Even though I have a "spot" for my keys and wallet, I still end up misplacing them. The Lego organiser 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 colourful project is a great way to keep things organised and show your love for Lego. Lego purists beware: I had to modify the pieces to work with my idea!
Step 1: Tools + Materials
I wanted to have a variety in my LEGO organiser, so I chose a few different bricks for the items I wanted to hang.
- Base: base plate
- Key fob: 2x3 bricks (or any 2x brick)
- Wallet + phone back: 4x6 plate
- Key name markers: 1x2 plate
Tools + Materials:
- Rotary tool with cutting wheel
- Sandpaper (100 grit)
- 2-part epoxy
- Drill and small bits (2mm)
- double-sided tape (or other heavy-duty dual adhesion)
Step 2: Key Fob
Using a 2mm 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 Labelling
Instead of labelling the keys, I chose to have them colour-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 colour brick.
Step 4: Wallet and Phone Backing
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. Two-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 two-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
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 Organise
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]
Mike Warren (mikeasaurus) is the Editor of Play and a Community Manager at Instructables.com. Mike's projects blend functionality with whimsical absurdity as he explore ideas and concepts that others rather not touch. The results may vary but they are always fun! Mike's projects have been featured in Wired, Popular Science, The New York Times Magazine, and reposted all over the web. Mike has authored 2 books on DIY projects and also writes the Man Craft column at DollarStoreCrafts.com.