Professional Fancy Dress Competition Ideas & Themes for Kids

Transform your child from an astronaut to a nurse to an army officer with these fun DIY costumes for profession-inspired fancy dress competition.

By Aarthi Arun

Professional Fancy Dress Competition Ideas & Themes for Kids

“What do you want to become when you grow up?” You must have asked your child this question quite a few times.

With these fun costumes, you can motivate your child and set him off on the path to making his dream come true. With these budget-friendly fancy dress ideas, you can make costumes for a fraction of the cost of ready-made ones. So, no more buying expensive ready-made costumes, which you would probably use only once or twice.

Fancy dress inspired by professions

Police fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Khaki-coloured clothes – pant and shirt
  • Cap
  • Accessories like handcuffs, holster, gun and sunglasses
  • White chart paper
  • Glue gun
  • Silver foil

How to make a police fancy dress:

  • On the chart paper, trace and cut out the letters of the alphabet to spell ‘police’. Make two sets of these letters.
  • Using the glue gun, stick the letters onto the cap and the back of the shirt.
  • While assembling the costume, your child can wear the clothes, cap and accessories.
  • You can make mock badges using chart paper with silver foil stuck on it, and pin them onto the cap and shirt pocket/sleeves. 

Dialogue to say:

“I’m a policeman and I’m here to fight crime and keep you safe!”

Teacher fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Clothes – for girls: sari / cloth draped as sari, or salwar kurta with dupatta; for boys: shirt and trousers
  • Spectacles
  • Book and pen

How to make a teacher fancy dress:

  • The child can wear the clothes and the spectacles.
  • The hair can be tied in a bun (for girls).
  • The child can carry the book and pen close to the chest in the right hand.

Dialogue to say:

“My name is Mr/Ms. XXXXX and I’m here to help you learn some interesting things!”

Soldier fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A khaki shirt
  • A pair of camouflage pants
  • Army-style beret cap (available online)
  • White, dark green, brown and black acrylic paint
  • Grey felt fabric
  • Star-shaped metal rivets (available online)
  • A toy gun and gun holster
  • A belt for the waist
  • Hot glue

How to make a soldier fancy dress:

  • Make a camouflage pattern on the khaki shirt with the green, brown and black acrylic paint.
  • Cut two small strips from the felt fabric, matching the size of your child's shoulders. Glue the three pieces of star rivets to each strip.
  • Once the shirt is dry, glue the felt strips to the shoulders of the shirt.
  • Cut a small strip from the felt and write your child's name on it with white acrylic paint. Pin/glue it above the pocket on the shirt.
  • Make your child wear the shirt, pants, cap, belt, holster and gun. You little soldier is ready to defend the nation!

Dialogue to say:

“I am a soldier
I fight hard to protect you and our country.
Be a responsible citizen
Jai Hind!”

Lawyer fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A pair of black pants
  • A black blazer or coat
  • A white shirt
  • A roll of 3-inch satin ribbon
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hot glue
  • A thick, hardbound book or diary

How to make a lawyer fancy dress:

  • Cut 2 strips of the satin ribbon, each measuring 8 inches in length.
  • Glue the strips to the collar of the shirt.
  • Your child can wear the shirt, black coat and the pants to complete the costume. He can carry the book under his arm.

Dialogue to say:

“Justice must prevail;
I help the law punish the guilty.”

Fireman fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A pair of plain navy blue pants
  • A navy blue shirt
  • Vinyl floor marking tape in white and yellow colour
  • A paper plate
  • Yellow acrylic paint
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a fireman fancy dress:

  • Cut strips of white and yellow tapes and stick them around the chest, hems, sleeves and cuffs of the blue shirt.
  • Stick the tapes around the hems of the pants too.
  • To make the fireman's hat, colour the paper plate yellow.
  • Then, leaving a two-inch circular strip all around, cut a long U-shape in the centre portion of the plate and fold it upwards. Cut the top end of the folded part into a rounded triangular shape to resemble the crest of the hat. 
  • The circular strip of the plate will be the brim of the hat. Decorate the fireman's hat with a creative logo or emblem.

Dialogue to say:

“Nee-naw, nee-naw, nee-naw,
The firetruck is here,
I'm off to the rescue;
I'm brave and I love to help people!”

Construction worker fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Orange and brown felt fabric
  • Yellow vinyl floor marking tape
  • A fabric belt
  • Hot glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • A set of toy tools
  • A toy construction hat

How to make a construction worker fancy dress:

  • Measure your child's body and cut a rectangular piece from the orange fabric to fit his size. This will be the back part of the vest.
  • For the front part of the vest, cut another rectangle of the same size. Then, cut it in half lengthwise to make the two halves of the front parts of the vest. Shape the neckline.
  • Glue the three pieces together to form a vest.
  • Use the tape to add reflective details on the vest.
  • To create the tool belt, cut the brown felt in rectangles. Then place two rectangles one on top of the other and glue them along the sides and bottom to form pockets.
  • Attach the pockets to the belt with hot glue.
  • Make your child wear the vest, belt, tools and the helmet to complete the look.

Dialogue to say:

“I am always busy –
Laying roads, building skyscrapers and repairing stuff.
I work with heavy and dangerous stuff to construct safe roads and homes.
When you're in a construction site, don't forget to wear a helmet!”

Astronaut fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A pair of white pants
  • A white sweatshirt
  • A kid's bike helmet
  • A pair of thick white gloves
  • White shoes and socks
  • A cereal box
  • An old CD
  • 2 bottle caps
  • Metallic paint in silver colour
  • A roll of aluminium foil
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Black felt fabric

How to make an astronaut fancy dress:

  • To make the astronaut helmet, cover the bike helmet with aluminium foil.
  • Paint the cereal box and bottle caps using the silver metallic colour.
  • Glue the CD and bottle caps to the box. You can add details to the CD and caps like dials and knobs. Your astronaut's backpack is now ready.
  • Cut two strips from the felt fabric to serve as shoulder straps while wearing the backpack. Glue the straps to the sides of the box – one on each side.
  • Your child can wear the white shirt, pants, and the pair of gloves, and carry the backpack.
  • To complete the look, he can wear the shoes and socks, and the helmet.

Dialogue to say:

“One small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.
Bye, bye...Time to go to Mars and meet some Martians!”

Nurse fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A plain white shirt
  • A white skirt
  • Blue tape
  • A thick white headband
  • White chart paper
  • A pair of scissors
  • Hot glue
  • Red acrylic paint
  • A toy stethoscope

How to make a nurse fancy dress:

  • Add blue tape around the sleeves of the shirt and the waistband of the skirt.
  • Cut the chart paper in the shape of a small rectangle. Draw a plus sign in the middle using the red paint. Glue this to the headband to make the nurse's cap.
  • Your child can wear the white shirt and tuck it inside the skirt. She can put on the cap and hang the stethoscope around her neck to complete the costume.

Dialogue to say:

“Hi, I'm Sister Stella.
Did you eat your veggies?
Did you wash your hands?
Did you drink 8 glasses of water today?
Did you do your exercise?
I'm here to keep you healthy and take care of you.
So, don't make a face while swallowing the pills or be scared of the injection.
They are all good for you!”

Magician fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A plain black blanket
  • Reusable chopsticks
  • Hot glue
  • Brown acrylic paint
  • A white shirt
  • A pair of black pants
  • A pair of black shoes
  • 3-inch red satin ribbon
  • Black chart paper
  • A pair of scissors
  • A small toy bunny
  • A white handkerchief

How to make a magician fancy dress:

  • Measure your child's height and accordingly cut a rectangle from the blanket to make the cape.
  • Cut two long strips of the fabric and glue them to either side of the cape's top. The cape is ready.
  • For the hat, cut the chart paper in a square shape. The size will depend on the circumference of your child's head.
  • Then roll the paper into a cylinder and glue the edges securely. Place the cylinder vertically on another sheet of chart paper and draw the outline of the circle. Cut it out and glue it to the top of the cylinder.
  • Place the cylinder again vertically on the chart paper. Leaving two-inches all around it, cut out a ring to make the brim of the hat. Glue the cylinder to the brim to make the hat.
  • Add satin ribbon as a band around the hat.
  • To make the wand, add hot glue around the broad end of the chopstick to resemble the handle. Paint the wand brown.
  • Your child can wear the white shirt, pants, shoes, hat and the cape to resemble a magician. She can hide a toy bunny under her hat and the handkerchief in her sleeves to pull them out like a magician on the stage.

Dialogue to say:

“Magic, magic, magic
Magic is everywhere!
I am a super magician,
With many tricks up my sleeve.
Oh, wait for it!
Here is a handkerchief,
And...the ultimate
Bunny for you!”

While dressing up and preparing your child, tell him about the importance of various professionals like soldiers, firemen, construction workers and others who work for the community. Also, talk about your own work and bond with your child.

About the author:

Written by Aarthi Arun on 13 January 2020

Aarthi Arun is a writer from Chennai, who currently calls Toronto her home. Although she has donned many hats, from a photographer to a librarian to a software engineer, she has learnt the most in the role of a mother. With her 6-year-old son Kathir, she loves going on long walks, building LEGO blocks and reading adventurous stories.

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