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Book Crafts for World Book Day – Making Book Characters | AD

Book crafts for world book day Mr sneeze and the very hungry caterpillar

I am a bit of a novice when it comes to World Book Day, as my eldest didn’t always have to dress up both in nursery and reception. They seem do it now and then. I remember when she was in nursery she dressed up as Burglar Betty from one of my favourite books Burglar Bill! She looked adorable. Last year, we cheated a little as she went as herself from her personalised book!! What I haven’t done before is World Book Day crafting! We were challenged by Viking to do some Book Crafts for World Book Day and I was quite excited. We love a bit of crafting.

We were kindly gifted some stationary and crafts, including real pages from a book and book on book art! I’d never heard of book art before and some the projects looked so impressive. Viking have blogged about one of them – a lion! You can read about this here and this gave me the idea of making two characters from my eldest’s books, using some of the materials sent, including the book pages.

craft bundle from Viking book art book

Book Crafts for World Book Day

Choosing Our Book Characters

At first my eldest wanted to do a bunny but a very non-descript bunny! She brought down a random book and then decided this bunny would be too hard! I suggested a Mr Men character and she was sold and immediately had an idea.

I knew I wanted to do The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Originally this was going to be with her baby sister but all she wanted to do was cut paper up and I was very happy to let her get on with that!

the very hungry caterpillar book

My eldest came storming back downstairs and had decided on Mr Sneeze and she knew exactly what she was doing.

mr sneeze book

Book Crafts with Mr Sneeze


– Blue and red cardstock

– Old pages from a book

– Scissors and glue

– A pencil

– Mr Sneeze book


We first drew around a cup for the circle Body of Mr Sneeze. I helped my eldest cut this out.

drawing around a cup book crafts for world book day

She then decided she was going to use the book pages to make his spikes.  She drew and cut one out of the cardstock and then used this as a template for the rest of them.

After cutting out enough spikes she glued them around the edge of the body.

Next she asked to draw and cut out some legs for her, which I did.

She then used the red cardstock to draw and cut out Mr Sneeze’s nose.

She asked me for a little help with his eyes.

She was done! So simple. She wanted to mount hers on a lolly stick so she could make come alive a little and she did! I was pretty proud of her.

mr sneeze book crafts

Book Crafts with The Very Hungry Caterpillar


– Green (2 shades), red, yellow and purple cardstock

– Old pages from book

– Scissors and glue

– A pencil

– The Very Hungry Caterpillar Book


I started by copying the head of the Very Hungry Caterpillar by hand and I then cut out. I need drew the eyes using yellow and green cardstock, again by hand and cut out and stuck on the head.

I drew and cut out the mouth using the green cardstock and the antennae I drew using purple cardstock and stuck on the head too.

I then needed to work on the body. Using the green cardstock I drew an oval part of the body to use as a template for the rest.

I then cut out more sections in the other shade of green and using the book pages.

When I had lots, I started sticking over one another, to make the Body of The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

For the last bits at the end of him, almost his tail, I drew and cut out smaller ovals and stuck down.

Finally using the yellow cardstock, I drew and cut out his feet and stuck down.

And voila – there you have it!

These projects are simple and easy and lovely for your kids to do, celebrating World Book Day! Of course don’t use new books for the book paper!

We had some great fun and lovely for her to take to school on World Book Day.

mr sneeze book crafts

If you have a go at any, let me know in the comments!

book crafts for world book day

Disclosure – we were sent some projects, in exchange for a mention in a blog post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.


  1. Wendy
    February 26, 2020 / 11:04 am

    I love these!! The caterpillar is so cute!! I suck at world book day but you’ve inspired me to give these a go..I’m going to ask the boys what characters they want to do and go and buy some supplies!xx

  2. February 26, 2020 / 3:07 pm

    Aw these are so sweet! I especially love the hungry caterpillar one, thats a favourite book in our household! Very creative, love the its of old book incorporated! Caitylis x x

  3. February 26, 2020 / 5:47 pm

    The hungry caterpillar is one of my all time favourite children’s books. You’ve done such a good job of creating your own caterpillar.

    I love world book day.


  4. February 26, 2020 / 7:58 pm

    I love a simple craft. We’re not very good at anything complicated.

  5. February 26, 2020 / 9:01 pm

    I’m celebrating this year as my son won’t be at school on World Book Day! He’ll be at home recovering from an operation … but it means I FINALLY get a year off!

  6. February 27, 2020 / 10:52 am

    These are so cute – I love your Mr Freeze! My boys aren’t that fussed about doing crafts related to books, but they love dressing up as different characters. We have been seeing how many characters from their favourite books we can recreate, just from clothes and props we already have at home.

  7. February 27, 2020 / 1:54 pm

    Love these crafts, the Hungry Caterpillar is still a favourite book with the kids

  8. clare minall
    February 28, 2020 / 9:14 am

    My kids know aboutthis World book day and they’ve been always relling me about it, they love books andI guess itsa good celebration

  9. March 3, 2020 / 12:52 pm

    I love that hungry caterpillar craft. It looks great with the pages of the book. I can see us making this