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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.
 
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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
      Pencil
      Ruler.

Step 2: Find an appropriately sized box

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The LEGO gods were smiling upon us because we had ordered a couple dog crates a few weeks previous to thinking up this idea and the box they came in was the perfect size.  Other sources for boxes include U-Haul shops, home improvement centers, and moving and storage companies. If you know far enough in advance that you want to make this costume you should have no trouble coming up with the perfect box.

As an after thought, our box seems to be made of thicker cardboard than your standard moving and storage box so if your box seems a little flimsy you might want to think about reinforcing it on the inside with thin strips of a light wood or cardboard using hot glue.

Step 3: Find round boxes for the studs

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We found round boxes at our local craft store. We were lucky again in that they were on sale for 50% off. How many you buy depends on what size your box is and the specific LEGO brick you are replicating. We bought six round boxes as we were making a 2 x 3 LEGO brick.

We didn't use the lids so we are saving them for a project to be determined later. We did talk about using three on the back of the costume to make it look like the underside of a LEGO brick but since the costume was already finished by the time we thought of it, we decided against it.

sarahatling10 months ago
is there anything you can use instead of hot glue??
gigocorp (author)  sarahatling10 months 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.
beme20131 year 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)  adamschwartzman2 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)  adamschwartzman2 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)  mushroom12254 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"
icnoc4 years ago
 Super!!! :D very innovative!! agree.. LUV LEGOS!;)
carlos66ba4 years ago
Very nice, indeed.  We love LEGOs!!!