Step 1: LEGO organizer
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 your everyday carry things. A standard LEGO base plate is stuck to a wall, bricks and plates attached to everyday items make them all attachable to the mat. Now all my goodies are safely and visibly secured to the wall by the door - never to go missing again.
This fun and colourful 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!
Step 2: tools + materials
I wanted to have a variety in my LEGO organizer, so chose a few different bricks for the items I wanted to hang:
tools + materials:
Step 3: key fob
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 4: base plate and labeling
Instead of labeling 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.
Scribble what your keys open onto masking tape and place on the corresponding colour brick.
Step 5: 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.
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 6: 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 7: mount and organize
All that's left now is to populate your base plate with your everyday carry items, like your wallet, phone and keys. I had extra room on my base plate, so I can expand with more key fobs or larger objects as the need arises.
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