Where to Get Free LEGO Building Instructions, Ideas & More!

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Foster your creativity! Here’s how to get LEGO instructions for free! 

boy playing with LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Sunken Treasure Mission Octopus Set

These FREE LEGO instructions will help you build cool creations time and again!

For almost a century, LEGO products have captured the imagination of children and adults. From simple concepts to complex designs, LEGO bricks can make endless configurations. This toy is so reusable that it truly gives you bang for your buck. If you are ever bored of your LEGO set, think again! There are so many other ways to use your LEGO bricks.

Not sure what to build? I found the top 6 places to get LEGO buildings instructions free. Browse their building guides to get inspired!

6 of the best places to find LEGO instructions for free:

1. Get motivated with the LEGO Building Instructions website.


Find LEGO instructions FREE by using the LEGO Building Instructions database. Here you can access thousands – and I do mean thousands – of free building guides.  Don’t worry if your set is older — the database goes back to 1989.

The website is easy to search. Simply enter what you want to build in the search bar. For example, “pirate ship” has 190 results for you to choose from! If you are using a specific LEGO set, you can also search by the set number.

Select the result of your choice and click the “download to pdf” button. The LEGO instructions are FREE and yours to keep!

2. Download the LEGO Builder App (previously called the LEGO Building Instructions app).

The LEGO Builder App shown on a phone in 2024

Prefer to search for building guides using an app on your phone? The FREE LEGO Building Instructions app, now called the LEGO Builder app, is available for iOS or Android. Here you can find LEGO instructions from 2015 to the present day. Plus, LEGO continuously adds new designs so you will always have inspiration.

Once in the app, scan the QR code on your set or search by name, to find out what you can build with its pieces. View the instructions in pdf form or view them in 3d format where you can zoom and rotate the LEGO patterns to see how each piece fits together. You can also choose the “Build Together” option which allows you to build a project in a group and assign different tasks to each team member.

With a plethora of features, it’s easy to see why this app is so highly rated! For more information on each feature, visit the LEGO Builder page on LEGO’s website.

3. Have a young builder? Find LEGO pattern instructions in the LEGO® Life Magazine!

Little girl laying on the floor reading a LEGO life magazine

For kids ages 5-10, the LEGO® Life Magazine is completely FREE. Sign up for a subscription and your child will get four FREE issues delivered to your home every year! This magazine is a hit with kids since the pages are colorful and include many activities. Each issue also has cool project ideas with detailed building instructions.

Your child can share a photo of their latest creation using the free LEGO Life App for iOS and Android. This kid-friendly application is closely monitored to ensure safety!

4. Own a LEGO Classic Brick Set? Each one comes with LEGO building instructions for free!

lego world classic building blocks set

Prefer to buy a LEGO set that comes with project ideas? Investing in a LEGO Classic Brick Set might be the best route for you and your family. Each set can be used to make a variety of items and free LEGO build instructions are included with each kit.

When you finish with those projects, you can find more free guides! Visit the Building Instructions database and search by the set number.

On a strict budget? That’s not a problem! You can find a handful of LEGO Classic kits for $19.99 or lower.

Popular LEGO Classic Kits that won’t break the bank:

  • Kit #11018 – Creative Suitcase: This handy starter kit comes in a sturdy, yellow suitcase that doubles as storage. Use the 213 pieces to create vehicles, houses, creatures, and more!
  • Kit #11034 – Creative Pets: With this LEGO set, animal lovers can build a variety of pets like a dog, cat, hamster, rabbit, and bird. Comes with 450 pieces.

5. Scan your LEGO collection with the FREE Brickit app and find out what LEGO patterns you can build!

LEGO Classic Creative Transparent Bricks 500-Piece Set

Over the years, many of us have acquired a large collection of LEGO pieces. If you can no longer remember which sets your pieces belong to, fear not! Thanks to the independent app Brickit, you can find ideas on what to build using the pieces you already own.

This impressive application uses your camera to scan your LEGO collection. Once scanned, you receive a list of LEGO patterns you are able to build. Follow the video tutorials to see step-by-step building instructions!

Want to see how the application works? Visit Brickit’s website or Instagram page to watch a demo! The app is available for iOS and Android.

6. Watch FREE Tutorials on LEGOLAND Discovery Center’s YouTube pages!

child looking at LEGO instructions on an iMac

Like quick and easy projects? Visit the many LEGOLAND Discovery Center YouTube channels for inspiration. Locations like Manchester and Chicago have uploaded short video tutorials to YouTube.

These FREE videos are also a useful source for beginners or those looking to make holiday-themed projects. Check the LEGO website around the holidays for more family-friendly projects and activities.

Find more FREE Lego building sources on the web!

Don’t forget to search the internet for more LEGO instructions that are free. LEGO lovers often post tutorials to their social media or blogs. One LEGO lover even saved the monthly LEGO mini-build instruction guides that were distributed between 2008 and 2020. 🤯 These short guides help you build something neat using commonly owned bricks. Check them out!

boy playing with lego classic bricks on a roll set

Get your money’s worth out of these classic building blocks and make the most of your LEGO collection by finding new LEGO patterns to build. Try out some of my tips above and you’ll be building in no time!

Hip Tip: Want more ideas to spark your creativity? Visit LEGO Ideas where you can share your creations, join building challenges, participate in fun activities, and vote on projects by other builders!

Need a set to get started? Check out the latest LEGO sales at Target! 

About the writer:

Kara is a writer and photographer from the Midwest. Her creative work has appeared in various publications over the past decade. With a background in finance, she loves to be money-savvy.

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Comments 8

  1. Kristen Lish

    Frugalfun4boys website has lots of really great (and free!) build ideas also.

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful tip!

  2. Vanessa K

    Love the Brickit app, the more legos you have the greater the possibilities plus you get to share your creations on the app for all to admire

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      How neat! Glad that one has been a hit! 🙌 Thanks for sharing!

  3. savorthedeals

    I had no idea this even existed. Thanks for sharing this!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re SO welcome! 🥰

  4. Tricia

    This is amazing! We have so. many. LEGO. pieces. Thank you for sharing!

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      You’re welcome, Tricia! So glad this was helpful! 🩷

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