An armor stand in Minecraft can be a cool display case for Elytra, armor, pumpkins, and so much more. However, it does require a decent amount of skill to be able to craft.
Ready to put time into learning how to craft an armor stand? In six simple steps, we’ll help you gather the materials you need and smelt cobblestones into a stone slab.
To cap up the value of this article, we’ll also be exploring all of the ways you can use your new armor stand. Let’s dig in!
How to Craft an Armor Stand in Minecraft?
Although just a utility item, an armor stand in Minecraft is one of the coolest items to build. It furnishes your world and creates easy storage for all the inventory — what’s not to love? The best part is, it’s even easier to craft! Plus, there’s no GUI, so you can interact with this item directly. Let’s build one in six easy steps:
What You’ll Need:
- Wooden blocks
- Crafting table
- Fuel (coal, wooden blocks, lava, etc)
Side Note: A crafting table isn’t necessary for the stand.
Step 1: Procure Wooden Blocks From the Area
First, chop down a few trees using an ax and gather wooden blocks. You could also just hit the tree trunk to break down the wooden blocks. It doesn’t matter what kind of wood you pick up (the most common is oak wood), just make sure the blocks are enough to make at least six planks and sticks later.
Step 2: Add Wooden Planks to the Inventory
Next, open up the crafting menu and select the wooden blocks you just gathered. Break them into wooden planks then drag them into the inventory. These will be used in the next step to make the most integral item for crafting an armor stand.
Step 3: Gather Wooden Sticks to the Inventory
Here’s the most important step for the armor stand: open up the crafting menu and use the wooden planks in your inventory to craft six wooden sticks. You can use a crafting table to do this, but it isn’t necessary.
Step 4: Take a Pickaxe and Mine Cobblestones
Now that you have your inventory full, take a pickaxe and move to a mountainous area. You could also walk towards a cave, all you really need is some stone blocks.
Once you’re on the right track, mine a few stone blocks and turn them into cobblestones using your pickaxe. Make sure you have at least 12 to 15 cobblestone blocks.
Step 5: Craft a Furnace and Make a Smooth Stone Block
Once you have procured the required cobblestone blocks, place a crafting table in front of you and select eight of those blocks from the inventory. It’s time to smelt them!
But, first, you need a furnace. Open up the crafting menu, and add eight cobblestone blocks around the edges of the 3×3 grid. Drag the furnace output to the inventory and then to the toolbar for easy selection.
Open up the furnace by clicking right and add three cobblestone blocks above the flame or in the upper box. Add your choice of fuel to the lower box, it could be a bunch of wood blocks or even hot lava. Start the smelting process.
You’ll see them turn into stone blocks. When the process is complete, add the stone blocks back over the flame and smelt them using more fuel until they turn into smooth stone blocks. Drag them into the inventory.
Step 6: Craft Smooth Stone Slabs and Make the Grid for an Armor Stand
You’re almost at the finish line! Open up the crafting menu and add three of the smooth stone blocks you made in the 3×3 grid at the bottom row. This will create a smooth stone slab. Drag it back into your inventory.
It’s finally time to craft an armor stand! Place a crafting table in front of you, and add three wooden sticks at the top row of the 3×3 grid, one in the very center, and two on each edge of the bottom row. Then, take the smooth stone slab and place it in the center of the bottom row to craft an armor stand.
How to Use an Armor Stand?
An armor stand in Minecraft is used mainly for storage and presentation. Here’s what it can hold to display:
- Carved pumpkins
- Mob heads
In the Bedrock Edition, an armor stand can also hold:
In the updated version of Minecraft, armor stands can even wield two items at once!
Frequently Asked Questions
Can you make a moving armor stand in Minecraft?
Yes, you can make a moving armor stand in Minecraft. However, this task requires a chain of command blocks that can get very complex (in some cases). So, make sure you have some time carved out and a lot of patience mustered up before getting into the craft.
Can you name an armor stand?
Yes, you can name an armor stand similar to how any other mob would be labeled. Simply take a name tag and add the name. Then, press shift and right-click on the mouse to get the armor stand tagged.
Can you make armor stands in survival mode?
Yes, armor stands can be made in survival mode as simple as in any other world.
That concludes our step-by-step guide on how to craft an armor stand in Minecraft. Once you learn the exact illustration of wooden sticks in the grid and how to make a smooth stone slab, designing an armor stand is as easy as a drag-and-drop activity.
So, what are you waiting for? Open up your world and craft an armor stand to display your weapons proudly. Add carved pumpkins, swords, and shields — the possibilities are endless. Don’t forget to name your creation!