80 Cool Things to Build in Minecraft
Struggling to come up with some awesome Minecraft Building Ideas?
When it comes to building in Minecraft, the sky is the limit. Sure, that’s a great selling point. But imagine I handed you a hundred stacks of blocks and complete creative freedom.
Chances are you might struggle to come up with fun things to build in Minecraft. Perhaps there should be a term for it: ‘builder’s block’.
That’s why we here at WhatIfGaming have decided to put together an expansive list of 80 awesome Minecraft building ideas!
On this list, we’ll cover everything from massive building projects to neat little decorations. So, there will be something to set the creative juices flowing for everyone!
Does Japan’s beauty catch your eye? You can bring the wonders of the Far East much closer to you by constructing a Japanese Pagoda to suit your needs, courtesy of SheepGG. It features Wooden-type blocks that are layered with gorgeous symmetry five floors high. Moreover, it’s topped with a roof finial to cap off the build.
Aside from the massive-scale, brilliantly designed architecture that’s sure to tower the mighty skies, you can also grow blossoming sakura trees to bring out the East Asian atmosphere in your Minecraft world.
Imagine exiting your home and hearing the gentle stream of water flowing on both sides. Relaxing, isn’t it? The Waterfall House by SheepGG offers a unique take on playing with water to spruce up your living space.
Aside from the Skinned Wooden Log designs pleasantly providing contrast, the mini garden looks equally gorgeous, accentuating the build with a natural, glossy look. Of course, the lanterns behind the water add a mystical and hypnotizing presence too.
Of course, the underground is a safe place to be. Then again, it has its fair share of perils too: unanticipated lava pools, monsters, not to mention other players mining.
If you are looking for a unique premise for your next super-safe Minecraft base, look no further than this impressive tutorial from Folli.
It features a large platform high in the sky, accessed only by a single waterfall. This means that it will be difficult for intruders to enter uninvited. Plus, it looks awesome!
Is your town split by a river or lake?
If you’re not recreating Venice canals or anything of that sort, you’ll need a bridge. The Fairy Tale Cottage Core River Bridge by Kelpie The Fox offers an aesthetically pleasing solution to all your watery woes. Aside from function, it also looks gorgeous and cute with its dazzling display of hanging lanterns, some potters and plants along the bridge, and a rooftop to protect you from the sun.
Your First Desert House
Many players like to build their Survival houses in grassy biomes, forests, and even marshes and cliffs. But Minecraft players notoriously shy away from building their bases in deserts.
The reason why is simple. It is a lot harder to make your house look good when it is yellow and surrounded by yellow. Between sand, sandstone, and sandstone bricks, there doesn’t seem to be much of a difference visually.
But check out this idea for an awesome desert house from YouTuber Julious. It implements aspects you’d expect to see in high-quality grassland builds, but adapted for the vast Minecraft deserts.
Try it out and let us know how you get on.
Lighthouse Building Idea
The ocean can be a terrifying place. Luckily, lighthouses guide faraway ships into the safety of the coastline with its high and lustrous glow.
This Overgrown Minecraft Lighthouse by Meddi is one of those Minecraft building ideas that excels in both form and function.
Aside from its compact and tall design, its light source shines a translucent pale yellow light at the top of the build. More than enough to guide ships and boats in even the darkest of nights.
Building on land is overused and overrated. Create a Floating Island inspired by SlowPayz instead!
According to the video creator, to build it you’ll have to find a suitable location, place a block and build up 7 blocks high, put a cross on the second block’s layer, then cascade it until you reach the top, like an upside-down pyramid. That’ll be the base of the build.
From there, your island can house anything that fits. Personally, a Sakura tree there would be mighty fine there.
Vending Machines, Arcade Cabinets, and More
A big problem I’ve had when filling my Minecraft houses is that I often have a lot of free space and not a lot of cool ideas to fill it with. A fence-and-pressure-plate table and chairs, maybe. But it would be cool to be able to include vending machines, arcade cabinets, kitchen furniture, and more.
Unfortunately, none of them will be functional. But they will still look amazing when you have finished putting together your blocky man cave.
Okay… maybe it is just me, but I love building huge walls around my Minecraft bases.
Turning a secluded little hut with a few surrounding structures into a truly medieval keep is an absolute blast. But by far my favourite part is the vast wall that needs to surround it. Especially when you are using all manner of materials and adornments to make it look truly unique. If you too would like to get in on the action – and, let’s be honest, why wouldn’t you? Check out this jumbo tutorial by Mysticat, which shows off five fantastic and innovative wall designs.
It’s not just castle walls you can build, check out our list of the best Minecraft walls for any occasion
There’s always something fascinating about making modern, real-life brands come alive in the Minecraft world. This Modern McDonald’s Restaurant by TSMC does just that — featuring the bold and iconic McDonald’s symbol on a building that replicates architecture that stays true to this fast-food chain.
While the interior is full of neat furniture ideas that make this restaurant pop, the exterior also places some cool true-to-life quirks like a parking lot and a little lawn arrangement. Perhaps you can consider building an In ‘n’ Out or a KFC building beside it to round it off.
The World’s Smallest Minecraft Houses
A lot of the zanier ideas so far have been gigantic Minecraft houses. But what if you want to build the smallest Minecraft house possible?
A good place to start would be this awesome tutorial for a stylish minimalist home design from Random Steve Guy, which features a truly shocking number of amenities for such a small package.
However, some may even argue this is too big. I’ve seen smaller houses out there, but that will ruin the fun. How small can you make your Minecraft house? Let us know in the comments!
Let’s face it, we’ve all thought about building a skyscraper at one point. But think about it, how many of us have actually gone on and done it?
If you’re looking to replicate a cool design, this Modern Skyscraper by HexRegulus is a majestic white concrete marvel that has swirly, see-through shatter-proof glass as the exterior. Build this skyscraper in a city or as a standalone—you’re sure to turn heads with this building idea penetrating the skies.
Volcanoes don’t naturally spawn in Minecraft, as the lava tends to cluster around the rockbed layers below the surface. But who’s stopping players from setting up their own ones themselves?
This massive-scale Volcano built by Shannooty is primed to defy expectations. I mean, seriously, look at the size of that thing! From the gargantuan desolated island that make up the volcano floor, to the jagged rock formation jutting out towards the sky, this hundred-hour-long project is one Minecraft building idea to rule them all.
Simple Boat Starter House
A starter house is usually kind of a blight on the landscape that you will likely destroy as soon as possible.
However, here is a unique idea that you’ll want to keep around long after you upgrade. This simple Boat House tutorial by YouTuber Nexty is compact, rustic, and a surprisingly sensible security option. For avoiding mobs and gaining the upper hand on any PvP intruders, you couldn’t do much better.When you are building a beginners Survival base, you could make good use of the Minecraft Duplication Glitch, still active in 2021!
Underwater Living Complex
If you have read our list of Ten of the Best Minecraft Base Designs, you will know we are fans of underwater bases.
But you can go a lot further with your underwater construction, too. If you are looking for an intricate building project to get your teeth stuck into, then SheepGG’s tutorial for building a sprawling base complex attached to the bottom of the ocean is one of the best places to start.
It has massive, sprawling glass windows, a beautiful angular design, and enough floor space for all the mod cons. A brand-new underwater house could be just the thing needed to breathe a bit of life back into your Survival world.
If you love building underwater bases be sure to check our top 15 underwater base ideas for inspiration
The Nether Update fundamentally transformed the underworld. The biggest change was that it stopped being that place you go for five minutes and leave.
Now, the Nether is an attractive place to spend a lot of time in-game. So, it just makes sense that some players would opt to build a massive permanent base in the Nether.
It is fitted with everything you’d expect from their overworld counterparts and a few extra defenses to deal with all the horrors the nether must throw at you.
One of my favorites out there is GeminiTay’s Ultimate Nether Base, which is so impressive that I’d probably prefer to use it as my main base, ditching my overworld residence entirely.
Nether Base in the Overworld
Or, how about the opposite?
The Nether update brought a bunch of new blocks and decorations for building in the underworld. But you can use the same blocks and techniques to build a unique overworld house that will put all others to shame.
This Nether starter house tutorial from TheMythicalSausage looks great and will be a great place to start. But with the Nether blocks unleashed last year, you will be able to come up with some killer ideas for new buildings.
A Pig Riding Racetrack
Does anyone remember when riding Pigs was the big thing? Seriously. Before horses and the like, players would find saddles in chests. Then they would place them on pigs, get on, and just be with the pig.
You couldn’t even control the pig very well. It was a lot of fun.
So why not put that old tried and true mechanic to the test with your very own pig racetrack. There are a lot of ways to do it. But for a blast of instant nostalgia, why not try out something like this old video from ZackScottGames?
Just be sure to have enough carrots and sticks handy for every player if you are in multiplayer. If you’re solo, get that stopwatch handy for some time trials action!
Minecraft Gas Station
Constructing a contemporary city? You’ll need a Gas Station similar to HALNY’s build to fuel those imaginary cars.
This gas station provides an aesthetic pit stop for your Minecraft city build. To start off, you’ll need End Rods, Bricks, and Stone Bricks. All laid out exactly like in HALNY’s tutorial.
The indoor building will also benefit from black and white checkered flooring. Though you’re free to pick any floor design as you wish. Your city, your rules.
Mining is the name of the game in Minecraft. So much so, players are choosing to live in the very places that they’ve mined.
This Simple Mountain House by SheepGG is created on a mountain’s rocky wall face. With a circular wooden doorway and a hybrid second-floor interior, this Minecraft building idea looks unconventional but definitely unique. The window, in particular, is the standout design that brings in natural light and captures the beautiful scenery from inside the home.
Outside Village Decorations
I remember when Mojang first introduced generated villages filled with villagers. The thing that always impressed me the most was how well put together they seemed. They didn’t just seem like a bunch of prepared structures. Those villages had depth and personality.
From gazebos to benches to flowerbeds, there is more than enough here for you to get your teeth stuck into and to fill up an afternoon of beautifying your base!
They may seem simple, but these are some great Minecraft building ideas.
Tone down the skyscraper a little bit, add some aesthetic touches to it, and you get this Minecraft Apartment by HALNY. This four-storey high apartment complex features eight rooms, four hallways, and balconies on each floor.
The bottom floor is adorned with plant shrubs as well for an all-around minimalist look. Each room looks identical in this build too, but no one’s stopping you from picking it apart and making your own creations. All in all, this apartment build is a perfect, modern home base for you and the gang.
Friends, nothing will ever hurt you as much as the passing of your first Minecraft dog. With you through thick and thin, your furry friend will love you, defend you, and fight for you.
Because of that, you would be well served to give your dog the best accommodations possible. This external doghouse tutorial by Yohey the Android is one of my favourites.
If you are looking for something a little more modern, here is an alternative Doghouse tutorial from TSMC – Minecraft
If you’re planning to build a castle town or any other village, you might want to consider a place where the villagers can practice their devotion towards a faith.
This Medieval Church by BlueNerd Minecraft is the perfect building for that! You can have it repurposed as a ceremonial area, a gathering spot, or even a spooky castle at night. The components to build it aren’t too heavy either—just a couple of Cobblestone blocks, some Wooden Stairs, and a few plants to spruce the garden up.
Cliff House Building Design
Watching the sunrise or sunset can be a great way to cool down and destress after a long day. Having a house that allows you to live that reality as you look outside the window or step outside the balcony? Even better.
This Hanging Cliff House by Random Steve Guy allows you to watch the horizon from up above. The materials needed aren’t too rare and can be found in the overworld—namely the Wooden Planks, Glass Panes, and Wood. And a mountain face too, of course.
A greenhouse may sound silly considering how anything can be grown outdoors in Minecraft. But think about it: this is a fantasy world and you can do anything you want. Want to build a greenhouse in the middle of a forest? Be my guest.
This Greenhouse design by BlueNerd Minecraft is built with simple material—some Quartz Blocks, a few Wooden stairs, and some fences. Of course, a bunch of plants and flowers add an organic touch too.
Underwater Base Idea
Some people build giant buildings out of concrete, others build creaky cabins made out of wood. The best of us build bases tens of feet deep underwater.
If it’s your first time, building things underwater can feel almost alien. But the video tutorial, Ultimate Underwater Base by IrieGenie, gives a glimpse of how to build a base deep in the sea bed. All while making it look super epic too, even adding floral touches around the vicinity.
Have you ever played an open-world video game, stumbled upon a waterfall, and just have that tingly feeling that there’s a secret cave behind it?
If you can’t relate, then perhaps you should explore your games a little more. This Waterfall Modern House by Random Steve Guy pays tribute to the gamers that stumble upon hidden coves and crevices behind nondescript areas. Having your home behind a secret passageway adds a layer of mystery and exclusivity that feels tantalizing to venture.
There are a couple of great decorative features already on this list and a bunch of new ones that are just coming up. But very few of them are functional as well as being decorative.
This isn’t the case with Magma’s working Minecraft playground tutorial, which is one of the coolest things I’ve seen built in Minecraft. Featuring a wooden climbing frame, monkey bars, sandpit, and a slide, this will make a great addition to any Minecraft village or community.
This is one of my favourite Minecraft building ideas on this list.
A Massive Windmill
If you have a base built on farmland, your home structure is essentially calling out for an awesome looking windmill to steal the show.
This in-depth tutorial from WalkTheWaffle walks you through every step of the process. From living quarters to suspended pieces that give the illusion that the windmill is spinning, the detail and scale make it one of the most attractive builds I’ve seen in some time.
This is one to try out as you proceed later in the game. It is MASSIVE, too. If you are looking for something similar but a little more subtle, this tutorial from Akila Gaming may help.
An Aquarium (With Real Fish!)
I think Minecraft is a lot better since Mojang decided to fill the oceans with innumerable species of fish. From colourful to the mundane, most players will never get a good chance to lay eyes on their new aquatic friends.
So, wouldn’t it be good if players could have a tank full of fish in their homes? That’s exactly what VexelVille’s easy modern aquarium tutorial hopes to achieve. Filled with natural underwater decoration, it can even be constructed in survival mode!
Sometimes, all we want is a grand estate where we can enjoy the summer views of the outside world. And that’s totally ok — who wouldn’t want to see the sunlit views from outside your bedroom? This Modern Villa by Akila Gaming is a contemporary house design that boasts impressive architecture.
From the second-floor outdoor garden with bamboo soaring high in the air to the open-window design of the house’s center, this grand estate is truly one of a kind.
If you hate Zombies, Skeletons, and Creepers invading your home, why not consider building your home underwater? This Modern Underwater House by ZayPixel is a tri-part living space submerged completely under the sea!
Worried about losing your breath in your home? Fret not. The tutorial video by ZayPixel shares with you all you need to know in creating this livable design from start to finish.
Minecraft Carpet Designs
The temptation is always to fill your Minecraft house with a block colour carpet. But, alas, there are a few serious issues that come with that. The first and arguably most important being that it doesn’t look great.
At least, mine looked terrible for the longest time. But then I caught this episode of Build Hacks from YouTuber ReytGood. The video shows off tutorials for putting together 6 unique carpet designs.
Not only can these add a breath of fresh air to your build. They can also make your rooms seem bigger if you’ve been constrained while building.
A Bona Fide Minecraft Castle
If you have ever put together a massive house made from wood and stone, chances are you have imagined what it would be like to live inside a bona fide Minecraft castle.
Dream no longer! Why not build your very own intricate Minecraft castle? With a throne room, chest rooms, armoury, and dungeons, this will be the perfect addition to any rustic Minecraft world in the later stages of the game.
Over a couple of instalments, BlueNerd Minecraft has a comprehensive tutorial explaining every step of the Castle construction process.
A Flag Pole and Medieval Flag
Ever feel the urge to have a show of patriotism in your Minecraft world? Look for further than this design for a 3D Minecraft flag poll by EB Productions!
It’s a relatively simple design but one that will make a great addition to any wood structure you’ve put together.
I have seen a lot of people try to build a Minecraft treehouse. Don’t get me wrong, some of them turn out just fine. But by far, the big problem is almost always the same: the tree is too small.
In part, that’s what makes Typface’s Minecraft Treehouse tutorial so impressive. They don’t just build a killer above-ground base with a lookout station and all the necessary amenities. They also build the perfect tree itself, which is both big enough to accommodate the base of the house.
If you have cats at home, I am sure you know that they love to climb. And the same is true in Minecraft, where your housecats will make good use of whatever structure you give them.
If you are looking for a specific structure to give your cats, IceFyre Gaming’s tutorial for a survival-friendly house tree is large and looks great. Give it a try and let us know in the comments how your cats are finding it!
A Modernist Masterpiece
Don’t worry if you build wood and stone blocks to reside in. I can’t lie, I often do the same.
Are you looking for new and inventive Minecraft building ideas to survive the night? Why not check out this tutorial from JUNS MAB, demonstrating how a real architect would approach building a fashionable living quarter.
The result is a Modernist masterpiece, the likes of which you have likely seen in the fanciest areas of town.
If you are looking for something complex, extremely fun to build, and useful beyond comprehension, look no further than this fully automated Minecart transport system tutorial by Cubey.
From a base departure system, players can launch Minecarts to any location in their world. It can carry either themselves or chests of items, making it extraordinarily useful for transporting building materials from your storage base to your latest build site.
Perhaps the Redstone wiring may be a little complex, but the time investment will certainly be worth it in the long run.
Secret Piston Door
If you are looking for a unique way to gain and then conceal access to a secret area in your home, here is a simple idea for an effective 1×2 secret piston door from YouTuber MinecraftTutorials.
In essence, the Redstone contraption simply uses four pistons to create a retractable passageway in any flat wall. This could be a great way to hide a secret chest room, for instance, by carrying around a lever to use as a key.
Best of all, it is incredibly easy to construct and subtle enough not to attract any unwanted attention.
Not-so-Secret Piston Door
Subtle and effective is good. But what if, like YouTuber Mumbo Jumbo, you want a large, impressive, overly complex, 6×6 vault-style secret door.
This secret piston door is essentially the opposite: incredibly complex to construct and likely to garner a lot of unwanted attention. It is also quite clunky, so not the fastest secret door for trying to get out of a sticky situation.
However, this is easily cancelled out by just how awesome this thing looks. Larger than almost every automatic Redstone door out there, it implements a spiral design that will have home intruders wondering “what on Earth is this thing?”
It’s just a shame it’s backed up by some quite complex Redstone programming. Just as well Mumbo Jumbo later uploaded a tutorial, showing exactly how to construct it step-by-step. Finally, he also includes a world download. So, you can get up close and personal when working out how everything works.
Nether Portal Design
If you want to get the best items in the game (or, for that matter, complete the game), you are going to eventually need a nether portal.
The problem: it can come off looking awful. That’s why you should start to think about unique nether portal designs.
One of my favourites is this one by Random Steve Guy on YouTube. It is reasonably simple, constructed with just stone, wood, and a couple of ornaments, but it is a good way to make the portal fit into your base design, and not as an unsightly novelty.
Frog Water Fountain
Houses are something you are going to want in every Minecraft world you play. But the fun doesn’t stop when you’ve got furnishings, four walls and a roof.
Some of the make-or-break elements of a great Minecraft house are what adornments you surround it with. YouTuber BitGarden has a really interesting take on a waterworks set piece: a fantastic looking stone frog that will fit into any pond or lake house you are putting together.
Using some Redstone magic and a couple of daylight sensors, this frog fountain can activate and then deactivate in line with daylight cycles. This grants you a low-effort dynamic statue that looks exceptional, too.
It would look extra awesome if you have one of the Best Anime Minecraft Texture Packs to go with it!
Town Square Statue
If frogs aren’t your thing (what is wrong with you?), but you are still interested in a Water Fountain of sorts, why not build one… of yourself?
This awesome tutorial by YouTuber Phelps features quick instructions for three custom fountains. But in my opinion, the coolest is of a featureless Minecraft Steve, posing on one knee, carrying the weight of the world like Atlas.
With only a few minor customisations, you could replicate your custom Minecraft skin. Or you could just keep it just vague enough to maintain plausible deniability. It is not arrogance, it is self-appreciation, and these days that’s hard to come by.
Traditional Village Well
If you are tired of using that 2×2 dirt cut-out with a bucket of water on each side to constantly replenish your supplies, why not check out Michael Heist’s guide to building an awesome decorative well?
It’s a very simple design, but one that will fit well with any grasslands home or base set-up. Best of all, he demonstrates a couple of easy ways to mix it up and make it look unique, without the need for a high material investment.
Marshland Roofed Bridge
You can’t get wet in Minecraft, so we are no strangers to wading through marshy waters instead of walking around them. But what if I told you there was a way to cross over short stretches of water that is simple and looks amazing?
Look at this tutorial by Typface, which shows us how to put together a shockingly simple roofed bridge. It is made with wood, cobble, and some clever floor placement to look almost as if it required custom textures.
Creative and Dynamic Ceiling Lights
You need to light your house. Why? Because if not it will fill up with monsters. Not a pretty sight.
But that doesn’t mean you are limited to torches and glowstone. In fact, in recent updates, your options for lighting have increased exponentially, as evidenced by this awesome Minecraft ceiling lights tutorial from MCram.
If you are looking to learn more about all your options when it comes to Minecraft lighting, why not check out our guide to the Best Minecraft Light Sources You Can Use Anywhere?
Finally, your lighting is going to look infinitely better if you use the Optifine mod. Here’s our guide to Installing Optifine in Minecraft in 2021.
And speaking of your blocky man cave, what use will it be without your very own television, too?
This tutorial by BlenDigi shows you how to put together any of 6 unique Minecraft TV designs, each looking fantastic and with a size and style that can fit any base design.
Minecraft Airport (With Flying Planes)
The Minecraft world is big and this is why an airport has made it on our list of things to build in Minecraft. So, when trying to get from A to B, it is no surprise that the citizens of Minecraftia might need to hop on a plane now and then.
Luckily, you will have seen this awesome tutorial by YouTuber HALNY, which shows you how to build a convincing-looking airport with a landing plane still in the sky!
Whether fitting this into a modern Minecraft city or adapting it for something a little more rural, this is a design feature bound to draw attention whenever you are next showing off your Minecraft world.
Minecart Roller Coaster
If you ever played Rollercoaster Tycoon or Thrillville back in the day, you would know how much fun it is to build your custom rollercoaster attractions.
It may not seem entirely obvious – after all, the Minecart physics systems aren’t nearly intricate enough for loop-the-loops and barrel rolls – but with a bit of creativity you can easily throw together a killer Minecraft Rollercoaster that will keep you entertained for hours.
It is likely to require a lot of Redstone and tracks. So, it may not be a practical project for newly opened survival worlds. But if you are looking to see what excitement simple Minecart tracks are capable of, check out this demo by YouTuber KudilStyle.
Boat Water Slide
Minecarts don’t have the most intuitive physics, though. Instead, many users opt to build something resembling a water slide, a rollercoaster that utilises boats instead of minecarts.
Boats can bounce, jump, climb, accelerate, and decelerate with ease, making them the perfect tool for builders creative enough to bypass their limitations.
For an awesome Boat Water Slide with jumps, lifts, and ramps to inspire your next Minecraft build idea, check out this tutorial from Youtuber Swifters287.
When you’ve put together something of a village or a small town, something you need to concern yourself with is outdoor lighting. Luckily, Redstone daylight sensors allow you to build a series of stylish streetlights that turn on automatically whenever it starts to get dark.
As far as stylish streetlight designs go, I like this collection of 8 tutorials from Kenneth. Match it with this tutorial for automating them by iDonPower, and you’ll never have to run Revenge style through the dark again!
So far, we have had a lot of great decorative ideas for grasslands and forest builds, but very few for those in other, less traditional biomes.
Often, users building in the desert will forego the niceties of design and decoration in favour of a more practical homestead that has everyone you’ll need to brave the harsh nighttime.
But check out this Minecraft Sphinx tutorial by YouTuber Magma. Designed with delicate attention, especially around the face, you can adorn your Sphinx with gold or other sand bricks to add more vanity or texture!
Mining is one of the most enjoyable parts of playing Minecraft. But I’m not afraid to admit that, at times, I can grow a little bit used to it. This is especially true when it comes to designing my mines, where staircases cut in mountains unannounced are the norm.
That is, up until I saw this awesome Mining Camp tutorial from Reimiho, with a crafting station, custom lighting, and even a massive crane to sell the aesthetic!
Usually, mining is something I do in preparation for later stages of the game. But if I planned a mining camp like this for my next few Minecraft projects, I’m not sure I’d ever been out of it!
Realistic Bathroom Design
Many Minecraft projects don’t have to involve massive structural undertakings, though. Others could just be new ways to think about building. Take a look at this awesome idea for realistic bathroom furniture from this tutorial from MCram for a perfect example!
Of course, unless you have some sort of urination mod, there is no need for a bathroom or toilet. But if you were to add one, it would add a new element to your base. It could even be a lot of fun to come up with original designs!
Rebuild Your Favourite (Other Game) Maps in Minecraft
When you have been playing Minecraft for a long time, the same temptation will always eventually arise. Do you quit, log out, and switch to another game for a bit?
Well, you could. Or you could bring another game into Minecraft. There are a bunch of awesome examples of FPS maps and platforming levels recreated in Minecraft. But here are two of my favourites to get the inspiration flowing:
Which map or location are you going to recreate? Let us know in the comments below!
Custom Parkour Course
Minecraft parkour maps are a mainstay of many online servers and challenge maps but attempting to build your own could be a great addition to your creative or survival world.
Essentially, parkour maps are mid-air platform challenges where players must judge large and small jumps from block to block. In the more difficult maps, blocks are replaced with more unconventional items with unique hitboxes, like cobwebs and fences. It takes a lot more skill than regular Minecraft, so check out our list of the Best Mouse for Minecraft in 2021.
If you are not sure where to start and you would like a refresher on the basics of creating an awesome Parkour map, check out this tutorial by YouTuber Ragon Akashi.
Obsidian City in the End
Minecraft doesn’t officially have an end. But when you get as far as defeating the Ender Dragon you get the sense that you should start thinking about making a new Minecraft world.
But stop! Why would you quit before you have made good use of The End? It’s an often neglected but incredibly fertile bit of space to build something truly impressive, and I have some ideas if you don’t know where to start.
By far my favourite is this Minecraft City built exclusively around the End Towers. Best of all, creator Grain has uploaded an entire speedrun of him building it so you can follow along, too!
Perform Your Favourite Song with Minecraft Note Blocks
Minecraft note blocks have been a staple of the game for as long as I can remember, dating back to the first ‘Minecraft Note Block Cover’ videos in 2011.
Essentially, note blocks are Redstone powered devices that play a single note when Redstone power is passed through them.
Their tone and sonic qualities can be varied based on which block they are connected to. This allows users to create elaborate performances of any song they can think of.
One of the most impressive is this Note Block Cover of Rick Astley’s Never Gonna Give You Up by YouTuber Brui.
If you are looking for a great starting point to what is a complex science, this tutorial series by Amosdoll is easy, accessible, and gets you straight into action.
One of the many things that makes Minecraft fun is the unbridled creativity you can exercise in the game. This Mushroom House by Dad’s Guide is a testament to this fact, featuring a bright-red capped mushroom building idea that doubles down as a lodging cabin as well.
Inside, you can build a modern cottage, a cozy cabin, or a mystical enchantment room — whatever makes your heart run wild! After that, you can make your fantasy come true and create an entire village of Mushroom homes. Just be careful with monsters lurking at night.
Wouldn’t it be nice to just wake up to the sight of pristine waters surrounding the four corners of your home? This Lake House built by DayPixel recreates a home where you can fish and swim to your heart’s delight.
It’s a two-floor log cabin with a miniature garden, outdoor port area, and all the rooms you’ll need to stay cozy. Glowstone blocks light up the area at night too, keeping the monsters at bay.
It’s your first day in Minecraft — and you’re sick and tired of recycling the dirt block cabin for who knows how long.
This stilted Survival House by SheepGG can inspire you with some neat ideas to use for your next “New World” build, from a garden balcony to an underground portion to grow your next meal. It’s well-fortified too, elevated to fend off any surprise visits.
Minecraft Pond Design
I don’t know about you, but nothing beats strolling past a silent pond with vibrant lotus pads and various flowers and plants scattered around every corner. This Pond by One Team features an array of beautiful and natural adornments with the pond as its centerpiece.
Aside from the pond itself, a tiny boardwalk serves as a private fishing spot too. Perfect for when you want to break free from all the back-breaking mining and monster killing.
Cattle And Livestock Pen
I have seen it in just about every survival world my friends show me. A house with a large fenced-off square beside it, filled with just about every farm animal available on the game.
If you are looking for a fun project to make your base even more aesthetically pleasing, why not try out this Cow Pen tutorial from Fresh Joy?
Concise and well designed, there will be enough space here for all your favourite farm animals. It will also be a handy way to get close to your farm animals, given that they aren’t free to roam about a massive square of land.
Redstone Door Minecraft building ideas
A pressure plate door where you don’t have to flick a lever or touch a button to let it open? Yes, please!
This Redstone Door by BlenDigi harnesses the power of Redstone dust to create an automated entryway. All you have to do is step on a designated area — and the blocked-off wall in front of you will magically open, like a secret passage.
Better yet, find more cool Redstone contraptions for your next creative home.
Have you ever been chased by an ill-intentioned looter in PVP? Have they broken through your base—leaving your home in ruins?
With this Unbreakable Wall by Mumbo Jumbo, you won’t have to worry about them breaking in your home. Doing so would send Cobblestones blocks falling back into place, leaving your infiltrator stuck with no way of getting in.
The build will require heavy knowledge on Redstone contraptions, but nothing a little patience and dedication can’t fix.
An Altar To Summon Herobrine
You have never heard of Herobrine?! Well, let me take you on a trip to a time affectionately known as 2010.
Minecraft was still young with an exploding fanbase. But then, some hooligan decided to court the nightmares of an entire generation.
Herobrine was apparently a (non-existent) deceased brother of Minecraft’s creator Notch. It is a shadowy secret NPC who is said to haunt Minecraft’s code, appearing randomly in player’s games and causing real-world consequences.
Herobrine isn’t a part of Minecraft. After all, the developers have included ‘Removed Herobrine’ in just about every patch description since the creepypasta first took off. But the rumour also said that the beast can be summoned by building a very specific altar, and it would be a good way to decorate any creepy-themed Minecraft world!
Try it out… if you dare.
If you’re feeling drowsy at the thought of constructing more buildings, creating a pretty path design can be a nice change of pace.
This Japanese-inspired Torii Path Design by ZayPixel is a true-to-life rendition of the actual Torii gates scattered across places around Japan. Aside from the iconic gate, there are also Glowstone lamp posts that provide lighting as you stroll past the area. This design fits well in a Zen Park or a rural, Asian-themed village.
If you’re in PVE mode or playing against multiple factions, it’s important to mark your territory and declare your boundaries. This Minecraft Skull Banner Design by BlenDigi can be a threatening way for you to ward off any unwanted visitors from entering your property.
Having it hanging on your rooftop is like saying, “If you come any closer, you’re D-E-A-D!” Whether your character is jacked with mega powerful armor or only has scrawny Iron armor to save their skin, anyone can feel the fear emanating from a Skull banner.
Instead of building your base up, up, and up, why not consider building your base low to the ground? This Underground House by Spudetti displays a circular base area that’s divided into four quadrants. Each section represents a room—a dining room, a bedroom, a library, and so on.
While it may seem disadvantageous to have a base so low to the ground, you have to admit: it does look impressive. Plus, you can always add floors on top of it, sort of like a spire or the Colosseum.
Built Your Very Own Custom Item (Create Your Own Mod)
Okay, hear me out here. Coding your mod, particularly if you are not very tech-savvy, may seem like an incredibly daunting task. But as evidenced by this fantastic tutorial by Suited Llama, it need not be that much of a challenge.
Starting small, you can come to have your custom item in-game in only a few hours and with very rudimental knowledge of Java.
It will be a long shot for most of us, but if you are looking for new ways to build in Minecraft, coding your additions will raise every ceiling in the game.
Get Lost in the World of Pixel Art
If you are not familiar with Pixel Art, the concept is quite simple. Users enter a flat creative world, spawn in a bunch of coloured wool, and construct massive 2D structures that – from a distance – look like cartoon character sprites or images.
There are the classics like this Big Chungus from JbrosGaming and this Christmas Baby Yoda from RocketZer0. But lately, users have been going even further. Using every block in the game to put together really complex patterns that, from a distance, look like really detailed (albeit pixelated) images.
To get you started, choose an image and head over to minecraftart.netlify.app. From here, you can upload any image you like and get back a detailed blueprint schematic of how to recreate it in Minecraft blocks.
Perfect Minecraft Igloo
It isn’t just desert biomes players usually avoid like the plague. I’ve had my fair share of Survival worlds doomed by spawning in a vast tundra, where quitting and making a new world with a different seed is usually a better alternative to slaving away in the snow.But this survival igloo tutorial from YouTuber Mr Mirror is a doozy. It looks outstanding, while harnessing only the resources which are all available in the tundra biome. Fit with an outside seating and campfire area, this is your golden bullet for never avoiding the snow again.
Build an Entire City
At this point, you have seen just about every unique Minecraft building idea I could find. But we still have more and believe me when I say: it is a whopper.
When it comes to Minecraft Cities built by hand, there were a couple of impressive ones to choose from. But one stood out as the most impressive in the lot, thanks to the immense creativity and commitment the build must have taken to complete. This is one of the biggest things to build in Minecraft, ever.
The Minecraft City by YouTuber The Building Duck is awesome. Featuring everything from expansive skyscrapers to a nuclear power plant, the bricks were lain entirely by hand and by only one builder.
The Building Duck has also uploaded a 100-part time-lapse series of them constructing the entire project. So, feel free to follow along block-by-block… if you dare.
For a build this expansive, you are going to need enough power to prevent your game from degrading. Here’s our guide to allocating more RAM to your Minecraft Server, or our list of the Best White RAM For Your PC in 2021.
Underground Survival Bunker
Implying that Survival is difficult is a bit of a meme at this point, but it can be a challenge. Throw in a couple of crafty other players vying for valuable resources. The need for a safe place to live, craft, and defend is doubled.
This showcase tutorial from Spudetti shows just how awesome a fully kitted-out survival bunker can be. With more storage than you will ever need, it’s the perfect base from the game’s beginning to the game’s end. Best of all, it’s hidden away completely out of sight.
Build Your First Adventure Map
I don’t know about you, but I remember when Adventure Maps were huge. They can be anything from parkour courses to detective simulators and include everything from intricate Redstone programming to programmed command blocks.
The process of building an adventure map involves creating custom skins, writing dialogue, coming up with plotlines, and building expansive spaces for your story to play out. An unconventional Minecraft building idea to be sure, but one I bet many players have never thought about.
Finally, why not play through some of the most popular adventure maps to get started? From challenges, puzzles, to Minecraft RPGs, find them all on minecraftmaps.com.
Nether Portal Entrance
A doorway to Narnia? Nope, it’s the Fairy Tale Nether Portal Entrance by Kelpie The Fox!
This Fairy Tale Nether design is a relatively simple structure that requires only Wooden material and Nether-producing resources. But don’t let its simplicity fool you. Creating this design helps against monsters randomly spawning in your world or the Nether.
Underwater House 2
There’s no question that Minecraft players are one of the most creative people on the planet. Once more, they create an impressive Underwater House, courtesy of Random Steve Guy, that makes for a beautiful and aquatic home. Unlike the other building ideas in this list, this building idea has rooms that rise above the waters.
On one floor, you can be watching the sunset. On another floor, you can watch fish swim through corals in your storage room. I’d say that’s neat!
Bridges are a necessity in Minecraft, and it’s always better to have a nicely designed one over one with dirt blocks that are haphazardly strewn around. This Roofed Bridge by Typface provides an impressively simple yet efficient design that works well in more rustic and wooden-type villages.
Aside from lamps and the typical Wooden base, it also includes some string to make it look like a castle drawbridge of sorts.
80 of the Best Minecraft Building Ideas
So, there we have it! 80 cool things to build in Minecraft the next time you are struck by a bout of builder’s block.
There is an insane range of Minecraft building ideas here. But one important thing to remember is that your next Minecraft projects don’t all need to be massive undertakings.
Part of the fun of the game is finding ways to fundamentally change your experience, like spawning in a foreign biome or attempting to thrive in the nether.
If you are still looking for things to build in Minecraft the check out our post on the 10 BEST Minecraft base ideas
Finally, have you heard of Drag Clicking? It’s a great new method for gaining a competitive edge in combat situations. Here is our comprehensive guide to Drag Clicking and our guide to the Best Mouse for Drag Clicking in 2021.