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Use Legos in Creative Ways For Practical Household Solutions

Use Legos in Creative Ways For Practical Household Solutions

Remember those colorful plastic blocks that nestled into each other with a satisfying click? Maybe you even have a pail of them still hanging around? You can use Legos as an adult and have as much fun as when you were a kid with this list of creative and practical ways to use Legos for household fixes, entertaining, and design solutions. Where possible, I’ve included links to which Lego kits you’ll need, and instructions for how to do your own creative Lego build.

1. Creative Wall Art

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    Photo courtesy of Robert from IkeaHackers

    How to: Pairing Ikea RIBBA box frames with Lego from the Lego Architecture Range.

    2. Game of Chess

    chess
      Photo courtesy of p1050350 by Fonzy72 on Flickr

      How to: See a basic tutorial here.

      3. Mountain Train Book Ends

      bookends
        IMGP1875 by deborah higdon on Flickr

        How to: If you ask nicely, this creative man may give you a few pointers.

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        4. Character Clock

        DIY-LEGO-Clock-Collage
          Photo courtesy of http://ournerdhome.com/diy-lego-clock/

          5. Multi-Colored Mirror

          mirror
            Photo courtesy of Hot Legos http://media-cache-ec0.pinimg.com/originals/9a/e5/8e/9ae58e856b2d34955801466503d00ac1.jpg

            6. Stuck In Rows Blocks – Super Mario Style Planter

            planter
              Photo courtesy of Lego 8-Bit Warp Pipe Planter by Mr.Attacki on Flickr

              7. Lion Hearted Light Switch

              lightswitch
                Photo courtesy of craftswoman https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                How to: Assuming that this basic design is your starting point, research what Lego sets or parts you may need and let your imagination run!

                8. Click Art Flowers

                legoflowers
                  Photo courtesy of http://legoexpress.tumblr.com/post/3149213054/legozz-virag-a-dohanyzoasztalra-by-mariann

                  How to: Try this simpler version for a start, then add your own flair.

                  9. Slide Lock Coaster Set

                  legocoaster
                    Photo courtesy of http://graffitibeach.wordpress.com/2012/04/22/adam-builds-lego-king/

                    9. Light Stories Lamp

                    lamp
                      Photo courtesy of http://www.reddit.com/user/crim_girl

                      How to: Lamp socket and cord sold separately, for the rest you can try this.

                      10. Connect-a-lot Knife Block

                      http://www.reddit.com/user/A_Fiddler_Crab
                        Courtesy of reddit user A_Fiddler_Crab http://www.reddit.com/user/A_Fiddler_Crab

                        11. Amazing Angles For Fish

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                          Photo courtesy of Amy Ratcliffe http://www.nerdist.com/2014/07/the-best-aquarium-is-a-lego-super-mario-bros-aquarium/

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                          How to: Give this youtube video tutorial a try.

                          12. Underwater Station Air Pump Cover

                          legofishtank
                            Model: Underwater Station (1 of 2) by fridgeuk on Flickr

                            It kind of looks like 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but it is actually a cleverly designed air pump cover. The “How” of it is a mystery. Drop me a line if you find a good tutorial for it!

                            13. Lock(et) and Chin Dog Tags

                            dogtags
                              http://www.reddit.com/user/spatiality

                              14. Darling Purple and Blue Earrings

                              earrings
                                https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                15. Quick Fix Cuff links

                                cufflinks
                                  http://www.reddit.com/user/hippocrocadogapig

                                  16. Colorful Favors Party Rings

                                  partyrings
                                    https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                    17. Green and Blue For You Bracelet

                                    bracelet
                                      Bracelet courtesy of Brickworm http://www.pinterest.com/pin/373235887840006723/

                                      18. Piano In the Key of Lego Jewelry Box

                                      jewelrybox
                                        https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                        19. Plastic Puzzle Gift Box

                                        giftbox
                                          https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                          20. In Case of (Lego) Emergency Break Glass Box

                                          emergencykit
                                            https://www.flickr.com/photos/loozrboy/

                                            The author of this design notes that the item inside is a Lego sorting tool.

                                            21. White Tiled Toilet

                                            toilet
                                              http://www.pinterest.com/rretzler/

                                              I do not know if it was ever really used, but I can imagine your guest’s surprise if you put one next to, or in front of, your own toilet.

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                                              22. Superhero Key Keeper

                                              keyhanger
                                                http://www.reddit.com/user/y0immatt

                                                23. Make Your Own Microscope

                                                microscope
                                                  LEGO Microscope Side by Carlmerriam on Flickr

                                                  Why buy when you can build one for yourself? And, yes, this is a working model.

                                                  24. Keep It Straight Lego Sorting System

                                                  legosorting
                                                    https://www.flickr.com/photos/repoort/

                                                    25. On The Go Play Wall Repair

                                                    wallrepair
                                                      http://www.fanpop.com/spots/lego/images/1491985

                                                      This phenomenon is a very real thing in Europe where ordinary citizens are participating in keeping the crumbling walls of very old places together using Lego. It is not known if they used glue or mortar.

                                                      26. Brilliant Bookshelf

                                                        Photo courtesy of http://www.homeanddecor.com.sg/portfolios/401-space-sense

                                                        Lego shelf made from… Legos.

                                                        27. Not Just Kidding – A Train

                                                        legotrain
                                                          https://www.flickr.com/photos/billward/

                                                          For kids of all sizes and ages, I present to you a working Lego train set complete with tracks and all sorts of accessories, like Lego-built cars.

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                                                          28. Double Puzzle Play House

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                                                            Lily’s Lego House 2005 by “MOOSE” on Flickr

                                                            29. Bathroom Art Harry Potter

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                                                              https://www.zibbet.com/BrickShtick/1261061

                                                              30. For Halloween Howls (or medical school graduation day) Lego Syringe

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                                                                https://www.flickr.com/photos/seanmichaelragan/

                                                                31. Bob Business Card Holder

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                                                                  Business Card Holder by Legohaulic on Flickr

                                                                  32. Lego Loom Knitting Machine

                                                                  knittingmachine
                                                                    http://www.want.nl/lego-machine-breidt-een-sjaal/

                                                                    33. Natty Napkin Holder

                                                                      Photo courtesy of http://catchmyparty.com/photos/101010#101002

                                                                      34. Silly Silverware Holder

                                                                        Silverware holder has compartments inside the lego box. Photo courtesy of http://catchmyparty.com/photos/101010#101002

                                                                        35: Cool Cake Platter

                                                                          Photo courtesy of http://catchmyparty.com/photos/101010#101002

                                                                          36. Light and Fun Lego Kitchen Island

                                                                          LEGO TABLE  BY PHILIPPE ROSETTI_ PARIS
                                                                            Photo courtesy of http://www.dwell.com/people/c%C3%A9line-clanet

                                                                            37. Smart Looking Lego Snowman

                                                                              Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/hotlegos/

                                                                              38. Spelled Right Lego Letters Room Decor

                                                                                Photo courtesy of http://www.pinterest.com/deafitmom4/

                                                                                39. Crafty Christmas Tree

                                                                                  Photo courtesy of http://creator.wonderhowto.com/jmeyers/

                                                                                  40. Best Birthday Cake

                                                                                    Photo courtesy of http://www.flickr.com/photos/powerpig/5610707006/


                                                                                    Here are some extra resources to get you started: BrickLinkLego OfficialLego MindstormLego Ambassador Network

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: FonthipWard via pixabay.com

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                                                                                    How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                    How To Be Successful In Life? 13 Tips From The Most Successful People

                                                                                    What is success to you? How to be successful in life?

                                                                                    To some, when they think of success, they imagine wealth; others want power; some just want to make a positive impact on the world.

                                                                                    All of these are perfectly valid, indeed success is a concept that means different things to different people. Though no matter what success is to you, it almost certainly isn’t something will come easily.

                                                                                    There are countless guides and books to being successful, however, as success is personal and unique to each individual. The advice contained in these books can often not be relevant. Therefore following the advice of a single individual can often be unhelpful.

                                                                                    With this in mind, considering the advice of a great many people, people whose ideas of success were different both to each other, and quite possibly, to you can be a good alternative.

                                                                                    What follows is a list of thirteen of the best pieces of advice from some of the most successful people who have ever lived. If you want to learn how to be successful, these 13 tips are essential:

                                                                                    1. Think Big

                                                                                      From Michelangelo Buonarroti, Great Renaissance Artist:

                                                                                      “The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.”

                                                                                      There are few artists as influential as Michaelangelo. Today centuries after his death, his work still inspires and connects to people. His work is world famous, just think of his statue of David, or the Mural in the Sistine Chapel in the Vatican.

                                                                                      Imagine then, if he decided not to work as an artist.

                                                                                      Being a successful artist has always been extremely difficult, imagine if he decided to give up this ambition in favour of something easier?

                                                                                      Oftentimes, people often decided to put their dreams aside for something more “realistic”. To give up their dream for something easier. This quote teaches us the danger of such a point of view.
                                                                                      Instead be ambitious.

                                                                                      2. Find What You Love to Do and Do It

                                                                                        From Oprah Winfrey, Media Mogul:

                                                                                        “You know you are on the road to success if you would do your job and not be paid for it.”

                                                                                        This is a good quote to remember and think about when you’re at work.

                                                                                        Imagine being as successful as possible in your current job. Ultimately you’ll probably find yourself working extremely hard and this it will take up much of your time.

                                                                                        If it’s a job you hate, then being successful at it might only mean filling your life with something you hate to do. What’s the sense in this?

                                                                                        Instead, why not focus on doing something you love? When you’ve found what you’re passionate about, you get the motivation to keep you moving. Success at this means the fulfilment of your dreams.

                                                                                        Not sure what your passion is yet? You should learn about this Motivation Engine first.

                                                                                        Even if you’re not successful, you still filled your time with something you love to do. Many successful musicians spent years of their lives doing unpaid performances, the only reason they kept playing was because they loved to perform.

                                                                                        3. Learn How to Balance Life

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                                                                                          From Phil Knight, CEO of Nike Inc.:

                                                                                          “There is an immutable conflict at work in life and in business, a constant battle between peace and chaos. Neither can be mastered, but both can be influenced. How you go about that is the key to success.”

                                                                                          All too often, people think that to be successful, they need to make the object of their success their life.

                                                                                          If a person thinks their job will lead them to success, then they may spend countless hours per day, and well into the evening working hard.

                                                                                          However this comes at the cost of rest, your health and having an enjoyable life. Ultimately they may burn out and cease to be successful at their job anyway.

                                                                                          If success comes from having a strong social life and a good group of friends, their job may suffer; meaning that they may lose their job, and then be unable to afford going out with friends.

                                                                                          In these ways, success, as Phil Knight says above, is helped by balance. Think of it as a balance between rest and work, or work and play.

                                                                                          To achieve that balance, this Ultimate Guide to Prioritizing Your Work And Life can help you.

                                                                                          4. Do Not Be Afraid of Failure

                                                                                            From Henry Ford, Founder of Ford Motors:

                                                                                            “Failure is simply the opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently.”

                                                                                            There is a story, it’s unconfirmed whether it actually happened, yet the message within is none the less true:

                                                                                            Thomas Edison inventing the lightbulb was the result of several hundred failed attempts. In an interview, he was asked “How do you feel after all of your failed attempts?”

                                                                                            His response was great, “I didn’t fail, I learned hundreds of ways not to invent the lightbulb”

                                                                                            He saw each “failure” as a lesson. From that lesson he learned what won’t work, and also might work instead.

                                                                                            Each failed attempt, each rejection, were key steps on his path to success. It is easy to feel like you should give up after a failure. But perhaps in that failure is a lesson.

                                                                                            Pay attention to your failures, study them. Perhaps then you’ll learn how to succeed.

                                                                                            If you find it difficult to fight your fear of failure, here’s a guide for you: Why You Have the Fear of Failure (And How to Conquer It Step-By-Step)

                                                                                            5. Have an Unwavering Resolution to Succeed

                                                                                              From Colonel Sanders, Founder of KFC:

                                                                                              “I made a resolve then that I was going to amount to something if I could. And no hours, nor amount of labor, nor amount of money would deter me from giving the best that there was in me. And I have done that ever since, and I win by it. I know.”

                                                                                              This, in many ways relates to the above quote about learning from your failures.

                                                                                              It’s the easiest thing in the world to give up from a failure. The only way to push on is if you have the true burning desire to succeed, to not be moved or dissuaded from your goals.

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                                                                                              If you are not truly dedicated towards success, then each failure will hurt more, each set back will slow you down.

                                                                                              Success is hard; without the unwavering desire to succeed, this difficulty may seem insurmountable. With the desire, it is merely an obstacle to go through.

                                                                                              6. Be a Person of Action

                                                                                                From Leonardo da Vinci, Renaissance Genius:

                                                                                                “It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things.”

                                                                                                Though it was said hundreds of years ago, it works just as much today as it ever had. It applies to literally any successful person.

                                                                                                Think about it, picture someone like William Shakespeare:

                                                                                                When we think of the time he lived in, we think of the time in a way shaped by him. When we think of Renaissance era Italy, we think of Michelangelo and Leonardo Da Vinci. Or think about the present day, Bill Gates or Steve Jobs. Our current way of life would simply be incomparably different if they didn’t accomplish what they did.

                                                                                                You’re probably reading this article on a device by a company that they either founded or companies influenced by them.

                                                                                                All these figures were proactive, they saw ways to do things differently and did them. If they let the world shape them, then they’d simply fit into the background. Instead they shaped the world.

                                                                                                Applying this to you?

                                                                                                Don’t be afraid of going outside the norm. If you can think of a better way to do something, do it that way. If you fail, try again.

                                                                                                7. Cultivate Positive Relationships

                                                                                                  From Theodore Roosevelt, 26th President of America: “

                                                                                                  The most important single ingredient in the formula of success is knowing how to get along with people.”

                                                                                                  The best leaders and some of the most influential people (and Theodore Roosevelt is one of the best leaders and one of the most influential people to have lived) were not those who caused commotions, who fought with people or disregarded people; but were people who were friendly to those around them.

                                                                                                  People liked them. They wanted them to do well.

                                                                                                  This is key to good leadership.

                                                                                                  It’s logical. If someone likes you, they want to help you; if you give them a suggestion, they’ll gladly follow through with it.

                                                                                                  But if someone doesn’t like you, they may either refuse to help or actively get in your way.

                                                                                                  What’s more, it’s always a good idea to cultivate good relationships. You can never tell who will prove to become someone who’ll be able to help you in a big way, or even be a good and supportive friend.

                                                                                                  As such, help people and they may help you; and be good to people, and they my be good to you.

                                                                                                  8. Don’t Be Afraid of Introducing New Ideas

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                                                                                                    From Mark Twain, Famed Author:

                                                                                                    “A person with a new idea is a crank until the idea succeeds.”

                                                                                                    It is an unfortunate truth that those with the boldest ideas are often disregarded.

                                                                                                    Most of us are taught from an early age to think and do things similarly to everyone else. This can be great to fill an existing role. But to truly do things differently (and all successful people did things differently), you need to think differently.

                                                                                                    If you have a new idea, don’t throw it away because it’s new and different; instead, celebrate it. Your strange new idea might one day be the one that leads you to success.

                                                                                                    9. Believe in Your Capacity to Succeed

                                                                                                      From Walter Disney, Founder of Walt Disney Company:

                                                                                                      “If you can dream it, you can do it.”

                                                                                                      Success has to be something you can imagine yourself achieving.

                                                                                                      It is possible that you will come across those who doubt you and your ability to succeed. You must not become one of these people because the moment you cease believing and dreaming is the moment these dreams fall away.

                                                                                                      Keep dreaming!

                                                                                                      10. Always Maintain a Positive Mental Attitude

                                                                                                        From Thomas Jefferson, 3rd President of America:

                                                                                                        “Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.”

                                                                                                        Like the above quote says, you need to trust in your ability to succeed. This is the only way to cultivate the right mindset.

                                                                                                        Replace negative thoughts with the positive ones. You need to approach problems, not as obstacles stopping you, but merely tasks that need to be completed for you to keep going.

                                                                                                        If you stay positive and think like this, setbacks won’t affect you so much, people’s doubts won’t impact you and even the biggest obstacles will seem like minor problems.

                                                                                                        However with the wrong mindset of doubt, you’ll be much easier to stop.

                                                                                                        11. Don’t Let Discouragement Stop You from Pressing On

                                                                                                          From Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of America:

                                                                                                          “Let no feeling of discouragement prey upon you, and in the end you are sure to succeed.”

                                                                                                          It is an unfortunate fact of human nature — all of us in some way, doubt ourselves. This can be made far worse if others doubt us too.

                                                                                                          When surrounded by doubts, giving up can actually seem like a good idea.

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                                                                                                          Don’t pay attention to the doubts. If you are discouraged, ignore it.

                                                                                                          If this discouragement moves into your mind and you begin to doubt yourself. It is important to ignore this too.

                                                                                                          This is How Self Doubt Keeps You Stuck and How to Overcome It

                                                                                                          12. Be Willing to Work Hard

                                                                                                            From JC Penny, Founder of JC Penney Inc.:

                                                                                                            “Unless you are willing to drench yourself in your work beyond the capacity of the average man, you are just not cut out for positions at the top.”

                                                                                                            You might have heard the quote that “success is 1% inspiration, 99% perspiration” or you may have heard about the 10,000 hours idea.

                                                                                                            Whichever way you frame it, they say one thing:

                                                                                                            True success comes from work.

                                                                                                            You’ll never become successful if you don’t work towards your goal in life and keep working towards it.

                                                                                                            Check out this article and you’ll understand Why Hard Work Beats Talent.

                                                                                                            13. Be Brave Enough to Follow Your Intuition

                                                                                                              From Steve Jobs, Co-founder of Apple Inc.:

                                                                                                              “Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.”

                                                                                                              In ancient Greece, there was a group of Oracles who lived in Delphi. Everyone who needed advice or to know their future visited them, from the poorest of society to kings. Above the doorway of the temple were the words “know thyself”.

                                                                                                              If you strongly believe and desire something, chances are that you already have an idea how to get there. If not, you may naturally know what things will help you and what things will slow you down.

                                                                                                              It’s like how your body can detect danger even when things seem safe.

                                                                                                              Ultimately then, you need to trust your own instincts.

                                                                                                              Final Thoughts

                                                                                                              What you might have noticed is that many of the above lessons are similar — most are about developing the right state of mind. This clearly suggests that the key to achieving success, in whatever you wish, comes down to the way you approach it mentally.

                                                                                                              Moreover, no matter what stage of life you’re at now, you can still make a difference and pursue success. You can make resetting your life possible when you do this: How to Start Over and Reboot Your Life When It Seems Too Late

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