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12 Surprisingly Useful Ways to Repurpose LEGOs

You'll never look at your kids' LEGO box the same way again.

Margo Gothelf and Sarah Burns

Lego Plant Holder

Let's Do This

While it’s fun to build and create with LEGOs, you might be surprised at just how practical and useful those little plastic bricks really are. Turns out there are some pretty cool ways to reuse LEGOs after they've served their initial purpose. Have a look at the creative and useful ideas below to see what you can do with all your kids' extra LEGOs. 

LEGO Belt

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Delia Creates

Turn bricks into a fashion statement with this LEGO belt buckle. The belt buckle uses a small LEGO plate for the surface of the buckle, which makes it easy to swap in different colors and patterns to match any outfit. This fashion accessory is a must-have for any LEGO-obsessed kid. 

DIY LEGO Picture Frames

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Laly Mom

Frame your favorite memory by creating a picture frame out of LEGO bricks. Choose any pattern, color, or design to build a frame that suits the photo's dimensions and color palette. Head on over to Laly Mom for some inspiration for a memorable keepsake. Make sure to check out her design that spells out “mom" to get a head start on Mother’s Day gifts for this coming year. 

DIY LEGO Clock

LEGO-Clock

Artsy Fartsy Mama

Not only will this LEGO clock look awesome hanging in your kid's room, but it also might help them learn how to tell time on an analog clock. The DIY clock uses a large LEGO plate for the base and bricks for the numbers of the clock. It then adds one brick at a time to represent each number on the clock. Find out how to make this clock at Artsy Fartsy Mama.

LEGO Tissue Box Cover

LEGO Tissue Box Cover

Amy Latta Creations

Give boring old tissue boxes a quick makeover with a LEGO tissue box cover. Head on over to Amy Latta Creations to see how she uses an assortment of bricks to build up a fun covering for a store-bought tissue box. Who knows, maybe this will encourage the kids to use tissues instead of their sleeves!

LEGO Marble Maze

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Crafty Mummy

Sometimes you don’t need instructions to play with LEGOs — just take this marble maze for example. The maze can be customized any way you want: Add different twists and turns to ramp up the difficulty, or make a simple maze and see just how fast your kids can reach the end. Check out Crafty Mummy for all of the details on this nifty activity. 

LEGO Checkerboard

Lego Checkerboard

Little Bins for Little Hands

Kids who love board games and LEGOs will be sure to love this DIY LEGO checkerboard that combines the best of both toys. The DIY board uses a large LEGO plate, 64 4x4 square plates, and 2x2 size bricks for all the checker pieces. Not only is this board fun to create, but it is also great for a game on the go. The pieces stick to the board, keeping everyone’s move in place.

LEGO Stamped Cards

With just some basic crafting paint and colored paper, kids can turn LEGO bricks into stamps for cool art projects. Use different size bricks to create shapes and patterns on cardstock. When the LEGO stamps are dry on the paper, add a bit of glitter to outline the stamps and turn each one-of-a-kind piece of art into a card. Check out the video tutorial to see how you can get kids started making LEGO stamp cards.

DIY LEGO Chess Set

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100 Directions

If you thought the LEGO checkerboard was a great idea, wait until you see this LEGO chess set. The board uses different LEGO figures to represent the chess pieces. Check out all of the details over on 100 Directions, where you’ll find a full set of instructions. Best. Rainy day activity. Ever.

LEGO Spinning Tops

The bricks are flying with these LEGO spinning tops. Check out the video for easy instructions on how kids can repurpose LEGOs to build spinning toys, then host a tournament where builders can go head to head to see who can create the fastest, the biggest, the smallest, and the most elaborate spinning toys in a LEGO-built arena.

LEGO Sudoku Game

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Lasting Thumbprints

People who love building with LEGOs also tend to love puzzle games like sudoku. Combine both activities with this imaginative idea from Lasting Thumbprints. The game uses the same rules as a sudoku puzzle, but replaces the numbers with different colored LEGO bricks. Start with a board of four bricks and see if your child can solve the puzzle. Once they've got the basics down, add in another column, making the puzzle even more challenging.

LEGO Puzzle Pictures

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I Can Teach My Child

Your kids will have a good laugh making different combinations out of this LEGO puzzle picture. For this craft, you’ll need a 4x6 picture, a craft knife, double-sided tape, and Duplo bricks. Tape the picture on the blocks and use the knife to cut around the stack of Duplo. When the picture is glued to the blocks, stack the images to complete the puzzle. If you’ve made multiple stacks, mix and match the pieces. See what your kids would look like on their sibling's body or make them extra tall by combining images!

DIY LEGO Planters

Looking to upgrade your indoor garden lewk? Give your plants little LEGO plant homes. Measure the plant pots and surround them with different colored bricks. Make sure there are no gaps for soil to escape, so it doesn't make a mess. Don’t worry if your plants outgrow the holders, as you can always add more pieces and give the plants more room to grow.

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