Introduction: How to Make a Lego Ball

Have a ball making a ball! Though this doesn't do it quite the same way as the Lego Circle, I'm going to again show you how to use rectangular bricks to make round shapes. This ball is pretty easy to make and the hardest part will probably just be getting all the pieces together. 



I'm hoping the pictures are clear enough that you can build the ball solely from them but I have included text on each step just incase you get stuck. If you can understand the step just by the picture then you're pretty awesome and should just ignore whatever I wrote. 



A short video showing the roundness of the ball. More exciting video coming soon. 

Step 1: Parts

To make a Lego ball you're going to need some Lego bricks (duh). You're actually going to need those flat bricks called plates that are about 1/3 the height of a normal Lego brick. You will also need what Lego calls a 1x4 brick with 4 knobs which is basically a standard 1x4 brick but with an extra set of studs perpendicular to the ones normally on top. 

I'm including a parts list of the parts I used in this Instructable so that it will be easier to understand. Of course you can always substitute for parts that you don't have with ones that you do (like using two 2x4s in place of the 4x4 or using two 2x4s in place of the 2x8) but just be cautious about maintaining structural integrity. I know rainbow warrior (using bricks in any and all colors) is sometimes the only option but the shape of the ball shows up better in solid color so if possible, try to stick to just one color.

plates
-24 1x1s
-12 1x4s
-18 2x2s
-30 2x6s
-6 2x8s
-6 4x4s

bricks
-8 1x4 bricks with knobs

Step 2: The Steps

Stack five 2x6 plates to make a small set of steps, 3 going up and 3 going down. 

Step 3:

Stack the "steps" on top of a 2x8 so that it fills the gap. The 2x8 should have 1 row of studs sticking out of each end. 

Step 4:

Stack a 1x4 on both the left and right bottom "step" (they should be at an even level with the second "step"). 

Step 5:

Attach two 2x2s and four 1x1s. The 2x2 will attach to the 1x4 put in during the previous step as well as to what was the second "step" from Step 2. I promise that is not a riddle :)

Step 6: 4x4

Smack that 4x4 right down onto the middle of the heap.

Step 7:

Top it all off with a 2x2 that stacks on top of the 4x4.

Step 8: Now Do It 5 More Times!

Follow Steps 1-7 five more times and you will end up the 6 sides you need to make the Lego ball. I'll wait while you whip up those other sides and meet you over at Step 9. 

Step 9:

The next few steps are probably the most difficult in this Instructable but if you think of assembling the sides as you would a cube, you should do ok.

Flip over 4 side pieces. Attach the 1x4 bricks with knobs to the pieces. Make sure that the bricks with knobs are attached to the red pieces using their extra row of studs (not the ones that are on top of Lego bricks normally) so that the normal row of studs point outwards. Also make sure that two of red pieces have the bricks with knobs attached horizontally and that the other two are attached vertically. 

Step 10:

Attach a piece with horizontal 1x4 bricks with knobs to a piece without any. All sides have to be attached so that a smooth edge is touching a 2x8-sticking-out edge otherwise the pieces will not fit together. 

Attach the third and fourth sides and you'll have basically a round box without a base or lid. 

Step 11:

Add the last two pieces (the ones without the 1x4 bricks attached) to the top and bottom of the model and you've got yourself a pretty awesome Lego ball. 

I think this red one would make a great clown nose for a giant Lego sculpture. What kind of uses can you think of? If you make a Lego ball with the help of this Instructable, I would love to see it posted in the comments. 

Comments

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chloew made it! (author)2016-04-23

Thanks for sharing. Found this after watching Adam from Mythbusters build a slightly larger version on Tested.

http://www.tested.com/art/lego/567839-adam-savages...

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SockBadger2 made it! (author)2015-07-20

I made it on LDD (LEGO digital designer) and as soon as I got to step 8 I was like, thank god for copy and paste!

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benggreen made it! (author)2015-02-06

super cool!

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lynda.thompson.1221 made it! (author)2014-10-29

Hello! I was wondering if you might be able to guide me (and my kids) as to how to make these awesome chocolate chip cookies out of legos? I assume there is a way something similar to how this ball is made... but I can't quite wrap my mind around it. I am the (newbie) Coach for our Lego League Team this year, and it would be SO awesome if the kids could make these for their Lego Tournament Presentation in a few weeks. Thanks for any help you could offer! :D

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BadZombie made it! (author)2014-09-27

cool I never thought to make a ball with my square toys.

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brickworkz made it! (author)2014-04-07

I'm very grateful for the instructions on this sphere. I normally make Lego mosaic portraits so working on a 3D light bulb was a challenge, but I applied the concept and here's what I have so far... Thank you again! -Brian from www.Brickworkz.com

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jbaily made it! (author)2013-09-22

The red could be a meteor

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antibobthebuilder made it! (author)2013-07-27

turn it grey and u have Lego Indiana Jones

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mk2001 made it! (author)2013-07-17

Awsome ball- i finished all the sides but i cant find any of the 1x4 bricks with knobs :( .
I did manage to stick it together with tape but it was flimsy, i am still looking through my lego to find them.

Very cool.

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the_real_mccoy_ made it! (author)2012-10-21

LoL frog has a tounge XD

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snowfalcon1 made it! (author)2012-08-15

this has indiana jones written all over it.

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2012-08-23

Good thinking! Much better than the one that comes in the temple run set here. 

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reeseecup made it! (author)reeseecup2012-08-22

exactly ;-0 ;

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William930 made it! (author)2011-12-23

Awesome! How heavy is it, could it possibly be a christmas tree ornament?

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-23

It's hollow so it's not too heavy. LEGO actually featured a similar ball on the cover of a catalog a few years ago but didn't tell how to construct it or even sell the set! You can see it here: http://cache.lego.com/2057/images/shop/LandingPages/Ornament/catalog_278x348.jpg. I like the ribbon they use but I'm not sure how they attached it and I would probably use one of these http://media.peeron.com/pics/inv/custpics/2376.1072149497.jpg to hang it or to attach a hook or ribbon to. 

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furrysalamander made it! (author)2011-12-22

Once again, you make an amazing shape!

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-23

Thanks. I realized I must be really into shapes lately after I reviewed my recent projects lol

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dragonbtv made it! (author)2011-12-22

Great! I am to give a try now.

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TheAwesomestDude made it! (author)2011-12-21

cool i made 1 like this a few years back only mine was smooth i love the pics!!!

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-21

Smooth? Like you covered it in tiles?

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TheAwesomestDude made it! (author)TheAwesomestDude2011-12-22

not quite like that but if i find it i will show you what i mean

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catfish23 made it! (author)2011-12-22

Isn't this just a lowell sphere? Either way nice job bringing it to the Instructables community, and great, easy instructions!

-Carl

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sitearm made it! (author)2011-12-22

@Sherrycayheyhey; Hi! Very clear instructions and photos. I love the little Lego man rolling the big Lego ball. Sort of a Lego Sisyphus! Cheers! Site

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monsterlego made it! (author)2011-12-21

OK now i actually was planning on making an instructable on this :P

good job!

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-21

ya snooze ya lose :)

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monsterlego made it! (author)monsterlego2011-12-22

Meh.

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evilution made it! (author)2011-12-22

Very similar to the mini Lego Death Star:
http://web.me.com/chrismcveigh/mintinbox/home/Entries/2010/11/29_Lego_Death_Star_Ornament.html

and his other Lego tree ornaments:
http://www.chrismcveigh.com/cm/lego_ornaments.html

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remmelt made it! (author)remmelt2011-12-22

Ah, came here to post just this. I ordered the parts for the Death Star ornament, it does not disappoint. At all.

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joespicnictables made it! (author)2011-12-21

You never cease to amaze me with these awesome designs!

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-21

such kind words, thank you

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joespicnictables made it! (author)joespicnictables2011-12-21

*blushing* :P thanks!

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champion466 made it! (author)2011-12-21

WOW! this is AWESOME!!!!!!!

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-21

glad you like it, thank you

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earlyflyer made it! (author)2011-12-21

Oops! I think you meant to say "2x8" instead of "2x6" in this step (and step 10). Otherwise, an excellent instructable that we just may try to do! Love the "this-plus-this-equals-that" photos...

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-21

Thank you for catching that, fixed now :)

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)2011-12-20

Ha, crazy! I love the little lego man's expressions when he is interacting with the ball.

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sherrycayheyhey made it! (author)sherrycayheyhey2011-12-20

Well it's heavy for a minifig haha

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