Three questions: Do you like cooking? Do you also love LEGO? Now ask yourself, if both of these questions apply, haven't you ever wanted to cook LEGO?
Of course not!
LEGO is plastic and as the food loving nation that we have learned from years of experience mankind simply can not eat plastic and survive. However, while this project won't teach you how to cook LEGO it will show you how to build the next best thing- how to cook with LEGO . In this project, I will show you how you can build a relatively simple, inexpensive and totally fun LEGO SPICE RACK, for all your nostalgic culinary fantasies.
*Editor's Note: SHIFT! does not take any liability for those who attempt to eat plastic.
Step 1: Original Concept
Conceived by Dave Delisle of DavesGeekyIdeas.com the LEGO Spice Rack, I think, is one of the coolest re-imaginings of the classic building brick. Appearance wise, it looks like exactly giant version of a 2 X 4 LEGO block but conceals a combination of eight slide out cubby-holds for spice containers. I immediately fell in love with the design and have been wanting to build it for a while.
Step 2: Materials
- Chipboard, at least 28 cm by 46 cm
- Paperboard (at least 25 cm by 28 cm)
- Masking Tape
- 8 Similarly sized spice containers (for measuring)
- Red Spray Paint
- Kitchen scissors
- Arleene's Tacky Glue (Quick Dry recommended)
- Elmer's Wood Glue
- Computer printer
Step 3: Download template
If you have a windows computer, you can crop the first two dimensions of the brick and rescale them using MS Paint.
Step 4: Trace onto Cardboard & Cut Out
Step 5: Fold into Box
Note: For the remainder of this build up until step 9, I will refer to this as the "Four Walled Box". The end pieces should not be glued on yet.
Step 6: Making Cubby Holds- First Layer
The way this build is designed is using a layer of chipboard for the main frame of the cubby holds themselves, along with a top most paperboard for the decorative holes.
On the top dimension of your box (ie the widest dimension and the one you want the studs to come from), cut out 8 square holes. These holes should be larger than the spice container's lid (mine was 4.5 cm) and evenly spaced according to the LEGO brick diagram. Cut out using an Xacto knife.
Step 7: Cubby Holds- Upper Layer
These are evenly spaced and should be form fitted according to your spice container's diameter. Once you are all finished, glue the four wall box together, using masking tape and wood glue.
Step 8: Cubby Holds- Inside
Cut out a piece of paperboard that is the same exact height as your LEGO Spice Rack and the length is the circumference of your spice container. Eventually, you will get 8 similarly sized open cylinders. Then, when that is finished, glue the cylinders into the box itself.
Finally, when that is finished, glue the top layer of the box (the paperboard with holes) on top of the first layer (the paperboard with square holes, now housing the cylinders).
Step 9: Make the End Pieces
Finally, when all's put together, use masking tap to reinforce the edges of the box and for decorative appeal.
Step 10: Painting!
Make sure you get an even coat on either edge. Start with a light coating and then after it dries (takes around 5 minutes) coat it again.
Step 11: Make the Studs
These are extremely simple to make, which is good considering you'll need eight of them. They should roughly be the same height of your spice containers, when they are sticking out from the top of the box. Use the spice container's lid as a reference.
When that is finished, begin spray painting again.
FUN BONUS: Even though I didn't have time to do this on my build, for extra creativity try making embossed lettering using the LEGO logo font for the spice labels. I've included the LEGO logo font in my build for those interested.
Step 13: Finished!
But wait! Despite it's name, this build is not limited specifically for being a spice rack. It has it's own dreams and aspirations, ones that it can not be pigeon holed into a singular category. In addition to being a fun cooking shelf, it can also be used to organize all sorts of things, including office supplies, candies, crafting materials, etc.
Anyway, I love this build- it was extremely fun to make and it was a fun nostalgic set piece.