Thursday, November 1, 2012

Lego Man Costume


There couldn't be a more perfect Halloween costume this year for our Lego-lovin' Gus.

Eric really took his cardboard construction skills up a notch. He made this whole thing out of blue cardboard, red foam board, hot glue and Smoothfoam™. The legs were a challenge. It wasn't until after we saw Gus shuffling at the school costume parade, that we decided we needed to cut the backs of the legs open so that he could actually WALK and go up stairs. Poor kid. He was a Halloween trooper once again. I promised him last night, one of these years, we'll make him a costume he can actually walk, see and move in. He didn't seem to care. He loved it just the way it was.

Everything was handmade, except for the head. We bought one of those Lego containers that you can use to sort & store Lego bricks, cut out the insides and drilled larger eye holes. It fit perfectly. We used a red sweatshirt for the arms, and stuffed them with some of Eric's old, 4-inch vacuum tubing from the woodshop.

Now that Halloween is over, and we have no storage space left for a costume this size, I think it's going to go on permanent display in Gus' room.






I started to take photos of how Eric made this and then I gave up. Oh my lord, it was very meticulous and involved lots of calculations, cutting, scoring, tabbing and gluing. I don't know how that man's mind works, but I'm just glad it does. There's no way I could have constructed something like this so perfectly. Anyway, here are a few photos of the process and the finished pieces. Knock yourself out if you want to attempt one yourself!












5 comments:

Jennie henderson said...

I nominated you for a Liebster Award--check out the details here:

http://jennie-henderson.blogspot.com/2012/11/get-to-know-me-liebster-award.html

Justin said...

your costumes are awesome! our owl costumes turned out great thanks to your ideas. -justin

Project Denneler said...

Thanks Justin. Happy to hear that my crazy ideas can inspire others. ;)

Brian (tedbkd1@yahoo.com) said...

great job! how did u get the right paint color? did u paint match? how did u apply the paint: brush, roller, spray? also, what was the process on the Lego logo? one last thing: from what did u make the hands? thank u!!!

Project Denneler said...

Hello Brian - we didn't paint this costume. We used red and blue presentation boards that we bought at Hobby Lobby (those 3-panel, folding kind). The Lego logo is just an image that I found via Google Images. I printed it out on my large-format printer at work, cut it out and spray-mounted it to the front. The hands are cut out of discs of styrofoam. We glued two, 8-inch circles together and then cut out the centers into the C-shape, and spray painted them yellow. Then we hot glued them to yellow gloves.

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