Who didn’t play with LEGO as a kid? The durable plastic bricks have been a childhood staple since they first went into production way back in 1949. Now, nearly 70 years and more than half a trillion bricks later, it’s safe to say that LEGO isn’t going anywhere anytime soon. So what to do with your old bricks, now that you’re too old to build pirate ships and space shuttles? These ingenious projects might inspire you to dig through the old sets in your basement.
1. Modular key hook
via Felix Grauer
This is an elegantly simple solution for organizing your keys. No instructions required – mix and match pieces to suit your needs.
2. Cable holder
Who knew the hands on LEGO figures are the perfect size to grip onto Apple Lightning cables?
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This one’s a little more complex to build, but the mechanics behind it are totally simple.
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LEGO gives you the customization options to make a holder for any phone or tablet, adjust the angle, and build in hidden features like space for a USB charger.
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For the green thumbs out there, why not take LEGO outdoors? The bricks are built to last, so this Lego planter should stand up well to the elements.
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Board games like Settlers of Catan are a blast to play, but the boards quickly become beat-up with use. Re-purposing LEGO for board games will give you a conversation piece, plus a board that’s built to last.
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For real valuables, you probably want a real safe, but this LEGO safe is a fun project for the mechanically-minded.
If you have a lamp but no shade, try fashioning one out of LEGO. This one requires some creativity to actually let the light through.
Hand crank USB charger
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This one is significantly more in-depth than the other projects, but the end result is a portable device that allows you to charge your phone using your own energy.
An actual house
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If you have three million LEGO bricks but no home, this could be the way to go. This house was unfortunately demolished – but in its heyday featured a bed, working showers, slippers and even a cat – all made entirely out of LEGO.