How To Make A LEGO Mayflower

by Valerie Gray, From Val's Kitchen

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The LEGO Mayflower lets your child recreate the famous ship out of toy bricks. This project is fun any time and is especially great for bad weather days.

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How To Make A LEGO Mayflower

Thanksgiving approaches. Traditions and history often come to mind during the Thanksgiving holiday season. One of the stories I remember hearing about at an early age was the story of the Pilgrims coming over to America on the Mayflower. Here is a fun craft that will let your child recreate the famous Mayflower ship out of LEGO bricks. This craft is challenging yet fun, and can be done any time. Here’s how to make a LEGO Mayflower.

LEGOS Needed

LEGOS needed for the ship’s body

  • 2 brown 1×4 bricks with knobs
  • 4 brown 1×2 bricks
  • 1 tan 1×2 palisade brick
  • 2 brown 3×3 ¼ circle bricks
  • 3 beige 2×4 plates
  • 1 tan 2×4 flat plate
  • 2 beige 2×3 inv roof tile
  • 10 brown 2×2 inv roof tile
  • 2 brown 2×10 bricks

LEGOS needed for the 2 main masts

  • 12 tan 1×2 bricks
  • 8 white 1X2X3 73° roof tiles
  • 6 white 2×4 plates
  • 4 tan 2×2 round bricks
  • 4 white 1x2x3 bricks OR 12 white 1×2 bricks
  • 2 white 2×6 bricks
  • 2 brown 1×1 nose cones
  • 2 red 1×3 bricks with bow
  • 1 brown 2×2 brick
  • 1 brown 2×2 plate
  • 1 tan 2×2 round plates

LEGOS needed for the bow mast

  • 2 brown 1×1 round plates
  • 1 white 1×1 plate
  • 1 white 1×1 brick with knob
  • 2 white 1×1 round bricks
  • 1 white 1X2 45° roof tile
  • 1 white 1X2X3 73° roof tile

LEGOS needed for the stern mast

  • 2 white 1×1 brick with knobs
  • 1 brown stick
  • 1 brown 1×2 nose cone
  • 1 brown 1×1 round plate
  • 1 white 1×3 brick
  • 2 white 1 X 2 X 2/3, ABS roof tiles

LEGOS needed for the stern/cabin

Level 1

  • 2 brown 3×3 ¼ circle bricks
  • 1 beige 1×2 brick
  • 4 beige 1×1 bricks with knob
  • 4 gold 1×1 nose cones

Level 2

  • 1 brown 3×6 corner plate
  • 1 beige 1×2 brick
  • 2 beige 1×1 bricks with knob
  • 2 gold 1×1 nose cones
  • 1 beige 1×4 with arch

Level 3

  • 4 brown 1×2 bricks with bow
  • 1 brown 1×2 brick
  • 2 tan 1×1 round plates
  • 1 tan 3×6 corner plate

LEGOS needed for the bow

  • 1 tan 2×6 plate
  • 5 brown 2×2 plates
  • 2 brown 1×2 bricks with bow
  • 1 brown 1×1 round brick
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Instructions for Making a LEGO Mayflower

To make the body of the ship

There are three levels to the ship’s body.

  1. Level 1 – Align the two 2×10 bricks.
  2. Level 2 – Snap the two 2×3 inv roof tiles along the seam on each side of the 2×10 bricks on level one to hold them together. Along the edges of the 2×10 bricks, place five brown 2×2 inv roof tiles on each side.
  3. Level 3 – Over the opening of level 2, snap the 2×4 plates with the flat plate at the stern of the ship’s body. At the bow of the ship, snap the two 3×3 1×4 circle blocks. Directly behind these blocks, place the 1×2 palisade block in the middle. Then, line each side of the ship’s body (from bow to stern) with a 1×2 brick, a 1×4 brick with knobs, and another 1×2 brick.

To make the stern/cabin

There are three levels to the stern/cabin.

  1. Level 1 – Align the two brown 3×3 ¼ circle bricks and snap onto the stern of the ship’s stern over the beige 2×3 inv roof tile. Attach the 1×2 brick to the studs in the back across the seam of the ¼ circle bricks. On the edges of the next row, place a nose cone on each side. Attach two 1×1 bricks with knobs to the front corners and another two (one on each side) on the side of the ship’s body, creating the illusion of two windows on each side of the cabin. Then, place the two remaining nose cones on the edge of the ship’s body.
  2. Level two – On the 3×6 corner plate, snap together two brown 1×2 bricks and place on the back. On the next row forward, make two stacks of red 1×1 round bricks, placing one set on each side of the stacked 1×2 bricks. Align the 2×6 plate with the front of the 3×6 corner plate and attach the brown 1X2X3 73° roof tiles with one on each side. In the middle of the 2×6 plate, attach a brown 1×1 round brick. To the underside of the corner plate, add the 1×4 with arch at the front.
  3. Level three – On a 3×6 corner plate, attach the 1×2 to the 2 studs in the back. Snap one 1×1 round plate to each side of the front. Attach a 1×2 brick with bow to each 1×1 round plate and two to the 1×2 in the back.
  4. Snap the three levels together.

To make the 2 main masts

  1. Stack 3 tan 1×2 bricks. Repeat with remaining 1×2 bricks, creating 4 total stacks.
  2. To create the top sails: On a 1×4 plate, attach a white 1x2x3 brick on the middle two knobs. Directly behind this block, place a tan stack. To each side of the white 1x2x3 brick, place a white 1X2X3 73° roof tile. On top, place another 2×4 plate. Repeat to build an identical sail.
  3. To build the bottom sails: On a 2×6 brick, attach a white 1x2x3 brick on the middle two knobs. Directly behind this block, place a tan stack. To each side of the white 1x2x3 brick, place a white 1X2X3 73° roof tile. On top, place a 2×4 plate. Repeat to build an identical sail.
  4. Attach the top to the bottom sail using a 2×2 round brick. Repeat for each set to create two masts.
  5. One the bottom of each mast, attach a 2×2 round brick.
  6. On one mast, attach the 2×2 round plate to the bottom of the 2×2 round brick and a 2×2 brick. This is the back mast. Snap into the ship’s body in front of the stern/cabin.
  7. On the forward mast, attach a 2×2 plate to the bottom of the 2×2 round brick. Snap into the ship’s body over the palisade block.
  8. To the top of each mast, attach a 1×1 nose cone and a red 1×3 brick with bow.
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To make the bow mast

  1. Attach the two brown 1×1 round plates to one another. Snap this under the 1×1 plate. On the same edge of the 1×1 plate where the round plates are attached, stack the 1×1 brick with knob, and 2 1×1 round bricks.
  2. On the remaining stud of the 1×1 plate, attach the white 1X2X3 73° roof tile.
  3. At the end of the mast, attach the 1X2 45° roof tile to hold the two loose ends together.

To make the stern mast

  1. On one 1×1 brick with knob, attach the brown stick to the knob and top with the nose cone.
  2. Align the white 1×3 brick with the remaining 1×1 brick with knob. Snap the two 1 X 2 X 2/3, ABS roof tiles to hold the two bricks together creating a rectangle sail. On the ending knob, attach the brown 1×1 round tile.
  3. Attach the rectangle sail to the 1×1 brick with knob holding the stick.

To make the bow of the ship

  1. Create a staggered staircase by attaching four of the 2×2 plates together. Attach the staircase to the 2×6 plate on the 2nd and 3rd row of studs.
  2. Below the top of the stairs, attach the remaining 2×2 plate. Across the top, place the two 1×2 with arch bricks to create the curved finish.
  3. Snap the 2×6 plate onto the stern of the ship’s body over the two 3×3 ¼ circle bricks.
  4. Under the bow’s staircase, attach the brown 1×1 round brick. Then, align the bow mast under the 1×1 round brick and 2×6 plate, attaching to the 2×6 plate with the open knob on the bow mast.
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7 comments

Samantha Donnelly November 4, 2020 - 2:39 pm

This is great for any lego fan, and great to know exactly how many bricks you need and how to make it

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Hollie Burgess November 5, 2020 - 11:11 am

What a fab post! You have so much patience and are so clever for working all of this out. Brilliant for any lego fan!

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Rachael Robinson November 5, 2020 - 11:23 am

Wow, this is so cool! I would never be able to work this out, let alone put the instructions down in a way anyone else would ever understand.

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Mellissa Williams November 5, 2020 - 3:11 pm

This is a great little set for Lego lovers. My son used to love Lego, he made a Burj Khalifa out of lego and lots of complicated buildings

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Kara Guppy November 5, 2020 - 7:56 pm

What a handy instruction set for LEGO fans, would love to see what it turns out like

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Rebecca Smith November 5, 2020 - 9:43 pm

Definitely going to get my son to give this a go! He loves building with his Lego bricks and he’d relish this challenge.

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Natasha Mairs November 8, 2020 - 9:43 am

Oh wow this is a great tutorial!! My son loves playing with lego, so we may have to try and make this now.

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