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Article  •  7 August 2023

 

7 awesome Bluey Book Week costumes that you can make yourself

Learn how to make six Book Week costumes inspired by the Bluey books. Each costume is easy to make and will look great during Book Week 2023.

Looking for a costume for this year’s Book Week dress-ups? Turn to Bluey for inspiration.

Check out these incredible costumes inspired by everyone’s favourite Australian cattle dog. Whether you want to go as a member of the family, or something inspired by Bluey’s imagination, you’re sure to find the perfect book week costume here.

Bluey Book Week costumes

Rita and Janet from Bluey: Grannies

A split image showing book cover of Bluey: Grannies on the left and Bluey and Bingo dressed as Janet and Rita on the right.

Love this cheeky duo? Dressing up like Rita and Janet couldn’t be easier. With a few easy-to-find items, you’ll be set. Don’t forget the beans!

What you need:

  • Towel
  • Claw or other cane
  • Fancy glasses
  • Beans

To make:

Drape the towel around your head and body like a shawl then ad some fancy glasses and a cane. Print a bean label or colour your own to finish off the look.


Mermaid from Bluey: The Beach

A split image showing book cover of Bluey: The Beach on the left and Bluey in the sand on the right.

Take some inspiration from Bluey: The Beach and dress up like a beautiful mermaid this Book Week. Use a cardboard box to create the perfect mermaid tail. Draw on waves, scales, or even tiny shells to complete the look. A touch or two of colourful zinc will also pair perfectly with this costume.

What you need:

  • Cardboard box
  • Markers
  • Shells to decorate

To make:

Cut a mermaid tail from the cardboard, then decorate it to your heart’s desire. Finish the look with some colourful zinc on your face, and you’ll be ready to hit the beach with Bluey in no time.


Margaret from Bluey: Swim School

Photo of 'Bluey Swim School' against an orange background.

Get ready to teach the mischievous Heeler family how to swim by dressing up as Margaret the swim instructor. Though she might be tough to impress, Margaret’s signature crab-shaped goggles make the perfect book week costume.

What you need: 

  • Purple swim cap
  • Green goggles
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Red paper

To make:

To replicate Margaret’s look, all you need is a purple swim cap and crab goggles that you can make yourself. Using scissors, cut crab legs and claws out of red paper. Ask an adult for help if you need! Then, with adult supervision, hot glue the paper crab legs and claws to the side of the green goggles. Wear your regular outfit or a poolside-inspired costume then finish the look with your purple swim cap and copy of Bluey: Swim School. 


Fruit Bat from Bluey: Fruit Bat

A split image showing book cover of Bluey: Fruit Bat on the left and Bluey imagining she is a fruit bat on the right.

Have you ever dreamt you were a fruit bat like Bluey does? If you’ve ever wanted to stay up all night, channel your inner Bluey and dress up like a fruit bat to fly around the night sky.

What you need:

  • Purple towel or sheet
  • Fruit

To make:

Create bat wings by draping the towel around your arms or shoulders. Grab your favourite piece of fruit to finish the look. . . and snack on while hanging with the fruit bats.


Bob Bilby Puppet from Bluey: Bob Bilby

A split image showing book cover of Bluey: Bob Bilby on the left and Bingo playing with the Bob Bilby puppet on the right.

The Heeler family loved showing Bob Bilby a good time. If you want to entertain Bob Bilby too, why not bring him on your own adventure this book week?

What you need:

  •  Felt (A4 sheet: 3x purple, 1x light pink, 1x beige, 1x black and 1x white)
  • Needle and thread or fabric glue
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Sewing pins
  • Pen

To make:

Follow these instructions to make your very own Bob Bilby puppet.


Bandit from Bluey: My Dad is Awesome

A split image showing book cover of Bluey: My Dad is Awesome on the left and Bandit playing with Bluey and Bingo on the right.

Everyone loves Bandit Heeler, Bluey and Bingo most of all. Celebrate this beloved cartoon dad by dressing up as him for Book week.

What you need:

  • Straw hat
  • Rake
  • Backpack
  • Cricket bag
  • Squash racquet bag

To make:

Put on all of your Bandit-inspired accessories and get ready for a day of fun. If you have a Bluey or Bingo stuffed animal, carry them under your arms as Bandit does.


Queen from Bluey: Queens

Photo of Bluey: Queens against a purple background.

Bluey and Bingo love their mum, and she loves them too. Dress up as Chilli, queen of the family this book week and be ready to walk the rainbow carpet.

What you need:

  • Crown
    • Yellow coloured paper
    • Scissors
    • Marker
    • glue
  • Sceptre
    • Wooden spoon
    • Paints
    • Paint brushes
    • marker
  • Towel or blanket

To make:

Follow these instructions to print and assemble your crown. Find out how to paint your sceptre here. Finally, roll out a towel or blanket as a regal carpet.


Bluey and Bingo

Image of a child wearing a bingo paper hat for book week.

Of course, Bluey and Bingo had to be included in this list too!

You can make a mask, party hat, or entire costume to emulate your favourite pups.

What you need:

  • Masks
    • 2 sheets of thick A4 paper
    • I metre of ribbon or string
    • Sticky tape
    • Safety scissors or a responsible grown-up to help with cutting out
    • Imagination
  • Party hats
    • Coloured paper
    • Velcro
    • Sticky tape
    • Pencil/ marker
    • Scissors
    • Quick drying glue
  • Bingo costume
    • Orange long sleeve top and pants
    • 50cm no sew iron on adhesive
    • Light orange and dark orange felt
    • White or orange gloves
    • 50cm orange stretch jersey fabric or felt
    • Synthetic stuffing
    • 1m of thick elastic
  • Bluey costume
    • Blue long sleeve top and pants
    • 50 cm no sew iron on adhesive
    • Light blue and dark blue felt
    • White or blue gloves
    • 50cm blue stretch jersey fabric or felt
    • Synthetic stuffing
    • 1m of thick elastic

To make:

  • Step-by-step mask instructions here
  • Step-by-step party hat instructions here
  • Step-by-step costume instructions here

 

This article originally came from bluey.tv. This article was originally published in 2022 but has since been updated. 

BLUEY TM and BLUEY character logos TM & © Ludo Studio Pty Ltd 2018.

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