Intro: Minifigure Display/Wall Clock
A great way to show off minifigure collections!
Detachable velcro-type mounting strips make it easy to change out figures and replace clock battery.
Difficulty level: super easy
Time: less than an hour of work, plus one hour wait time
Cost: mounting strips - $ 24 ( but can be done more cheaply), clock mechanism - $2 - $5, Legos already have on hand
Ages: 6 and up
These instructions will work to create a wall clock from any other collection of items: various kinds of toys, small framed pictures, circuitry...the possibilities are endless. Let us know how you were inspired.
Step 1: Materials List
* Clock Mechanism
We pried off the face of a cheap plastic battery operated wall clock and removed the functioning clock part
* 12 Lego minifigures
* 12 2x4 Lego bricks, any color
* 12 plates, optional
Plates come with collectible minifigures packs, but you can simply attach minifigures directly to the brick
* 13 pair (26) of small velcro-style removable picture mounting strips
We used 3M Command Small Picture Hanging Strips [available at most office supply stores] so as not to damage paint. But to make this more affordable , you could cut 24 pieces of velcro tape 1.25 inches (size of brick) and 2 pieces about the width of the clock piece
* 12 dot stickers
We used 3/4" size, but you can get creative for how to indicate numbers...or skip numbers altogether if you want
Step 2: Stick Mounting Strips (or Tape) to Back of Clock and Bricks
Push strip (tape) onto object for at least 30 seconds -- or follow instructions on package.
We aligned half of strips to left edge of bricks and half on right edge so that tabs face towards center.
Step 3: Assemble Minifigures Display
Attach minifigures and plates (I if using),to bricks.
Step 4: Attach Mounting Strips (tape) to Wall
Clean wall surface with alcohol and allow to dry --follow instructions on package.
Lay out clock pattern. This can be any size or shape you choose.
We found it easiest to
- first set up points for 12, 3, 6, and 9:
- then space out other numbers;
- then center the clock.
Push strip (tape) to wall for at least 30 seconds
Wait one hour before attaching bricks -- or follow instructions.
Step 5: Attach Legos to Wall
Setting up this layout is the fun part.
Step 6: Create Number Markings
Write numbers 1 - 12 on dot sticker...or use any alternative.
Stick dots over tabs.
Step 7: Change Up Display Whenever You Want
Simply pop brick off of wall, replace minifigures, reconnect mounting strip (tape) to wall.