How to display your LEGO Minifigures using IKEA RIBBA Frames
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Preparation


Printing the Backgrounds

You will need to print the LEGO® Minifigure Background for the series or collection you are framing.

If you are unable to print these background images yourself, you can get them professionally printed by a photographic store. For really high-end results, you could even get them printed onto self-adhesive vinyl.

To print these background images yourself, you will need the following items:

  • An ISO A3 (ANSI B 11×17″) capable colour printer
  • High quality white ISO A3 280gsm (ANSI B 11×17″ 100lb COVER) thick printing paper

The A3 capable printer is required because the 24×24cm image is too large to be printed on anything smaller, while the 280gsm thick printing paper is highly recommended to make a solid backing for the mounting stands.

The paper I used was Mondi Color Copy 280gsm A3 Uncoated paper, which was available through my preferred office supplies store.

Mondi Color Copy Paper
Mondi Color Copy Paper

I do not recommend this brand of paper over any other, only that I used it and it worked well.

When using a thick type of paper such as this, you will generally need to make adjustments in the printer options to tell the printer you are using thick paper. You should also use the Manual Feed/Bypass Tray, which on most printers is a more direct route through the printer, and reduces the risk of paper jam.

Print the desired LEGO® Minifigure Background image using your printer, and hopefully you should have something similar to the following:

LEGO Minifigures Series 16 Background printed on A3 paper
Minifigures Series 16 Background printed on A3 paper

Once you have your printed background image, use a guillotine or a sharp knife together with a straight edge rule to cut out the image. Cut along the inside of the Red line, which is exactly 23×23cm – and the same size as the frame back panel. Actually, accuracy is not all that critical, as there is 0.5cm (0.2″) lost on each side due to frame overlap.

When you’ve finished cutting the background image out, you should have something similar to the following:

Minifigures Series 16 Background
Minifigures Series 16 Background
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