DIY Diction-Fairy and Beyond: Halloween Costumes You Can Make Out of Books

Posted by Blair Thornburgh

Of course it’s awesome to dress up as your favorite book character for Halloween, but why not take things a step further and use the pages themselves to craft up an outfit? Here are seven sorta-spooky DIYs for wearing your bookish heart on your sleeve this October 31.

This adorable costume captured the hearts of the bookternet when it went viral. Use this tutorial by Lilliedale to sew together your own book tutu and hardback wings!

Newspaper Dress
Use newspaper sheets or oversized book pages to craft this pretty pleated frock from Instructables user prixprix. For added Grey Lady flair, use body paint to give yourself a newsprint complexion.

Comics Girl Dress
Instructables user osujen shows you how to whip up this colorful comic-book dress, complete with KABOOM tiara! For bonus points, pair with a pop art makeup look.

Book mask
This pretty bookish domino mask from PhoenixFire Designs is made extra spooky with pages from Edgar Allan Poe’s The Raven. (Not into DIY? You can pick up a similar prefab look at SabinaStan’s Etsy store.)

Book tiara
Want to crown yourself Queen (or King) of the Library? Rook no. 17 has an easy tutorial (music nerds can make one out of sheet music!)

Book page shoes
No costume is complete without kickin’ kicks! Fashion yourself a pair of heels with this tutorial on SaltTree, or keep it comfy with flats from Shannon Makes Stuff.

Book pumpkins
Okay, so they’re not technically costumes, but still. Nothing is better than a jack o’lantern you can read!
Top left: book page pumpkin tutorial by Creations by Kara.
Bottom left: vintage bookstack pumpkin tutorial by Miss Lovie Creations
Right: book page pumpkin DIY by I Heart Naptime

Blair Thornburgh

Blair Thornburgh

BLAIR THORNBURGH is a graduate of the University of Chicago, where she earned a B.A. in medieval studies and delivered a pretty good commencement speech. She lives in Philadelphia.