A few years ago I invented MinifigME, a process that allows us to put kids (of any age) faces on LEGO minifigures, inspired by my sons love of all things LEGO. Since we have always been a Lego-loving family, I wasn’t surprised when my son asked me if I could make him a minifig costume.
Having NEVER made a costume before it was pretty much a shot-in-the-dark that this would turn out at all. But a lot of Styrofoam later (it gets EVERYWHERE when you sand out the shape btw), we managed to come up with an awesome costume. Even though everyone (all the men/boys anyway) that we saw at the parade we attended LOVED our boy’s costume we lost the local costume contest to a really bad Walmart-bought pirate costume…go figure :)
The basics of making this went something like this:
- Buy a BUNCH of pieces of flat Styrofoam
- Glue them all together
- Cut them all out into circle shapes, with another circle shape inside for the head..just eyeball approximate size
- After you get all the sizes wrong, throw it all away and start again (feel free to skip this step by measuring and NOT eyeballing the size you will need :)
- When you have successfully glued it all together start sanding the edges
- After you realize that you should have laid this out with a huge tarp underneath you, clean up the thousands of little Styrofoam balls that are stuck to everything everywhere
- Again feel free to skip this step and sand in a contained easy-to-clean area
- After you let your youngster use the hand sander for the first time, realize that you will have to have a smaller head then you first thought.
- Carve out the inside hole bigger to fit your child’s head. Somewhat like you scrape out a pumpkin.
- Paint the face.
- Carefully cut out the eyes so that your child can see as clearly as possible.
- Cover the eye holes with black screen and paint with glow-paint.
- Gently use spray glue to seal the paint finish.
- Make the body using a large black shirt with a thick foam piece attached inside.
- Do not bother making Lego block feet (they won’t work for longer then the 1st photo op takes)
- When you are all done, take a lot of pics!!
- Carry around the head for most of the actual trick-or-treating due to your child not being able to see well because of not correctly following instruction #11…
HAVE FUN!!! They are only young once!