As some of you may know already, my fiancé and I are big kids. We also love Lego, especially Lego Minifigures. We have collected them over the years, picking one up if we are away somewhere or receiving them as gifts. They are great fun and each one has its own individual character. It’s even better if they have a memory attached to them or even just if they are a movie/Lego crossover like Toy Story or Harry Potter! Even even better if they are a crossover AND we have played the associated Lego game together on the Xbox 360/Xbox One like little Emmet from The Lego Movie, Indiana Jones, Captain Jack Sparrow or Batman etc.
The problem with this ever-growing collection was a rather ‘grown-up’ problem. Dusting. They were a nightmare to dust as they are intricately put together with little accessories that have to stay with each Minifigure. Nightmare! Until, that is, when we came up with a genius idea! To frame them! So here is what we did, one cloudy Sunday afternoon…
I used four Ikea Ribba frames as they are square and not too big with a simple clean black edge to them that wouldn’t detract from the Lego Minifigures.
I found out some foam board that I luckily had lying around in Eliston Button Headquarters and used the frames mount to draw around.
This acted as a guide before using a craft knife and a metal ruler to cut the board into the right dimensions to sit into the frame.
We had a long chat over how the Lego Miniatures would sit in the frame without moving around or having to glue them in, which we didn’t want to do just in case we wanted to move them around or squeeze in additional Minifigures to the collection. We came up with a simple plan…
We had a box of Mega Blocks bricks (of course we did!) and found that they fitted the bases of the Lego Minifigures perfectly. We chose to use blue and white alternately (like a French inspired stripy jumper) and laid them out in a line, measuring how much of a border we would want to leave at the edge before the frame. We left an inch either side and worked out that that would fit seven bricks. Four large blue ones and three smaller white ones.
We them glued them with a dot of hot glue, using a glue gun (that needs a bit of a clean!)
And held them in place for a few seconds to hold them tight together.
A few snapped off as we lifted them and we found that they had to be perfectly in line with each other so that when you put them down on the flat desk they were all level. But, after a few re-glue moments and a few sips of coffee later, we glued enough blocks to create eight lines of bricks to go across the four frames, with two lines of blocks in each.
Then we glued them to the foam board by their sides after measuring an equal distance between the two. This created a little ledge for the Lego Minifigures to stand along, a bit like they are in a line up!
We then started the fun bit! Adding the little Lego Minifigures to the bricks. I wanted to keep the Minifigures to the blue bricks as to keep them evenly spaced (Have I ever mentioned that I am a perfectionist!?) but some spilled over, like Harry Potter below, but I was okay with that!
We had a lot of fun figuring out who should stand next to who (to be honest I got a bit organised with this!) and tried to keep movie/Lego crossovers together or along a rough theme. Don’t you just love those Toy Story Minifigures!?
I love them so much! It’s a great way to be able to see each of the little Lego Minifigures and they are dust free! It will be so much easier to give the frames a quick dust over rather than each individual figure. We plan to hang them along the hallway of our new house so they are all bubble wrapped and boxed up ready for the big move. I will post a photo of them up on the wall as soon as they are up so keep an eye out on my Instagram 🙂
Have you got any Lego Minifigures? How do you store them? In a box or out on display? Do you collect anything fun and quirky? I would love to hear all about it!
Meet me for a chat with a cup of tea in the comments below. I’ll click the kettle on!