Now that you have seen the boys’ Legends of Chima costumes, here is a tutorial to make a Legends of Chima Chest Plate (with free template and dimensions for sizes 5-6 and 2T-3T).
Continue reading below for the step-by-step instructions. If you would like to print a hardcopy of the instructions, click on this link and print for personal use only. (Please note that Chima Chest Plate Tutorial is copyrighted, © 2013 Hometown Betty. All rights reserved. Not for resale or commercial use.)
large piece of cardboard
box cutter and/or X-ACTO knife (such as Xacto X3311 N0. 1 Precision Knife With 5 No. 11 Blades)
straight edge (such as a T-Bar) ruler/measuring tape
large cutting mat
Krylon 1000 Premium Metallic Spray Paint, Gold
light blue paint
dark blue paint
Aleene’s Tacky Glue/hot glue
VELCRO Brand – Sticky Back – 3 1/2″ x 3/4″ Strips, 4 Sets – Black
*Download LEGO Chima Chest Plate Template here*
Some Notes to Consider Before Getting Started:
– When cutting with a box cutter, make sure the cutting mat is properly placed below the cardboard to ensure you are not cutting on your floor or table.)
– You may need to adjust the size of the neck opening, width of the chest plate along the shoulder, as well as size of chest plate to fit appropriately on your little Chima fan.
– I have two template dimensions, sized accordingly for a size 5-6 or 2T. Feel free to use either dimensions and tweak as needed.
– The sword holster dimensions will be the same because the Laval Chima Sword is the same.
Step 1. Download dimensions from LEGO Chima Chest Plate Template.
Step 2. Draw chest plate according to dimensions on template.
Cut outline of chest plate using T-Bar (or other ruler/straight edge) and box cutter. (Note: Make sure the neck opening fits around your Chima fan’s neck. Make any adjustments necessary.)
Step 3. Carefully score chest plate along edges as described on template.
Fold chest plate down, forming front and back of chest plate.
Step 4. From the neck hole, cut down the middle and all the way down to the back of the chest plate.
This will allow you to carefully place the chest plate on your child.
Step 5. Using template (pages 4-5,7 for sizes 5-6 or page 6,7 for size 2T), trace and cut template of the sword holster on another piece of cardboard.
Step 6. Carefully glue together the sword holster with the Legends of Chima Laval Sword dimensions in mind.
Glue only part of sword holster that will be attached to the left backside of chest plate. (Please note that sword holster is aimed for right-handed users. You will need to make adjustments, such as inverting the template to make it usable for left-handed users.)
Step 7. Based on dimensions from template, draw two smaller shoulder pieces about a 1″ to 1 1/2″ from original shoulder piece on chest plate, using pen and straight edge.
Cut out pieces and glue onto shoulders.
Step 8. Cut and add two velcro squares to the inside back side of the chest plate.
Step 9. Spray gold paint on chest plate in an open ventilated area. Use a drop cloth to protect your floor.
(Note: As a good rule of thumb, when spray painting, use straight sweeping strokes. Do not saturate one area, or else the paint will begin to bleed down the chest plate. It’s best to spray multiple light coats of paint.)
Step 10. While the paint dries, use a compass, create a circle template with radii (in inches) according to dimensions shown on pages 1 and 2 of pdf file, respectively.
Cut out circles with an X-ACTO knife or box cutter.
Step 11. Paint the smaller circle with light blue crafting paint. Paint the larger circle with dark blue crafting paint. Ask help from your little Chima fan to get him/her involved in the process.
Step 12. Glue light blue circle onto dark blue circle.
Then glue chi circles onto the center, frontside of the chest plate.
Step 13. Voila! Project Complete!
You have a golden Chima chest plate for your Chima fan.
If you would like to download a hardcopy of the tutorial, click on this pdf file link to print. Thanks for reading! And if you do make one of these super easy chest plates for your little Chima fan, please let me know how it turned out!
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