We love LEGOs. The bright colors. The satisfying “snap” when they fit together. The limitless possibilities — or, well, sort of, right? If you buy the official LEGO sets, you’re literally and figuratively boxed in where creativity is concerned. Don’t get us wrong; they’re frickin’ awesome. We may or may not have an entire shelf in the basement with boxes of LEGO’s Harry Potter Knight Bus, VW bus, and Sesame Street set. Some day, we might even get the chance to do them (if our kids stop hogging the LEGO table). But what about when you need to do more than just follow someone else’s rules? What if you want to make your own LEGO model? Blow off a little LEGO steam? You need some LEGO build ideas, friend.
When you think “outside of the box,” you create what’s known in the LEGO enthusiast world as a MOC, or “my own creation.” And if you’re here, MOC glory must be in your near future. So, we found some inspiration sure to bring out the badass rebel LEGO builder in you.
1. Dr. Strange’s Place
Holy crap, guys. The details on this build are insane. If Marvel isn’t your scene, that’s cool. The idea here isn’t necessarily to build this exact model but to look for inspiration in the places you see on television. Can you construct a model of the I Love Lucy set? Bonus points if you do it all in grayscale!
Channel your inner Jedi to build these or any other of the detail-rich scenes from Star Wars that haven’t already been turned into sets.
3. The Dad Getaway Spot of Your Dreams
Remember that Airbnb in the woods you loved so much that you told your partner you want to get buried there? Or the plans you used to draw up for that dream beach house where you could teach your kids to surf? Build it with LEGOs. Add to it and change it as your needs or ideas change. Your 3D model will remind you of the real deal (and why you hustle so hard).
4. LEGO Self-Portrait
What kid wouldn’t get a kick out of building their own head out of blocks? The fact that this MOC build includes colored “brains” takes it to the next level. If you want to get a good laugh out of this one, ask your kids to build your head.
5. Seasonal Dome
You may not win every decorating battle in your household, but you might just win this one. Adding a glass dome to your LEGO creation elevates it into, well, art. If your partner tries to nix it, pull on the ol’ “but the kids have so much fun doing these every season” heartstrings.
6. A Catapult
Kids love catapults. Dads love catapults. What’s not to love about this DIY version? Well, except for maybe stepping on the LEGOs you forgot you flung across the room.
7. A Wall Patch
So, someone knocked a hole in the wall or the movers took out a whole corner of drywall? In both instances, it’s easy to repair with the proper materials. But, honestly, where’s the joy in that? Why not fill the spot with LEGOs for added color? Do it.
8. A Cake
When a basic cake simply won’t do — whether it’s your best dude’s wedding or your four-year-old’s birthday — create your own personalized LEGO masterpiece. You could even cut away part of a real cake and replace it with blocks so you can have your LEGO cake and eat it too. But, like, don’t actually eat the LEGOs.
9. House Numbers
These numbers are celebrating a follower threshold, but we like the inspiration. What about building a small plaque and using LEGO bricks to piece out your house numbers? It’s a unique way to let visitors know exactly what kind of fun people live inside (fun people, obviously).
10. A Glimpse At Real Life
Can you make a model of your home? Or maybe capture a favorite family moment using LEGOs? Whether you take on ballet practice, cooking in the kitchen, or that full-family wrestling match you had last week, recreating the moment with LEGOs is a rad keepsake — especially if you have your kids help you build.
11. Oven Hood
This takes time. And a ladder. And a laidback partner. We’re by no means suggesting you try to build a range hood with just LEGOs. That’s probably not very safe. But we love how Chef Christina Tosi has wrapped part of hers. You could hunt out free LEGOs of any color and wrap your hood all the way to the ceiling. Or you could give it a belt, like Tosi’s. Is your partner being a bit picky about adding in all those colors? Hit that killer brick wall at the LEGO store and opt for colors that are already in your kitchen. It’s still a little zany but keeps the look more cohesive.
12. Something Personalized
Try to resist the urge to stack your bricks and spell out a four-letter word. We’ve done it already. It just gets a ton of eye rolls. Instead, what about spelling out your kids’ names? Then you can put it up on a shelf in their room or on one of the many, many shelves around the house that your partner insists you need.
13. LEGO Monsters
There’s nothing kids love more than silly and wonky creatures. Instead of building skyscrapers, make sure there’s a few googly eyes in the LEGO chest. With this kind of design, there are no wrong answers. Making animal-like figures out of blocks is a great way to push your kids’ creative skills. They can make a bunch of tiny monsters or one big beast using all the LEGOS in the box!