DIY Fancy Nancy Costume Idea

by Tonya Staab

Whether you are looking for a costume for book week at school or a Halloween costume, you’ll love this Fancy Nancy costume idea.

a costume inspired by Fancy Nancy with a tulle skirt, beads, and a homemade crown
A Fancy Nancy inspired costume for book week or Halloween.

Fancy Nancy Costume

I initially made this fun Fancy Nancy costume post for HarperKids, however, not seeing it online, I decided it’s too cute not published, so I’ve added it here.

There are actually a few costume ideas in this post along with instructions to make a homemade ‘beautiful’ headband just like she wears in the Fancy Nancy book.

You don’t need a lot to make your own Fancy Nancy outfit at home; you just need your imagination and a whole lot of glitter and sparkle. Between your wardrobe and your child’s, I bet you can come up with some pretty fancy outfits to wear.

a pretty scarf wrapped around an over-sized t-shirt for a fancy nancy costume for kids
Wrap a scarf around an over-sized tee and add accessories for a very fancy costume like Fancy Nancy.

How to make a crown headband

a homemade fancy nancy crown headband
Make a homemade ‘beautiful’ crown just like Fancy Nancy wears.


  • Glitter card stock
  • Headband
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Fancy accessories to jazz up an old oversized t-shirt.


a sparkly crown being made out of glitter card stock for a fancy nancy costume
Make a sparkly gold crown to pair with your mix and match outfit for a fancy costume.
  1. Cut a crown shape out of glitter card stock and attach it to a plain headband using hot glue.
  2. If you want to make it extra fancy, you can use stencils to create the word ‘beautiful’ or ‘fancy’ on the card stock and cut out each individual letter and glue those on too.

Pair your beautiful new fancy crown (just like Fancy Nancy wears in the book) with some extra fancy accessories such as:

  • A dress (or adult shirt with a belt)
  • Tulle skirt
  • Scarves
  • Jewelry
  • Sunglasses
  • Handbags
  • Belts
  • Faux fur accessories
  • Silk scarves wrapped around the waist like a skirt, or around the shoulders like a fancy wrap.

Tip: One of your over-sized t-shirts paired with a belt makes the perfect dress for your little one. They can add a tulle peek-a-boo skirt underneath (or over the top), and pair it with lots of fabulous accessories. I’ve shown you a few different ways you can change just one over-sized t-shirt into a few very fancy looks.

a tee paired with a fur vest, crown, bag, and sunglasses for a fancy nancy costume
A very fancy Fancy Nancy inspired costume with mix-and-match pieces.

More costume ideas

Are you looking for even more fun costume ideas for kids? Take a look at these:

You Might Also Like These Too

Leave a Comment

* By using this form you agree with the storage and handling of your data by this website.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More