How to Make a Ninjago Jay Costume
Homemade Ninjago Costume
For over a year now, my oldest son has been completely obsessed with a popular series on Cartoon Network called Ninjago: Masters of Spinjitzu. So when I asked him what he would like to be for Halloween, it came as no surprise when he said that he wanted to dress up as the blue ninja named Jay. One would think that with this show's rising popularity that you would be able to find these costumes everywhere, but the Lego company has yet to release any official Ninjago costumes.
After learning this shocking news, I knew I would have to get a little crafty and make a homemade costume for my son. With a little research and all of his Spinjitzu expertise, my son and I were able to create an outfit that he could wear on Halloween night and for dress-up play after. For more information on our do-it-yourself project, read further for a list of the necessary supplies and step-by-step instructions to make your own Ninjago Jay costume.
How to Make Jay's Shirt
For the top of this costume, I knew I had to find a royal blue, long-sleeved shirt that would be easy to paint on. I found a Starter Dri-Star shirt at Walmart for $7.00 that I knew would be perfect for this project. Next, I searched the Internet and went through my son's Ninjago collector cards to find the design I wanted to create on the top.
- Royal blue, long-sleeved shirt
- Black and gold paint
- White colored pencil
1. Place a piece of cardboard in the inside of the shirt to prevent any paint from bleeding through to the other side.
2. Sketch out the design on the front shirt with a white colored pencil. It helped me to have a picture of Jay laying beside the shirt while I was drawing the design.
3. Apply gold paint to the body of the character in the middle of the design. Use black paint on all other parts of the design.
4. When you are finished painting, place the shirt in a safe place to dry. Our shirt took about three hours for the paint to completely dry.
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How to Make Jay's Hood
To be completely honest, I had no idea how I was going to make Jay's head covering. I cut up one of my old royal blue t-shirts and tried several different ways to wrap the fabric around my son's head, but it just didn't look like one of the Ninjago characters. It finally hit me that I needed to wrap the fabric around a helmet to give the hood a little more shape. I found an old police helmet in our dress-up bin, plugged in my hot glue gun, and got to work. Below are the supplies I used and directions for creating Jay's hood.
- Royal blue fabric
- Plastic helmet
- Hot glue gun
1. For the royal blue fabric, we cut the sleeve off of an old t-shirt and used it for the face covering. Then we cut the bottom portion of the shirt off and used this part to cover the helmet.
2. Turn your plastic helmet upside down. Apply small sections of hot glue around the edge of the helmet and wrap the blue fabric all the way around.
3. Once dry, flip the helmet back over and start securing the fabric to the helmet with hot glue.
4. To make the creased appearance, apply the hot glue in small, thin lines and pinch the fabric together all the way around the helmet until you reach the top.
5. For the back of the helmet, tie a knot to connect the edges of the fabric. Apply hot glue under the knot and press firmly to the helmet to secure in place.
6. To create the face covering, I again used small, thin lines of hot glue and pinched the fabric to make the same creased appearance of the helmet.
7. Attach the face cover to sides of the covered helmet with hot glue.
8. Once the glue is completely dry, have your child try on the helmet and mark where the mouth covering should be glued on the helmet. Apply hot glue to the sides of the helmet and press firmly to secure in place.
Ninjago Jay Pants and Accessories
To complete this Ninjago Jay costume, you will need a few other items to finish the overall look:
- Royal Blue Pants: For our costume pants, we simply used a pair of royal blue pajama bottoms. You could also use a pair of athletic pants to complete the ninja look.
- Black Belt: The belt we used was taken from one of my wrap-around black sweaters. If you don't own a similar belt, cut a long strip of fabric from a stretchy black t-shirt to wrap around your child's waist.
- Black Gloves: Since Jay's hands are black, we picked up some basic black gloves from Walmart that you can purchase in a two-pack for only $0.99.
- Weapon: Jay's weapon of choice is nunchucks, so my son will be carrying a plastic pair that he received as a gift from a ninja dress-up set. If you can't find nunchucks, no worries, as any type of ninja sword will also work with this costume.
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Other Lego Ninjago Costumes
If your child has another favorite Ninjago character in mind, you can apply the same steps above in making a homemade costume to resemble that character. For example, if he or she loves Kai, the Ninja of Fire, then you will need an all-red outfit with a black belt and pair of gloves. Search the Internet for a picture of Kai's ninja wear and print it out to help you with creating the design on the shirt. With a little bit of research and creativity, it is possible to make the costume of your child's dreams.
I hope you have been inspired to create your own Lego Ninjago costume. If you have any questions or comments about our homemade Jay costume, feel free to leave these in the comment section provided below.
© 2012 Alissa Roberts