Got LEGO minifigures? We do. And I’m not going to tell you how many because it would be very, very embarrassing. Actually, I’m not sure that we could even come up with an accurate count. Aidan himself owns over 100. Then the other boys have their own collections and then there are the ones I bought for use in our LEGO book…
We were at IKEA last week, and found these awesome square frames that are just the perfect depth for displaying minifigures. Each frame holds 56 minifigures.
We hung our frames in our game room, and I really love how they look. I left the glass out so that the boys can switch out their figures whenever they want. Can you spot our new Disney minifigures on the top row? We have been having fun collecting these! They seem to be sold out almost everywhere, but we found a bunch at our local Legoland Discovery Center.
To make one you will need:
- 1 IKEA Ribba 50 cm x 50 cm frame ($14.99)
- White mat board – I got mine at Michael’s ($7.99 minus coupon)
- 56 2 x 4 LEGO bricks (I spent $10 at the LEGO store)
- Super Glue
Step 1: Cut the white mat board to fit the frame. This will give you a solid piece of mat with no opening so that you can glue on the bricks. Remove the back of the frame and take out the glass and the mat. Trace the included mat on the white mat board, and cut out a square.
Now the new mat is ready to go!
Step 2: Measure and mark the spaces for the bricks.
Here is the diagram that I used to plan out the bricks. There are 8 rows of bricks with 7 bricks in each row. There is one inch of space on all sides.
I reassembled the frame before marking the spaces.
Start with a horizontal line 1 inch up from the bottom. Then add horizontal lines every 2.52 inches. (I just did slightly more than 2.5 inches and it worked.) You will need 7 lines total.
Then mark where the bricks will go on each line. The spacing is shown in the diagram above. Start 1 inch over from the left edge. The bricks are 1.25 inches long. So mark 1.25 inches, then a gap of 1.04 inches, then 1.25, then 1.04, etc. You should end up with 8 bricks across, and the last brick should be 1 inch away from the right edge.
Step 3: Erase your extra pencil markings, leaving only the line that each brick will sit on, and glue the bricks. It’s difficult to erase after you have glued the bricks, so erase anything that will be seen.
Don’t use too much glue – any extra that squishes out will leave a white residue on the bricks.
Then load up your display with minifigures!
We used blue bricks for one frame and black for the other. I can’t decide which one I like better!
We hung our minifigure displays over our LEGO table, which we built from IKEA Trofast storage units. You can see the LEGO table here: IKEA LEGO Table
Besides LEGO craft projects like this one, we also love to post LEGO building ideas! You can see our LEGO projects here: LEGO Building Ideas.
Also, be sure to check out our LEGO book – Awesome LEGO Creations with Bricks You Already Have (affiliate link). This book is full of 50 new LEGO projects to build, including parts lists and step-by-step instructions.