A few years ago, I created my first set of DIY LEGO minifigure display cases. Since then, my minifig collection has grown considerably, so it was time for me to make a few more.
Of course, I couldn’t find the exact frames that I used last time, but I managed to find something even better: shadow box frames that were already the correct depth to house minifigures. This made my job a lot easier – all I had to do was prepare the frames and add shelves to hold the minifigs. In this post I’ll outline how I created three new display cases for my minifig collection.
Materials I used:
The amounts and sizes of the materials will depend what shadow boxes you can find, and how many you make. I made three, using shadow boxes with inside dimensions of approximately 30cm x 40cm.
- Wooden shadow box frames deep enough to hold minifigures – glass front included.
- Wood sealer and paintbrush.
- Spray paint.
- Clear glue – safe for use on plastic.
- Silicone – to glue wood to glass.
- Black minifig bases – the ones that come with the blind packaged minifig sets.
- LEGO base plate.
- 3mm foam core board.
- Hooks & screws for mounting the completed display cases (and associated tools).
- Cutting tools – I used a hobby/utility knife and a guillotine.
- Masking tape.
Preparing the Frames:
- I covered the inside left and right sides with masking tape.
- I prepared the parts of the boxes that would be painted with wood sealer.
- I spray painted the inside back of the frame and the front of the frame in white.
- I used a little silicone to fix the glass to the front of the frame, to prevent it from falling out if I open the frames.
Preparing the Shelves:
To create platforms to hold the shelves, I used the little black bases that come with the blind packet minifigure sets – I have dozens, and they were the perfect size to fit along the inside edges of the shadow boxes.
- I connected the black bases in a row, in two layers.
- I glued a row of the bases to the left and right inside sides of each frame.
- When the glue was dry, I removed the second layer of bases.
- I then reattached the base pieces at intervals where I wanted the shelves to be.
Putting it all together:
At this point, I mounted the frames onto the wall (okay, my dad did that bit!).
- I created the shelves by gluing strips of a LEGO base plate to the foam board, as you can see in the pictures above.
- I connected the minifigs to the shelves and placed them in the frame, balancing them on the black base pieces along the sides.
- I attached the front covers with glass to the frames.
Here are the finished boxes before I added the front covers:
Here are the completed display cases, hung underneath the ones I made three years ago.
I hope this brief tutorial will be helpful if you are looking to create your own LEGO display cases. If you have any questions, feel free to let me know in the comments below!