Good morning! This past Christmas I challenged myself to hand-make my Christmas gifts. It went pretty well and I surprised myself with what I could do and the money I could save by doing things myself! One of the last gifts I made was for my seven-year-old nephew. My husband helped me make this, and it came together right before Christmas. I never had the chance to blog about it before but wanted to take the time now to share it with you!
We created a DIY Travel Lego Case! There are lots of different versions of these on Pinterest, which is where I got the idea! I also got the idea from Target where we saw Lego-brand backpacks that could be used to transport your Legos. While there are already a lot of these tutorials floating around online, I still thought I’d take the time to share ours since it seems every DIY travel case out there is slightly different!
- Case, Tupperware, cigar box, or any other type of container
- Lego plate (we used this size and cut it in two pieces LEGO Bricks & More Building Plate 628)
- Wrapping paper – 2 different kinds
- Mod Podge
- Scissors and paint brush
STEP 1: Choose a container! Choosing the container for your travel case is the most important step. We were on the hunt for quite some time until my husband found some discarded cases at work that would be perfect. We liked them because they were thick plastic that would be sturdy, they latched closed so no Legos would slip out, and they had handles! Before we found this, we had picked up a brown suitcase from Goodwill that we thought would have also worked well.
STEP 2: Cover the outside of your case. Mod Podge the wrapping paper to the outside of your case! I was inspired by this Travel Lego Box over at Cherished Bliss. I love the way Ashley covered it with Star Wars fabric, the exact theme we wanted to make our case! I chose to use wrapping paper instead of fabric since our case was quite large and wrapping paper was cheaper. I picked up some Star Wars wrapping paper at Toys R Us and got plain blue wrapping paper for the inside. I gave the top several coats of Mod Podge so it would be well protected.
STEP 3: Cover the inside of your case. Mod Podge the inside of the case using your second wrapping paper. I gave mine a few coats, letting them dry in between. The inside of our case had foam glued into it for the audio equipment it was meant to hold. I was able to peel the foam out of the case, but it left the glue that I couldn’t scrape out – which is why there is some bumpiness visible. This didn’t bother us, though – it would be full of Legos anyway!!
To personalize the case, we added my nephew’s name in Lego themed writing to the handles. It adds a fun touch!
STEP 4: Attach the Lego building plates. We wanted to put a Lego plate on both the inside and outside of the case. It’s nice for a plate to be on the inside because you can play on it with all of your Legos right there waiting to be used. When the plate is on the outside, you would need to take your Legos out and put them in something else to play with on the top of the case. We did think it would be nice to have a plate on the outside in case our nephew was in the car or in a smaller space and wanted to build.
We only bought one Lego building plate, because those things are expensive! We figured out what size we needed to fill the inside and then put the remaining piece on the outside.
To cut your Lego building plate down, fold it gently where you want to cut it. Then use an Exacto knife, or box cutter, to cut down the fold line. It’s actually quite easy to cut through. We used a line of Legos to help guide our cut.
One advantage to having a building plate on the outside of the case is that you can stack a few Legos there and it makes the case lay level when open! It isn’t a big deal without it, but in our situation the lid of the case is less shallow than the other side so it would lay at an angle if not propped up. These little Legos sitting on either side keep everything perfectly level!
We made another Travel Case for Bugaboo and his Duplos. The case is the same type of hard-plastic case my husband found at work, but it is larger than the one we made for my nephew. We wanted something larger since Duplos are so much bigger! We stuck with the Star Wars theme so he won’t grow out of it and can eventually use it for Legos.
Both our nephew and Bugaboo will get a lot of use out of these Lego travel cases so I’m happy we made them! This is our second adventure in DIY Lego crafting – check out the DIY Lego Table we made Bugaboo for Christmas. I wonder what other Lego-related crafts we can make?!?