Unique Fancy Dress Competition Ideas For Kids

Are you looking for out-of-the-box ideas for your child’s fancy dress competition? Here are some unique fancy dress ideas for kids, including traffic light, Maggi and dettol.

By V Saravana Kumar

Unique Fancy Dress Competition Ideas For Kids

For most fancy dress competitions, children usually get dressed as leaders or popular personalities. They even show up on the stage as doctors, police officers, astronauts and various mythological characters. But, what if you and your child are looking for a unique idea for his fancy dress competition? Here’s some help.

In this article, we look at unique costume ideas — from traffic lights to Bharat Mata — that will thrill your child, as he prepares for his fancy dress competition. Moreover, the fun and joy you and your child will share while getting these costumes ready together makes the ideas worth giving a try. It is also a great opportunity to teach your little one a thing or two about patriotism, as well as science and technology.

Sounds interesting? Let’s see how to make these unique, technology-based fancy dress costumes: 

Unique Fancy Dress Themes and Ideas for Kids

  • Traffic light fancy dress
  • Maggi fancy dress
  • Dettol fancy dress
  • TV fancy dress
  • Mobile phone fancy dress
  • Robot fancy dress
  • ATM machine fancy dress
  • Light bulb fancy dress
  • Rocket fancy dress
  • Bharat Mata fancy dress

Traffic light fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Cardboard
  • 3 white colour lids (take from old plastic jars)
  • Pencil or pen
  • Acrylic paint (yellow, red, green and black colours)
  • Hot glue
  • A long piece of string or yarn
  • A pair of scissors

How to make a Traffic light fancy dress:

  • Cut the cardboard to fit your child's body from shoulder to mid-thigh.
  • Paint the cardboard black.
  • Paint one lid red, the other yellow and the next one green to denote the colour of traffic lights.
  • Mark 3 circles on the cardboard using the lids and pencil/pen and cut them out.
  • Glue the red, yellow and green lids around the circles on the cardboard in that order.
  • Attach the string to the top of the cardboard. Your child can wear the traffic signal around his neck.

Dialogue to say:

“STOP for Red;
WAIT for Yellow;
GO for Green;
Always follow traffic rules and have a safe journey!”


Maggi fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Yellow yarn
  • Yellow chart paper
  • Maggi noodles wrappers
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors

How to make Maggi fancy dress:

  • Cut the chart paper into a rectangular strip to make a headband for your child.
  • Glue the corners and attach strings all around the back of the headband.
  • Cut Maggi noodles name and logo from the wrappers and stick them to the headband.
  • Cut a large rectangle from the chart paper to make a skirt or kilt for your child.
  • Attach the ends and add yarn all around it.
  • Decorate the skirt with Maggi logos and pictures from the wrappers.

Dialogue to say:

“I love Maggi because it is yummy
It is quick to make for my mummy
But, if I eat it too much
I'll end up with tummy ache and
If I only eat it once monthly
I'll be strong and healthy!”


Dettol fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Green craft paper
  • Sketch pens
  • Glue
  • A pair of scissors
  • An empty Dettol handwash bottle (or a photo of the bottle)

How to make a Dettol fancy dress:

  • Cut the flaps on one end of the box.
  • On the other end, cut an opening wide enough to fit your child's neck comfortably. The box should be such that you can hang it from your child's shoulders.
  • With sketch pens and craft paper, create the logo and picture of a Dettol bottle.

Dialogue to say:

“Wash and clean, wash and clean; Dettol is here to keep the germs at bay!”


TV fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A large rectangular cardboard box
  • Acrylic paint in pastel and metallic colours
  • A pair of scissors
  • Black colour dress

How to make a TV fancy dress:

  • Make your child wear the black colour dress.
  • Place the box horizontally, and cut a circle on the top to fit your child's head.
  • Cut two holes on either side of the box as armholes.
  • Paint the box black, except the front side.
  • Draw a rectangle in the front to denote the TV screen. Use the pastel colours to paint the busy signal screen.
  • Use the metallic colours to draw the knobs and buttons.

Dialogue to say:

“I am a TV.
I have many fun and interesting programmes for you.
But, you can't watch all of them in one day.
Remember, only one hour a day;
If not, your brain will get rusty!”


Mobile phone fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A large rectangular cardboard box
  • Social media decals (available online)
  • A pair of scissors
  • White or black colour dress

How to make a mobile phone fancy dress:

  • Make your child wear the white / black colour dress.
  • Place the box vertically, and cut a circle on the top to fit your child's head.
  • Cut two holes on either side of the box as armholes.
  • Paint the box black.
  • Paste the decal stickers on the front to resemble a phone screen.

Dialogue to say:

“If you want to call someone, I'm here;
If you want to take a picture, I'm here;
If you want to browse, I'm here;
I have everything you need;
I even have a voice assistant for you;
I am addictive, but your time is valuable;
So, spend it with your loved ones more!”


Robot fancy dress

Materials required:

  • A large rectangular cardboard box
  • A shoebox
  • Holographic tape
  • A pair of scissors
  • 2 black straws
  • Pipe cleaner
  • Silver colour dress

How to make a Robot fancy dress:

  • Make your child wear the silver colour dress.
  • Place the large box vertically, and cut a circle on the top to fit your child's head.
  • Cut two holes on either side of the box as armholes.
  • Cut a square on top of the shoebox. Cut another square on one side. Your child will be able to wear the box over his head with his face peeking out. You can secure the box with tape.
  • Add the straws on top of the shoebox as antennas. Make a coil from the pipe cleaner and connect the straws.

Dialogue to say:

“Hi, I am Bobo the robot.
How can I help you today?
Hi, I am Bobo the robot.
How can I help you today?
No input...OK bye,
Have a nice day!”


ATM machine fancy dress

Materials required:

  • 4 large sheets of cardboard (approximately 100cm in length and 50cm in width)
  • Coloured paper – dark blue and light blue
  • A set of sketch pens
  • A pair of scissors or a paper cutter
  • Glue
  • Wide cellophane tape
  • Compass and pencil
  • Measuring ruler
  • Clothing –black T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make an ATM machine fancy dress:

  • Paste the dark blue paper on the cardboard, using the glue. Let it dry for a few minutes.
  • On two sheets of cardboard, at about 6cm from the top, draw a circle (with about 10cm radius) using the pencil and compass.
  • Cut these circles out using the scissors or the paper cutter. These sheets will form the sides of the ATM.
  • Cut the light blue sheet into a rectangle (approximately 20cm in length and 15cm in width).
  • Paste this on one of the uncut cardboard pieces at about 10cm from the top edge to make the screen of the ATM.
  • Using the sketch pens, draw the buttons and other features that are displayed on an ATM screen.
  • The fourth cardboard sheet will serve as the back of the ATM, and hence, can be left as it is.
  • Now, attach the four cardboard sheets together using the wide cellophane tape. Once done, they would make a box with an open top and bottom. Make sure that the two sheets with the circular holes face each other.
  • Make your child wear the black T-shirt and full-length trousers. Let him now put on the box through his head and slide his hands into the two holes at the sides. Voila, your little one is now an ATM!

Dialogue to say:

“I am an ATM. I give you money. But, if you enter the wrong PIN number, I’ll hold it back!”


Light bulb fancy dress

Materials required:

  • 1 large sheet of cardboard (approximately 100cm in length and 50cm in width)
  • 1 sheet of butter paper
  • Poster colour: black, white
  • A pair of scissors or a paper cutter
  • Glue
  • Torch light
  • Long nylon strings
  • Clothing – black T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make a Light bulb fancy dress:

  • First, cut the cardboard in the shape of a large light bulb (including the base). Make sure it is large and wide enough to cover your child from below her neck to her lower thighs.
  • At around the middle part of the light bulb cut-out, make small holes at two ends.
  • Insert the two nylon strings into the holes and tie them to the cut-out, leaving the other ends open.
  • Draw a big circle on the top portion of bulb cut-out and cut it out.
  • Paste the butter paper on the back of the bulb to cover the hole.
  • Now, paint the bulb (except for the butter paper) in white, and the base of the bulb in black.
  • Make your child wear the black T-shirt and full-length trousers. Tie the light bulb around her waist, and let her hold the torch light.
  • She can now switch on and switch off the torch light, to make the bulb go on and off.

Dialogue to say:

“I am a light bulb, and I make the room bright. Switch me on when you need light. Switch me off when you don’t.”


Rocket fancy dress

Materials required:

  • 1 sheet of white chart paper
  • 1 sheet of black chart paper
  • Coloured paper: blue and red
  • Compass and pencil
  • A set of sketch pens
  • A pair of scissors or a paper cutter
  • Glue
  • Wide cellophane tape
  • Clothing – black T-shirt and full-length trousers

How to make a Rocket fancy dress:

  • Take the black chart paper and cut it into half, horizontally.
  • Attach one half of the black chart paper to the horizontal side of the white chart paper, using the glue.
  • At the centre of the white chart paper, draw a circle (of about 10cm radius) using the pencil and compass. Cut out this circle using the scissors or the paper cutter.
  • Decorate the white chart paper using the sketch pens. You can draw the ISRO logo and the Indian flag.
  • Cut a semi-circular shape from the blue paper and fold it to make a cone. This will form the rocket’s head.
  • Cut two equal-sized triangles from the red paper to make the fins of the rocket.
  • Now, join the horizontal sides of the chart paper together using the cellophane tape. This will now look like a tubular structure.
  • Attach the blue cone on top of the white part of the tube using the glue.
  • Attach the fins to the black portion of the tube using the glue.
  • While dressing up your child, make him first wear the black T-shirt and full-length trousers. Then, make him put on the rocket. Fix it in such a way that his face shows up through the circular hole. Your child’s rocket is ready to take off now!

Dialogue to say:

“I am a rocket, I can take off and fly. I carry satellites and place them up in the sky.” 


Bharat Mata fancy dress

Materials required:

  • Sari with white or tri-coloured border and a white blouse
  • Orange and green paint
  • Chart paper
  • Thin white paper
  • Gold and silver paper
  • Coloured sequins
  • 2 wooden sticks – a long one for the trishul and a shorter one for the flag
  • A pair of scissors
  • Glue
  • Stapler

How to make a Bharat Mata fancy dress:

  • Trace the shape of a crown on the chart paper. Choose a design that has a point rising from the centre.
  • Now, cut and paste the gold paper on the crown. Then stick the coloured sequins.
  • Trace the shape of a trishul on the chart paper. Cut and paste the silver paper on it.
  • Attach the trishul to the long stick.
  • Cut out a rectangular shape from the white paper for the flag. Paint it to make the Indian tricolour.
  • Attach the paper flag to the shorter stick.
  • To put the costume together, drape the sari in the regular fashion.
  • Secure the crown on the head by stapling the ends together.
  • Give your child the flag to hold in one hand and the trishul in the other.

Dialogue to say:

“I’m Mother India – the Goddess of our country.”

Now that you have these unique costume ideas for your child’s fancy dress competition, what are you waiting for? Choose one and involve your child in the process of making it. It would provide her with a great learning opportunity, and, more importantly, give both of you a wonderful chance to work and bond together.  

About the author:

Written by V Saravana Kumar and published on 20 February 2020.

The author is a writer, translator, editor, artist, graphic designer and startup enthusiast. He is also learning the art of parenting through his two teenaged children.

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