Building Lego’s designed sets is great fun and there are lots of really cool builds out there to try, but one of the best things about Lego is that you can design your own builds entirely from scratch with the only limit being your imagination. So, here are a few tips and tricks to making your own custom creations with Lego that I have found useful.
Use Lego Digital Designer
If you have a really good idea for a Lego build, but don’t quite know where to start or if you even have the pieces that you’ll need, then the Lego Digital Designer is the perfect place to start. This free software that is available on Lego’s site is perfect for planning out your build and creating a list of every piece that you need. The software gives you access to Lego’s full repertoire of bricks, so you can create absolutely anything you can think of.
Make Double Sided Bricks
Lego doesn’t offer that many double-sided brick options, so it can be frustrating when you are mid-way through your perfect build and you have to add a whole new section to connect two big pieces, rather than just using a couple of double sided bricks. Luckily, there are a lot of industrious individuals out there on the internet that have come up with a range of different solutions to making your own double-sided bricks. If you have a quick search online, you’ll be able to find detailed instructions on how to make the ideal double-sided brick for you. You’ll never have to be limited in your constructions again.
Don’t be ashamed to use bits of your existing Lego designed builds to complete or improve your custom builds. Most of my best custom Lego creations have been Frankenstein assemblies of different sets, and the core pieces of Lego’s designs are often great for load bearing or just holding it all together.
Try Your Hand at Cutting or Painting Pieces
Sometimes you just won’t be able to find that perfect brick or mini figure to finish off your design, but with a little bit of craftiness you’ll be able to make your own. Cutting or painting pieces is a great way to construct the missing element of your build, or just to add a bit of your own personality. There are loads of tutorials and guides out there that will lead you through the process of making your own pieces, and with just a little bit of practice there is no limit to what you can make.