Bloomin’ Builds: LEGO Flowers

Whether you’re building a fort in a jungle or a peaceful kitchen scene, a few flowers can make a tremendous difference in the scene by adding color and realism.  And there are way more ways to include flowers than just the pre-molded LEGO flowers!  So let’s take a look at bringing beauty to your creation in different scenarios.

(Clicking on any picture will take you to it on my photostream, where you can see more angles of the same build!)

First, let’s look at some woodland flowers.  With deciduous, leafy trees, adding a few flowers on the ground can really help bring the creation to life.  It doesn’t need to be fancy; this creation just uses simple yellow flowers.  That’s a color that doesn’t clash the way for instance blue would have.

In this next build I’ve used yellow again, but added a bit more flare by using olive stalks and green flowers under the yellow ones.

Woodland flowers are pretty simple, “normal” flowers, but it’s a good exercise to try to imagine the two previous builds without flowers, and then realize how much better they look with them!

Next we’ll look at flowers for a jungle build.  In this setting, flowers are hugely important, and the brighter the colors the better!  It’s also nice to use some larger flowers as well on occasion.

No need to stick with prefab elements; check out the large flowering yellow plant in this next build!

Here’s a creation using lots of colors, which really helps with the feeling of an overgrown jungle.

And here, not only did I use lots of colors, but I threw in some of the larger shapes too.

Another great place to use flowers is on vines.  They can help the vine look sturdier and more alive.

In the next build I used yellow – and note the ornamental red flowers near the shrines, which tie in to the red on the building!

Vines look especially good on old buildings like castles.

They can also add the perfect splash of color to a more modern setting!

Fields of flowers don’t get built too often, but they can look really nice.  For these cotton fields, I used 1×1 round studs on top of some flowers so that the plants looked more productive!

 

Another important use of flowers that can get overlooked is flowers in a man-made or urban setting.  But they can really help to brighten up a room.

In front of a house is another great place for flowers.

And of course flowers planted in a backyard add so much to a scene.  Notice the use of stalks and studs-up for the placement of the flowers.

All different kinds of plant parts work well in combination with flowers… even some parts that weren’t originally meant for plants, like green ninja masks or minifigure hands.

Of course, flowers don’t just grow on stalks or vines, they also grow on trees!  One of my favorite techniques for flowering trees is this combination of stalks and leaves.

The technique is especially effective for Japanese-style trees.

Here’s another interesting combination for a flowering tree; sticking stalks into the holes on the bottom of black clips.

But flowers can get much, much bigger than what we’ve looked at so far.  For some truly unique flowers, brick bending techniques can look amazing.

This combination of standard parts and molded plant pieces makes for a massive jungle flower!

Here’s a closer picture of that large flower we saw earlier.  There is so much room for creativity with these bigger plants!

One last example… micro flowers.  It’s interesting how the same size of flower, at this scale, makes for a whole bush.  But it certainly works!

This is a very basic guide on using flowers in your LEGO creations; there are so many incredibly creative ways to build flowers of all kinds.  Do you have any tips of your own to share?  Any particularly amazing flowers by other builders that have caught your attention?  Feel free to leave your questions and comments below!

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