A simple idea for a DIY teacher Halloween or March is Reading Month book character costume: be Olivia the pig! Put together your own book character costume with just a dress, ears, and tights. Keep reading for links and instructions. The giant ears are my fave!
3 easy steps to create your own Olivia costume! Be Olivia the Pig with a super cute costume you can use over and over again! Not only is Olivia the pig a super cute Halloween costume, it can also be your go-to March is Reading Month character costume too. If you need to convince a significant other that buying these costume items is worth the money, this is an excellent defense.
Want your own Olivia costume? Here’s all you need to do:
Olivia Costume Step 1: The Dress
If you don’t sew, but are an avid online shopper like me, check out this dress from Modcloth. You can always buy a red dress and a Peter Pan collar, but this dress has all you need in one (plus it’s crazy comfy)! You can always reuse it for book character day in March and even use it to dress up as Annie. The dress is called Looking to Tomorrow. Just click on the (affiliate) links or the picture below and it should come right up!
**Sale alert!! The modcloth dress above went on a 50% off SUPER sale in July. I don’t know how long it’s lasting or if they are restocking (I’m guessing they’re not), so if you want to be Olivia in this dress I would snatch it up here ASAP!**
In a hurry? These Amazon options on are pretty great too! Just click the pictures for the (affiliate) links.
If you’re not a dress fan, you could always snag one of these striped shirts, make the ears in step #2, and be Olivia’s brother Ian. This simple costume would also give you a reason to wear stretchy black pants or even (gasp!) jeans as part of the ensemble.
Olivia Costume Step 2: The Ears
You can always use the free construction paper in the work room if you’re in a time crunch, but if you plan ahead and use fun foam your Olivia ears can last for at least a few Halloween parties.
All you need is a headband (mine was 1 inch and covered with black fabric), 2 pieces of medium thick fun foam (not the thinnest one!), and a glue gun. Cut out two football shapes (one end pointed, one end flat) in the fun foam and do some folding until the ears look like you want. Then glue. Easy
Olivia Costume Step 3: The Tights
It’s not as easy as one would think to find appropriately fitting black & white striped tights! There is no such thing as ONE size fits all. I am 5’2″ and the tights I found at Target were so short they were falling off all day. I was waddling around trying to keep them on before I even got to school, but you can’t tell in the pictures, so that’s all that really matters.
If you are taller than 5’2″ and don’t want to waddle around all day, try these black & white striped tights from Amazon. (affiliate link) They are a much better choice!