Put the Lego Directions Aside and Use These Ideas to Create Your Own Imaginative Masterpiece
Become the Master Builder you were meant to be with these cool, easy Lego ideas that don't require following a massive instruction booklet.
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Legos are the ultimate building blocks of the imagination! With their unlimited building possibilities and combinations you can create your wildest fantasies.
Still, sometimes looking at all your creators' boxes and bins of spare pieces can be daunting! For those moments when creativity doesn’t strike, put down the instructions, grab all of your extra blocks, and follow this guide to find inspiration for your next original masterpiece. Whether you’re looking to build a mini world or want to bring the entire family together for a giant metropolis, these ideas will have you feeling like a playroom architect.
A Few Ways to Shake Up the Old Lego Box
Don’t feel like you have the right blocks for what you want to make? Forget all about the "rules" of color! Who says your spaceships can’t be all the colors of the rainbow … or your Lego collection?
Get a little weird. Your creations are not meant to look like professional Lego sets — and that's exactly what's so great about them. While they might not feel like the most beautiful or exact builds, they came from you.
Try to use pieces in ways you never have before! The tree branch makes a great arm, stairs could make for solid legs, and wheels could be hypnotizing eyes!
Winging it is great — but sometimes a little planning is half the fun. Try using graph paper to plan out your build in advance, filling in the boxes like they are Lego blocks!
Inspiring Ideas for Lego Builds
This classic is great for beginners to build sticking to classic block shapes. Try grabbing some new pieces to really make it unique, like wheels for feet, a speaker in its tummy, or lasers blasting out of its eyes!
2. Secret Lair
What specific rooms does your secret base have? A control room? Top-secret weaponry stash? Garage with your best vehicles? Can you conceal a secret somewhere, such as a trap door or hidden treasure? This is a perfect build to do as a family — each person creates a top-secret room before working together to combine the rooms you built!
3. Alien Village
What pieces look out of this world? Maybe try neon colors or building a rainbow alien with huge eyes! Can you build a rocket ship attacking the village?
4. Underwater Temple
Can you use multiple shades of blue to give the water dimension? Maybe build a cascading waterfall!
5. Movie Theater
What pieces can you combine to create a giant screen? Build some seats and your favorite mini figures can enjoy your film!
6. Sky Castle
How can you make it look afloat? Prop up a castle on pillars? Build clouds around the bottom?
7. Blocky Minecraft Village
Bring your favorite video game to life in Legos! Can you make the ender dragon?
8. Active Volcano
What pieces could you use to look like flowing lava? Is there a lava monster on the volcano?
9. Mysterious Monster
Can you create moving jaws? What pieces make for the perfect class of tails?
10. Half Pirate Ship Half Race Car
The ultimate sea and land combination, this will get creative juices flowing as you build up masts onto your speedster. Throw a beard on a mini figure for the perfect pirate.
Lego Idea Generator
Looking for an extra funny challenge? Grab a die and use this table to create your own randomized LEGO idea! Roll the die for each column of the table, and then try and build your new super silly challenge.
Lego Family Game
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Grab a friend or get the whole family together and try out this fun game idea. Without coming up with a plan beforehand and without speaking, take turns placing only one block at a time. Watch as your combined imaginations come together for a unique build!
If you read this list and you still aren’t sure what to build — don't panic. Just dive into your Lego box and don’t even worry about the big master plan. Start collecting pieces that grab your eye, and put them together randomly. These new funky shapes could be the start of your next grand Lego adventure. Watch as your bin of mix-and-match pieces come together to form your most ingenious construction yet!
The best things never really go out of style, and that’s especially true when it comes to crafting!
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