Picture of The human LEGO brick Halloween costume
What LEGO fanatic doesn't want to become a human LEGO brick? In this Instructable we'll walk you through the steps we took to transform a cardboard box and some circular boxes into a human LEGO costume.

Step 1: Tools and supplies

Supplies and tools needed:

      One cardboard box large enough to fit over the costumee's torso
      Six round craft boxes - We used 7" boxes but depending on the size of the wearer or the type of brick you are replicating you could go smaller or larger.
      Box cutters
      Spray paint
      Hot glue gun and glue
      Duct or packing tape
wannabemaker made it!10 months ago

I used these instructions as a starting point for my costume. I needed to perform in a costume for a high school marching band show on Halloween, so I made the Lego a 3x1 brick rather than a 3x2 in order to allow my arms to be able to lift high enough to play a trumpet. This ended up being almost exactly 12 inches. This made the process of reconstructing the box to fit the measurements I needed extraordinarily easy. I reinforced the narrow strips directly above my shoulders with Popsicle sticks hot glue gunned to the cardboard. I made the round bits entirely out of cardboard, because I had no boxes around. I tried to make the lego insignia on each of the round things by putting down Elmer's glue and painting over it with spray paint before it had dried. In the future, I would recommend using hot glue for that, but I had run out of hot glue sticks and didn't want to go to the store. The measurements for the round things, diameter-wise, in the instructions were very helpful. Thanks for uploading the instructions! (And yes, I can definitely both play a trumpet AND march in this thing.)

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is there anything you can use instead of hot glue??
gigocorp (author)  sarahatling1 year ago
It is possible you could use a combination of wheat/flour paste and brown craft paper or newspaper in a kind of Papier Mâché process using long strips of the paper criss-crossed across the round boxes in order to hold them on. You could also try liberal amounts of Elmer's or carpenters glue. Just make sure you give both ways enough time to dry so the parts don't fall off.
beme20132 years ago
Cool!!! Now I know what I'm gonna be for Halloween!
My son and I made a lego costume for Halloween this year. However, in anticipation of having to transport it back and forth to school for parties we elected not to close the top of the box where the head is. Instead we cut the back off of a cheap backpack and used some industrial velcro to attach it to the front of the box so he is essentially wearing the backpack on his stomach and using the straps to hold up the box. This allowed us to collapse the box and make it easier to transport.
gigocorp (author)  adamschwartzman3 years ago
Very ingenious! Our version is definitely cumbersome when it comes to getting it back and forth from places. I'd love to see a picture of your son's costume.
I attached a picture. For the most part the costume worked great. Unfortunately about half way through the glue that connected the velcro to the backpack separated. However, since we live in Maryland it was cold enough that my son had his winter coat on under the costume which provided enough support to keep the box up. Maybe next time we will try super glue or something similar.

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gigocorp (author)  adamschwartzman3 years ago
Very nice! With ours we had issues with duct tape loosing its stickiness. Turns out packing tape actually worked better on cardboard. I guess as you make more costumes you learn more about what works and what doesn't.
We also had a similar problem with duct tape. Since we didn't close the top we used duct tape to tape the open ends of the corners together at the top and bottom of the box. The spray paint didn't stick to the duct tape very well. Fortunately my son chose blue so I was able to cover them up with blue painters tape.
Four people were dressed EXACTLY like this at school today. Very nice costume.
So cool!
Whats size box did you use for your costume exactly?
gigocorp (author)  mushroom12255 years ago
Sorry for the delay in answering. Had to remember to go to the basement and dig it out and measure it. :] The measurement of the box was: 14" x 20" x 30"
icnoc5 years ago
 Super!!! :D very innovative!! agree.. LUV LEGOS!;)
carlos66ba5 years ago
Very nice, indeed.  We love LEGOs!!!