How to make a lego christmas tree ? The holiday season is almost upon us, and how can we celebrate without tackling some winter LEGO challenges? The LEGO Christmas tree is an easy one to start with, and the kids will be thrilled to get in the spirit with their favorite toy.
Just like all the LEGO STEM challenges, the beauty of any LEGO challenge is that there is no right answer! Your kids can use their imagination and creativity to come up with their own LEGO design.
The complexity of the LEGO Christmas tree will depend on your child’s age and understanding of how to manipulate LEGO blocks. If you have multiple kids, have them do the challenge together and see what different results they come up with!
Make a LEGO Christmas Tree
Here I will show you two of the unlimited LEGO Christmas tree designs we came up with. The first one is easier and is more appropriate for preschoolers, while the second one is more for elementary school kids.
For either design, all you need are LEGO blocks. If you don’t have any or enough at home, the LEGO Classic Bricks set will have all the blocks you need. A LEGO baseplate is optional, but I find it always handy to have one around for challenges like the LEGO maze or the LEGO Plinko board.
DIY LEGO Christmas Tree: Design 1
First, pick out all the green LEGO blocks you have. If you don’t have that many green blocks, you can still build the tree and say that it’s covered with colorful ornaments
Then, start by building the longest section of the crown. Next, just continue to build the “leaves” of the tree until you reach the top of the tree. Each section should be smaller than the previous so you get a nice triangle shape in the end.
Finally, add a couple of brown blocks for the tree trunk, and you are done!
But what’s a Christmas tree without any decorations? We took out the smaller 2×1 LEGO blocks and replaced them with red pieces so that it looks like our LEGO Christmas tree has ornaments arranged all nicely on the branches. ‘Tis the season!
DIY LEGO Christmas Tree: Design 2
For the first design, all the LEGO blocks were attached to the baseplate. This time, we are going to make a standing tree where the baseplate’s purpose is only to keep the tree up. Feel free to use a smaller plate if you wish.
For this tree, start with the trunk first by placing a couple of blocks on the plate, stacking them vertically. Just like the other tree, you want to start building the longest section of the crown on top of the tree trunk.
Then continue to stack the green LEGO blocks on top of one another until you reach the top of the crown. For our first try, we thought the tree was a little stumpy. It was a little too wide and not tall enough.
Therefore, we fixed it by placing blocks in between every layer that we built previously. This solved the problem and made the tree more like a tall isosceles triangle, which looks more like a Christmas tree.
You can take out blocks as we did before to add colorful “ornaments” to the tree, but we decided to leave the tree as it is. Instead, we placed tiny pom-poms on it as decoration.
Life-Sized LEGO® Christmas Tree with Instructions!
Ever wanted to build your own life-sized Christmas tree out of LEGO® bricks? Do you wonder how many bricks you need, or even where to start? Ponder no more, dear reader. You can get step by step instructions for assembling a life-sized LEGO® Christmas tree measuring 185 cm (6’1”) high and 178 cm (5’10”) wide. These instructions come compliments of Marty Mitchell, LEGO® Ambassador for the Tennessee Valley LEGO® Club (TNVLC). Additionally, Marty sat down to answer our questions about the tree through email. However, reader be warned, this is a not a project for the faint of heart or small brick collections. This epic tree requires 14,728 pieces and weighs about 35 kg (77 lbs).
The tree instructions come compliments of Marty Mitchell, a lifelong LEGO® fan.
Marty Mitchell, a fellow AFOL and LEGO® Ambassador, created the digital instructions. He is a long-time fan of the brick who has built for most of his life. According to Marty, his earliest LEGO® memories involve building a Blacktron set with his dad when he was only three or four. Before that, it was Duplo all the way.
He admits to a short dark-age in the early ‘00s. However, even then, the LEGO® bricks never really went away. “I still had a shelf of LEGO® Star Wars sets in my room and a bunch of Bionicle figures around,” Marty recalls, “but I stopped following new set releases or buying LEGO®. Around 2008, I had a sudden revelation that I still had the desire to collect and build sets. I didn’t really care if LEGO® was ‘cool’ or not, since I was an adult and could do what I want.”
“I remember ordering the Fallingwater Architecture set,” Marty continues. “When I picked it up from my dorm’s front desk, the box had the LEGO® logo on the side. The guy and girl at the desk handed over the package and asked, ‘Is that really a LEGO® set?’ I nodded, and they were both super excited. That was the point where I not only realized I didn’t care what other people thought, but that there were other adults out there who still thought LEGO® was awesome.”
TNVLC’s Fantasy of Trees display includes a few other custom goodies.
Nowadays, Marty’s collecting focuses mostly on MOCs. He confesses that most kits he purchases are in fact parts packs. With that said, like every AFOL, he still has his favorites. “There are a select few [sets] that will stay on display in my home in perpetuity. One of those is Ninjago City. I think all three of the Ninjago City sets are incredible, but the first one just has so many incredible features and Easter eggs. There’s a Galidor T-shirt and a working crab steamer! I adore LEGO® sets with lots of details and call-backs to earlier themes. Every one of the Ninjago city sets has fit that bill, starting with that first incredible set.”
As for the life-sized Christmas tree, Marty tells us it came about in the early days of the TNVLC. The club opted to partake in the annual Fantasy of Trees fundraiser for the East Tennessee Children’s Hospital. The fundraiser involves a walkthrough of over 350 elaborately decorated trees and holiday accessories, according to the official site. This past year, they raised over $450,000. TNVLC’s tree has displayed annually at the show since 2016.
The first iteration of the life-sized LEGO® Christmas tree took 250 hours to build.
“I don’t recall exactly how many people had a hand in it that first year,” says Marty, “but the bulk of the design work was handled by our (at-the-time) club President and Ambassador Pete Campbell. He came up with a spec drawing on graph paper and then we all came together to turn that into a physical thing.”
As with any iterative design process, the first year was the roughest. Marty tells us the tree took around 250 man-hours to assemble. Additionally, he recalls “the tree ran into several snags that first year, including having to be mostly rebuilt upon arrival at the convention center. It just wasn’t able to handle its own weight very well. Because of that, I did a fair amount of redesigning of the internal structure and added some strategic plates to lock weak points before we tried the second year.”
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