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Roald Dahl Day – Golden Ticket Costume


My children adore Roald Dahl stories. It all started with the audio books – bought primarily in the hopes that they would encourage the boy to stay in bed instead of getting up ten times before settling (they work pretty well). Quickly, my children realised that they love the stories and the music that goes with them, the voices of the readers and everything else. We bought the books to go with them and read chapters before bed and listening to more. On top of this, Miss J has spent a term at school learning about Roald Dahl – not just the stories but the man behind them. So, this Roald Dahl Day, we were keen to make an effort. 

Year 2 (Miss J’s year) are dressing up today, as characters from Roald Dahl stories. Weeks ago, when we heard about the opportunity, Miss J wanted to go as an Oompah Loomah and had seen the costume she wanted online. However, as we had three other dress up days this month, including World Book Day for which I bought the children new costumes, I decided to offer up my own suggestion. 

“How about we make you a golden ticket costume?”

My daughter was sold! Still from her favourite story, the idea was also a great one in her eyes as she felt it had a good chance of being unique at school. I was happy too because I had an idea that would cost very little to execute – I envisaged a sandwich board-type thing, sprayed gold with black lettering. Simple but effective was the aspiration.

As a blogger, I regularly receive large boxes full of goodies (tough life, I know) so the cardboard was not difficult to come by – we used the sides of the box that our new review car seat arrived in. I bought a £5 can of gold spray paint from Wilkos and we ended up spending £1.95 on a Sharpie though, as it turned out, any black pen would have done.

James sprayed the card and left it to dry. He cut out a semicircle for Miss J’s head and then Googled images of golden tickets to get a feel for the lettering.
Unfortunately, it hadn’t occurred to us that metallic paint would not be easy to write on. Undeterred, James drew the letters on paper, which I then cut out, he stuck to the card and I coloured in – we had a great system going!

James also drew a Wonka-esque ‘W’ for the front of the costume, as well as the date, time and place details. We decided to leave the back plain.

Finally, we made small holes where Miss J’s shoulders would be and used ribbon to make a loop which would hold the board in place as a costume.

A simple, effective, incredibly cheap costume which our little girl adores – what could be better?

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