Wednesday, May 4, 2011

look where my printer's tray has ended up...


As Lego has been at the top of my 11 and 12 year old sons' Christmas and birthday lists since they were little, they have built up quite a collection...a lot of which resides in large under-bed drawers. Anyone who has had to search for a particular piece of lego in a large pile knows that is as bad as searching for a needle in a haystack - maybe worse, as it is far noisier! The frustration of never being able to find their favourite Characters or matching weapons / accessories was a part of life until they recently came across my printer's tray in the broom cupboard.

I purchased the printer's tray for a bargain $5 on a wet and miserable morning at Camberwell Markets a few years ago. While it had a place in our other homes, since we moved here it has been drifting around the house, not quite fitting in anywhere. The boys have well and truly adopted it now though, and it makes a great home for some of their most played with Lego characters.





20 comments:

Naturally Carol said...

Lego people are so cute..I am quite envious of your son's amazing collection wonderfully presented in those little cubby holes!

Karyn said...

Great idea !
NOw where do I get a printers tray ?
My 4.5 year old is just starting to have that frustration of where is" the little man" I need for this vehcile.
Karyn

weebles23 said...

how did you paint those? did you need a special type of paint or a base coat.. I have several of these and great paint colors.. just need to get started.. any help would be much apprecaited..
:)

Keren - The Brown Trading Co. said...

now that's a clever use of a fabulous tray!!

Love it.

Keren
xx

Shayne said...

Love it!

How fantastically resourceful :) And it look great too - always a plus!

Esther said...

What a great idea! My daughter has lately become mad on lego and has been collecting those special minifig collections. That would be a fantastic way to display them.

Brooke said...

It looks fantastic and $5, WOW!

My hubby (not even considering my son) would LOVE that room.

design elements said...

lovely idea! my kids love lego

BeachVintage.com said...

It looks amazing. Love it. Happy Mothers Day for tomorrow.

PDTE said...

Creative thought processes as usual. The boys have your creative streak. It is good to see the obligatory Star Wars characters in the display as Todd would be disappointed if the boys were not Star Wars fans. Keep up the good work, I love seeing what you create.
Debra

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I love these old trays & what a nifty use for one! Thanks for the inspiration.

Warmly, Michelle

candyn said...

What a cool way to display Lego! It is visually pleasing and still a handy way to be able to find your characters quickly. I recently created a Lego corner for my kids and something like this would be a perfect addition to it. Thanks for sharing this!

Michelle said...

I love this and just found a printer's tray at a yard sale just for this project. How did you paint it? We're envisioning hand-painting this whole thing and it taking forever!

Dahlen Elstran said...

what i do is i get a take box, take them all apart, and sort them into legs, heads, bodies, basically any vehicle or accessory or vehicle. but i also use it for small details since i have a huge tackle box..since i take the figs apart and make my own [except lego ninjago , since they are so cool]...

Anonymous said...

Where can you buy those printer trays? I'm looking to make a shot glass display with my collection of shot glasses

Anonymous said...

There are lots of ideas for lego storoge as I found out when I obtained the LEGO IDEAS BOOK.On page 170 it gives you a virety of lego storoge ideas including drawers, displays and boxes and the good thing about this storge from the book is that they are made completely out of LEGO. The book gives simple intructions and tips to when constructing. My son who I brought the book for spent hours making all sorts of storge including theese adorable minifigure diplays which had tiles to put the minifigures accessoriess in.

Mike said...

I think that it's good your son plays with Lego. I found for myself as a child that Lego helped me become more creative and gave me a ability to put things together. Follow instructions in a patient matter.

Notre appart' said...

Do you find that the figures stay up properly, I'm worried they'll keep coming down. many thanks

mondocherry said...

Most of the lego figures didn't move, but for a couple with uneven bases, my boys stuck them down with a little bit of blu-tac.
Clare

Jedi Craft Girl said...

I love it - It's totally cute!!!