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Get ready for some wood chopping, karate kicks high in the air, and unexplainable holes in the wall because the new The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is coming on September 22, 2017! All the kids are SO EXCITED! They love anything LEGO, especially themed movies. That's why this Halloween, we're making a DIY LEGO NINJAGO Movie Costume inspired by Lloyd (aka the Green Ninja), on the main characters in The LEGO NINJAGO Movie!
The LEGO NINJAGO Movie is based about the battle for NINJAGO City and the young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, and all of his friends who are secret ninjas as well. They are all led by Master Wu in the mission to defeat the evil warlord Garmadon, the worst guy ever … who also just happens to be Lloyd’s father! Check out the hilarious, action-packed trailer here:
With the The LEGO NINJAGO Movie release on September 22, 2017 and Halloween following close behind, I already know this costume is gonna be one of the top most popular for this year. Luckily for us, we can totally DIY this one and not even break the bank. Plus, I made the costume reversible .
You can easily adapt this DIY LEGO NINJAGO Movie Costume to any of the characters in The LEGO NINJAGO Movie by changing the colors and accessories. I already saw the reaction on my son’s face when he saw the trailer. This Green Ninja costume is the winner!
To keep things simple, I decided to make a costume similar to the Emmet costume I made when the The LEGO Movie came out … but better! This costume is warmer and the parts can be used as clothing after Halloween is long gone. Since the costume is easy to remove, he can wear it to school. The reversible sandwich board panels make this costume extra special and unique … no one else is gonna have this costume! Well, unless you make it with this tutorial.
DIY The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Costume
The easiest way to get the boxy shape of a LEGO character is to use cardboard or foam core. I chose foam core because you can buy it in colors and you won't have to paint it. Plus, foam core is a lot sturdier than cardboard for a costume worn by an active child.
This whole costume is based on a sandwich board style top, which is super easy to make look like a boxy LEGO body.
Here's what you'll need to make this reversible Green Ninja/Lloyd LEGO NINJAGO Movie costume:
- dark green hoodie
- black long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt
- black pants
- white crew neck t-shirt
- black shoes
All of the clothing items are reusable and can be worn the rest of the year. Total winning mom moment!
- plastic ninja sword
- ninja hood
- black gloves (optional)
- Aleene's Felt and Foam Glue
- Aleene's Fabric Fusion Glue (or Tape)
- Tulip Slick Dimensional Paint in White and Black
- hot glue gun and hot glue sticks
- 1 sheet of 20″ x 30″ black foam core board
- 3 sheets of kelly green 12″ x 18″ craft foam
- 3 sheets of black green 12″ x 18″ craft foam
- 1/4 yard of green swimsuit fabric
- 36″ length of 1″ or wider black grosgrain ribbon
- black marker
- acrylic paint in silver, black, and white
- 2 yards of 2″ wide green grosgrain ribbon
- small paint brushes
- craft knife
Watch this handy dandy video to see how to make the costume from start to finish:
- Cut the sheet of 20″ x 30″ foam core in half with a craft knife to make two pieces, each 20″ x 15″.
- Mark 1.5″ in from the corner on one of the 15″ sides of each panel.
- Use a ruler to draw a line from the corner to the mark on each side. This will make a trapezoid shape (one end tapered).
- Use a craft knife to cut along the line on both panels.
- Cover the front and back panel with green craft foam. Glue the foam in place with Aleene's Felt and Foam Glue.
- Trim with a craft knife. Save the scraps.
- Cut the pockets from the scraps of foam and glue them on.
- Use white paint and fine paint brush to draw the zipper details onto the craft foam. Allow to dry.
- Using a craft knife, cut V on the short side of the front panel, about halfway down. This will be the V made by the open hoodie jacket.
- Cut the ribbon to two pieces 18″ in length.
- Lay the panels with the shorter ends facing one another, about 8-10″ apart. This gap need to be wide enough for your child's head to fit through.
- Hot glue the ribbon from one panel to the other, about 1″ in from the corner of the foam core board. This will form the shoulder straps.
- Use black paint and a fine paint brush to draw other details from Lloyd's character onto the craft foam. Allow to dry.
- Turn over the panels.
- Cover backs of each panel with black craft foam. Glue the foam in place with Aleene's Felt and Foam Glue.
- Trim with a craft knife. Save the scraps.
- Using a yard stick, paint diagonal lines in silver paint across the black panels. Allow to dry.
- Adhere the green ribbon to the front panel with hot glue, tucking the ends under to prevent fraying.
- Cut the swimsuit fabric into two 4.5″ x 45″ long strips. Set one aside.
- Cut a strip of swimsuit fabric to the width of the bottom of the front panel. Cut a 4″ x 6″ strip of swimsuit fabric from the excess.
- Wrap the long strip with the small strip of fabric and attach to the bottom of the costume front.
- Tie another scrap of the fabric around the child's leg and another piece around the sword.
- Paint details into the costume using white and black fabric paint and dimensional paint. Allow to dry.
- On the long piece of swimsuit fabric that was reserved, find the center. Draw the emblem from the headband onto this with white dimensional fabric paint. Allow to dry.
Find out more about The LEGO NINJAGO Movie – in theaters September 22, here:
Who is your kids' favorite NINJAGO character?
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