This easy tutorial for a DIY Lego Minifigure Display Shelf can hold over 150 Lego Minifigures and costs less than $5.
If you have kids then you probably have Lego Minifigures.
Even if you don’t have kids, if you grew up loving Legos then you probably have Lego Minifigures.
If you have kids and you grew up loving Legos then you probably have your own Lego Minifigures.
I know that I totally do.
I have a collection that is just Mama’s.
They aren’t really for playing with because I don’t want to lose pieces.
Which doesn’t mean they never get to play with them. But they aren’t stored in all of the other Legos.
Every time a new a series comes out I spend a good amount of time feeling all the baggies trying to find the ones I want.
And trying to make sure that I don’t end up with duplicates. Who else is feels the Legos?
Speaking of, the new series comes out May 1st! So be sure to be on the look out for that.
If you go to the Lego store the employees might be able to help you figure out which ones are which. Also, if you can’t seem to find the one you are looking for you can ask them to bring out a new box.
It started out with just a couple of fun ones. You know, like the guy in the chicken suit. I was actually given that Minifigure. And I thought it was so fun.
That’s when my Minifigure addiction started. And it morphed into a few dozen Minifigures.
So where does one store them all?
On a special shelf of course. It makes me so happy to see them all sitting up on their shelf.
Let’s talk supplies.
Three 1 x 2 x 8 furring strips
Nail gun or hammer
Ruler or measuring tape
Build Your Own Lego Minifigure Display Shelf
Actually, this isn’t even all of them. I have a gallon sized bag that has a bunch of them. It has yet to be found since the move.
Well, it was found. And then I put them in a “safe” place. So yeah. Who knows when they will resurface?
I made this quick and easy Lego Minifigure shelf to hang on the wall. The best part? It cost less than $5!
It was actually under $3.50. Can you believe that? That’s less than the cost of a Lego Minifigure.
You just need three 1 x 2 x 8 furring strips and some nails. They are $1.05 at Home Depot. They are usually on an end cap.
You have to dig through to find some good ones. Or you can buy a whole bundle. The bundles seem to be in much better condition than what is already loose.
I recommend trying to get some from a bundle if you can. They tend to be straighter and have fewer knots.
Note: This will fit most Minifigures, but not all. For example, Medusa has a long tail behind her, so this shelf is not deep enough. You can always use wider boards such as 1 x 3s or 1 x 4s and follow the same cut and assembly.
Lego Minifigure Display Building Plans
Here’s the cut list:
Two (2) 38″ pieces (pink)
Eleven (11) 18″ pieces (blue)
Note: You are making a 2″ deep shelf. So when assembling the 1″ side should be facing out. Also, all 18″ pieces will go between the 38″ pieces
Sand all ends and sides. If you are staining do so now.
Lay the 38″ piece on its side and snug an 18″ piece right up the end to create a corner. Nail in place.
Measure 3″ from the 18″ piece and mark. Put the next 18″ piece right up on that mark. Nail in place. Repeat until you reach the final 18″ piece.
Put the final 18″ piece at the end of the 38″ piece to create the corner. Nail in place.
Take the other side piece and stand it on top of the first side. Mark all your shelf spacings.
Put the final side in place and nail the shelves according to the spaced markings.
I whitewashed mine with white craft paint thinned out with water.
You can add hooks on the back to hang, or simply mark where the top corners will go and put nails sticking out of the wall accordingly.
Each shelf can hold fourteen Minifigures standing on their little black plates. The top can hold fifteen for a grand total of 155 Lego Minifigures!
I love how it turned out and I can’t believe that it took me so long to actually build a shelf to keep them on.
I have it hanging up in my craft room where I can see them and know that they are safe. I have thought about using the Kragle but I don’t think I can do that.
- Three 1 x 2 x 8 furring strips
- Optional: paint
- Hanger or nails for hanging
- Nail gun or hammer
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Measure and mark your boards. You need two 38" pieces and eleven 18" pieces.
- Cut on the marks.
- Lay the long pieces down and place a short piece between them all the way at the end to create a corner.
- Using a nail, attach them together.
- Repeat for the other side of the 18" piece. You have made one end.
- Using the measuring tape, measure 3" above the 18" piece and lightly mark on the long side pieces.
- Place another 18" piece at the marked lines and attach to the sides using nails.
- Repeat steps 6 & 7 to complete the rest of the ledges on your shelf.
- Paint your shelf.
- Hang on the wall using nails or hangers.
- Display all your Lego Minifigures.
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