Couple build 12ft Lego Christmas wall complete with fireplace and tree12/20/2022
Merry brick-mas! Lego-loving couple built 12ft Christmas wall complete with a fireplace and tree in their sitting room
- A Lego-loving couple have created festive cheer by making a Christmas wall
- Mike Addis, 64, and Catherine Weightman, 59, built the 12 foot Lego structure
- They have built fascinating structures for 28 years out of the plastic blocks
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A Lego-loving couple have created a bit of festive cheer by making an entire wall, fireplace and tree from the plastic blocks in their sitting room.
Mike Addis, 64, and his wife Catherine Weightman, 59, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, have built amazing Lego sculptures each Christmas for the last 28 years.
Previous creations include a 21-foot London Bridge and a 12-foot replica of Ely cathedral.
Mike Addis, 64, and his wife Catherine Weightman, 59, from Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire, have created a bit of festive cheer by making an entire wall, fireplace and tree from Lego
They focused on the little details and built smaller Lego Christmas ornaments for on top of the fireplace structure
This year they have made a festive creation with a poignant nod to the cost of living crisis.
Inspired by extension work being done on their house they decided to create a 12-foot by six-foot Lego Christmas wall complete with a fireplace and a six-foot Lego Christmas tree.
The wall which fills up their living room has an astonishing amount of detail from the Santa boots dangling from the fireplace to the Lego mince pies and matchsticks that light up Lego candles.
But apart from the incredible ingenuity needed to create the piece, it’s had the added side effect of reducing their heating bills.
he lego structure consists of a fireplace built into a wall of lego bricks and Santa’s legs dangling down
Mike posed for a snap holding a matchbox made completely from Lego by his Lego fireplace scene
Mike said they both equally worked on the build, committing between two to four hours each evening for two months to complete it.
He said: ‘It’s quite a social thing and it keeps us warm too. You can’t believe building Lego which doesn’t involve a lot of movement would, but you could actually switch the heating off.
‘It’s all the getting up and down and fiddling around with the pieces.
‘It’s amazing even in this cold weather to not have to put the wood burner on because we’re warm enough.’
Mike said they both equally worked on the build, committing between two to four hours each evening for two months to complete it
The adorable Lego decorations even light up around the fire place for an extra bit of festive cheer
The wall which fills up their living room has an astonishing amount of detail from the fireplace to the Lego decorations
The couple even created Lego mince pies and a chocolate cake on a plate which were left out for Santa
The couple used an estimated 400,000 pieces for the structure, a lot of which went into making the ‘brick’ wall stable enough.
Despite the masterpieces they have created in the past, it was the Christmas tree that was the hardest for Mike this year.
The retired economics teacher said: ‘Imagine trying to create the shape of a tree in square blocks.
‘In order to stand it upright we had to build it into the wall. The wall itself is quite heavy and is tied to our curtain rail.’
Catherine posed with the lego mince pies which are a part of the lego Christmas display in their house
The life size lego fireplace and the Christmas tree even light up with fairy lights at night time creating a festive atmosphere
The couple even made a painting out of the plastic blocks to hang over the festive fireplace scene
The festive pair even created adorable snowmen decorations for the Christmas tree out of Lego
Mike and Catherine also made a slew of small snow covered house decorations for the fire place
The couple started their passion by creating Lego sculptures with their children, who are all now adults and have apparently outgrown their Lego sets.
The family would feature their Lego builds in Christmas cards each year but now Mike says people expect them to do it.
He said: ‘We enjoy doing it, it’s the satisfaction of completing something so big and technically interesting. It’s better than watching telly.’
The couple then host a ‘take down’ party each January in which friends with ‘high-pressure jobs’ come with wine and food to help dismantle the structure.
The festive wall which took two months to complete will take the couple (with the help of their stressed friends) two weeks to fully take down.
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