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How to Make Letters Out of Legos

Choose a size for your letters. They should be at least five bricks tall, so that there is room to build the curves and lines needed for each. The larger your letters, the better you will be able to approximate curves.

Plan your layout. For straight vertical lines (such as the sides of a capital “H”) place bricks of equal length directly on top of one another. For straight horizontal lines, use a longer brick that can be connected to any vertical lines. For example, the vertical sides of your capital “H” could be composed of bricks two circles long, while the horizontal line is a brick six circles long, with the two circles on each end snapped into the vertical sides. For curves and diagonal lines, use bricks of the same length but snap each brick one circle over from the brick above and below.

Snap the bricks together in your planned layout. Use bricks of a uniform width, such as the Lego standard two-circle width.

Tip

Play with color in constructing your Lego letters. You can make each letter a single color, use a random mix of colors, or create a repeating pattern within each letter.

For smaller children, the Lego's Duplo line offers a “Play with Letters” set with large, easy-to-manipulate blocks with letters emblazoned on the side.

For children learning to spell, Lego Education offers a set of letters on flat tiles that can be snapped onto a white Lego base in various orders to create words and sentences.

Warning

Lego toys contain many small pieces that can be dangerous or deadly if swallowed by infants or small children.

How to Build a Lego Motorcycle

Begin with the technic brick, a piece that has holes in the side. Add the roof brick at one end of the technic brick, with the contour sloping down to the middle of the piece.

Stack the two 2x2 bricks on top of one another. Place those on top of the technic brick, at the complete opposite end of the technic brick. This should leave an exposed space in the middle of the technic brick that is 2x2.

Place the 2x2 tile on top of the exposed part of the technic brick. This is the seat of the motorcycle.

Get two of the rods, and place one each in the first and last hole of the technic brick. Attach to each end of each rod four if the 1x4 plates.

Place the other two rods through the wheels. Attach to each end of the rods the opposite ends of the 1x4 plates.

Place the final piece, the half stud, on top of the roof brick. Find a piece to place on top of the half stud for the handle bars or steering wheel. This can be variety of things that can be found in a basic Lego set.

Things You Will Need

  • 2 2x2 bricks
  • 2x2 tile
  • 6x2 technic brick
  • 1x2 half stud
  • 4 1x4 plates
  • 2 wheels
  • 2x2 roof brick
  • 4 short rods

How to Build a DNA Model With Legos

Place one 8x2 Lego piece on the center of the 8x8 base.

Place two 2x1 plates on each side of the 8x2 piece for a total of four plates. The plates should be stacked one on top of the other.

Connect your 1x1 cylinders into pairs of the same color. You will end up with 40 pairs of cylinders.

Take two cylinder pairs of different colors and connect them together using a technic pin in the center.

Attach one 2x1 technic brick on each side of the created dual-colored cylinder. This will complete the base pair.

Place the completed base pair on the circular base.

Create another base pair of cylinders and technic bricks.

Place the base pair on top of the first pair, but attach only one slot of each brick onto the previous base pair.

Gently rotate each brick of the new base slightly to your left. This will begin to form the helix.

Repeat the creation and placement of additional base pairs, each time rotating the base pair slightly to the left on the helix.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 8x8 Lego base
  • 1 8x2 Lego piece
  • 4 2x1 Lego plates
  • 80 1x1 Lego cylinders
  • 20 Lego technic pins
  • 40 2x1 Lego technic bricks

Tip

Set each color of your cylinders as one of the four bases: adenine, cytosine, guanine and thymine. This will allow you to create specific DNA structures according to your needs.

How to Sell Legos Online

Sell LEGOs Online

Clean out the LEGOs. Remove any debris, as well as any toys or blocks that aren’t LEGO brand. Discard any broken or damaged LEGOs.

Sort the LEGOs into complete sets, if available. Separate and group any complete minifigs, platforms or other notable pieces that you’d like to list separately.

Group assorted bricks and pieces into mixed lots. Put them into clean plastic zipper bags and weigh them. (Many post offices have accurate scales you can use for free. If you sell a lot of LEGOs or other items, you may want to buy a scale for convenience.)

Pick an online auction site or other website to sell the LEGOs through. You can use a general online auction site, or one that specializes in LEGOs. Review the website’s selling policies and fees, and set up an account.

Pick the appropriate category to list your LEGO pieces. Many online auction websites have separate categories for LEGO minifigs, complete sets and mixed lots.

Write a descriptive title for each item, such as “Lot of 15 LEGO Pirate Minifigs” or “5 Pound Lot of Assorted LEGO Bricks.” Provide accurate and honest descriptions of your LEGO items. Include the quantity and condition of the LEGOs in the description.

Take pictures of each LEGO item and post them, if possible. Make sure the pictures, especially for minifigs, are close up enough to accurately show the LEGOs.

Determine shipping costs and policies, and whether you will accept returns. Review all the information, and post the LEGOs for sale.

Things You Will Need

  • LEGOs
  • Internet access
  • Access to a scale

Tip

Make sure to pack the LEGOs carefully for shipping.

Warning

LEGO is a brand name trademark. This advice is not affiliated with the LEGO Group.

Halo LEGO Warthog Building Instructions

Wheelbase

The vehicles are intended for off-road use. Find some large, off-road wheels from a jeep or similar vehicle. Ideally, find a set that has partial axles, instead of axles that go across the whole base. Build a small wheelbase that connects the sets of wheels, make it roughly square. Some sets also come with shock absorbers, which are perfect for the vehicle.

Chassis

Build the base of the vehicle, making sure there are two seats for the passengers in the front. Also add a turret using one of the 4-stud-by-4-stud rotating bricks. Use gray bricks for the lower half of the vehicle, as you begin to build the exterior of the vehicle. At the front, place a pair of hinges for the nose of the vehicle.

Turret

The turret is where a soldier stands and fires from behind a shield. You can make the base of the turret out of a large hinge, and then add guns made from either posts or Technic bricks. Under Resources 2, there are a images of two or three kinds of guns that can be attached to a Warthog turret. Attach this turret to the rotating piece you added in Step 2.

Nose

Use one of the trapezoidal plates to build the front of the vehicle. The vehicle also needs a winch and the namesake tusks on the front. There are a number of pieces that will work for this, like the tusks from a Bionicle set or white horns set at 90-degree angles. Place these just under the short end on the front of the trapezoid. Attach the nose to the hinges placed in Step 2, and place it at about a 30 degree angle.

Finishing Touches

Attach the windshield to the front of the car; ideally find a low and flat one that matches the contour of the nose. Over the windshield, and behind the seats, the Warthog needs a connected set of roll bars and a pair of roof lamps. No vehicle would be complete without a set of headlights as well, and a vertical vent just in front of the driver's seat.

How to Build a LEGO House on LEGO Creator

Download (from the LEGO website), install and start the LEGO Digital Designer software.

Choose "LEGO Creator" from the open menu, and then choose "Free Build."

Build the first row of bricks that make up the base of your house. Look through the menus of grouped LEGO pieces and locate the colour and shape of the bricks you want to use. Then, simply click and drag the bricks onto the base plate in the Digital Designer menu. Repeat until you have built the outline of your house, leaving voids for doors.

Use more bricks from the Bricks palette to build up three rows. Although your creation won't have the same problems on the computer as one you build in reality, it's still good practice to offset the bricks of the upper row such that any gaps between bricks on the lower row are covered by bricks on the upper row.

Add another layer of bricks, and also look through the Bricks palette for window pieces. Add windows to your house.

Look for doors, and install them in the spaces you left for the doors.

Build up the walls using more and more layers until you match the height of all the doors and windows on your house. Then, cap it all off with another layer of bricks.

Locate the angled pieces on the Bricks palette, and choose the angle and colour of pieces you want to use for the roof.

Place these pieces on the front and back edges of your house, and place a row of wall bricks between the roof pieces on the sides.

Repeat Step 9, aligning the angled pieces with the contour of the roof until the roof gap closes.

Add a crown of angled plates across the top of the house.

Add trees, people or other objects to the yard of your completed home.

Tip

If you want to make a multistory home, instead of adding the roof at Step 8, install a layer of flat plates as the floor of the home, then repeat Steps 3 through 7 until you complete the second floor. Repeat for as many floors as you want, then proceed from Step 8 on.

Building Instructions for LEGO Duplos

Learn the names of the various components to your standard Duplo brick. The round cylinders atop the brick are called "studs," and the holes located on the base are called "tunnels." By pressing the tunnels atop studs, you can adhere two bricks together. The grip is strong enough to keep the blocks together, but weak enough to allow for easy disassembly.

Familiarise yourself with the different types of Duplo pieces. Strips are half as thin as bricks, which means that stacking two identical strips atop each other resembles a normal-sized brick. Duplo sets often feature large, flat panels that are building bases for complex structures and designs. Sets also feature curved pieces that are useful for arches or doorways in Duplo buildings.

Experiment with your bricks and strips to create any object. Start by placing a large panel piece on a flat working surface and build the foundation of your buildings first. Try to overlap bricks with the layer below for a more solid structure.

Refrain from adding bricks in specific areas for three or four layers to create windows or doors. Run long strips across the top of your structures to create a roof. Extend strips away from a roof toward another structure to create catwalks or elevated tunnels.

Consult LEGO-brand instruction booklets for step-by-step directions for pre-configured structures and designs. LEGO is well known for easy-to-follow instructions, and you can find free PDF-quality designs at the link provided in the References section.

Tip

Try to keep each building one colour for a classy, unified look. Alternatively, make each layer a different colour for a striped structure.

Warning

While Duplo blocks are purposefully larger than normal LEGO blocks to present less of a choking hazard, you should still supervise any infants or toddlers playing with these toys.

How to Build a LEGO Flower

Start with a green 2x4 Lego brick on your work surface or your Lego base. Stack five 2x2 green Lego bricks on top of each other and put this tower in the center of the 2x4 brick, creating the flower stem.

Put a green 2x4 brick to the right of the flower stem. It will sit on one section of your original brick, snugged up against the flower stem, and three sections will extend beyond the brick beneath it. This starts your flower leaves. Add another green 2x4 brick to the first brick in your flower leaf. Position this one so there's one blank section between the stem and the beginning of this brick, with one section extending past the brick beneath it.

Finish off the leaf on the right by adding a 2x3 green brick on top of the previous brick. Line this up so there's one blank section to the left of the brick, and the right side of the brick lines up with the brick below it with no overhang. Build a matching assembly to the left of your flower stem.

Begin the flower bloom by centering a white 2x8 brick on top of your flower stem.

Add another white 2x8 brick so two sections extend past the white brick below it on the left side. Set a 2x4 white brick beside this one so two sections extend past the brick below it on the right side. Place a 2x3 white brick on the right side of the last level of brick so one section extends past the brick on the right. Add another 2x3 white brick on the left side of the last level so one section extends past the brick on the left. Fill in the blank space in between the white bricks with a 2x8 yellow brick.

Start at the edge of the last level of bricks and build the next level by adding a 2x2 white brick, a 2x2 yellow brick, a 2x6 red brick, a 2x2 yellow brick and a 2x2 white brick. Repeat this pattern for the next level.These three levels of bricks are all the same length. You should see the red bricks centered inside the yellow bricks and the yellow bricks centered inside the white bricks.

Build the next level by starting at one end and adding a 2x3 white brick, two 2x4 yellow bricks, and another 2x3 white brick. This level is the same length as the level below it.

Finish off your Lego flower by adding two 2x6 white bricks, and place them in one section from either side of the previous level. When that level is finished, add the final row of two 2x4 white bricks set in two sections from either side.

Things You Will Need

  • 1 2x4 green brick
  • 5 2x2 green bricks
  • 4 2x4 green bricks
  • 2 2x3 green bricks
  • 2 2x8 white bricks
  • 1 2x4 white brick
  • 2 2x3 white bricks
  • 1 2x8 yellow brick
  • 1 2x2 white brick
  • 1 2x2 yellow brick
  • 1 2x6 red brick
  • 1 2x2 yellow brick
  • 2 2x2 white bricks
  • 1 2x2 yellow brick
  • 1 2x6 red brick
  • 1 2x2 yellow brick
  • 1 2x2 white bricks
  • 1 2x3 white brick
  • 2 2x4 yellow bricks
  • 1 2x3 white brick
  • 2 2x6 white bricks
  • 2 2x4 white bricks

Tip

Use different-size bricks, just keep the pattern the same. For example, instead of using a 2x8 brick, use two 2x4 bricks instead.