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Lincoln Logs Building Ideas

Updated on March 2, 2017

Get Creative with Lincoln Logs

When I was a kid, I started out with one big bucket of logs but soon added a few more sets to my collection, to build bigger buildings and whole towns. If I ever built what was pictured on the container and the instructions that came with the toy, I probably did that only once. I preferred to let my imagination take over.

Decades later, Lincoln Logs are still the toy I think of when someone asks what my favorite was growing up. And I'm glad to know they're still popular with kids -- and adults -- today. That's why I'm putting together this collection of building ideas and plans. As I find new resources, I'll add them here.


Lincoln Logs Building Plans Book

If your kids -- or you -- are partial to plans and how-to books, this is your go-to guide. As the title says, you'll get blueprints and step-by-step instructions to build 37 different structures, including a farmhouse, a firehouse, a bank, barn and more.

Building Ideas: Go freestyle

These are just my ideas. You'll find plenty of others, including PDF building instructions, Lincoln Logs videos, links to cool photos, and more Lincoln Logs ideas and inspiration below.

And please add your own ideas in the guestbook below or any good resources you know of.

  1. Build a replica of your own house. Draw the floor plan and the elevation first, then lay out yourlog pieces and go for it.

    Next, if you're in a neighborhood, you might build a replica of other houses on your block. Or even the whole block!

  2. Get photos of log homes from the internet or Log Home Living magazine perhaps and replicate those.

  3. Build log creatures.

  4. Build Lincoln Log cars, boats, trains and planes, or spaceships.

  5. Combine Lincoln Logs with a train set and also with buildings made from other types of toys, like Legos, blocks or Tinker Toys, and build a whole town.

  6. Build a bird house. Here's an example.

  7. Build a skyscraper. Have a lot of Lincoln Logs? Then go as high as you can, adding windows here and there as you go.

    Do you have other ideas? Please share them in the guestbook below, and leave a URL if you have a link to a cool image or instructions. I'll add it to the list here.

Videos: Lincoln Logs Building Ideas and Inspiration

The Largest Lincoln Logs Structure Ever Built....

Bizarre Lincoln Log Parts....

The Lincoln Logs Grand Hotel

Combine Lincoln Logs, Legos and Other Building Toys

Ever thought about how cool it would be to build something with a combination of building toys? Well, it's possible with special connectors. But you do need access to a 3-D printer.

Check out the Free Universal Construction Kit

If You Don't Already Have the Lincoln Logs

Or maybe you need more to build what you're thinking of....

You can build Fort Lincoln and then use your imagination and creativity to build countless other structures or whatever else you can come up with. If you can imagine it, you can probably build it.

Lincoln Logs Fort Building Set, Brown, Green
Lincoln Logs Fort Building Set, Brown, Green
This set includes 156 logs, 10 green logs, 2 green wood slats, 2 red wood roof eves, 1 red chimney, 1 frontiersman figure and instructions for building Fort Lincoln.

Building with Lincoln Logs Demonstration - The photographer was showing kids how to build with Lincoln Logs at the Festival of Wood in Milford, Pennsylvania.

Building with Lincoln Logs
Building with Lincoln Logs | Source

© 2012 Deb Kingsbury

Have You or Your Kids Played with Lincoln Logs? If you have any creative ideas for using these, please share them here.

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    • Ramkitten2000 profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Kingsbury 

      3 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Thank you! I'll update when I can. I appreciate the heads-up.

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      3 years ago

      your links to the instructions are all invalid as of 12/15/2016

    • QuizSquid profile image


      6 years ago

      Brings back memories . . . thanks for the lens!

    • SusanAston profile image


      7 years ago

      I hadn't heard of these before - maybe they are not available in the UK.

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      7 years ago

      I had them as a child also- used them to re-create the fort on the old "F-Troop" comedy series..

    • mariacarbonara profile image


      7 years ago

      Love creative toys like these. Its fun and engages their brain too.

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      7 years ago

      When I get home I'm going to have to measure my son's Lincoln Log fort and see what it scales to. It just dawned on me that these would work great on a toy train layout:)

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      7 years ago

      Brings back memories... :)

    • avigarret profile image


      7 years ago

      This looks like a real hobby, and can lead the way to being more prone to being independent and not letting others always solve things for you, thanks for sharing :)


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