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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

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

                                                            29. Bathroom Art Harry Potter

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

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

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

                                                                31. Bob Business Card Holder

                                                                legobusinesscardholder
                                                                  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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                                                                                    Last Updated on July 10, 2020

                                                                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                                                    How to Take Control of Your Life with Better Boundaries

                                                                                    We all have them—those hurtful, frustrating, offensive, manipulative people in our lives. No matter how hard we try to surround ourselves with positive and kind people, there will always be those who will disrespect, insult, berate, and misuse you if we allow them to.

                                                                                    We may, for a variety of reasons, not be able to avoid them, but we can determine how we interact with them and how we allow them to interact with us.

                                                                                    So, how to take control of your life and stop being pushed around?

                                                                                    Learning to set clear firm boundaries with the people in our lives at work and in our personal lives is the best way to protect ourselves from the negative effects of this kind of behavior.

                                                                                    What Boundaries Are (And What They’re Not)

                                                                                    Boundaries are limits

                                                                                    —they are not threats or ultimatums. Boundaries inform or teach. They are not a form of punishment.

                                                                                    Boundaries are firm lines—determined by you—which cannot be crossed by those around you. They are guidelines for how you will allow others to treat you and what kind of behaviors you will expect.

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                                                                                    Healthy personal boundaries help protect you from physical or emotional pain. You may also need to set firm boundaries at work to ensure you and your time are not disrespected. Don’t allow others to take advantage of your kindness and generosity.

                                                                                    Clear boundaries communicate to others that you demand respect and consideration—that you are willing to stand up for yourself and that you will not be a doormat for anyone. They are a “no trespassing” sign that makes it very clear when a line has been crossed and that there will be consequences for doing so.

                                                                                    Boundaries are not set with the intention of changing other people. They may change how people interact with you, but they are more about enforcing your needs than attempting to change the general behavior and attitude of others.

                                                                                    How to Establish Boundaries and Take Control of Your Life

                                                                                    Here are some ways that you can establish boundaries and take control of your life.

                                                                                    1. Self-Awareness Comes First

                                                                                    Before you can establish boundaries with others, you first need to understand what your needs are.

                                                                                    You are entitled to respect. You have the right to protect yourself from inappropriate or offensive behavior. Setting boundaries is a way of honoring your needs.

                                                                                    To set appropriate boundaries, you need to be clear about what healthy behaviors look like—what healthy relationships look like.

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                                                                                    You first have to become more aware of your feelings and honest with yourself about your expectations and what you feel is appropriate behavior:

                                                                                    • Where do you need to establish better boundaries?
                                                                                    • When do you feel disrespected?
                                                                                    • When do you feel violated, frustrated, or angered by the behavior of others?
                                                                                    • In what situations do you feel you are being mistreated or taken advantage of?
                                                                                    • When do you want to be alone?
                                                                                    • How much space do you need?

                                                                                    You need to honor your own needs and boundaries before you can expect others to honor them. This allows you to take control of your life.

                                                                                    2. Clear Communication Is Essential

                                                                                    Inform others clearly and directly what your expectations are. It is essential to have clear communication if you want others to respect your boundaries. Explain in an honest and respectful tone what you find offensive or unacceptable.

                                                                                    Many people simply aren’t aware that they are behaving inappropriately. They may never have been taught proper manners or consideration for others.

                                                                                    3. Be Specific but Don’t Blame

                                                                                    Taking a blaming or punishing attitude automatically puts people on the defensive. People will not listen when they feel attacked. It’s part of human nature.

                                                                                    That said, you do not need to overexplain or defend yourself. Boundaries are not open to compromise.

                                                                                    Sample language:

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                                                                                    • “You may not…yell or raise your voice to me…”
                                                                                    • “I need…to be treated with respect…”
                                                                                    • “It’s not okay when…you take things from my desk without asking…”
                                                                                    • “I won’t…do your work…cover for you anymore…”
                                                                                    • “It’s not acceptable when…you ridicule or insult me…”
                                                                                    • “I am uncomfortable when…you use offensive language”
                                                                                    • “I will no longer be able to…lend you money…”

                                                                                    Being able to communicate these without sounding accusatory is essential if you want others to respect your boundaries so you can take control of your life.

                                                                                    4. Consequences Are Often Necessary

                                                                                    Determine what the appropriate consequences will be when boundaries are crossed. If it’s appropriate, be clear about those consequences upfront when communicating those boundaries to others.

                                                                                    Follow through. People won’t respect your boundaries if you don’t enforce them.

                                                                                    Standing our ground and forcing consequences doesn’t come easily to us. We want to be nice. We want people to like us, but we shouldn’t have to trade our self-respect to gain friends or to achieve success.

                                                                                    We may be tempted to let minor disrespect slide to avoid conflict, but as the familiar saying goes, “if you give people an inch, they’ll take a mile.”

                                                                                    It’s much easier to address offensive or inappropriate behavior now than to wait until that behavior has gotten completely out of hand.

                                                                                    It’s also important to remember that positive reinforcement is even more powerful than negative consequences. When people do alter the way they treat you, acknowledge it. Let people know that you notice and appreciate their efforts.

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                                                                                    Final Thoughts

                                                                                    Respect is always a valid reason for setting a boundary. Don’t defend yourself or your needs. Boundaries are often necessary to protect your time, your space, and your feelings. And these are essential if you want to take control of your life.

                                                                                    Start with the easiest boundaries first. Setting boundaries is a skill that needs to be practiced. Enlist support from others if necessary. Inform people immediately when they have crossed the line.

                                                                                    Don’t wait. Communicate politely and directly. Be clear about the consequences and follow them through.

                                                                                    The better you become at setting your own boundaries, the better you become at recognizing and respecting the boundaries of others.

                                                                                    Remember that establishing boundaries is your right. You are entitled to respect. You can’t control how other people behave, but you do have control over the way you allow people to treat you.

                                                                                    Learning to set boundaries is not always easy, but with time, it will become more comfortable. You may eventually find that boundaries become automatic and you no longer need to consciously set them.

                                                                                    They will simply become a natural extension of your self-respect.

                                                                                    Featured photo credit: Thomas Kelley via unsplash.com

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