DIY LEGO Travel Box

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

A while back, my sister in law asked my mom to help her with a contest that her company was having. The requirements were to take a cheese box and transform it into something cool. I suggested my mom turn it into a LEGO travel case (something that we would LOVE and use all the time).


This is {kind of} a tutorial because I didn't document this with pictures. Sorry. However, it is crazy easy and I know that you guys are smart enough to take this and run with it.:)


What you'll need:


Steps:
  • Paint your box however you like (wait until completely dry)
  • Use scissors to cut your building plate to size
  • Glue the building plate to the top
  • Get your LEGO on! 
(As I mentioned before, the building plate we used was large enough to cover our two small boxes.)


 So easy and so fun. Perfect for trips, car rides, and playing at home.  We have yet to take these on a trip but the boys play with them all day long at home.


The only thing I'd like to add are handles. Maybe screw on a handle from a craft store? Leather? Rope?


I have a love/hate relationship with LEGOs (I know you can relate) and I'm hoping these will help with my sanity a bit - at least while traveling. If you whip one of these up, I'd love to see how it turns out!

**If you find another good source for slide top boxes, please let me know in the comments so I can add it to this post. Thanks!

37 comments:

Mommy of 3 said...

Awesome idea and I do share your love\hate relationship with lego's especially the smaller pieces.

Mommy of 3 said...

Love this idea and I share your love\hate relationship with Lego's especially with the smaller pieces. Will need to do this for my lil guy!

Holy Craft said...

So genius! I love this!

Grace said...

Thanks! It was super easy. Let me know if you guys try it.

Kate @ A Creative Cookie said...

This is brilliant! LOVE it!

Joey said...

I'm so excited to see this - fantastic idea!!

Lesley said...

what a great idea!

Anonymous said...

This is exactly what I needed this past weekend. Great idea. I have an old cigar box with a sliding lid that would be perfect.

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

This is just awesome...my son is going to love this...great idea

Sundee said...

This is a fantastic idea and I will be making these ASAP! I feel you on the love/hate relationship with Legos!

Grace said...

If you all try this, I would LOVE to see how they turn out.

@anonymous, the cigar box will work great! The second one we made was from a cigar box that we found at an antique store.

Ellie said...

This is genius. I just had to put away our Legos for a bit because my feet are bruised from stepping on them. I have 3 little boys and have decided that I MUST make 3 little boxes like this! But I am not sure where I will find boxes...

Anonymous said...

Perfect idea for boys and girls. I will be making this tomorrow. I love going to the craft store and I think I might need a frequent shopper card :)

Nancy said...

Great idea! I have an old "pencil" box that my daughter made it at one of the Lowes build it workshops we can revamp. Thanks!

Prairie Mother said...

Awesome idea! Thanks for the links, I just ordered everything to make these for my three kids. This will be a lifesaver on road trips!!

Courtney said...

Genius! Thanks so much!

Anonymous said...

This may make me rethink my NO LEGOS in the car.

Sarah said...

wish I had a little boy to make one for! Now I'm gonna have to have another baby! dang... *sarcasm* :)

Anonymous said...

WOW!!!!! I am totally doing this for our beach trip this year. Thanks!

Grace said...

@ellie, check your local craft stores and hardware supply stores. You might also want to check out antique stores - the smaller box we made is from an old cigar box that we found at an antique store. Good luck! :)

The Rodriguez Crew said...

Definitely making one of these!! You are chock full of great ideas. :)

Julie said...

I'm so excited for this idea!!! I will be making it this weekend. My son will be so excited :)

Gale said...

How cool! Pinned this on pinterest (if you prefer it not pinned there, please let me know and I'll remove it).

Grace said...

Thank you, Gale! I am "pin friendly" so no worries. :)

Anonymous said...

great idea! What did you use to cut the base plate? Did you have to score it before cutting it?

Grace said...

@anonymous, we just used our regular pair of Fiskars scissors (the same we use for cutting fabric). It was easy to cut - no scoring needed. Good luck!

Anonymous said...

I would be afraid of the lid coming off while carrying it. Maybe put a snap or velcro? Did the lid slide off while you were walking with it?

Grace said...

@anonymous, we don't have handles on our boxes yet so the boys are holding them upright. The lids haven't slid off. If we do put handles on, then that might be a problem. I'm thinking that some sort of adhesive dots (velcro or something like this: http://www.joann.com/k-company-studio-112-adhesive-gems-20pk-circle/zprd_10869014a/) placed underneath the lid will keep it from sliding off.

Peter Norby said...

If you tacked on a little strap handle on the small end where it slides open, then gravity would take care of things for you. Alternatively, maybe you can glue a small 1x6 lego at the end, and use a lego brick as a DIY latch.

Anonymous said...

I seriously love this idea. I love anything that can travel but not be messy. It will make eating at cafes/restaurants easier.
My little man is only 15 months but i know his obsession with lego isn't to far away so i'll put this into my to do pile and have it sorted for when our house fills with lego.
Love your blog.

Grace said...

@Peter, that is an excellent and simple solution! Now why didn't I think of that? ;)

Amy said...

I can't wait to try this idea. Great stuff!

ninalisnap52 said...

Adding to the list of things to make!! Love it!

Lexi said...

My kids will LOVE this. I think I'll make them for the Easter baskets. However, i think my brother (who is 30), might cry if I tell him I 'destroyed' a LEGO piece by cutting it. He was sad when one got destroyed in our garbage disposal ;)

Anonymous said...

This would be a great thing for in the camper! Thanks for the great idea.

Anonymous said...

Found this through pinterest! Love it! Thanks for sharing.

Grace said...

LOL, @lexi!

You're all welcome! I'm stoked that you guys like the idea.

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