These easy handmade Mr Bump and Little Miss Giggles costumes from the Mr. Men books are perfect for World Book Day and Halloween.

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My kids absolutely love the Mr. Men and Little Miss books and television show.  Of course I love that they love it, seeing as it’s something that I grew up with.

They asked me to create costumes for them for Halloween, so after we went through pictures of each of the characters together we settled on Mr. Bump and Little Miss Giggles.

A semi handmade Mr Bump costume

My next step was to go on-line at Cookies Kids and purchase the basic items I would need for each costume – leggings, long-sleeved t-shirt, and shoes.  I prefer to purchase items that my kids can wear again, that way I’m not just spending money on a costume, but also on everyday wear that they will get a lot of use out of.  Not that the little man will wear these leggings again, but his sister sure will.

These are the items I found at Cookies Kids for Flynn’s Mr. Bump costume:

Mr bump costume

Once you have the basics, the next step is to create a cardboard head for the character.  I didn’t have any large cardboard boxes handy that I could use so I headed to Michael’s and purchased a couple of large royal blue Elmer’s tri-fold display boards.  

Items needed to make the head:

  • Large piece of cardboard (or Elmer’s tri-fold board in royal blue)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Sharpie or paint marker
  • Acrylic paint (white and blue) with a brush
  • Duct tape in blue
  • Pencil

Step 1:

how to make a Mr Bump costume

Begin by tracing around a large tub (or free-handing) a large circle on the back of the board.  If you do not have a blue tri-fold board like I do, then you will also need to paint one side of your boards blue at this stage.

Step 2:

How to Make a Mr Bump costume

Use the first circle as a template to make a second circle (one for the front, and one for the back of the costume).

Step 3:

how to make a Mr Bump costume

On the front you are going to begin sketching where the mouth will go, and then rule the lines for the bandages.  I found it handy to have my laptop close by with lots of images of Mr. Bump for referencing.

Step 4:

how to make a Mr Bump costume

Using the white paint, fill in the bandages, you will need at least two coats of paint.

Step 5:

how to make a Mr Bump costume

Using the Sharpie (or black paint pen) makes lines for the bandages.  Trace around a smaller circular object (I found a large paint bottle was perfect for this), then fill it in using the same marker.

Step 6:

How to make a Mr Bump costume

Paint the reverse side of each circle.  Set aside to dry.

Step 7:

How to make a Mr Bump costume

While the head is drying, cut four strips approximately 1.5 inches wide from one of the side panels of the tri-fold board.  Note:  If you are making this for an older child or adult, you will need to cut longer strips.  Attach the strips to both the top, and sides of the costume, ensuring that your child’s head can fit through.  Re-inforce with duct tape.

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If you want to see the final Little Miss Giggle costume CLICK HERE.

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Handmade Mr. Bump and Little Miss Giggles costumes from The Mr Men books

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Tonya Staab October 3, 2012 - 6:49 am

Thank you Jasmine 🙂

Jasmine October 3, 2012 - 6:38 am

So cute!

Kristy October 5, 2012 - 11:35 am

I love it!!!!

Angela Quisumbing October 26, 2012 - 1:27 am

This is too cute! My husband would love this, lol! If I could only get him to dress up. Such a creative piece.

abdul manik March 6, 2014 - 12:02 am

wow this is great for my child on world book day

abdul manik March 6, 2014 - 12:04 am

tonya staab your epic

abdul manik March 6, 2014 - 12:04 am

tonya staab your epic


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