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Thursday
Feb072013

DIY LEGO Minifig Display

We have LEGO bricks out the ears over here. The minifigs are by far the favorites and most used. We have some in our shadow box display but I wanted something a little different. I saw this image on flickr a few years ago and then I posted about this great display Jaime made back in 2011. I chose to make a smaller version to try out for the first time.

I used the IKEA RIBBA frame in a 9x11 (the one matted for an 8x10 or 5x7 with a mat). I like this one because it has some depth to it but I'm sure any picture frame would work. I left the glass in and just placed a piece of white paper as the background. You could do any image you wanted in the back!

Now this is where some people might differ from myself. I am an "eye" it kind of person. No measuring was done here so if you are a perfectionist (or are doing more than 2 rows) you'll want a ruler or something to measure distance to make sure these are spaced evenly.

I used 2x2 white bricks that we had picked up from the bick-a-brick section of our LEGO store just for this reason (so I wouldn't get in trouble for using bricks that belonged to a set). I went ahead and put some minifigs on the bricks so that I could place them with enough room. For your reference they are about 1/34" from the bottom of one to the top of another (not counting the studs) 2" should give you plenty of room for normal minifigs. I wanted 6 to fit on this small frame so I spaced them accordingly.

Then you hot glue the bricks directly to the glass/plexiglass. I like doing this because I can still remove the bricks later if wanted/needed. I haven't tried it after a long period of time but within an hour they were still removable.

That's it! Obviously a larger frame would take more time, but this small one was quick and easy and a big hit. The boys both loved it and want more in their room. We can mix and match along with our shadow box display!

Star Wars poster from Design Attractor

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Reader Comments (7)

Love the Star Wars art print. Did you make that or buy it somewhere on etsy? Great idea, I just need to figure out a way to modify for my daughter's Lalaloopsy micro collection. Thanks!

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNancy

Oh Man, This is off the hook! My three year-old is going to lose his mind when he sees this. Currently we keep our mini figs in a little lunch box, which is kind of special. I think we might keep our lunch box but set up a special display frame for the days favourites. Thanks for sharing this, It is soooo on point for our weekend.

Cheers
Pete

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete

This is so awesome! Cal is going to flip when he sees this! We have a weekend project with this.

Thanks for sharing Allison!

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmy @AmyBarseghian

omg. I have a ton of Harry Potter legos and I think I need to do this with the minifigs!

February 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKristin Tweedale

Love this idea! Our mini-figs are constantly getting lost in the bottom of the lego bins and this would not only solve that problem but also how to decorate my boys new room!

February 8, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMoira

Super cute (and EASY!) idea. Love it!

February 15, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColleen

This guy has taken that idea and perfected it, they look awesome!...

Check em out... http://youtu.be/kioiB-7BDJY

June 9, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLegoman365

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