My son is an avid Lego builder. He also loves those cute little mini figure guys. I was apprehensive, but not at all surprised last year when he asked if he could BE a Lego mini-fig for Halloween. I am glad he asked early in the Fall so we could collect stuff.
I Googled Lego mini-fig costumes, but a lot of them were really elaborate and required things like chicken wire and paper maché, which was way more trouble than I wanted to get myself into. If I was going to do this, it had to be cheap, easy and rain-resistant.
We started by collecting random supplies as we found them. The kindergarten class had just received a large supply shipment and had cardboard galore for us to sift through. We settled on some single layer corrugated cardboard because it was bendy and easy to work with. After a quick trip to the Dollar Store, the costume just magically came together.
Large strips of single layer corrugated cardboard. (or some kind of cardboard or other material you can bend and cut easily)
A Medium sized plastic bowl
Double sided tape
Black foamy kitchen shelf liner
Yellow rubber gloves
One piece of yellow craft foam paper
One piece of black craft foam paper
One small plastic applesauce or yogurt container
Thin yellow plastic party table cloth
A bag from the Lego store, or more of that table cloth.
I started with the head....
I took a plastic bowl and wrapped the bendy cardboard around it, securing it with hot glue. This made a rounded top to the head, like a Lego man. I made it just long enough so that the bottom of the mask hovered right around his chin. This way he could see out the bottom and have lots of air while wearing the mask. I cut eye holes big enough for him to see through, but not too big (or he would look freaky). I then covered the entire head with parts of a cheap yellow plastic party table cloth (leaving the eye holes uncovered). I secured the table cloth with double sided tape.
I did not want Lego man to have empty holes for eyes, so to make them black, but also let my son see, I covered them with black kitchen shelf liner (the foamy kind because it has lots of holes in it). For the Lego bump on top of his head, I took a small plastic applesauce container and covered with the same table cloth material and glued it on. His cute little smile was cut out of a piece of black craft foam.
Lego man's body was very easy after making that massive head.
I simply took more bendy cardboard and cut it into a large rectangle. I cut a head hole in the middle and it draped over my son's body like a sandwich board. I then covered it with a bag from the actual Lego store, which worked very well since not only did it have the right logo on it, it was waterproof.
Lego man has hooks for hands!
For the hands, I bought small yellow rubber gloves and matching craft foam paper. I cut two rectangular strips of the craft foam about the same width of the gloves. I glued the foam over the fingers of the gloves. This looked pretty cool. He had Lego man hook hands, but could still move his fingers.
He was very happy with his Lego Man costume! It looked great and it held up very well for trick or treating. It was easy to remove and put back on if he needed to get in and out of the car.
The Hang Ups
Not a lot of problems with this creation. Just some glue gun burns on my fingers.
In the dark, as with any mask, it was a bit hard to see and walk. But the mask was easy enough to remove when he needed to. We stayed together and did not walk out into traffic, so this wasn't a huge problem for us. ....and hey, the head was made out of a bowl so we could fill it with candy!
About the Author
Summer is a stay at home mom, happily married to a teacher/musician in British Columbia, Canada. Also an art director for Bell's Alaska Travel Guides and freelance graphic designer, Summer always manages to find ways to share her love and knack for art and design with her children.