It happened on Pinterest. Isn’t it always that way? Pinterest is like a deliciously evil friend, always planting ideas in your head. I was clicking around, looking at inspiration for kid friendly home decor, when I came across the concept of a Lego Wall. Instantly, I was in love. It was the perfect blend of Lego and engineering, plus, imagination, creativity and art. Not to mention some fantastic fine motor and core building strength for my kids (vertical surface work is so important for my youngest). Sadly, our home is simply not set up to accommodate a massive Lego wall. Then, sitting in a dusty corner of my basement, I found my Lego Wall hack solution!
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This idea is so simple. So quick and easy, you are going to wonder why no one has ever done it before. In fact, when I went to our local Lego store and told them my idea they said they had never heard of anyone doing this and thought it was brilliant! They even helped me with some fantastic ideas to make it a truly exceptional design.
This Lego Wall is an upcycle project that is portable and has so many different applications and uses. It would be a fantastic addition to a home and an amazing addition to a classroom.
The best part is that it is not a budget busting project and provides a huge amount of flexibility.
The concept is simple, take an old cork-board. Most schools and offices will have a pile of these somewhere. I have two in my basement and I see them being offered free all the time. More often than not, they are ending up in the garbage even though they still have lots of life left in them.
If your cork-board is in rough condition, give it a good sanding and cleaning. I painted the wood frame, but this may not be necessary. If your cork-board is in good condition, skip this step entirely.
Next, measure your cork-board and determine how many baseplates you will need. Lego has a few options for baseplates, including different sizes and colors (you can also do this with Duplo). You can fill your whole cork-board with baseplates (it is possible to cut baseplates to get a perfect fit, if you are careful). We left a strip of cork around the outside so we can still pin papers and other items to it. This provides some additional functionality.
To make our Lego board really pop, we added a colorful border with flat pieces around the outside of our baseplates.
We laid out a few different designs until we were happy, then using some good quality glue attached the baseplates and edge pieces.
After letting the glue set, our Quick and Easy Lego Wall was ready for us to start playing!
The best part with this Lego Wall is all the different ways we keep thinking of using it. The possibilities are endless and I love the creativity, inspiration and imagination that has been unlocked by this Lego Wall.
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