Introduction: Lego Minifig "Planet" Display Case
I wanted to get a Lego Minifig display case for my kids but... they are EXPENSIVE! So after looking around online at shadowbox versions (also expensive), I was perusing for pieces in Michaels when I came across this circular slatted board. I grabbed two, and some E6000 cement and ran home to get started!
- Circular slatted board ($6.99)
- E-6000 ($2.99)
- 16 2x4 bricks (priceless)
Okay, maybe that's a touch melodramatic. But some of these blue ones come from my own 1980's spaces sets when I was a kid though... so maybe not too far fetched. Still, these shouldn't be too hard to find around your house if you're needing to house minifigs!
- Metal ruler
Step 1: Lay Out the "grid"
I lucked out. As you can see in the picture, my metal ruler was exactly the width of the 2x4 brick! Also, I opted to arrange the bricks so that no two bricks were directly above another (i.e. they're staggered). So here's what I did...
- Lay the ruler down the center of the circle as shown in the picture.
- Use pencil to mark just the bottom edge of each slat at the width of the ruler on each side.
- Now add "columns" to each side of the ruler all the way to each side of the circle.
- Use the marker to make small x's in the spaces where you'll glue your 2x4 bricks.
Step 2: Place the Bricks
Once the grid is laid out, start at the top row.
- Squeeze a generous bead of E6000 onto the back of a brick. I used a generous bead because this is going onto wood and I want it to fill in the grooves and expect some of it to be soaked into the wood.
- Place the brick onto the marked space and press down a little.
- Continue placing the rest of the bricks.
- Allow to dry 24-72 hours.
Step 3: Change the Hanging Hardware
These circular boards come pre-hung so that the slats hang vertically. So I simply removed the twine hanger and used some picture hanging wire on the back.
Step 4: Populate the Display!
Here's the fun part! Let your kids populate their display before hanging it up!