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Lego Organizer, what do you think?

Posted by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 9:52 AM
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How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

Even though I have a "spot" for my keys and wallet, I still end up misplacing them. The LEGO organizer is a fun and convenient place to store all of your everyday carry things. A standard LEGO base plate is stuck to a wall, while bricks and plates attached to everyday items make them attachable to the mat—never to go missing again. Here's how to make your own.

This fun and colorful project is a great way to keep things organized and show your love for LEGO. LEGO purists beware: I had to modify the pieces to work with my idea!

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

Step 1: Tools + Materials

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

I wanted to have a variety in my LEGO organizer, so I chose a few different bricks for the items I wanted to hang.

LEGO Pieces:

Tools + Materials:

  • Rotary tool with cutting wheel
  • Sandpaper (100 grit)
  • 2-part epoxy
  • Drill and small bits ( 2mm [5/64"] )
  • 2-sided tape (or other heavy duty dual adhesion)

Step 2: Key Fob

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

Using a 2mm (5/64") bit, openings were drilled through the side and top of each 2x bricks. Once initial openings were made, the drill was directed to a 45 degree angle and the openings were reamed to connect the two openings. This opening was large enough for my key loops—ream with a larger bit if you need more room. Any plastic burrs from drilling were removed with a sharp hobby knife. Key loops were then threaded though each brick opening and keys added.

Step 3: Base Plate and Labeling

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

Instead of labeling the keys, I chose to have them color-coded with a corresponding nameplate. I liked this method as it allows the bricks and keys to be changed easily. Then all you need is a new name plate. On masking tape, scribble what your keys open and place it on the corresponding color brick.

Step 4: Wallet and Phone Backing

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

For the phone and wallet I chose a 4x6 plate. The pip crowns on the topside of the plate don't serve a purpose when attaching them to a flat surface and add to the thickness, so I used a rotary tool with a flat cutting wheel to remove them. The plate was then sanded smooth with 100 grit sandpaper. 2-part epoxy was mixed and smeared over the sanded top of the LEGO plates. The plates were then attached to the phone and wallet, then clamped in place and left to set overnight.

Pro-tip: With most 2-part epoxies, less is more. Too much epoxy applied may leak into openings created when removing the plate crowns and prevent the bottom of the plate from connecting with the mat. If you accidentally use too much glue, the spillover can be removed with a sharp hobby knife, as dried epoxy is brittle and can be chipped off once set.

Step 5: Adhesive Back

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

I used strong double-sided tape to adhere my base plate to the wall. If you're planning to load up your base plate with lots of items, then you might need a stronger solution to stick your base plate to the wall. Consider mechanical fasteners. After applying the tape, the backing was removed and the base plate was pushed against the wall to ensure a strong bond.

Step 6: Mount and Organize

How to Build a LEGO Organizer For Your Keys and Everyday Items

All that's left now is to populate your base plate with your everyday carry items, like your wallet, phone, and keys. I have extra room on my base plate, so I can expand with more key fobs or larger objects as the need arises.

LEGO Organizer | Instructables

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TheBabyFactory4
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:19 PM
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I would never use it for my wallet or cell phone cuz it would never stay on the wall long enough. Lol. Cute idea for keys but why not just a key ring and a nail or some hook?
gumeshoe
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:27 PM

If it was for a boy and boy things sure. Not for cell phones or wallets.

DawnPratt23
by Dawn on Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:38 PM

Cute idea, better than stepping on one in the middle of the night.

lizard3731
by Bronze Member on Jul. 2, 2013 at 12:47 PM
I like it! I saw a kid's bedroom wall with legos on it. I'll probably never do it, but thought it was cool, too. It was on pinterest.
mommy074ever
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 1:12 PM

 this is genius!

aneela
by 80sTardisGirl4Gore on Jul. 2, 2013 at 5:28 PM

cute

a_and_j_momma
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:06 PM
I would never use it but it is a good idea
OBImomma
by on Jul. 2, 2013 at 11:13 PM
Very cool!
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KenzieQsMommy
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 12:19 AM
I love that!! My.nephew loves.leggos, he'd totally be into something like that but he's only 9 lol
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matreshka
by on Jul. 3, 2013 at 8:48 AM
1 mom liked this

LOL, I know ;)

Quoting DawnPratt23:

Cute idea, better than stepping on one in the middle of the night.


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