How to Make a Round Christmas LEGO Ornament

How to Make a Round Christmas LEGO Ornament
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Who wouldn’t like to add some unique flair to their Christmas tree by decorating it with a handmade a LEGO ornament? Your own children can even make these ornaments using LEGO Bricks from their own toy box!

No need to limit yourself to trimming the tree, though – how about hanging a custom ornament above the fireplace or hiding the parts kit as a stocking stuffer for a special someone? We’ve even seen folks hang these from the chandelier over their holiday dinner!

I don’t know how it is in your house, but around here our tree simply isn’t “done” until it’s been trimmed with colorful LEGO baubles!

This year, we are loading up the tree with white and turquoise baubles that feature the new LEGO element #15469.  That is the Brick, Round 2 x 2 with 4 Petals Base and Axle Hole, currently only available in this beautiful shade of blue:

 

 

 

 

We’ve made three of these white adornments for our tree so far.  How do they look?

White LEGO Ornament for a Christmas Tree
White LEGO Bauble for a Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We went with white since it pairs so nicely with this blue LEGO part.  What other colors would you have tried out?

Building these LEGO Christmas ornaments as a family can be more fun than actually decorating your tree; it is an amazing family activity.

If you want to have a go at building this stylish LEGO Christmas ornament yourself, you can download our high quality instructions for free, right here.  If you don’t think you have the parts in your collection to make this Lego ornament, you can buy all of the parts and pieces you need to build a white ornament in this style here as well.  The parts kit listing will also provide you with a free download of the instructions when you complete your check out!

 

 

 

 

Post a pic of your custom holiday ornament to instagram and tag us @brickablocks so we can see what you’ve come up with!

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Free Instructions for Making a 3D SOMA Cube with LEGO Bricks

Free Instructions for Making a 3D SOMA Cube with LEGO Bricks
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Last week we published instructions for building a Castle Themed Dice Tower using LEGO Bricks from your own collection.  This week we are excited to release some new downloadable instructions that can be used for building your own SOMA Cube 3D Puzzle with LEGO Bricks from your own collection of LEGOs!

Use this free PDF to build an engaging 3D puzzle.  The SOMA Cube is comprised of 133 LEGO brick parts, which may be tough to find in one single color within your own LEGO collection.  Don’t be afraid to substitute colors to come up with a fun and funky puzzle in your own style!

A Soma cube is a solid 3D dissection puzzle that was invented by Piet Hein in 1936. The puzzle comprises seven pieces that are made out of unit cubes that must be assembled into a 3×3×3 cube. The pieces can also be used to make a variety of other 3D shapes, which makes for fun games to keep your child busy for hours.

SOMA Cubes can often be found in finely crafted rosewood sets, but now you can create your own by picking through your LEGO bin to find the parts necessary to build one. Originally, the SOMA Cube was marketed for several years by the game manufacturer Parker Brothers, yep – the Monopoly folks. Parker Brothers also produced plastic cubes in several colors (blue, red, and orange) during the 1970s. Original packaging for the commercial version claimed that there were over 1 million possible solutions. This figure includes rotations and reflections of each solution as well as rotations of the individual pieces. How many do you think you will be bale to find once your CUBE is assembled?

The list of parts needed for this project can be found at the bottom of the PDF document that you can download after adding this item to your shopping cart.

If you enjoy this project, be sure to head over to our build instructions page to find other neat LEGO projects you can download for free, and build using your own collection!

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Making a LEGO Dice Tower with Parts and Pieces from Your Collection

Making a LEGO Dice Tower with Parts and Pieces from Your Collection
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Playing tabletop board games is a great way to connect with friends and family offline. Creating things with LEGO Bricks is a great way for children (and adults!) to flex their creative muscles, and keep them engaged with out screens.  Today, we are going to help you combine these fun family friendly activities by providing you with the instructions and a parts list for building a tumbling dice tower.

 

As you probably already know, sometimes the playing board can get crowded, or it takes up all of the table and there’s nowhere to roll your dice.  Or maybe your mischievous buddy has mastered that simple wrist technique to get the roll he wants, and maybe you don’t want him to have such an advantage.

 

A dice tower is a common way of solving these problems for table top gamers.  A dice tower keeps the dice on the table while also making each roll totally random.  This DIY instructions post will show you how to make your very own dice tumbler with less than 200 basic LEGO bricks.  Well mostly basic.  Our lego tower is super sturdy and compact, which helps it survive the odd drop or two off the gaming table.  Also, its shaped like a medieval castle and has a wicked awesome skull on the front.  You know what’s cool?  This is cool!

 

To build this tower, you will need the LEGO bricks listed in the parts table below.

Brick Name Part Quantity
BRICK 1X1 3005 6
BRICK 1X2 3004 14
PALISADE BRICK 1X2 30136 10
BRICK 1X3 3622 2
BRICK CORNER 1X2X2 2357 14
BRICK 2X2 3003 14
BRICK 1X4 3010 4
BRICK 1X4 WITHOUT PINS 3066 1
BRICK 2X3 3002 8
BRICK 1X6 3009 1
BRICK 2X4 3001 11
BRICK 2X6 44237 24
TECHNIC BRICK 1X4, Ø4,9 3701 1
ROOF TILE 1X2 INV. 3665 8
ROOF TILE 2X2/45° 3039 20
ROOF TILE 2X2/45 INV. 3660 3
ROOF TILE CORN. INVERT.2X2/45° 3676 4
ROOF TILE 2X3/25° INV. 3747 1
BRICK 1X6 W/INSIDE BOW 92950 1
FLAT TILE 1X2 3069 2
FLAT TILE 1X4 2431 6
FLAT TILE 2X2 3068 12
CORNER PLATE 1X2X2 2420 2
PLATE 2X2 3022 5
PLATE 1X4 3710 2
PLATE 2X3 3021 2
PLATE 1X6 3666 5
PLATE 2X4 3020 2
PLATE 1X8 3460 1
PLATE 4X4 3031 1
PLATE 4X6 3032 2
PLATE 4X8 3035 2
PLATE 6X8 3036 1
SKULL 1X3 1/2 X 3  W. SNAP 47990 1
Total   193

 

You’ll notice we didn’t include a color in our list of parts.  We wouldn’t want to limit your artistic vision by asking you to stick to the dark bluish grey color scheme presented in the instructions.  We sure didn’t when we built ours!

To download the instructions, add the item to your cart, and check out. We do not collect any payment information on this free item. There are 193 parts that you will need to find – are you up to the challenge?

 

 

So, get started – build a medieval castle themed dice tower for you next RPG or board game night!

 

 

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Instructions and Parts list for a Magic Folding Fidget Cube Built with LEGO Bricks

Instructions and Parts list for a Magic Folding Fidget Cube Built with LEGO Bricks
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For free downloadable instructions, scroll through. If you’d like to purchase our parts package to build your own fidget cube, you can do so right here. Each purchase comes with a free download of our build instructions for assembling your LEGO Fidget toy. We think you’ll love how compact and sturdy our infinity cube is!

 

 

If you would like to have a go at building your own folding Lego fidget with your own LEGO collection, we’ve posted free downloadable digital instructions and a parts list on our storefront, and you can download those below. Simply add the item to your cart, and check out. We do not collect any payment information on this free item. There are 56 parts that you will need to find – are you up to the challenge?

 

A parts list for building this brick built folding fidget yoshimoto cube is right here:

8 – Hinge Plate 1 x 4 Swivel Top / Base Complete Assembly (2429c01)
24 – Plate 1×2 3023
8 – Tile 2×2 3068b
8 – tile 1×2 3069b
8 – Bracket 1x2x2 Inverted 99207

If you don’t have these parts, we are happy to ship a kit to you, simply purchase using the add to cart option above.  We will send you all 56 parts in an assortment of colors (your colors may not match picture).

 

Puzzle and Fidget Kits with LEGO Bricks
Puzzle and Fidget Kits with LEGO Bricks

 

For international customers, we now offer shiping to Europe, Australia, and Canada – so you can buy a kit right on this page as well!

 

The ‘add to cart’ fidget cube listing is for 1 LEGO Fidget Cube, built with 56 LEGO Parts and Pieces.   Over on our etsy storefront, you can choose to have the item either assembled, or disassembled. If you choose to have your kit shipped disassembled, you can use the free instructions above for assembling your fidget cube when your the part kit arrives.  Pictures are for reference only, your parts and pieces will come in a variety of bright LEGO colors. The cube is made up of eight interconnected cubes which can be folded or unfolded indefinitely.

This item is helpful with stress relief, classroom distraction, and may help with ADHD, Autism Productivity and Concentration. There are really no limits to when and where you can use this magic LEGO Folding Fidget Cube. Use it while listening to a lecture, or while studying for that upcoming test. Use it in the next meeting you have to attend. Use it at your desk while working on projects. Or while enduring a lengthy commute and in need of some stress relief!

It is a great gift idea for a friend who can’t keep their fingers still. It is an unusually addicting, high-quality desk toy designed to help you focus. It is a really wonderful item to release your body and moods, and help you focus on your work. Specifically designed for people who can’t keep their fingers still.

 

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How to Make a Wicked Fast LEGO Fidget Spinner

How to Make a Wicked Fast LEGO Fidget Spinner
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FIDGET SPINNERS! They are everywhere! If you haven’t heard of them, a fidget spinner is a type of stress-relieving toy. A basic fidget spinner consists of a central bearing within a design made from materials like brass, stainless steel, titanium, copper and plastic. Some suggest that the toy may help people who have trouble focusing or fidgeting by acting as a release mechanism for nervous energy or stress.

We thought it would be fun to build one from our LEGO Collection, and thought we would share what we came up with so you can build one using LEGO parts and pieces from your personal LEGO collection!

 

To get started, you will need to find these 13 parts from your LEGO collection, or parts that are similar in function.

Here is the parts list:

1 Technic Bush 1/2 Smooth

1 Technic Driving Ring Extension

4 Technic, Axle 3 with Stud

3 Technic, Axle and Pin Connector Angled #5 – 112.5 degrees

1 Technic, Axle Connector Hub with 3 Axles

3 Wheel 18mm D. x 14mm with Pin Hole, Fake Bolts and Shallow Spokes

 

The first step is to connect the three #5 Technic Axle and Pin connectors to the Axle connector hub:

 

In Step two, insert 3 of the Technic 3 axles into each of the 3 Wheel Hub holes, then connect each to one of the #5 axle pin connectors on your central hub.

 

Next, insert the remaining axle through the center of the wheel hub:

 

Flip the assemble over so the open end of the axle is facing upwards, and thread the driving ring onto the central axle:

 

Finally, secure the driving ring in place with the technic bush.

 

Now, you are ready to spin away!

 

What we enjoy most about our fidget spinner is that it has 4 spinning axes.  The three wheels on the outer edge, and the driving ring in the center of the hub.  Even cooler?  Since it is built with LEGO, it can be reconfigured in a variety of alternate spinner shapes, each one with its own satisfying spin cycle!

 

So, there you have it!  Get busy building!  Oh… and if you don’t have these parts, head on over to our etsy shop where you can pick them up from Brickablocks!

 

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Instructions for a Round Lamp Base, Built With LEGO

Instructions for a Round Lamp Base, Built With LEGO
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Good Afternoon, LEGO friends!  Welcome back to Brickablocks, your one stop shop for handmade lego gifts and accessories!

 

It’s been a while since we shared any new instructions with you, so we would like to address that today by sharing a new project with you all.  If you feel like your living room, home office, or bedroom could use a fun and geeky makeover, building a lamp with LEGO bricks is a great way to start out.  Recently, we built a few round accent lamps with LEGO bricks for a friend – one in white and one in blue.  They turned out really well and we thought it would be neat to share a guide with you so you can make a LEGO lamp yourself!

 

Our instructions file is available as a free download below, and it shows you how to make a “Blue Lamp”.  Don’t get discouraged by worry that you may not have enough blue in your LEGO collection though!  Feel free to get funky and jazz up your LEGO Lamp with any of the vibrant colors you are sure to find in your giant bin of LEGO bricks!  We encourage you to create something spectacularly unique for yourself, and we think you’ll appreciate our new LAMP base instructions.

 

Use the free PDF we link to below to build a lamp in the style of this rounded urn we just finished assembling in our studio.  The LAMP base is comprised of around 400 parts, which may be tough to find in one single color within your own LEGO collection, so do not be afraid to substitute colors to come up with something fun and geek-tastic!

 

Handmade Rounded Urn Style LEGO Lamp
Handmade Rounded Urn Style LEGO Lamp

 

Here are some shots from our assembly process.  You can see that we initially designed this unique handmade LEGO lamp within a digital design studio.  This helps us better understand the parts that we will need when we assemble for real, and cuts down on the in-build parts rummaging that can occur when you aren’t adequately prepared to build.

 

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Building a handmade LEGO lamp

 

And here you can see the version we assembled in white.  These lamps were a huge hit at Christmas, which is when we gifted this pair to our friend.

 

Round LEGO accent lamp in white

 

So, without further delay, here is where you’ll be able to download the pdf instructions file you can use to build this classic LEGO lamp!  To download the instructions, add the item to your cart, and check out. We do not collect any payment information on this free item.

 

 

You can use our pre-assembled DIY Lego Lamp wiring kit to make your own lamp using your own LEGO collection.

LEGO Lamp Kit, Lamp Kit Adapted for Lego Bricks, DIY Lego Lamp Kit, Silver Finish, Clear Cord, Build Your Own Lamp - DIY Lamp

 

 

Thank you for stopping by, friends!

 

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Another LEGO Minion? Yes.

Another LEGO Minion?  Yes.
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Howdy friends, and welcome back to brickablocks.com!

 

This week, we have a couple of fun little LEGO projects for you that feature one of our favorite subjects.  The Minions!  

 

We love these little guys, as you know.  If you haven’t seen them yet, go check out our earlier instructions for building a Minion with LEGO Bricks.  And then there is this one that features more basic brick building techniques, and is built in the style of a LEGO Incredible Hulk Minion!

 

Today’s build features a swim champion minion, with flippers and matching swim cap!  We had a hard time coming up with the perfect name for this guy.  It was so difficult that we ended up resorting to this nifty little MINION Name Generator.

 

We thought that we would use world famous olympic swimmer Matt Biondi as our namesake.  Which means our Olympic Champion Minion is named Bob, according to the minion name generator.

 

Olympic Swim Champ LEGO Minion
Olympic Swim Champ LEGO Minion

 

So, here you go friends, a 39 piece, Olympic Champion, MINION – built with LEGO bricks.  Follow the link to view / download our PDF Instruction sheet!

 

Swim Champ LEGO Minion PDF Instructions

 

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More Fun with Minions!

More Fun with Minions!
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Howdy friends, and welcome back to brickablocks.com!

 

This week, we have another fun little LEGO project for you that features one of our favorite subjects.  The Minions!  We love these little guys, as you know.  If you haven’t seen it yet, go check out our earlier instructions for building a Minion with LEGO Bricks.

 

With this post, we are taking a different approach to the Minion theme.  Our build this week features a far simpler take on these cute little guys, though we introduced a pretty fun little twist for you!

 

Allow us to introduce BAH-GAMMA!  This minion had an unfortunate run in with a few Gamma Rays, which sadly rendered his coveralls purple, and his skin tone green!

 

Buh-Gamma! The Incredible Hulk Minion!
Bah-Gamma! The Incredible Hulk Minion!

 

Follow the link below to view / download our PDF instruction sheet for this build!  Have fun building a little LEGO Minion army, friends!

 

A Simpler Minion – Bah-Gamma, The Hulk Minion

 

 

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Supergirl! LEGO Instructions for another Basic Brick Hero

Supergirl!  LEGO Instructions for another Basic Brick Hero
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Welcome back LEGO Friends!  

 

This week, we are sharing with you instructions for building another Simple Friend.

 

Build Supergirl with Basic LEGO Bricks using our free instructions!
Build Supergirl with Basic LEGO Bricks using our free instructions!

 

Our Simple Friends gang is a Super Hero team that is not quite mini-figure scale, and not quite mini-land scale.  Something in between.  We think it is just the right size, though – especially for new builders looking to explore working outside the manual using their limited LEGO brick collection.  So far, we’ve shown you how to build Fast-Man, Thwak!Man and Wonder Female.  Our basic LEGO takes on Batman, Wonder Women and The Flash.  We will tackle another DC Comics Heroine with today’s build.

 

Our basic brick Supergirl is built using 14 basic LEGO elements.  You’ll probably be able to find all of them in your very own LEGO collection.  The 1×2 yellow slope may be tough to find, so feel free to substitute parts as you like!  Have a look at the instructions for today’s model in the gallery below.  

 

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Build a Lamp with LEGO Bricks to Display your Favorite Minifigures using our Free Instructions

Build a Lamp with LEGO Bricks to Display your Favorite Minifigures using our Free Instructions
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This week, we are sharing with you instructions for one of our earliest, and most popular LEGO Lamp designs.

 

Our Minifigure Display Lamp!  

Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display Lamp
Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display Lamp

 

This unique lamp design features three arched display areas with just enough space to install your favorite LEGO minifigures.  We’ve sold this over on our Etsy Storefront for nearly 2 years, and it is a consistent best seller.  Now, though,  you can build your very own using your LEGO collection!

 

 

 

 

The Minifig Display Lamp we feature in our instruction set is built using all black parts, but you can certainly change things up, depending upon what color LEGO Bricks you have available.  We have built this particular model in Blue, Grey, and even in a Joker theme!  Check it out:

 

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Green LEGO Minifigure Display Lamp with Joker Minifigure, available on Etsy.com

 

You can download our build instructions for this cool DIY LEGO lamp via the link included here, or you can browse an image gallery of instructions by clicking on the title sheet down below.

Minifigure Display Lamp LEGO Build Instructions

 

Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display Lamp
Downloadable Instructions for a Minifig Display

 

 

If you build one, don’t forget to pick up a wiring harness!  They are also available over on our Etsy shop:

 

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LEGO Lamp Wiring Kit, Adapted for Lego Bricks, available on Etsy.com

 

 

Interested in an alternative LAMP Design?  Then check out our Minifigure Display Storage Head Lamp Conversion Project!

LEGO Minifigure Head Lamp
LEGO Minifigure Head Lamp
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