LEGO costumes are both creative and easy to make. For something quick, try making a basic LEGO brick costume. For something a little more complicated, attempt a LEGO man costume. Here’s what you need to know about making either one.
LEGO Brick Costume
1Get a box. The box must be tall enough to cover the entire torso of the intended wearer and about shoulder-wide.
- Do not get a box that extends below the knees or past the elbows, as either trait will make it impossible to move around in. Ideally, the box will end just above the hips and at the shoulder line so that the wearer will still have no difficulties moving around.
- The depth of the box should be no larger than the width, but you may opt for a box with a more shallow depth to make it easier to move around in. At a minimum, the box only needs to be deep enough for the intended wearer to fit into.
2Remove the bottom of a large cardboard box.
- Use a box cutter or sharp pair of scissors to cut the cardboard away in a smooth, even line.
- Tape up the other sides of the box to prevent the cardboard flaps from coming loose.
3Cut holes for the arms and head. The hole for the head will need to be in the center of the top while the holes for the arms will need to be along the sides and toward the top.
4Paint a white undercoat. Cover the top and all sides of the box with white spray paint or white acrylic craft paint.
- The white paint creates a “blank slate” of sorts, making it easier for the final color to show accurately without being tinted by the color of the cardboard.
- Use a non-glossy, matte paint. You need to use a type of paint that other paint will stick to, making matte paint a far better choice than glossy paint.
5Paint a color overcoat. Use spray paint or craft paint to cover the box with a primary color.
6Cut out circles of painted cardboard. You will need six even circles, each with a diameter that measures about 1/8 of the box height.
7Attach the circles to the box. Use a hot glue gun to secure the cardboard circles onto the front of the box in two columns with three rows each.
- The columns and rows should all be evenly aligned, with even spacing between each one.
- You may need to use a ruler or tape measure to mark out the two even columns and three even rows. Do this by dividing the width of the box into three even sections and the height into four even sections. Draw light pencil lines marking off each section, and place the center of one circle over each intersection of lines. Erase the lines when done.
8Wear a matching color beneath the box. Before putting on the LEGO costume, the wearer should slip on a long-sleeve shirt and long pants that closely match the color of the box.
- The shades do not need to be the exact same, but they should be similar. For instance, if you painted a bright red LEGO, wear clothes in other bright shades of red.
LEGO Man Costume
1Create a LEGO brick body. The body of the LEGO man should be a basic LEGO brick without the circles or connecting links pasted on.
2Alter sonotube to create a head. Cut the sonotube so that the height is roughly 4 inches (10 cm) taller than the length between the base of the wearer’s neck and the top of the wearer’s head. Cover the top of the sonotube with a cardboard circle and cut out two holes for the eyes.
3Attach a small circle onto the top of the painted sonotube. Paint a small, thin, round container or circular piece of cardboard yellow and glue it to the top of the sonotube.
- The circle should be half the diameter of the sonotube.
- Use craft glue or hot glue to attach the circle to the sonotube. The two centers should be aligned.
4Paint and divide two leg-length boxes. Spray paint two length-length boxes black or dark blue. Cut the boxes in half at knee-height and fix them together with heavy-duty craft wire.
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