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7 Handmade Lego Minifig Costumes

4 November 2010 70,722 views 11 Comments

by heather

My preschool sons love the Lego Star Wars and Indiana Jones games, and are just getting old enough to play with Legos in real life. I have been tempted to do Lego costumes or party themes  but it just seems so ambitious (and I am all about quick and dirty, not meticulous and complex!) I'm duly impressed with the following costumes (and in awe of the people who were patient enough to create them). I have been checking the wide wide world of web this week, and have been very impressed with dozens of handmade costumes I've stumbled across, so I'm writing a series this week highlighting some of the best. Check out my previous posts in the series: 25 Best Geeky Handmade Costumes and 9 Kids' Food Costumes.

A lot of people made Lego Minifig costumes this year, using a large variety of techniques. If you're not up on your Lego jargon, a minifig is the little Lego guy.

Handmade Lego Minifig Costumes

Lego Luke Costume

Lego Star Wars Minifig Luke Costume (from here)

This looks like it's hand-sewn with reinforcements in all the right places (boning, plastic canvas or cardboard?) and worn over some long underwear. It's one of the most impressive minifig costumes I've come across.

Lego Astronaut Minifig Costume (from here)

The specific minifigs (Astronauts, Star Wars, etc.) are my favorites, so I love seeing the human versions of them! This Astronaut minifig costume looks like it was made with cardboard, styrofoam, and acrylic paint, and I especially like the clever way the face was made (with posterboard?) - with plenty of room to see out of the mouth.

Classic Lego Minifig Costume (from here)

This Lego minifig costume is clean and sleek. The costume creator said: Lego man minifig costume made from cardboard, and a hatbox!

Brickbeard the Pirate Lego Minifig Costume (from here)

The creator of this costume said: My son loves anything Lego so this year we made a Brickbeard the Pirate Lego costume out of cardborad and styrofoam.

Special features on this Lego minifig costume are its amazing paint job, and the shiny finish on the minifig's head. It looks perfect and Lego-y.

Legoboy Costume (from here)

If I made a Lego minifig costume, it would probably be like this. Recycled plastic container for the head (that's my guess, anyway), duct tape-covered cardboard for the torso. Hand-held hands. Looks like it offers maximum mobility for a little guy.

A Trio of Lego Minifigs by katie08 on Craftster.

Katie made three minifig costumes by carving styrofoam and provided some great making-of photos:

The heads were the most work. The "stud" on top of the head, the neck and the top and bottom of the head were made out of carved styrofoam. We cut it with knives, then sanded the styrofoam. Then we covered it with drywall putty and let it dry. Then we sanded the dry wall putty for a smooth finish. We painted the pieces with yellow paint.

More detailed info about making these Lego minifig costumes here.

Lego Minifig Costume by Dollar Store Crafts Reader Shea at All Things Shea

The Dads completely geeked about it.  I was asked about a hundred times how it was made and then they couldn't believe that a mere woman had made it.  I mean, what woman works with joint compound?

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  • Lin said:

    wow! they’ve come a long way from when my son was little.
    We just spray painted a box and six wendy’s chili cups that were
    glued on. great post. thanks!

  • Shea said:

    Thanks for linking to my son’s costume!

  • Amber said:

    Awesome! My kids want to be Nijagos for Halloween, but my 3-year-old is insisting she’s going to be Pink, so I know we have to make them ourselves. This gives me lots of great places to start.

  • carman said:

    This is adorable….where did you get the template for this costume and how did you make it?

  • wendi said:

    I have ZERO crafting skills but absolutely adore these homemade lego costumes!! My son wants to be a lego fireman or policeman, anyone have anyclue if i can PAY someone to make it???

  • Hanja said:

    Thank you for your nice comments on my costume, (it’s the fabric Star Wars Luke one). I appreciate that!

  • Jenalyn said:

    Is there a tutorial for the fabric Star Wars Luke costume?

  • heather (author) said:

    @jenalyn, no there’s no tutorial. Just the photo for inspiration.

  • Hanja said:

    @ Jenalyn, I used iron on backing, I think it’s called Pelon to stiffen the fabric and to give it the boxy shape. Hope that helps.

  • Violet said:

    How do you make the minifigure head from the Luke costume? I like the big opening so the kids can see out of it.