhhh).  Luckily, I’ve managed to convince him to go as the blackboard from The Snail and the Whale by Julia Donaldson.  He’s quite happy to wear a fun t-shirt but full on costumes are too much for him.

This costume uses a few supplies that you can get hold of quite easily and the kids can get involved too.  So there’s still time to put this together if you’re stuck for ideas!

Materials needed

  • Fabric pen
  • T-shirt
  • Brown wool
  • Pom pom maker
  • Scissors
  • Brown felt/material
  • Glue gun or strong glue
  • Googly eyes
  • Brown pipe cleaner

Alternatively to make this a really easy costume, you could buy a small soft snail toy and sew or glue it to the t-shirt.

Supplies for Snail and the Whale Fancy Dress Tutorial

Instructions

  1. Make your small brown pom pomPom pom making
  2. Cut a small leaf shape out of some brown felt, then cut a small section of pipe cleaner (about 4 cms).  Make 2 small holes in the felt and thread the small pipe cleaner piece through to make the antennae.
  3. To create your shell, use the remaining bit of pipe cleaner and put one end into the centre of the pom pom to secure it and create a spiral, secure the other end of the pipe cleaner into the pom pom too.  Then glue the pom pom to the body.
  4. Now it’s time to write ‘Save the whale’ on your t-shirt.  I used a fabric marker, but your could sew the word on in long stitches too.Snail and the Whale Fancy dress turorial
  5. Finally, glue, sew or velcro your snail onto the t-shirt.  I’ve used some sticky velcro so that Austin can take the snail off if it gets annoying during the day. DIY fancy dress tutorial

I hope this tutorial inspires you!  I’d love to know what your children are dressing up as in the comments.

Bye for now, Lexy x

World Book Day

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