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Introduction: Lego Circle

Round shapes out of rectangular parts? Seems a little crazy but you can make one of these bad boys for yourself with normal 1x2s and basic building skills. Impress others or use as a wall decoration.



This circle is made out of standard rectangular Lego bricks. When enough bricks are stacked together they start to bend a bit and eventually you can complete a full circle. 

Though smaller circles can be made, making one with 100 bricks per layer doesn't put too much stress on the bricks. I always use 3 layers of bricks because they hold better and have a lesser chance of exploding all over the room. 

Step 1: Parts

You will need:
-150 black 1x2s
-150 white 1x2s

Of course you can use any color combination that you like. You can even go "rainbow warrior" and just use whatever colors are available. As long as you can gather 300 1x2s, you're good. 

Step 2:

Stack 3 of the white bricks as shown. Repeat 49 more times. Now stack 3 of the black bricks and repeat 49 more times.  The goal here is to have 50 sets of stairs in white and 50 sets of stairs in black.

Step 3:

Now join together the stacks, alternating black and white stacks. 

Step 4:

Continue joining the stacks until you have a strip of all 100 stacks. 

Step 5:

Bring the two ends together. The bricks will naturally curve into the circle shape. Join the two end pieces together. 

Try experimenting with different patterns and sizes. 


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    I've made it in to a lamp. (about 700 bricks)

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    how do you hang it up from the ceiling?

    I used an old 1x2 technic brick with a hole in it and put a thick metal wire through it. You might just be able to see it on the picture.

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    WOW. That looks awesome and I want to make one too!

    How did you take it from a circle to a lampshade? Looks like you maybe drilled some piece to have the wire through. Did you glue any pieces together?

    I used the (old) LEGO technic 1x2 bricks that already have a hole in them. The frame is made from a aluminum rod. (but I think paracord might also work) No glue is used but it might be smart to use some glue. Time will tell.

    Love it! I don't like to drill or glue LEGO pieces since I prefer the 'purist' building style. I really like that you worked within the constraints of the bricks without having to modify any. AWESOME!

    Well after one year it still didn't explode in separate bricks again, so it works fine without any glue!

    Can you make the diameter smaller? I need it to fit on a 48x48.

    Where do you get the bent bricks from?

    would be fun to create a lego particle acelerator out of this.

    would be a ton of 1x2 lego bricks needed for it

    I find that at 100 bricks long, its a little floppy, so use about a 60-70 brick long strip.

    Sherry, have you checked out http://www.brickbending.com/ yet?

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    you have introduced me to brick bending. an order of 300 1x2s is on the way to my house now!

    But...but...its physically impossible!!!! JK great job!!

    AH! I can tell you that it does indeed hold with smaller ones... that is one of my upcoming projects! That is so funny :) I haven't written it yet but I have all steps and photos set up on an unpublished Instructable. It's pretty cool seeing it done in Duplo though. Are you planning on writing up an Instructable on it too or am I safe haha?

    No I'mnot, so go for it - publish your work.
    I just wanted to show that traditional lego encourages rectilinear thinking.

    Ok, great! Just wanted to check so I didn't step on any toes.