I've already shared Marisol's Halloween costume for this year. I made hers first because it was easy.
I procrastinated over Flynn's for weeks, ever since he told me he wanted to be LEGO Lord Vampyre. This costume sat in the too hard basket and I was left scrambling today to get it made in time for the annual Fox 5 San Diego homemade costume segment tomorrow morning ... if you are in San Diego, tune in around 8am.
I don't know why I put off doing this costume though, I won't pretend it was easy, because there was a bit of trial and error, but I was able to whip it up in about 6 hours.
The hardest part was deciding what to use for the head. I wanted it to be a LEGO shape and considered cutting up a bucket, but then remembered that I had seen large LEGO head storage boxes in various stores. A trip to Toys 'R Us and a 20% off coupon and I was set.
At first I was a little disappointed that there were sorter trays inside, that once removed, left a gaping hole in the back of the storage bin. However, once I sat down and came up with a plan I realized this would actually work in our favor because more air would be able to circulate inside and the space would be hidden by the cape.
This is what you need to make the costume:
- LEGO sort and store bin
- 2 Elmer's tri-fold boards (48" x 36")
- Stiff black felt (approximately 1 1/2 yards)
- Double-sided fusible ultra firm stabilizer (approximately 1/2 yard)
- Hot glue gun - and lots of glue sticks
- White spray paint - for plastics
- Black spray paint
- Acrylic paint - burgundy, black, gold, grey and white
- Red netting or tulle
- Masking tape
So, the first step was to cut eye holes and then to cut off the bottom of the storage bin so that Flynn would be able to put his head inside.
Once dry, paint the facial features on the head. Attach pieces of red tulle or netting inside the eyes with masking tape. I folded it over 4 times to make it a little thicker, but he could still see perfectly well through the holes.
Lay the two tri-fold boards on the floor and place the head carefully on top so that the joining edges of the boards run halfway through the head. Trace around the base of the head so there will be a semi-circle on each tri-fold board. Measure the shoulder width, adding on just a little extra. This section will be folded over and the head attached later.
From the markings you made on the shoulders sketch the front (or back) of the body making sure that it tapers out slightly.You will need to do this with both tri-fold boards so you have two pieces.
Bend the top section for the shoulders and join the semi-circles together using hot glue and then re-inforce on the inside with masking tape.
You will now need to matching side pieces. Attach these in the same manner, with hot glue and then re-inforce on the inside with masking tape. Cut out the arm holes and spray the entire body with black spray paint.
Note: I hadn't cut the holes out before spraying because the little man was still at school and I wanted to measure them before cutting.
The next step was to cut out the lower section of the cape and the upper section in two separate pieces. To get the top section to stand up, cut two pieces of felt and a piece of stabilizer. I ironed them all together but the edges didn't seal all that well so I ended up using the hot glue around the edges.
With the scraps of felt and stabilizer left make the hair. This was a little tricky, but with lots of hot glue you can make it work. Sketch the front peak and the section across the forehead onto the stabilizer, cut it out and then attach the felt with hot glue, cut that out too. Attach it to the front of the head with hot glue. Pull it back in the center and attach it to the top of the head with glue and then work on the sides, wrapping it around at the back, but leaving the opening in the back uncovered so that air can still circulate.
Paint grey and white streaks on the top of the felt so that it looks more like Lord Vampyres hair.
Place the head inside the hole at the top of the body and hot glue it in place, both on the inside and outside.
Attach the bottom of the cape in place with hot glue as well, pulling it around the neck and securing it in place. The last step is to hot glue the top section of the cape into place.
You can see Lord Vampyre on Fox 5 San Diego morning news here: