Chances are you have huge amounts of LEGO lying around your home – so why not get creative with it? From cameras, to lamps, to vases and jewellery – here are 15 cool things to make out of those colourful little blocks. Much more fun that stepping on them in the dark!
1. Make jewellery
Source: The Long Thread
Use some jewellery clasps and quick-drying glue to turn lonesome LEGO pieces in to statement jewellery! Ellen from The Long Thread explains the process here. They were sold as fundraisers at her daughter’s kindergarten.
Source: Simply Sara
Sara at Simply Sara added LEGO pieces to a bottle of liquid soap as part of the decorations at her son’s LEGO party. This could be a cute way to get your little ones to scrub up before dinner!
3. Make headphones
Get your geek on and listen to some tunes on these beefy LEGO headphones! Tutorial at Instructables.
4. Make a vase
Build a LEGO structure around an existing vase, flowerpot, or plastic bag to make a funky floral piece for your table. See more at Instructables.
5. Renovate your kitchen
Two Parisian designers took a plain IKEA kitchen base and spent a week covering it with more than 20,000 LEGO pieces. See more at Coohunter.
6. Learn to build sentences
Source: K is for Kindergarten
If your big kid has recently graduated to using LEGO, you might have a lot of unused Duplo blocks lying around. Lisa at K is For Kindergarten used stickers to attach letters and words to the blocks – and suddenly teaching spelling and sentence structure takes on a new dimension!
7. Make a photo frame
Source: Dad vs Wild
8. Learn to sort colours
Source: Kids Activities Blog
A simple idea for the little ones from Kids Activities Blog: Draw a rainbow ‘guide’ on a piece of paper and let your kids have fun sorting bricks by colour and then arranging them in to rainbows.
9. Make a LEGO travel box
Source: Finley & Oliver
Pack and play! A LEGO mat glued to a box with a sliding lid makes great travel storage for LEGO. See more on this idea at Finley & Oliver.
10. Create 3D wall art
Source: Three Paper Ponies
If you’ve ever finished a LEGO construction and thought proudly, this is a work of art, then you’ll know where Jaime Choi from Three Paper Ponies is coming from. She took the glass out of an IKEA frame to mount her son’s creations – see the steps here.
11. Repair a fence
12. Make a keychain holder
Source: Living Creatively
LEGO key rings and a wall-mounted LEGO mat = no lost keys! See how Wendy from Living Creatively made hers here.
13. Make a lampshade
This one is by artist Daniela Pavone, but you could whip up something similar, right? See more at Inhabitat.
14. Pimp your iPhone camera
This tutorial will teach you how to make you iPhone look like a LEGO camera. Because, why not?! Get the instructions here.
15. Fix your glasses
Broken hinge on your glasses? Nope, it’s not time for a new pair. Give them some hipster cred with this tutorial.