Top 20 Super Simple Dress Up Ideas

Our Top 20 Super Simple Dress Up Ideas are great for kids who love to dress up! Wearing the right clothes, whether it’s a crown, swirling ballet skirt or builders hard hat, seems to complete their pretend play. The secret to the very best dress up costumes lies in the child’s imagination. If they feel the costume is right, then it’s perfect!

You’ll also want to read our Favorite Items for Our Pretend Clothes Chest. This post contains lots of great ideas on how to stock your kids dress up costumes.

Top 20 Super Simple Dress Up Ideas

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Creative Dress Up Ideas for Kids

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  • Use Dad’s old shirt to make a doctor’s coat! Tip: You can use stitch witchery fusible bonding web to make this a no sew project. -via The Bear and the Fox
  • Use an old pillowcase or bedsheet to make a nurse’s apron. You can also make this project no sew by using fusible bonding web. -via Crafty Cupboard
  • Super heroes can try this super simple super hero cape  which you can make in minutes, using fabric glue if you don’t want to sew. -via Mama Smiles
  • Here’s some cute dress up ideas that will inspire you. -via Kids Activities Blog
  • I love this pretty lace princess crown. -via BeauCoup
  • Use a tshirt dress to make a 1920s flapper costume.- via Tessie Fay

Dress Up Ideas for Everyone!

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So Many Dress Up Ideas You’ll Love

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  • Learn how to make beautiful dress up wings in this tutorial. -via Pretty Prudents
  • These felt and fabric animal ears for make believe play would be wonderful to add to your great dress up ideas. -via Hart and Sew
  • Add a super full no sew tulle skirt to your child’s imaginative play stash for lots of dress up ideas. -via Living Well Spending Less
  • Dive into the craft box and create a bird mask. -via Pink and Green Mama
  • Here are some more no sew superhero capes. Includes a FREE template! -via Jolly Mom
  • Not a costume, but a great DIY project for hours of make believe fun–make a DIY Cardboard Camper! This Airstream is perfect for boys! -via The Merry Thought
  • Dress up isn’t complete without some cute bling! Check out this guide to DIY jewelry. -via Felt with Love Designs

I think keeping costumes simply let kids imaginations go wild. What do your kids love to use to dress up? Share your dress up ideas on our Facebook page!


  1. Great round up Cathy! I happen to know an almost 4 year old who is going to love that super rocket blaster idea!

  2. Adorable – what child doesn’t like dressing up. Even better if you get to create your costumes yourself!

    Thank you for sharing on Kids Get Crafty!

    Maggy & Alissa

  3. Thanks for including our robot. Some great ideas here, I’ll have to see which ones I can convince goblin to try

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