4 Mar 2015

Mr Strong Costume for World Book Day

We are huge fans of the Mr Men in the C-house. So it came as no surprise that when it was time to choose a character to dress up as on the occasion of World Book Day, my little J turned to the one he truly adores. Mr Strong.

I had tried taking the easier route out by showing him pirates and tigers and all sorts on the internet, in the hope that he would choose one of those as his outfits for what is to be his first World Book Day costume. But J was having none of it. The frugal trait, which is so dominant in both his parents, seems to have found its way into my little boy after all. Unbeknownst to him, his choice of Mr Strong was to save me a small fortune in an otherwise expensive expedition aka picking a costume for World Book Day.

Mr Strong Costume for World Book Day

For Mr Strong was nowhere to be found. Not on the internet, and certainly not in the shops. So all that was left to be done was for me to resort to some DIY and create the look at home.

I must say the task was easier than I am making it out to be. In all honesty, the whole ensemble was assembled in less than an hour. It took that long because J insisted on assisting me in its creation. If it were up to me, it would have been done in under twenty minutes. But then it would not have been half as much fun.

For as we sat down to create Mr Strong, J piped up, "I like painting with you, Aai. Painting is so much fun together." That sealed the deal. I was not going to worry about how we got on and what we ended up creating. All that mattered was that we were going to have fun doing it together.


Mr Strong Costume for World Book Day

Out came the cheap palette of paints from the pound shop. Out came the rickety old paintbrush that has been J's companion in all his artistic expeditions over the past two years. I turned J's wardrobe inside out and pulled out an old hat, a red t-shirt and pyjama bottoms.

But try as I might, I could not find another paintbrush. That is when inspiration struck, the second time in one morning. I rummaged through the bathroom and found J's old toothbrush. It is precisely times like these that make me glad to be a hoarder. And proud of all the clutter that lies in disarray all over the house.

Did I mention how well an old toothbrush can function as a paintbrush? Not if you are looking for pinpoint precision. But if the sole aim of the venture is to add colour, it performs astoundingly well.

As do cheap paints on cloth. Who needs fabric paints when watercolours work just as brilliantly!

J got to work painting what is to be Mr Strong's green hat. Only, he decided he didn't like it all green, and would rather prefer it in rainbow colours. We turned J's old hat inside out so he had a plain white surface to work on. He did a super job splashing it with every colour in the palette.

My task was a bit more grown up. I used a black sketch pen from J's colouring box to mark out Mr Strong's eyes and mouth on the red t-shirt. Then filled it in with black watercolour.

Mr Strong Costume for World Book Day
"Painting is so much fun together."

The hat and t-shirt were left to dry on the radiator while J and I carried on painting on a piece of cardboard. Taking turns with the paintbrush and the toothbrush, I believe we managed to create memories full of fun and laughter. That for me, was the perfect way to create a first costume for World Book Day.

Mr Strong Costume for World Book Day


22 comments:

  1. What a great idea for a costume. The Mr Men are always a big favourite aren't they!

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  2. Ahh bless him! I completely forgot about WBD, oops! :) xx

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  3. We love the Mr Men in this house - a perfect costume- and all the better for being made with love!

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  4. I love this post, how creative and fun.Fab

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  5. I love the Mr Men books and this is such a great costume and so easily done

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  6. What a cool outfit. Love this. Mine were George from Georges marvelous medicine and Where's Wally

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  7. love Mr Men and the costume looks fab!

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  8. Little bit gutted my daughter school did not do anything for this day.x

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  9. Love the costume :) An article in the Guardian Children's Books section had a Mr Strong costume where they painted cardboard red and the child wore it like a sandwich board.

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  10. It looks very professional - and how lovely that he was able to help out with making it.

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  11. Fab costume!

    We have a world book day linky on our blog - would love you to join in

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  12. I love his top and his very colourful hat. Brilliant outfit for WBD! :)

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  13. I love the fun you had while making this.
    I popped over from the Tots100 #BeInspired linky.

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  14. He looks awesome.
    Fabulous costume, well done

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  15. I love this!! What a brilliant idea for a costume!

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  16. Mr Strong was my favourite too! Love the costume, so easy yet really effective :)

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  17. What a great idea for a costume, he looks amazing x

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  18. Love the Mr Strong costume and you look like you both had so much fun making it :-)

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  19. Great idea for a costume - he looks fab

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  20. what a lovely idea for a costume! love the final effect.

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  21. This is so cute! Fabulous idea! Mr. Strong looks super strong :)

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