DIY LEGO Friends Capes
We are pretty big LEGO fans around here (particularly LEGO Friends fans), so we thought it was high time we customized our LEGO Friends and decided what better way than with DIY LEGO capes for our Minifigures. The kids and I had so much fun painting and decorating our LEGO capes and we were so happy with how well they turned out. If you have LEGO fans at your house, read on to see how we made these awesome capes with supplies we already had at home.
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What You’ll Need
- White fabric (we used an old fitted sheet)
- LEGO cape (optional – to use as a template)
- Watercolor paint
- Paint brush
- Water cup
- Paper plates
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue gun sticks
What to Do
We started our project by laying a LEGO cape on top of our fabric and tracing the outline of it with a pencil. If you don’t have a cape, you could free hand it. In addition to capes, we also made a few aprons for our LEGO Minifigures and simply free handed them and they turned out just fine.
Next, we cut out our cape and folded over the top portion about 1/4″ down and cut a tiny slit in the middle. This is where your LEGO Minifigure’s neck will be inserted.
Now, after you’ve cut out a few capes, it’s time for the fun part – painting! First, we laid out a couple (doubled-up) paper plates on our table so that the children could paint their capes directly on the plates. They worked perfectly because not only they protect our table from the paint but they also absorbed the excess watercolor paint as we painted our capes, so the colors did not become muddy. Once the paper plates were in place, we set out a cup of water, the watercolors, a paint brush, paper towels (for clean up – just in case), and blank capes.
We dipped our paintbrushes in the cup of water and then dabbed it onto the paint color we wanted. We then dabbed and brushed a small area of the cape, rinsed the brush off in the cup of water, then selected a different paint color and repeated the process. We continued painting until the entire cape had been painted, although you could leave portions of the cape unpainted, if you’d prefer.
There is no right or wrong way to do this – we painted some of our capes with random patterns and colors and others with more deliberate patterns and designs – but what we love about this activity is that it is really accommodating to different ages and abilities.
Once we finished painting one cape, we moved it aside (but still on the paper) so that it could dry. We painted several capes until we ran out of pre-cut capes and then cut out a few more because we were just having too much fun to stop. 🙂
Once our capes had dried, we decided to add a few gems and sequins to them to spice them up even more. I asked the children to lay the gems and sequins on their capes as they would like them to appear and then I hot glued them on for Miss 4 (Miss 6 wanted to hot glue her gems on herself so she did).
Once the hot glue had cooled, we pulled the hot glue strings off and placed the capes on our LEGO Minifigures. The children were so excited with their custom LEGO capes and I have to admit that I too had a blast painting and decorating capes for the Minifigures.
Cute, right? We had a lot of fun with this project!
After we finished up with our DIY LEGO Friends capes, our imaginations went wild and we ended up painting fabric for all sorts of projects (we promise to share more on these soon!). Do your children love painting fabric? We love experimenting with different materials.
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