Like many elementary school early readers, our daughter is obsessed with Junie B Jones. Thus, it was no surprise to us that when Book Character Day was announced, she immediately said she wanted a Junie B Jones costume.
Truthfully, it’s not my favorite series, but trying to stop these books backfired. She would check them out from the school library, sneak them to her room, and we’d catch her up reading after bedtime. Pick your battles and all that, I gave in. Better to be reading than not (just not after bedtime – sleep is a necessity especially on school nights!). All of that said, it was relief she picked a very easy costume choice.
DIY Junie B Jones Costume
I’m a big believer in using what you have whenever possible for book character costumes. I thought we had this one mostly covered with items from her closet. Thankfully I had her try it all on a couple weeks before. I had planned to reuse the purple skirt she wore with her Vicky Violet costume last year, but it was too small.
I started a quick online search for skirt options and discovered it wasn’t a standard item. Then debated making one myself with some purple fabric on hand. I wasn’t sure I had the time to do it. A little more searching and I came across an inexpensive purple tutu. Click, checkout, done.
We did have a long sleeve pink shirt in her dresser already and a cute pair of black Mary Janes. Admittedly these are her “church shoes” and I was little nervous about sending her to school in them. Either our girl wasn’t too wild during recess that day or Target’s Cat & Jack line are really well made because they came home looking as good as when she left.
I did have to shop for the final two items – the knee high socks and big pink hair bow. The latter came attached to a headband so it was easy to put on. This also made it easy for her to take the bow off if she tired of wearing it.
Altogether our Junie B Jones costume came together very quickly and most items will get reworn many times so it was a worthwhile investment.