Wednesday, January 28, 2015

DIY Lego Table


It's no surprise here that we love to play Legos. And by we, I mean me. I have always loved to play Legos. I can remember when my little brother and I used to watch the original Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie and build us some bad ass Lego towns.

So when Cruz finally got into Legos, I was one happy mama. I mean, what's the fun of becoming a parent if you can't play like you're a kid again? It's the best.

As Cruz's interest increased, I felt it only right that we blow out our Lego set up.

I had searched online and found a ton of different options - some weren't exactly what I wanted and others were expensive, so I opted to make our own and enlisted my mother-in-law's help. I also wanted something that could be used on the floor or would fit over top of his existing train table in case he wanted to stand around it, so we used that size as our gauge.

And around 11pm the Sunday night before Christmas, we got started.



{ONE}
Place the Lego base plates where you want them on the particle board, outline with pencil.

Important note: if you are putting the base plates next to each other, use Legos to connect them so you can make sure you put them the right distance apart. If you don't do this, there is a good chance you won't be able to make really awesome, huge Lego houses or bridges connecting one base plate to another. Trust me on this. (see below)


{TWO}
Lift off the Lego base plates and paint the exposed areas with gray paint for your road. It doesn't have to be pretty. We also painted in between the base plates because there was some exposed space showing. Oh, and it's a good idea to have a drop cloth down so you don't paint all over your kitchen island.



{THREE}
Place the base plates on the particle board and hot glue them down. I recommend two people for this - one to apply the glue and the other to hold the base plate and then stick it to the particle board.

Note: once we glued one of the base plates down, we applied glue to the other, quickly set it down next to the other and spaced it with the Legos to ensure we did it correctly.



{FOUR}
Use your stencil and white paint to add the white dotted lines to your road. Allow to dry. (I didn't get a picture of this, but you can see the finished product below.


{FIVE}
Cover and surprise the heck out of your favorite little one!


Since we technically gave this to him the Monday before Christmas, we told him the Elves had delivered it to Grandma Carol's house since they knew we were going to be there before Christmas day. He was pretty excited. And since I knew we were going to do this, I told family they could gift him with Lego sets for Christmas to get him started, which worked perfectly.

And  it's quickly become one of my our favorite toys around here and since has gained quite a few new Lego sets. He literally plays with it every single day and as much as I hate to say it, it's taken residence in our main living room which makes for an eye sore, but is oh so convenient.



Here is a list of most of the items we used and Duplo sets we have since added. Some not pictured here.

This was a fairly easy project, especially if I could do it. So enlist a pal, prep with a lot of wine, get your creative juices flowing and have some fun!


It's the Little Things

12 comments:

  1. The look on Cruz's face is soo sweet! My nephew would love something like this!

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  2. How clever! I bet he loves it. Loving your new blog design can't wait for mine to be complete. Great minds think alike!

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  3. WOW!! What a cute idea :) If i have a boy I will have to remember this…

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  4. So cute!! His reaction to it is priceless!

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  5. His face when you did the reveal is amazing!! great job with the DIY!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  6. Impressive! What a great idea! And I love love love that you captured how excited he was the first time he saw it!

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  7. Okay okay this is not only perfect timing but such a perfect everything. Our Legos are super super tiny though. Maybe I need to invest in regular Legos. All these sets have minuscule pieces. I love how you painted it!!! Such a great gift!!

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  8. LOVE THIS!!!! Genius. I love that you made the little road in between. It's perfect!

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  9. This makes me wish I had a boy! Such an awesome DIY!

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  10. Whattttt!! How cool is this! I want one in my house LOL! Cruz looks SOOOOO happy! Awesome DIY girl!

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  11. this is awesome!!! y'all did a great job!! i want one for ME!

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