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World Book Day 2014 :: Room on the Broom

Today is World Book Day…hurrah for books. My girls love books and Charlotte is a great little reader (proud mummy)

To celebrate World Book Day Charlotte went into school dressed as a character from a book. For some time she was going to go as Sleeping Beauty but just before the weekend she decided she wanted to go as ‘The Witch’ from ‘Room on The Broom’ by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Scheffler. I was so pleased as she has loved this book for such a long time and we love the animation just as much (can’t believe they missed out on an Oscar!)

Room on the Broom by Julia Donaldson, illustrated by Axel Sheffler

So over the weekend we (well, mostly I) have been making a plait, a bow, a cauldron, a cape and a skirt to re-create the look. Here’s how we got on…

Two Witches from Room on the Broom


The skirt was based on the Lazy Days Skirt free tutorial from the Oliver + S blog. I made Charlotte’s skirt quite long and used my pinking shears to create the points at the hemline.

Luckily there was enough fabric to make a skirt for Emily too as she was rapidly becoming put out that Charlotte was getting an outfit and she wasn’t. Her skirt was finished with a simple turned hem as I figured she could then wear it again and again.


The cape was super easy and super cheap. The fabric came right out of the sale section. All I did was cut the metre in half lengthways (so I could make on for Emily too), sewed a channel along one short edge, threaded a wide ribbon through and secured it in place with a few stitches so that it wouldn’t slide out of place. Perfectly witchy!

Long Ginger Plait

I went to RKM wools in Shrewsbury at the weekend and just inside the door I found the perfect ball of wool for £1.49. Perfect for making a ginger plait! I made three long sets of strands, clipped them with a sandwich bag clip thingy at the top to hold them in place and plaited away until it was nice and long.

Long ginger plait work in progress


For the bow I found some yellow fabric with white spots. I decided to get out a red sharpie and colour in the dots so it matched the witch’s bow (madness!!). The sharpie bled a little but it looks more authentic don’t you think?

Bow Dots

I used the Super Easy No-Sew Bows tutorial from Sew Sara, which did exactly what it said on the tin…super easy and no sew!

Bow Work in progressBow Detail

Pointed Hats

These both came from fancy dress shops. Yes, I say shops because I bought a hat for Charlotte and then very quickly realised that Emily would want one too so a second hat it was! I used the glue gun to secure the long ginger plait to the back of the hat

Broom Sticks

Thanks to the terrible storms we had the other week the garden was awash with plenty of sticks to make a couple of brooms. Out with the glue gun again and some string and the job was done (and the garden was tidy!)

Broom work in progress


I have not done paper mache since I was at school and I honestly don’t remember it being quite so messy and taking so long! The cauldron was one of those things that you start and really wish that you hadn’t!

I mixed up a pot of glue from flour, water and a pinch of salt, sat the balloon on top of a measuring jug and started pasting away with strips of newspaper (bought specifically for the job – oh, the digital age!). Charlotte helped with the first layer but we used far too much glue and all the newspaper strips started sliding off the balloon! Luckily we rescued it just in time so we didn’t have to start over.

Cauldron work in progress

I left the first rather claggy layer to dry over night and well into the next day. A couple of layers later and it was shaping up quite well. I gave it a trim around the edges and then Charlotte and I got out the black paint. I poked a couple of holes in the sides of the cauldron, threaded a few loops of string and covered it with a felt handle.


Charlotte drew pictures of the items that the characters from the book threw into the cauldron…a bone, a cone, a lilly and a stick

Cauldron Contents

Crooked Nose

A quick trip to the fancy dress shop for crooked noses and the look was complete, although Emily has refused to wear hers all day (I would too…mighty uncomfortable!)

Crooked NoseDid your little ones dress up for World Book Day? Add a link to the comments section if you’ve got any pictures online


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Comments (6)

  • I love the idea of world book day and that they get to dress up at school as their favourite character. Wish they did it here!
    You did an amazing job with their costumes, no surprise there! Love the plait on the hat, broom and cauldron! Amazing!

    • Thanks Kelly. Apparently Wold Book Day is celebrated in 100 countries, maybe you should start a trend!

      Amazingly the cauldron was the winning ticket…she won a £5 book token and a certificate!

  • We had so much fun dressing up for World Book Day today. Both my girls are avid readers (proud mummy too). Olivia went as Pippi Longstocking and Samantha went as Lettice the Ballerina Rabbit. They both looked adorable.

    • Lettice the Ballerina Rabbit..never heard of such a rabbit! I shall have to look her up.

  • genius! I’ve just been all over the high street looking for a bucket to put dinosaurs in. Surprisingly difficult in March!

    • I would say I highly recommend paper mache, but to be honest it was very messy and time consuming! Worth it in the end though…..just


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