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Lego Ninjago Costume

21 Oct

And now . . . the moment you’ve all been waiting for . . . I give you the Lego Ninjago Halloween costume!  (loud applause and cheers!)  Ok, ok.  You don’t have to cheer an applaud my hard work on this fabulous costume.  BUT, I can tell you that Big A wore it last night to a local Halloween festival and he won 1st prize in the costume contest!  He was so proud you would have thought they gave him a gold medal and $1000!

You may have noticed that Legos are quite popular at the Dummy house.  And most recently, the Lego Ninjagos are the greatest thing since sliced bread.  Naturally when we asked Big A what he wanted to be for Halloween, he said the Green Ninja.  Well, you can buy a plain ol run of the mill ninja costume, although I couldn’t find a green one anywhere.  But who wants to buy a costume that everyone else will be wearing when you can MAKE a one of a kind costume instead?

What you need:

  • cardboard-preferably corrugated cardboard as it is very sturdy
  • hot glue gun
  • box cutter
  • spray paint and spray primer
  • felt
  • exacto knife
  • painters tape
  • measuring tape
  • black permanent marker

For the body: I started out with a moving box.  I opened it up, cutting at the seams of the box until I had a flat sheet of cardboard.  I cut at an angle because if you look at a Lego mini figure, they are shaped like a triangle without the point on the top.  So I cut the front, leaving 2 large tabs for the shoulders across the top.

For the arms, I laid Big A’s jacket on the floor and put the cardboard over it and used that as a template for where the arm holes should go.  Big A was in bed, so I couldn’t just measure him, which would have been the easier method!  I cut out the arm holes large enough for Big A to move comfortably with a sweatshirt on underneath.

I used hot glue to glue all the seams together.  The front panel glued to the side panel, side panels glued to the back panel, and the shoulder tabs bend from the front and then glued to the back panel.  (I really hope that makes sense, I’m not a great tutorial writer!  Sorry!)

For the head: The head was a large sand pail I found on clearance for $0.50.  It was the perfect shape and color for a Lego man’s head.  For this part, I placed the pail on Big A’s head first to see how it sat.  Next, I took it off again and measured from his shoulders (where the bottom of the pail sat) to his eyes so I would know where to cut the eye holes.  Using an exacto knife, I cut the eye holes out.  This was a little tricky, it isn’t easy to cut a round shape out of plastic with a knife.  The knife kept wanting to go in a straight line, and I had to be very careful not to crack the plastic.

Since Big A wanted to be the Green Ninja, we bought a can of green spray paint.  VERY IMPORTANT: You have to prime the cardboard and the plastic BEFORE you spray paint them!  If you don’t, the paint will run and drip and will not stick to the plastic or the cardboard.  To paint the body, I just painted the whole thing, easy peasy.  It took 2 coats to get it totally covered, and I used a hi-gloss paint.  For the head, I covered the eye area with painter’s tape, making sure there was a rounded part of the yellow that would show through the “shroud” of green paint.  Again, it took 2 coats and I waited 24 hours before very carefully pulling off the tape so as not to peel the green paint off with it.

I outlined the eyes and face mask area with black permanent marker.

For the accessories on the body, I used colored felt and copied a picture we have of the Green Ninja.  I cut out the felt in the shapes I needed and hot glued them in place.

To keep the head from moving around when Big A walks, I added velcro to the inside of the pail, and another piece to a Winter hat.  That way they stick to each other and he can turn his head and the pail turns with him.



Here we are at the festival, Big A the Green Ninja and Little C as Curious George. 


Big A won 1st prize in his Ninjago costume at a local Halloween festival last night!  He was super excited!  If you like it a whole bunch, feel free to pop over to this costume contest and vote for him!


Of course, I think my kids look adorable in their costumes!  But it’s even more special since I made both of them, and even though there are a ton of kids out there dressed like ninjas and monkeys . . . mine are unique and special and they love them and that is really all that matters!


I’m Not Lion, That’s a Monkey!

17 Oct

You may have noticed that Little C LOVES Curious George and pretty much everything monkey.

Naturally, when we asked him what he wanted to be for Halloween, he said Curious George.  Ok, so Momma can go out and spend $50-$60 on a costume he will only wear a few times and then most likely it will sit in the dress up bin until it is outgrown and then head to Goodwill.  OR . . . Momma can make a monkey costume.  Ah, but one problem, I really don’t sew.  Hmmm . . . What’s a girl to do?

I have this gift you see.  I can look at something and see it as many other things, or being used for many other uses most people would never dream up.  I was at the thrift store (love that place!)  looking for a monkey suit or something similar.  I didn’t find a monkey, but I DID find a lion!

How does one make a lion into a monkey you ask?  It’s not super easy!

First, I had to remove the lion face from the hood.  I used a seam ripper and popped that face off, it was kind of creepy and horror-movie-esque.  Then I gave the lion a haircut.  I made a HUGE mess cutting all of the fuzzy mane off.  I tried using a hair clipper, but that wasn’t working so I had to just used kitchen scissors.

The lion had long claws on each paw, which I also cut off.

I opened the existing tail and shoved some pipe cleaners in it so it would stand up and curl at the end a little.  Then I covered it in brown felt.

I covered the belly in brown felt and, per Little C’s request, gave the monkey a belly button.

I made some felt ears and glued them to the sides of the head.  I bought a yellow hat for $2 at the thrift store and put a black strip of felt around it just like the Man with the Yellow Hat wears.  Little C was most excited about this part!

There you have it!  No longer a lion, but an adorable and unique Curious George costume!  Very warm too!  I plan to make a felt banana to sew onto the hand as well, but I was happy with how it turned out, I HAD to share it now!


































































If you like that . . . just wait until you see Big A’s Ninjago costume!  I’m saving that one . . .  it’s a surprise!

Like Mother Like Son

20 Aug

You all know I’m crafty and artistic.  I love to make things, or find new uses for old stuff.  Well last night Big A proved yet again that he is very much his momma’s son.  He decided to make what he called a “fun hat”.  What is a fun hat?  I wasn’t sure either.  Apparently it can be one of many things, but his fun hat turned out to be VERY special and multi purpose!

He created the hat with hidden mechanics so that he could pour items in the top and they would drop out a flap in the bottom.  Genius!  So his fun hat is not only a fashion statement, but also a food dispenser!

Here is big A’s description of the Fun Hat:  It’s great for parties because you arrive in a party hat.  And it’s even greater for parties because you can give people treats right from your hat!  Crackers, candies, even chips . . . and then at home you can put like little balls in it, or maybe Legos and they can drop out when you need them.  Or you could put dog treats in there.”

What can I say?  My kid is a future engineer!

Super Kids No Sew Cape

5 Aug

Able to make messes by just entering a room . . . super hearing unless their parents are speaking to them . . .  look!  Out in the playground!  It’s SUPER KID!

What you need:

  • adult t-shirt
  • hot glue gun
  • felt
  • scissors
  • permanent marker

Lay the t-shirt out on a flat surface and cut along the side folds.  When you get to the sleeve, cut along the sleeve seam and along the shoulder seam, leaving the neck in tact.

Next, cut around the neck seam, this will be your “head hole”.

Draw your design on the felt using permanent marker, cut it out and hot glue it to the back of the cape.  I did the boys’ initials, but you can do whatever you want.

For the mask, I traced a pair of adult sunglasses to get the basic shape on the felt.

Hot glue string or elastic to the sides so they can be worn.  I added their initials to the top of the masks as well, but they are a little floppy, so gluing them to cardboard first would be a good idea.

The whole process takes about 30-45 minutes, depending on how much detail you are adding to your cape and mask.  I had to make 2, so it took me a little longer.





































****UPDATE***** I took the boys grocery shopping today and they wore their capes!  We got a lot of nice compliments, a few giggles and the boys REALLY enjoyed showing off their capes!  I had to wash them today because they wore them outside and got them pretty muddy.  If/when you need to wash your super hero’s cape, wash it on a cold setting and hang it dry.  DO NOT put it in the dryer/1  This will shrink the felt and may melt the glue as well.

No Sew Shirt Revamp

13 Jul

I’ve been working out really hard for the past few months and am showing some serious results.  It’s very exciting, but at the same time I don’t want to go buy a whole new wardrobe just yet . . .I’m not done losing weight!  So what do you do when you are in between and aren’t ready to buy your skinny clothes?  You make your fat clothes skinny!

Soooooo simple, and I was worried at first because one wrong move and I would be down a few tank tops.  But, it’s actually pretty difficult to mess up!

What you need:

  • tank top or t-shirt that is 2 sizes or more too large
  • scissors

Turn your shirt inside out and cut along the seams from bottom to armpit on both sides.  Stay right next to the seam to use it as a guideline.

Cut slits horizontally on the front and back of where your

seam has been cut. Make them about 1-1 1/2 inches long.

Once all your tabs have been made, start tying them together in a simple double knot.  Pull tight enough that they won’t come undone when you wear the shirt, but not pulling so hard that you create gaps in the shirt. Do this all the way down both sides of the shirt.

When the knots are all tied, turn your shirt right side out, put it on marvel in the fact that you’ve just turned a too large shirt into a cute fitted shirt with



You can wash it just like you always would, and if any of the knots come loose, simply retie them!







There is a small amount of gaping shown here, but only because of how I was twisting to show you my finished shirt.