How to Make a LEGO Dimensions MiniFig Character Display from a Picture Frame

My kids love the new LEGO Dimension games. I, however, have been a bit frustrated that they are always losing the figures and accessories. We looked into getting an official storage container for them, but I wasn't big on paying a lot of money for something that stored them away and didn't allow for the kids to look at them. Since minifig displays are popular in kids' rooms, we decided to make our own with some Mainstays picture frames and Rust-Oleum paint. I think it turned out really neat!

First, we prepared the frame by removing the glass.

Then, we followed the directions on the can of paint to give the frames adequate coating. (For us, this was three coats of paint, being careful to get into all the nooks and crannies of the frame texture.) After allowing it to dry, we worked on the display.

First, we looked at the size of the minifigs and vehicles that we wanted to display and figured out how many we could fit on the glass portion of each frame. For the  5 x 7 frame, we could fit 3 minifigs or small vehicles or two large vehicles. For the vehicles that needed more clearance, we used a 3x2 brick sticking out longways. For the minifigs, a 2x2 brick worked fine. Then we marked where they would be placed on the glass with a dry erase marker, using a ruler to measure equal distance from the edges.

With a hot glue gun, we then glued on the LEGOs. After removing some of the stray glue "strings", the glass was ready to be placed into the frame.

Then, it was time to put on our LEGOs!

The best part about this display project is that you can hang them on the wall, or -- if you choose frames with a folding stand on the back -- they can be placed on a shelf or dresser. We decided to put them in our boy's toy organizer. They look nice there when they aren't being played with, but they are easy to get to when the kids want to use them in their Dimensions game.

This display can be used for any LEGO set. You can also customize the background behind the glass by cutting out pages from the LEGO monthly magazine (it's free!) or pictures from the LEGO product boxes. You could also have the kids draw or design pictures to put into the frame!

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