Searching for Minecraft ideas to inspire your next building venture? Minecraft gives players a sandbox to build almost anything they want, however it can be difficult to feel inspired when wandering around empty biomes. If you need a reminder about some of the incredible things that can be built, we’ve brought together a number of interesting ideas that you can use on your own Minecraft server.
It’s easy to get stuck in the same loop creatively-speaking, so it’s worth having a look at other people’s creations to see what is possible in Minecraft every so often. Whether you’re playing on a survival or creative server, these ideas should keep you entertained for hours on end.
Almost every idea comes with a video with detailed instructions on how to create the structure, so you won’t have to worry about messing anything up. Some of these ideas may test your building limits, but remember, these are just ideas! You don’t have to follow every guide to the letter, just build whatever you are comfortable with.
Here are some Minecraft ideas for you to try out:
- The Fossil Path of the Great Serpent
- Nether Sword Portal
- Cow Farm
- Villager Wheat Farm
- Minecart Rail Station
- Minecraft WorldEdit Pyramid
- Custom Aquarium
- Underwater Base
- Secret Underwater Pirate Cove
- Flower Shop
The Fossil Path of the Great Serpent
There’s no doubt you’ve lived in a regular house, but have you ever thought about living inside the corpse of a giant serpent? Though Minecraft mobs aren’t anywhere near as big as this serpent is, the idea of taking shelter within the bones of a giant creature sounds perfect in a survival game. If your building skills are up to it, you could also take a similar approach with mythical creatures like dragons.
Nether Sword Portal
Turn your Minecraft Nether portal into the centrepiece of your base by giving it a unique design – in this case, a massive sword lodged into the ground. This design also includes the other half of the sword in the Nether to give the effect that it’s being pierced through the ground. You’ll need almost 60 Obsidian for this build among other things, but the design more than justifies its crafting cost.
Hunting for food can be a time consuming process, but you can completely eliminate this chore by setting up a cow farm with a built-in lava cooker. Look, we never said this was going to be the most humane farm you’ve ever seen, but it sure is efficient. The general idea is that the adult cows breed at the top of the farm, creating new cows which fall to the bottom of the structure. These cows are then pushed into lava, cooking them instantly. The cooked food is sent directly into the chest located below, giving you access to cooked meat whenever you need it.
Villager Wheat Farm
If you want to sleep well at night and would rather use a farming method that doesn’t harm any animals, you could set up a wheat farm. Creating a wheat farm does require quite a bit more effort than the cow farm, but once you’ve finished you won’t ever have to make changes to it. The wheat farm runs automatically thanks to the Minecraft villager who works tirelessly to ensure you always have wheat in your chests.
Minecart Rail Station
Looking for a new way to travel throughout your Minecraft world? Create an underground minecart rail station in each of your settlements instead of having to trek everywhere. This can be incredibly useful when mining for resources as you always have a minecart nearby to take you back to any of your homes.
Minecraft WorldEdit Pyramid
Ever wondered how some large-scale Minecraft monuments are built? Here’s a time-lapse of a pyramid being built using Minecraft WorldEdit, a program designed to make building massive structures much easier compared to doing everything by hand. This pyramid build took FallenQbuilds just under 18 hours to complete, though we imagine it’ll take a newcomer much longer to build something like this.
You know what they say: there’s nothing classier than having your own custom aquarium. Create your own aquarium inside your home, or go all out and build a dedicated aquarium within your base. Take your build to another level by using Minecraft mods to add even more fish to the game, or wait for the 1.17 update to introduce Minecraft Axolotl. A custom aquarium is a great way to add colour to your home in a natural way. Sure, you could just use flowers like everyone else, but where’s the fun in that?
If you’ve built every type of base you can think of on land, why not go for an underwater home? An underwater build is perfect for players who want a relaxing area to zone out in after a hard day. A secret advantage of an underwater home in survival mode is that it’s arguably safer than having a home on land – you won’t have to worry about any stray creepers lurking in the darkness. This build does look a lot nicer if you use Minecraft shaders to make the water clear, but it isn’t essential.
Secret Underwater Pirate Cove
Have you ever discovered a small air pocket while exploring underwater? You can use this space to create a secret pirate cove hidden away below the depths. These areas are surprisingly large inside, but be careful when chipping away at the walls as you may accidentally break into the surrounding water. As long as you avoid any sudden leakages, you should have a permanent underwater base to surprise your friends with. This could be a great way to start an experimental run where you do things you’ve never thought about trying.
Put those stray flowers to use by building your very own flower shop. The build we’ve highlighted is constructed primarily using glass, giving anyone passing by a glimpse into the eye-catching shop. This is a great way to give your base some colour as most areas in Minecraft seem to use similar palettes. We recommend building alongside a flower farm to keep the store stocked with plenty of goods.
Hopefully these creative Minecraft ideas have given you enough inspiration for your next big Minecraft project. Not sure what type of home you want to build next? Our Minecraft houses guide highlights several unique homes to create, ranging from suburban houses all the way to treehouses. The farms listed in this guide have been made to be efficient, but if you’re looking for something more traditional, check out our Minecraft farm guide instead for plenty of inspiration.