How to Make an Armor Stand in Minecraft?

Updated · Apr 29, 2022

In Minecraft, an armor stand is an entity that allows you to display your armor collection.

It has many customization options and can be a great piece of decoration for any space.

Below, we'll show you the armor stand recipe and some ideas for what to do with it.

What Is an Armor Stand?

An armor stand in MC is a utility entity that can be used to showcase the different armors you have crafted and other wearable items. It's available in all Minecraft editions, but there are some differences in the customization options.

For example, in Bedrock, you can pose it in 13 different ways and make it dance, while in Java, the possibilities are a bit more limited.

How to Make an Armor Stand?

The crafting process is pretty simple, consisting of only a few easy-to-follow steps.

1. Gather Wood and Cobblestone

Luckily, these are among the most common resources in the game. Just chop down some trees and mine the cobble you'll likely see everywhere around you.

2. Make Sticks and a Smooth Stone Slab

First, you'll need to make planks out of the wood you gathered by placing it in the crafting grid. Then, put in two planks, one above the other, to get sticks. The armor stand crafting recipe requires six.


As for the smooth stone slab, you'll have to smelt the cobble in a furnace and cut it with a stonecutter. Alternatively, you can add three stones to one row of your crafting table to make slabs.


3. Follow the Armor Stand Recipe

Once you have all the necessary materials, open your crafting table again and do the following:

  • Place three sticks on the first row and one in the very center of the grid.
  • Add two more sticks in the first and third slot of the third row.
  • Put the slab in the middle of the last row.

How to Use an Armor Stand in Minecraft?

Now that you have your armor rack, it's time to put it to good use. Hold the item you want to put on in your hand and right-click on the stand. Similarly, to take things off, right-click with bare hands on them.

Here are a few ideas of what to do with your new creation:

  • Display your leather, chainmail, iron, diamond, golden, and Netherite armor.
  • Place a mob (zombie, creeper, or dragon) or a player (Steve) head on top. A turtle shell and a carved pumpkin work there as well.
  • Put elytra on the back of the mannequin.
  • Place the Minecraft armor rack in a water pool.
  • Decorate your home or any other place you want.
  • Make use of their entity qualities and have them fall and remain on non-full blocks, such as enchanting tables, slabs, or snow.

How to Summon an Armor Stand With Arms in Java?

While in the Bedrock edition, you can easily make an armor stand with arms, it's not so simple in Java.

You'll need to enable hacks in your world and type in the following commands in the chatbox:

  • "/data merge entity @e[type=armor_stand,sort=nearest,limit=1] {ShowArms:1}" — to put hands on an existing stand close to you.
  • "/summon minecraft:armor_stand ~ ~ ~ {ShowArms:1}" — to summon a new stand with visible arms.

How to Make an Armor Stand Pose in Bedrock?

Customizing a Minecraft stand is pretty simple, and you can choose from 13 different poses.

Use the "Pose" option while sneaking, and keep going until you like how it looks.

Alternatively, you can do the same utilizing a Redstone signal.

If you're opting for Redstone, there's an easy way to make the mannequin look like it's dancing:

  1. Place two blocks of your choice on the ground, one block apart, and put the armor stands on top of them.
  2. Add one Redstone torch on the front side of each block.
  3. Make a Redstone wire on the ground connecting the two torches and continuing in the empty space between the stands.
  4. Place a Redstone comparator facing the opposite of the Minecraft armor stands on the middle block of the row behind them.
  5. Put two comparators facing the opposite direction, directly behind the mannequins, on the two sides of the first one.
  6. Add a Redstone wire connecting all comparators.
  7. Your armor stands should be continuously changing poses and appear to be dancing.

That won't work in Java unless you use data packs.

To Wrap Up

Knowing how to make an armor stand in Minecraft isn't exactly essential for your survival, but it may be a lot of fun.

Whether you're displaying your vast array of armor or making it dance, it's a great way to add a touch of personality to your Minecraft world.

Have fun with your new creation!

Marina Stanisheva
Marina Stanisheva

With charmingly infectious enthusiasm, Marina is always thrilled by forthcoming challenges. Thanks to her knack for gathering useful (and not so much) information, she is here to get you any answer you need.