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DIY on a Dime: Build a Lego Table

Posted By Jessica Fisher On December 20, 2012 @ 12:00 pm In Christmas,DIY,Gift Ideas,Great Gifts | 20 Comments

Got a Lego-maniac at your house? Instead of buying another set of bricks, craft a lego table to make building even more fun. Anne from Modern Mrs. Darcy [4] shows you how.

I have 4 young Lego addicts at my house [5], and we’re always running out of spaces to build with them. I’ve thought about buying a Lego table for them for years, and finally decided to try my hand at building one for them. I couldn’t be happier with the results!

My only regret is that I postponed this project for so long. It took me less than 10 minutes to make, and cost less than $30–a bargain compared to the tables for sale out there. This project was a breeze, and you can easily make your own for the little Lego lovers in your life.

What you need to make your own Lego table:

  • A table, new or old. (I used a new $8 Ikea Lack table. The top is 21 5/8 inches square.)
  • Lego plates to cover the table. I used 4 10 x 10 inch plates ($5 each).
  • A few Lego bricks.
  • Adhesive (spray adhesive, like Elmer’s Craft Bond spray adhesive [6] or something like Liquid Nails [7])
  • Optional: a large flat surface to help properly position the Lego plates

How to make your own Lego table:

  1. Arrange your Lego plates on the table to roughly determine placement.
  2. Important: using Lego bricks, join your plates together. You will see that there should be a slight gap between the plates. You want to space the plates so that they will work properly for building on top of later.
  3. Apply a thin layer of adhesive to your table.
  4. Carefully place your Lego plates on the table in their pre-determined places, maintaining the appropriate spacing between the boards. (I chose to keep my 4 Lego plates joined together with the Lego bricks, slide them onto a large piece of cardboard, and then lower them onto the table like a baker would use a paddle to slide a pizza onto a baking stone.)
  5. Press evenly to adhere.
  6. Let sit for the time recommended on your adhesive’s directions.

– Anne Bogel [8] loves strong coffee, long books [9], and big ideas. She puts a timely spin on timeless women’s issues at her blog Modern Mrs Darcy [10]. Head here [11] to get her free guide Paper Gains: A Guide to Gifting Children Great Books from Modern Mrs Darcy [11]

[12]DIY on a Dime

This is part of the DIY on a Dime: Great Gifts series. For more easy and frugal gift ideas, check out the list. [12]

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