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DIY Lego Storage Container

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

If you’ve ever stepped on a Lego you know the importance of having easy Lego storage for kids.  I made these large Lego mini figure head storage jars out of plastic snack containers. They are easy and inexpensive to create and you're kids will love them.
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  1. Find a large container similar to a Lego mini fig shape. Empty the food.
  2. Rip off label.  It leaves a sticky residue, you can’t paint over this well. I used detachol, soap and water to get it clean enough to paint. I recently saw some adhesive remover on the glue isle at Target you could try.
  3. I used Krylon Dual Paint + Primer, Sunshine Yellow. I spray painted the outside of each container and lid (2 coats). Then I used a clear gloss to help protect it (1 coat).
  4. I cut out vinyl using a silhouette machine using this method after finding a sample Lego face image online. These are simple enough shapes you could print a large face on paper and trace onto vinyl or onto the container and use sharpie markers to fill in the black. If you try the vinyl you’ll want a little black and white to complete the look. I also used vinyl to create a LEGO sticker on the back of the container to label it.
  5. The containers with food cost $5-$8 then I spent $8 on spray paint (1 yellow, 1 clear can). I was able to create 3 containers for under $25 (and got to eat the food).

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 I think the Red Vines container looks the best.  I also liked the taller rounded shape of the Cheese Balls container too so I tried both. Look around for other containers at your local bulk food store or bulk food isle in the grocery store.  I really can’t stand cheese balls so we threw them away. We easily ate the Red Vines though so you may as well buy something you’ll eat so you don’t waste the food.

I love how they look in my son’s room. All three heads on his Lego style shelves. He can easily pull them out and find the Legos he needs then put them back away by himself.
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 You may remember these baby food jars I turned into Lego party favor jars a few years ago.  See how I made them here.  One of my readers Mama Max made these jars and tried a larger pistachio plastic jar. She inspired me to make these larger jars so see her tips here.
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 Here is my son with his 3 Lego storage heads.
Crochet Lego Blanket
His aunt made him this crochet Lego style blanket for his birthday last year and he sleeps with it every night. She lined the back with fleece. If you look closely you can see 6 bumps on each block that pop up to look like Lego bricks. I’m not positive where she got the pattern.

 We love all things Lego. See my LEGO Pinterest board for more inspiration.
If you don’t want to hassle with the mess and time to search for containers and paint them you can always buy them from the official LEGO. They have a head that sorts the bricks too. (disclosure *If you buy from these links I earn a very small percentage from the sale.)

Have fun and go play Legos with your kids today.

This post is not sponsored by or affiliated with the official LEGO. It is inspired by Lego because we build them every day at our house.


Whatever Dee-Dee wants said...

I love these Lego storage boxes! Plus it would be a good excuse to buy some Red Vines :)

BellaMuse Boutique said...

WOW! I was goin gto but the Lego style, but 38$ at Walmart is crazy for plastic!! THANKS!!

Shey Tille said...

I don’t have any jar right now. Do you think I can do this to packing boxes Perth?

Debra Cashman said...

You have great ideas Victoria! Just wanted to let you know that I am obseussed too :) I posted about your blog on my 365 Blog Hop Challenge. Just had to share your blog and your great ideas! Happy Blogging,


Debra Cashman said...

btw...have you ever seen those IKEA boxes kind of shaped like rectangular legos? they stack on each other. Really cool. They come in bright colors too. Not sure if they still have them. but they always reminded me of legos.

SUETFO said...

Lemon juice is a more natural and easier way to remove the sticky label stuff from any

Kaysi @ Keeping it Simple said...

This is awesome!!!!!!!

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hurley thurston said...

Great idea. So cute. Thank youfor the tutorial. I found you from A Girl and A Glue Gun!

Jessica Anderson said...

This is such a GREAT idea! I'd love for you to come link up to our party where we can show off all of our old or new projects! :)
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Thiago daLuz said...

If only container storage in Minnesota was so ridiculously clever, I'd buy right into it. In the mean time, though, I'll content myself with making some of these for my kids. Absolutely genius idea.

Heather - Chickabug said...

Genius! And a great excuse to go buy some red vines! Thanks for posting this! : )

Thomas Maloney said...

My sister-in-law just loves this storage idea for her son’s Lego toys. It is always a challenge to find nice Lego containers in the play stores, and having this idea of a DIY storage is just amazing. Although, what my sister-in-law did is to keep the containers as it is, i.e. she did not spray paint it so that the kids would know the contents are. She only spray painted the cover in different colors, to identify to which kids would the container go.

Feonacy Tyson said...
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Feonacy Tyson said...

The steps you have shared in this blog are great, I will be making these types of containers soon at home for storing kid’s items.


Earl Finnegan said...

I can think of more than one use for this type of container storage in Minnesota. Thanks for the idea, I'll have to try it out.

Karen Crenshaw said...

I'm creating a Lego room for my two boys and blogging about it along the way. Do you mind if I link up with this page to refer people on how to create these containers? I'm definitely making a few for their room!

JoeTheMom said...

Mine did not turn out nearly as nice (I used a Folgers economy can) but I referenced your project on my blog . Thanks for the great idea.

Susan in Sweden said...

An easy way to remove sticky remains after a sticker is WD40. And if you don't have any then regular cooking oil will do. Remove what you can of the sticker. Spray with WD40, let it sit a moment if needed, use your fingernail or other device to scrub off the remains. Repeat if needed. Then wash with dish soap to remove the oil. Note this is not appropriate for all surfaces.

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Vivian said...

This is s amazing! I just featured this in my Favorites on Fridays on the blog! thanks!

Liz said...

This is the most awesome DIY lego box that I have ever seen! It is great! I suggest that you put your name on the product and sell the idea! It is amazing! :)

storagetulsehill said...

You are so thoughtful! The box is really an outstanding piece! Great job!

Customer recommendations for Alaska Fishing Lodge Sitka said...

I love to organize with storage containers as well. They can be used for so many things and I'll make sure to save this post into my favorites for future reference! Thank you for sharing these great ideas!

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werkbladen said...

Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly, and get on with improving your other innovations.

Johnny Kruse said...

how is this holding up? I tried tempra paint before I found your blog... it's not covering at all... so might try the spray paint at local hardware store, but I'm wondering how the paint held up on yours now?

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My daughter is a LEGO fan. This will be a nice project for her. Thanks for the tutorial.

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