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DIY Lego Minifigure Display Case

Keep all those minifigs in one spot with a DIY Lego minifigure display case! Use adhesive Lego tape on the shelves and sides for a fun, interactive display.

Lego Ninjago minifigures on DIY Lego minifigure display case

Even with my son's epic DIY Lego table in his playroom, it seems like the pieces and minifigures are still everywhere! He's always searching for the right character for his battle scenes, creating a giant mess in the process. I decided to build this simple Lego minifigure display case to hang on the wall and keep them all in one spot!

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Finding the right Lego storage solution for the playroom has been an ongoing process for years. We've tried big bins of loose pieces, tiny bins of organized pieces and bins separated by set. (Trust me, it hasn't looked like this since the day it was built!)

DIY Lego table with storage

Each has its pros and cons, and we're still trying to figure out which one works best for our naturally disorganized son. 🙂 All the standard brick pieces are kept in this clear sided Lego bin I made for easy transport.

All the minifigures were thrown into a big bin, making it difficult to find the right ninja or bad guy during playtime. 

Lego minifigures in green plastic bin

I've been trying to think of a way to use this cool adhesive Lego tape in the playroom. It won't stick to our heavily textured walls, but the painted wood of this Lego minifigure display case is the perfect application! The minifigs can battle up the walls and even upside down. Storage can be fun!

lego minifigure display shelf with minifigures on sides and upside down

Materials Needed for DIY Lego Minifigure Display Case

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How to Build a Lego Minifigure Display Case

Cut Pieces

Cut two 24 1/2" pieces and six 16 1/2" pieces from the 1 x 2 boards.

Then cut one 18" x 24 1/2" piece of 1/4" plywood for the backing. You can do this with a jigsaw, circular saw or table saw (or have it cut for you at the store!) For better accuracy, I recommend assembling the shelves first, then cutting the plywood backing to fit. 

cutting plywood backing for Lego minifigure display

Sand and Paint

Give each piece a good sanding with 150 grit and 220 grit sandpaper. Then paint all the pieces.

I prefer to paint before assembly, especially on shelves like this. The process is so much faster and easier when all the pieces are flat on the workbench! I left one wide side of the longer pieces unpainted for now. You'll see why later.

painting shelves for Lego minifigure display shelf before assembly

Predrill Holes

You could use pocket holes, dowels, nails or screws to assemble the minifigure shelves. I wanted to hide the joinery without too much of a fuss, so I decided to countersink the screws and cover them with wood filler.

Small boards like these are prone to splitting, so take the time to predrill your holes before you start assembly. The shelves are spaced 4" apart, so I used a scrap of 1x2 to mark the position of each shelf.

measuring placement for Lego minifigure shelves

I like to predrill these holes in two steps. First, using a countersink bit, drill two holes at each shelf position.

drilling countersink holes for minifig shelves

Then line up each shelf piece and stick the bit through the hole. Then drill the hole into the end of the shelf board. This way, I can concentrate on making a good countersink hole first, then focus on the proper alignment.

predrilling holes in ends of minifigure shelves

Assemble Minifigure Shelves

Using 1 1/4" screws, attach each shelf to the side pieces. Make sure the screw head is slightly below the surface of the wood.

screwing minifigure shelves together

Cover Screw Heads with Wood Filler

Wood filler will make all those ugly screw heads disappear! Overfill the hole slightly, then sand it smooth when dry.

covering screw heads in side of minifigure display with wood filler

Then finish painting the sides to make the screw holes disappear!

painting over wood filled screw holes on side of minifigure display shelf

Cut and Attach Backing

I always prefer to cut the plywood backing after the piece has already been assembled. Double check the measurements of your shelves, then cut a piece of 1/4" plywood to match.

Sand and paint the edges and one side. Then attach it to the back of the Lego minifig display case with 3/4" brad nails (this is the brad nailer I use and love!)

nailing the back of the Lego minifigure display case in place with Ryobi Airstrike brad nailer

Attach Adhesive Lego Tape

Cut five pieces of the adhesive Lego tape to fit the minifigure shelves, then stick them on. I had a lot of trouble removing the paper from the adhesive backing, so I just ripped it off and used clear double-sided mounting tape instead.

applying Lego adhesive tape to minifigure shelves

You can also put it on the sides, and even the top! 

adding adhesive Lego tape to sides of minifigure shelves

Hang Your New Lego Minifigure Display!

My son had a ton of fun picking out the minifigures for his new display case!

six shelf Lego minifigure display case with adhesive Lego strips

Now he can have gravity defying ninja battles!

Lego Ninjago minifigures battling in DIY minifig display case
Lego minifigure hanging from top of DIY Lego minifigure display case shelf

And act out his favorite Minecraft scenes!

Lego minifigure display case shelf with Minecraft farm minifigures
Lego minifig display with Minecraft minifigures

Lego characters that haven't seen the light of day in months or years now take center stage on their own minifigure shelf!

three odd Lego minifigures on DIY Lego minifigure display shelf

Check out these other Lego storage ideas too!

collage of Lego storage ideas

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Lego Ninjago minifigures on DIY Lego minifigure display case

Nicolette

Friday 27th of December 2019

I've searched online forever looking for the one diy Minifigure display/stand that caught my eye. Then right at this moment realized that I don't really"need" the three display shelves I have now in my living room! So I will now convert them into Minifigure shelves easily.

Hurrem

Thursday 10th of January 2019

I was fascinated by this project as the mother of two sons. I'm so sorry the Legos are going to be forgotten in the boxes. I wonder if I can do it.

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