October 29, 2007

Lego Minifigure Costume

One of the great axioms of childhood is that you can make anything out of paper and tape.

Lego Minifig in Two Easy Steps

When Anthony suggested that he wanted to be a Lego Minifig for Halloween, I Googled and found this howto site and imagined a whole weekend of supply-getting and sanding and glueing and painting foam pieces.

But Anthony had a better idea: "we could just make it out of paper."

And he was right....

Fortunately, lego pieces are quite geometric, so the rectilinear nature of paper isn't too much of a concern. The key is to get the right emotion in the minifigure smile.

So here is how to make a lego minifigure costume in two kid-friendly steps:

  1. Have a grownup help make the face just right on a piece of yellow construction paper, and fill it in with a black sharpie. We made star cuts in the eyes so you could see through them. You don't notice the holes at all once you put on the head. It's dark in there!
  2. Once the face is just-right, grownup and kids can work together to tape and cut more pieces of paper to make the round lego shape. When curling things around, we found we had to make an extra "O" at the bottom (where the neck is) to make sure the cylinder held its shape. The stud on the top is a bonus.

Maybe an hour of work. A "LEGO" red sign for a shirt explains the costume for people who are not Lego geeks. Voila!

Posted by David at October 29, 2007 07:21 PM


This will be a father/son project in my house the next time there's a kindergarten masquerade. :-)

Posted by: Håkan at October 30, 2007 12:04 PM

I bet you could make one with beveled edges by using something like:

Heck, I will have to keep that in mind for a future Halloween.

Posted by: Alan Monroe at November 16, 2007 09:54 AM

Just wanted to say, "Thanks," for giving us a simple way to make this costume this year. My son and I used yellow posterboard, yellow duct tape and a sharpie. Also, I made him a name tag with the Lego logo and a necktie tie on my computer and printed it out on Adhesive Back Polyester Fabric sheets (by Computer Crafts) that we bought at the craft store. I stuck them (literally -- they're stickers!) on a white turtleneck and he wore dark blue pants. We also had him wear primary yellow mittens. The whole thing came out so awesome! I will post a pic this weekend. If it were not for your simple paper approach to this project, I would not have attempted it. Thanks again, and Happy Halloween!

Posted by: Lisa R. at October 31, 2008 11:55 AM
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